Now Hiring: Online Systems Manager

Online Systems Manager: Part Time

Location: Tucson, AZ

Apply by: August 15th
 Start: September 7th
 
 Apply:
https://form.jotform.com/201985486607164

Time of Service:
15 hrs/week – 1 year and then review with option to renew

With respect to systems administration, the online manager works with individual working groups to ensure that their needs are met by shared NMD systems or dedicated systems, while ensuring the integrity of shared systems. With respect to editing/design, the online manager operates within NMD’s partially decentralized approach to mass communication. Our organization-wide goals for mass communication include maximizing reach, consistency of voice, stylistic standards, and parity between Spanish and English. For the website and mass emails, the online manager has direct and central responsibility for implementing these goals. For social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), the online manager works alongside working-group representatives who also have direct administrative access to the same tools.

  • WordPress software updates on website at forms.nomoredeaths.org (1–2 times/week)
  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise
  • Create new email addresses, discussion lists, Nextcloud accounts
  • Participate in at least one meeting of each working group within the first three months
  • Be available on a few days’ notice to participate in a meeting whose agenda includes a systems- or communications-related topic
  • Monitor general-inquiries email (action@nomoredeaths.org) and reply to, or forward, each inquiry
  • Design newsletter for fundraising

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Familiarity  with and support for NMD’s work and mission
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Familiarity with Nextcloud, Mayfirst, Zoom
  • HTML/CSS
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • Monthly salary: $975
  • Phone and/or reimbursement for use of personal phone for NMD work
  • Reimbursement of expenses for supplies, postage, etc. 
  • Review of position after 1 year with option to renew

Gerente de Sistemas en Línea: Part Time

Fecha límite para presentar la solicitud
15 de Agosto

Empiece: 7 de Septiembre

Plazo de servicio: 15 horas a la semana – 1 año y luego una revisión con opción de renovación

Solicite a:
https://form.jotform.com/201985486607164

Con respecto a la administración de sistemas, el/la/le gerente en línea trabaja con los grupos de trabajo individuales para garantizar que se satisfagan sus necesidades a través de los sistemas compartidos de NMM o los sistemas dedicados, mientras asegura la integridad de los sistemas compartidos. Con respecto a la edición/diseño, el/la/le gerente opera dentro de la estrategia parcialmente descentralizada de NMM para la comunicación de masas. Los objetivos de nuestra organización entera para la comunicación en masa incluyen la maximización del alcance, la consistencia de la voz, los estándares estilísticos y la paridad entre el español y el inglés. Para el sitio web y los correos electrónicos masivos, el/la/le gerente en línea tiene la responsabilidad directa y central de implementar estos objetivos. Para las redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), el/la/le gerente en línea trabaja junto con las personas representantes de los grupos de trabajo que también tienen acceso administrativo directo a las mismas herramientas.

Funciones:

  • Actualizaciones del software de WordPress en el sitio web a forms.nomoredeaths.org (1 a 2 veces por semana)
  • Solucionar problemas cuando surjan
  • Crear nuevos correos electrónicos, listas de discusión, cuentas de Nextcloud
  • Participar en al menos una reunión de cada grupo de trabajo dentro de los primeros tres meses
  • Estar disponible con unos pocos días de antelación para participar en una reunión cuya agenda incluye un tema relacionado con los sistemas o la comunicación.
  • Monitorear el correo electrónico de consultas generales (action@nomoredeaths.org) y contestar o reenviar cada consulta
  • Diseñar un boletín informativo para la recaudación de fondos

HABILIDADES DESEADAS

  • Fuertes habilidades organizativas
  • El conocimiento de y el apoyo al trabajo y la misión de NMM
  • Fuertes habilidades de escritura y comunicación
  • Habilidades organizativas
  • Conocimiento de Nextcloud, Mayfirst, Zoom
  • HTML/CSS
  • Conocimiento de Adobe Suite y Microsoft Office

Contrato:

  • Salario mensual: $975
  • Un teléfono y/o el reembolso por el uso del teléfono personal para el trabajo de NMM
  • Reembolso de los gastos de suministros, de correo, etc.
  • Revisión del puesto después de un año con la opción de renovar

Now Hiring: Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator

Location: Tucson, AZ


Time of Service: 30 hrs/week – 1 year and then review with option to renew
 
 Apply by: August 15th
 Start: September 7th
 
 Apply:
https://form.jotform.com/201985137655160

JOB DESCRIPTION:
 

No More Deaths is seeking someone to manage, coordinate and do the administrative tasks and activities the working groups in our organization generate. A good understanding of the No More Deaths mission is important while doing the daily/weekly nitty gritty and often time -sensitive duties that require attention.

