VIDEO--CAPTURING THE SPIRIT, SONG, AND SOLIDARITY OF THE BORDER CONVERGENCE
"In the first day of activities in the Nogales, Sonora side of the border, people came together from all across the Americas. Deported Veterans, the dance group Abya Ayala, migrant aid workers Las Patronas, the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, Brothers on the Road, Border Patrol Victims Network and frontline communities in resistance demonstrated that the war has not been able to separate all our struggles.
“The border is an open wound that we can only close with everyone’s help. Activities like this remind us that more than a region, we are a people injured but not defeated. We are a wounded but honorable people,” commented Ana Enamorado, member of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, who began her struggle after the disappearance of her son, Honduran national Óscar Antonio López Enamorado, in 2010 in Mexico.
The Encuentro continued on Saturday, October 8, with concurrent veteran-led marches on both sides of the border. In Arizona, the march began at the Hotel Americana, and Son del Centro were among the vibrant musicians to kick us off. Each march led to the US/Mexico border wall, and a group of marchers crossed from the US to Mexico, denouncing borders, racist deportations, and the School of the Americas. Together, on each side of the border wall, we held a rally with many speakers and musicians.
Click here to read the complete report-back from SOA Watch including protests at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center and I-19 Border Patrol Checkpoint
|Some of those killed by Border Patrol|
|Shena Gutierrez of Border Patrol Victims Network|
|Guadalupe Guereca, who's son Sergio Hernandez Guereca was killed by Border Patrol in Juarez, MX|
|Las Patronas from Veracruz, MX who feed migrants traveling on La Bestia train|
|Vets For Peace and Deported Veterans|