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Pulled over for a broken license-plate light, Tucson PD decide to call Border Patrol on two day laborers leaving the Southside Presbyterian area. Church and community members flood the street and peacefully surround BP vehicle to prevent arrest while wife and child watch. Border patrol gets violent with protesters using pepper spray and rubber bullets, injuring several people. Tucson community resists the inhumanity of SB 1070!

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Death in the desert: The dangerous trek between Mexico and Arizona

Since 2001, more than 2,100 migrants have perished beneath the Arizona sun.

It’s not a clean death. Dying from what coroners call exposure to the elements can be brutally elongated. The human body shuts down slowly, over the course of a few days or, in some cases, hours. In his award-winning book “The Devil’s Highway,” which follows the case of the Yuma 14, Luis Alberto Urrea describes the steps in gripping detail. “Those in shape will, sooner or later, faint,” he writes. “This is the brain’s way of stopping the machine, like hitting the brakes when you realize you’re speeding towards a cliff.”

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#TransQueerMigrantLiberation

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Trans and queer migrants face sexual and physical abuse and inhumane conditions in migratory detention in Arizona. Outside of detention they face economic and social justice and a cycle of criminalization. That is why the AZ QUIP – Arizona Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project and the Arcoíris Liberation Team fight for immediate liberation and longterm social justice for queer and trans migrants in Arizona.


 

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