Duties:

  • Oversee contract process for new and current coordinators
  •  ensure current paperwork is on file at UUCT and NMD
  •  alert working group 4 months before contract end (1 yr contracts)
  •  Liaison with fiscal sponsor, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson
  • Schedule quarterly meeting
  • Ensure mail gets picked up and delivered to appropriate recipients
  • Liaison with  St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and oversee storage space
  • Convene bi-weekly NMD spokes council meetings
  • send reminder emails, solicit agenda  items, prepare meeting space, and ID facilitator and note taker for each meeting
  • track decisions proposed and consensed on at Spokes meeting
  • Track and maintain vehicle records
  • title, register and license all newly purchased vehicles
  •  inform insurance company when vehicles purchased or sold
  • inform MVD when vehicles sold
  • annual registration and license renewal
  • ensure Logistics Coordinator has all current information
  •  monitor insurance cards for all NMD vehicles
  • works with Phoenix NMD and PHP registrations and license renewal annually
  • send Phoenix NMD and PHP a bill for their part of vehicles insurance annually
  • Manage all financial contracts ( working with NMD bookkeeper and/or w.g. coordinators)
  • Manage healthcare process for NMD employees
  • Maintains office equipment and supplies
  • Ensure deposits are brought to bank
  • Attend monthly finance w.g. meetings to monitor budget and deal with other financial matters
  • Be available on a few days’ notice to participate in a meeting whose agenda includes an administrative related topics
  • Arrange interpretation for spokes and finance meetings.
  • Track down W9s and paperwork for contracted employees
  • Manage NMD phone bill and Verizon account
  • Maintain phones and computers (troubleshooting, replacing etc.)
  • Maintain and Pay utilities
  • Directing questions/Emails to the appropriate person from people who don’t know who to contact
  • Reimbursements & Cash deposits


 DESIRED SKILLS

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Familiarity  with and support for NMD’s work and mission
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Familiarity with Nextcloud, Mayfirst, Zoom
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • Monthly salary: $1950
  • Phone and/or reimbursement for use of personal phone for NMD work
  • Reimbursement of expenses for supplies, postage, etc. 
  • Review of position after 1 year with option to renew
  • On-going support from Finance and Personnel W. G.’s
  • Eligible for health/dental insurance

Coordinador/a/e administrativo/a/e

Solicite a:
https://form.jotform.com/201985137655160

Fecha límite para presentar la solicitud
15 de Agosto

Empiece: 7 de Septiembre

Plazo de servicio: 30 horas a la semana – 1 año y luego una revisión con opción de renovación

DESCRIPCIÓN DEL PUESTO:
 

No Más Muertes (NMM) busca a una persona que gestione, coordine y realice las tareas y actividades administrativas que generan los grupos de trabajo de nuestra organización. Es importante una buena comprensión de la misión de No Más Muertes mientras la persona realiza las tareas diarias/semanales esenciales y a menudo urgentes que requieren atención.

Con respecto a la administración de sistemas, el/la/le gerente en línea trabaja con los grupos de trabajo individuales para garantizar que se satisfagan sus necesidades a través de los sistemas compartidos de NMM o los sistemas dedicados, mientras asegura la integridad de los sistemas compartidos. Con respecto a la edición/diseño, el/la/le gerente opera dentro de la estrategia parcialmente descentralizada de NMM para la comunicación de masas. Los objetivos de nuestra organización entera para la comunicación en masa incluyen la maximización del alcance, la consistencia de la voz, los estándares estilísticos y la paridad entre el español y el inglés. Para el sitio web y los correos electrónicos masivos, el/la/le gerente en línea tiene la responsabilidad directa y central de implementar estos objetivos. Para las redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), el/la/le gerente en línea trabaja junto con las personas representantes de los grupos de trabajo que también tienen acceso administrativo directo a las mismas herramientas.

Funciones:

  • Supervisar el proceso de contratación de las personas nuevas y actuales de la coordinación
  • Garantizar que el papeleo actualizado se encuentre en los archivos de IUUT y NMM
  • Alertar al grupo de trabajo cuatro meses antes de que termine un contrato (contratos de un año)
  • Enlace con el patrocinador fiscal, la Iglesia Unitaria Universal de Tucson (IUUT)
  • Programar la reunión trimestral
  • Garantizar que se recoja el correo y que se lo entregue a las personas destinatarias adecuadas
  • Enlace con la Iglesia Presbiteriano de Saint Mark y supervisar el espacio de almacenamiento
  • Convocar reuniones quincenales del consejo de portavoz de NMM
  • Enviar correos electrónicos de recordatorio, solicitar temas para la agenda, preparar el espacio de reunión e identificar la persona que facilita y la que toma notas para cada reunión
  • Controlar las decisiones propuestas y consensuadas en las reuniones de portavoz
  • Controlar y mantener los registros de los vehículos
  • Conseguir el título, la registración y el permiso de todos los vehículos nuevamente comprados
  • Informar a la compañía de seguros cuando se compren o vendan los vehículos
  • Informar al departamento de vehículos cuando se vendan los vehículos
  • Renovación anual del registro y del permiso
  • Garantizar que la persona que coordina la logística tenga toda la información actualizada
  • Monitorear los carnets de seguro para todos los vehículos de NMM.
  • Trabaja con NMM-Phoenix y Gente Ayudando Gente (PHP, por sus siglas en inglés) para volver a renovar los registros y permisos anualmente
  • Enviar una factura a NMM-Phoenix y PHP por su parte del seguro de los vehículos anualmente
  • Gestionar todos los contratos financieros (trabajando junto con el/la/le contador/a/e y/o coordinadores/as de los grupos de trabajo)
  • Gestionar el proceso de atención médica para las personas empleadas por NMM
  • Mantener el equipo y los suministros de oficina
  • Garantizar que los depósitos se lleven al banco
  • Asistir a las reuniones mensuales de finanzas de los grupos de trabajo para monitorear el presupuesto
  • Estar disponible con unos pocos días de antelación para participar en una reunión cuya agenda incluye temas relacionados con la administración o la comunicación.
  • Organizar la interpretación para las reuniones de portavoz y de finanzas.
  • Rastrear los W9s y el papeleo de las personas empleadas con contrato
  • Administrar la factura telefónica y la cuenta de Verizon para NMM.
  • Mantener los teléfonos y las computadoras (solución de problemas, remplazar, etc.)
  • Mantener y pagar los servicios públicos
  • Dirigir las preguntas / los correos a la persona apropiada de las personas que no saben con quién contactarse
  • Reembolsos y depósitos en efectivo
  • Actualizaciones del software de WordPress en el sitio web a forms.nomoredeaths.org (1 a 2 veces por semana)
  • Solucionar problemas cuando surjan
  • Crear nuevos correos electrónicos, listas de discusión, cuentas de Nextcloud
  • Participar en al menos una reunión de cada grupo de trabajo dentro de los primeros tres meses
  • Estar disponible con unos pocos días de antelación para participar en una reunión cuya agenda incluye un tema relacionado con los sistemas o la comunicación.
  • Monitorear el correo electrónico de consultas generales (action@nomoredeaths.org) y contestar o reenviar cada consulta
  • Diseñar un boletín informativo para la recaudación de fondos


 HABILIDADES DESEADAS

  • Fuertes habilidades organizativas
  • El conocimiento de y el apoyo al trabajo y la misión de NMM
  • Fuertes habilidades de escritura y comunicación
  • Habilidades organizativas

CONTRACT CONDITIONS

  • Salario mensual: $1,950
  • Un teléfono y/o el reembolso por el uso del teléfono personal para el trabajo de NMM
  • Reembolso de los gastos de suministros, de correo, etc.
  • Revisión del puesto después de un año con la opción de renovar
  • El apoyo continúo de los grupos de trabajo de finanzas y personal
  • Elegible para el seguro de salud

Now Hiring: Personnel Coordinator

Espanol Abajo

PERSONNEL COORDINATOR

No More Deaths is accepting applications for the following part time paid position.


Location: Tucson, AZ

 Apply by: August 15th
 Start: September 7th
 

Apply at
https://form.jotform.com/201985121784156

Term of service

One year

Job definition

In recent years, No More Deaths has grown from an all volunteer organization to incorporate paid positions for critical tasks that are difficult to fill with volunteer labor. Due to the non-hierarchical structure of No More Deaths, this position is not solely responsible for all HR issues, but instead is responsible for coordinating volunteers and staff to make sure HR and personnel issues are handled. The personnel coordinator is responsible for organizing systems to support NMD staff, ensure that staff are meeting expectations, and coordinate responses to conflict or issues involving staff. As this is a new position in No More Deaths, the personnel coordinator will be creating and improving personnel systems for the organization.

Duties

  • Schedule and organize monthly personnel meetings of personnel volunteers
  • Track employee contract end dates and renewals
  • Ensure hiring processes are happening in a timely manner
  • Manage staff feedback processes
  • Coordinate weekly small meeting with a different coordinator + working group members to ensure coordinator is being supported and meeting expectations
  • Coordinate completion of personnel manual and receive organization’s approval
  • Coordinate general staff meetups quarterly
  • Advocate for needs of coordinators
  • Facilitate HR needs and grievance/accountability processes – needs to have conflict mediation skills

Requirements

  • Familiar with No More Deaths
  • Bilingual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Conflict mediation experience and experience with transformative justice models
  • Self-motivated, independently able to identify issues and come up with innovative solutions
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with microsoft office programs and ability to learn new technologies (if not familiar) i.e. Nextcloud/Jotform
  • Meeting facilitation skills
  • English/Spanish bilingual required

Contract conditions

  • Monthly salary of $975, 15 hours per week.
  • Cell phone provided by NMD, to be used for NMD purposes only

No More Deaths is an equal-opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. Individuals with personal ties to the border or who identify as coming from an affected community are especially encouraged to apply. 

Thanks for your interest in this position!

COORDINADOR/A DE PERSONAL

No More Deaths / No Más Muertes está aceptando solicitudes para el puesto pagado siguiente.

Solicite a
https://form.jotform.com/201985121784156

Fecha límite para presentar la solicitud

15 de Agosto

Período de servicio

Contrato de un año: Empieza el 7 de Septiembre

Definición del trabajo

En años recientes, No More Deaths /No Más Muertesha crecido de ser una organización totalmente compuesta por voluntarios a incorporar puestos pagados dedicados a tareas críticas que son difíciles de cubrir con la labor de voluntarios. Debido a la estructura no-jerárquica de No More Deaths/ No Más Muertes , este puesto no es solamente responsable de todas las cuestiones de recursos humanos, sino que es responsable de coordinar a los voluntarios y el equipo para asegurar que cuestiones de recursos humanos y personal sean manejadas. El/La coordinardor/a de personal es responsable de organizar sistemas para el apoyo del equipo de NMD/NMM, asegurar que el equipo esté satisfaciendo las expectativas, y coordinar respuestas a conflictos o problemas relacionados con el equipo. Ya que este es un puesto nuevo en No More Deaths / No Más Muertes, el/la coordinador/a creará y mejorará sistemas de personal para la organización.

Deberes

  • Programar y organizar reuniones mensuales del personal de voluntarios
  • Llevar un registro de las fechas límites y renovaciones de los contratos de los empleados
  • Asegurar que los procesos de contratación estén sucediendo de manera oportuna
  • Manejar los procesos de feedback del equipo
  • Coordinar reuniones pequeñas semanales con un/a coordinador/a y grupo de trabajo diferente para asegurar que el/la coordinadora esté siendo apoyado/a y satisfaciendo las expectativas
  • Coordinar la finalización del manual del personal y recibir la aprobación de la organización
  • Coordinar reuniones generales del equipo trimestralmente
  • Abogar por las necesidades de los coordinadores
  • Facilitar las necesidades de recursos humanos y los procesos de quejas/rendición de cuentas – necesita tener habilidades de mediación de conflictos

Requisitos

  • Familiaridad con No More Deaths / No Más Muertes
  • Bilingüe
  • Sólidas habilidades interpersonales y comunicativas
  • Experiencia con la mediación de conflictos y con modelos de justicia transformativa
  • Auto-motivado/a, independientemente capaz de identificar problemas y elaborar soluciones innovadoras
  • Sólidas habilidades de organización
  • Experiencia con programas de Microsoft Office y habilidad de aprender nuevas tecnologías (si no familiar con ellas), por ejemplo Nextcloud/Jotform
  • Habilidades de facilitar reuniones
  • Español / ingles bilingüe preferida

Condiciones del contrato

  • Salario mensual de $975, 15 horas por semana.
  • Teléfono cellular provisto por NMD/ NMM, para usar exclusivamente para asuntos relacionados con NMD / NMM

No More Deaths / No Más Muertes ofrece igualdad de oportunidades y alienta vivamente a personas de color, personas con discapacidad, mujeres y solicitantes LGBTQ+ a presentar solicitudes. Se anima en particular a Individuos que tengan conexiones personales con la frontera o que se identifcan como procedentes de una comunidad afectada a presentar una solcitud.

¡Gracias por su interés en este puesto!

Now Hiring: Media Coordinator

Media and Communications Coordinator

Location: Tucson, AZ
Apply by: July 31st
Start: September 1st

Background

No More Deaths/No Más Muertes is a humanitarian aid organization that seeks to end death and suffering in the US-Mexico borderlands.  We are a volunteer-led, consensus-based organization. Over the past few years the platform and reach of the organization has increased, the Media Coordinator role was initially established to accommodate an increase in media needs during a period of government repression directed at the group and subsequent criminal trials of volunteers and has now shifted to also be a public facing communications role, supporting the Fundraising Working Group, Abuse Documentation and other Working Groups.

Roles/Responsibilities:

  1. Receive incoming media inquiries, vet requests, and prioritize inquiries based on capacity and how well the inquiries fit into strategic messaging goals. (10%)
  2. Manage rapid media responses for No More Deaths newsworthy incidents and national/local news on border militarization. This includes creating draft talking points and press releases, assisting in planning press conferences and speakers, contacting and training NMD media representatives, and coordinating interviews for media representatives. (25%) 
  3. Increase No More Deaths media capacity by hosting media trainings, train-the-trainer workshops, and organizing past and current talking points (15%)
  4. Representation at meetings: The Media Coordinator will convene Media meetings as needed, attend bimonthly Spokes meetings, Finance Meetings, Fundraising meetings, and attend the meetings of other working groups as needed. Coordinators often also take on some organization administrative tasks such as facilitating, note-taking and organizing proposals (10%)
  5. Engage in proactive media cultivation: pitching Op-Eds/stories; following up with friendly reporters to maintain relationships (5%)
  6. Social Media: update the No More Deaths website and create social media posts for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with input from volunteers. (30%)
  7. Maintain and update No More Deaths’ media list (5%)

NOTE: Hosting media visits to the field (Ajo, Nogales, Arivaca, etc.) and taking interviews as a spokesperson is an optional/volunteer aspect of this role, and will not be counted towards the hours of the position. 

Preferred/Necessary Qualifications:

  1. Bilingual Spanish/English required.
  2. Familiarity with immigrant justice organizing.
  3. Ability to work independently and proactively seek out feedback and support.
  4. Familiarity with consensus and horizontal organizing.
  5. Experience talking to media about complex issues.
  6. Experience working with, MailChimp, WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  7. Valid driver’s license and ability to travel, may include travel south of Border Patrol interior checkpoints

Contract Conditions:

  1. Term: September 1st, 2020 – September 1st 2021 with check in at 6 months.
  2. Hours: 30 hours/week, $15/hour
  3. Health insurance including dental
  4. Work phone and computer

Webinar Series from SOA Watch: Confronting Forced Migration & Violence in the Americas

Click here for Webinar Links and More info!

From SOA Watch:

Dear SOA Watch,

We recently shared SOA Watch’s difficult decision to indefinitely postpone the 2020 Training Day and Action Convergence in Tucson to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our communities. Given the magnitude of the current health and humanitarian crises, it is our responsibility to find alternative forms of solidarity with those most disproportionately affected. We must remain vigilant to state violence and authoritarianism as governments protect corporate interests at the expense of peoples’ wellbeing and health.

With this in mind, we invite you to join us for the Confronting Forced Migration and Violence in the Americas Webinar Series on Saturday and Sunday, April 4th and 5th, 2020. Together with Stop US Arms to Mexico, Alliance for Global Justice, No More Deaths, Veterans for Peace, and other compas, we are facilitating a series of five, one-hour webinar workshops. The series will examine the impacts of US-backed state violence in the Hemisphere, the root causes of forced migration, militarization, and using effective narratives, mutual aid, research, and lobbying to nourish our collective work as we face the current humanitarian crisis.

Please note that interpretation from English to Spanish or Spanish to English will be provided throughout the entire Webinar Series. The webinar schedule, panel descriptions, and SEPARATE registration links for each webinar are found below.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Time / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Voices from Abya Yala (the Americas): Realities and Resistance
Panel held in Spanish with English interpretation.Panelists:
Lucia Ixchiu, Somos Abya Yala – Somos una América, GuatemalaJorge Andrés Forero-González, Somos Abya Yala – Somos una América, Colombia
Abilio Peña, Servicio Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de América Latina «Óscar Romero» (SICSAL)
Description:
In the Kuna people’s language, Abya Yala means “mature land,” “living land,” or “blossoming land” and refers to America. In the first panel, organizers from Guatemala and Colombia reflect on the impacts of neoliberalisms, extractivism, state violence, forced migration, and the pandemic within their communities and throughout the Americas. We will also discuss how communities and social movements are resisting and organizing to safeguard their rights, dignity, and territories in this context.
Registration Link: bit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries1

10:30 am – 11:30 am Pacific Time / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time

Countering Anti-Migrant Narratives and Media Work
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Maha Hilal, Justice for Muslims Collective
Laura Carlsen, Americas Program
Description: 
Panelists will discuss how narratives are used to both highlight and conceal the nuances of forced migration and US interventionism. We will also discuss the role of the media in creating narratives that criminalize and dehumanize communities of color and the emergence of new narratives developed by migrants and asylum seekers.
Registration Linkbit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries2

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Migrants at US-Mexico Border
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Jennifer Harbury, Angry Tías y Abuelas, Rio Grande Valley
Nicol Bowles, Community organizer in Texas Borderlands
Casa Carmelita, Asylum Seeker and Migrant Community Support Center
Description:
The coronavirus has grabbed headlines in local and international media. However, we have heard little about the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on the most vulnerable communities. In this webinar, we will discuss the situation facing asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border and how local communities are responding to these challenges.
Registration Linkbit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries3

Sunday, April 5, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Researching U.S. Militarization of  Borderlands and Mesoamérica
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Natalia Báez, Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights
John Lindsay-Poland, Stop US Arms to Mexico Project of Global Exchange
Description:
How do we access information on the US gun trade, Mexican military forces, and how they impact human rights violations? How can we translate hard data on militarism for social media use and to change policy? In this webinar, veteran researchers guide us through how to access information on US-sourced weapons in Mexico and Central America.
Registration Linkbit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries4

10:30 am – 11:30 am PT / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Policy advocacy on U.S. militarism and guns in Mexico and Central America
Panel held in English with Spanish interpretation.Panelists:
Dana Frank, Professor of History emerita at the University of California at Santa Cruz
Eugenio Weigend, Center for American Progress 
Description:
This webinar draws on the extensive experience of two effective policy advocates regarding gun policy and US policy in Honduras to respond to the following questions:  What  policies impact violence and arms trafficking in Mexico and Central America? Are the gun industry and militarists using the current crisis to promote harmful policies? How can we engage legislators in Washington to change those policies?
Registration Linkbit.ly/SOAWatchWebinarSeries5

SOA Watch is committed to challenging US-backed state violence that protects capitalism and profits at the expense of the wellbeing and dignity of our communities and territories. We stand strong with, and in, our communities and build our capacity to organize, resist, and engage in mutual aid. We hope you will join us for this webinar series and continue supporting our collective work for justice and structural change!

In continued solidarity,
Brigitte, Candice, Dévora, Pablo, and Roy
SOA Watch

FACEBOOK LIVE AVAILABLE: @SCHOOLOFTHEAMERICASWATCH

Final Charge Against Dr. Scott Warren Dropped! Statements from Outside Court

GREG KUYKENDALL: Well, we are enormously grateful to the entire community for all the support that we’ve had for this fantastic result wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the fantastic and enormous support we’ve gotten from the community. Which is a poor way of saying thank you very very much to the community for everything thats happened. 

Today the government took the position that people of conscience should not be prosecuted for acts of humanitarian aid. In other words humanitarian aid, by definition, is not a crime. [clapping]

REPORTER: Did he say that specifically or are you inferring this or do you have this written somewhere?

GK: It’s the only thing logical to infer. On the eve of Scott’s sentencing the government filed a motion in good faith to dismiss in the interest of justice justice demands that person of Scott’s background, faith, and activities not be prosecuted. And that’s what happened today. The government filed a motion and the motion said we are filing this in good faith in the interest of justice. And that’s why Scott’s not being prosecuted.

REPORTER: You were sort of raising the question in court of why they dropped the charges?

GK: I think it’s a reasonable question to ask.

REPORTER: So why do you think they changed their mind now?

GK: I think you guys should ask them why they changed their minds now. But I think it’s clear they changed their mind because the law is humanitarian aid is not a crime. Scott’s not guilty and they recognized that that was going to be writ large by the 9th circuit if they continued their prosecution of Scott. 

REPORTER: They felt they would fail on appeal?

GK: I think it was pretty clear that they would fail on appeal and that there would be 9th circuit law explaining in even larger terms than Judge Marquez recently explained that humanitarian is not a crime. 

REPORTER: In reference to No More Deaths different federal agencies over the past 15 years… do you think they’ve learned their lesson and are no longer going to target No Mor

GK: I hope that No More Deaths is no longer going to be targeted anymore. There’s certainly no reason for people of conscience trying to save lives in an environment where the government has intentionally weaoponized the desert and people are losing their lives in droves there’s certainly no reason why the government would target people like no more deaths. 


From Paige Corich-Kleim, No More Deaths Media Coordinator:

I’m just going to say it … Humanitarian aid is never a crime! 

As people of conscience, we will continue to provide care and solidarity to people in the borderlands. Our organization has extended our streak of legal wins—now over 40 different victories in court over the last 18 years.

However, despite our organization’s victory today, we must also acknowledge the escalating violence toward directly affected communities—many people who seek justice in this country never find it. 

As we speak, thousands are stuck along the border due to the disastrous Remain in Mexico Policy, or MPP (Migrant Protection Protocol). In the interior, the Trump administration has also promised to use SWAT-like teams aided by Border Patrol, to enforce immigration. 

Last week a federal judge finally agreed that conditions in Border Patrol detention under Obama violated people’s rights. It took five years to get that decision, and over those years people continued to die in ICE and Border Patrol custody as a direct result of inhumane conditions, and medical neglect. Later today dozens more will be convicted in Operation Streamline and sent to these same centers.

Just a few days ago in DC, the family of teenager Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guerea got word from that the Supreme Court there would be no consequences for the Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa, the man who shot and killed their son in 2010. The ruling will impact the civil charge the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Nogales, who filed suit against BP agent Lonnie Swartz for his murder.

Arguments for this case were heard the same day Scott began his retrial, the same day arguments on DACA were heard. With no ruling on DACA, the program remains in limbo, with recipients unsure if the program will continue. 

Finally, yesterday on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, just south of where volunteers received their charges, Border Patrol hosted a media spectacle on Monument Hill, an attempt to show that wall construction and controlled detonations are “not a big deal” We know that this process is not just causing irreparable environmental degradation, it is destroying sacred sites of the Hia C’ed O’odham and Tohono O’odham and a massive violation of their sovereignty. 

These are dark times. 

We are glad—for Scott, his family, and the broader community of those providing and receiving humanitarian aid along the US–Mexico border—this final charge was dropped, but let us take a moment for Sergio, Jose, and the more than 100 others who have been killed by Border Patrol directly, as well as the countless more who have died or disappeared due to US Border Enforcement strategy. 

We celebrate another victory today, and we celebrate the overwhelming support of our Southern Arizona community, but this is not over. We will continue to find ways to intervene and reduce harm in the borderlands. Thank you all for your continued support.” 

NO MORE DEATHS VOLUNTEERS WIN #CABEZA9 APPEAL: CONVICTIONS REVERSED

February 4rd, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact:
media@nomoredeaths.org (520) 240-1641

NO MORE DEATHS VOLUNTEERS WIN APPEAL:
#CABEZA9 CONVICTIONS REVERSED:


TUCSON, AZ – On January 31st, United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez reversed the convictions of four No More Deaths volunteers. The volunteers were convicted in January 2019 of multiple misdemeanor charges stemming from their humanitarian aid work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge (CPNWR) during the summer of 2017 in an area known as the “trail of death.” 

The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge covers over 803,000 acres of remote desert with no natural water sources and very few publicly accessible roads, making it one of the deadliest migration corridors along the border. In 2017, the year the volunteers were charged, 32 sets of human remains were found on the refuge.

The four volunteers were convicted after a bench trial in January, 2019, issued fines and placed on probation. The decision was appealed shortly after. The reversal was based on an examination of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), one of many defenses the volunteers’ lawyers presented. In the order, Judge Marquez wrote: “Accordingly, the Court finds that application of the regulations against Defendants violates RFRA, and the Court will reverse Defendants’ convictions.”

One key component of applying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is to determine whether or not the government has a compelling interest to enforce the law in question.  In her order Judge Márquez noted that “…the Government claims a compelling interest in preventing Defendants from interfering with a border enforcement strategy of deterrence by death. This gruesome logic is profoundly disturbing. It is also speculative and unsupported by evidence.”

“This ruling reaffirms what No More Deaths has always maintained: providing life-saving humanitarian aid is never a crime. The reversal of the convictions is a victory for all people of conscience and righteousness who seek to end the death and suffering in the borderlands.” said volunteer Alicia Dinsmore “People continue to die every day on Cabeza Prieta and we will continue to act on our moral imperative to do this vital work.”

In a separate case, No More Deaths volunteer Dr. Scott Warren faced two misdemeanor charges for similar work, in addition to his high profile felony charges. His lawyers argued a successful RFRA claim for one of the charges, but he was found guilty of another. The conviction was announced by Judge Raner Collins minutes after a jury returned a not guilty verdict for his felony charges in November. He will be sentenced on February 27th. Dr. Warren and his attorneys will decide if they will appeal his conviction after sentencing. 

No More Deaths remains committed to protecting the human rights of and advocating for the liberation of all people, regardless of race, religious belief, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality and documentation status.

An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea – Sold Out

Tickets are sold out for our 2/13 Luis Urrea event!

Thank you for your support.

This event is made possible by our generous sponsors:

Community Partners:

Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment – An Enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation

Rancho Gordo – Specialty heirloom bean supplier based in Northern California 

Tumerico – Vegetarian, scratch kitchen based in Tucson providing food for the event reception

Friends:

Antigone Books – Voted Tucson’s best independent book store by readers of Tucson Weekly

Earlham College Border Studies Program – Program focusing on migration, identity, and social justice

EXO Roast Co. – Small batch, specialty coffee roaster in Tucson

People’s Defense Initiative – Grassroots community organizing fighting for human rights in Tucson

Rincon Market – Local family-owned deli, grocery, and restaurant in the Sam Hughes neighborhood

Rubin & Bernstein PLLC – Law firm based in Tucson, Arizona

Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson – The fiscal sponsor of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes Mr. Urrea is the author of The Devil’s Highway and 16 other books, which reflect his cross-cultural experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a “border writer”. He has won many awards for his writing and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005 for The Devil’s Highway, which tells the story of a group of men who in 2001 attempted to cross the border into southern Arizona’s deadliest corridor – the very area where our volunteers leave lifesaving food and water. He was recently named a Guggenheim