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We’re 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

Hiring: Fundraising Coordinator

Fundraising Coordinator

Term of service: 30 hours/week; 6 months with review and option to renew
Start:  August 3rd, 2020 
Location:  Tucson, AZ (Though currently this job is a remote position due to COVID, we are looking for someone living in the Tucson area.)

Application deadline: Friday, July 17th, 2020

Job Description:

No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is seeking a coordinator to support our fundraising efforts.  The Fundraising Coordinator will build capacity and explore new strategies to raise funds in support of NMD’s mission, as well as maintain systems of organization, manage communications and complete administrative tasks as directed by and with the support of the Fundraising Action Working Group (FRAWG). Particular emphasis will be given to cultivating relationships with major donors and prospective donors. 

Duties:

The fundraising coordinator will work with the Fundraising Action Working Group (FRAWG), media/publishing teams, and NMD working groups to:

–Write fundraising appeals for email, print mailings and newsletters and social media.  Create fundraising content for social media.
 — Cultivate relationships with major supporters; one on one meetings, phone calls, etc.
–Set timelines, solicit content from working groups, and coordinate the publication of print newsletters (2-3 per year), and bi-monthly eblasts.  Produce mail lists for print newsletter, coordinate publication with printer 
–Prepare and update fundraising materials (phone banking resources, donor thank you letters, brochures, presentation kits for individuals fundraising for NMD) 
— Prepare webinars to present to donors and supporters.
–With the fundraising team and working group coordinators, write grants and grant reports and track grant deadlines
–Support event organizing, tabling, and outreach efforts by volunteers
–Explore and complete fundraising-related outreach to new groups and communities of supporters, including providing support for external fundraising events (other cities)
–Administrative tasks, including setting twice/month FRAWG agendas and notifications to members, facilitating FRAWG meetings, recording meeting notes and distributing to FRAWG; other administrative tasks as assigned by FRAWG

–Manage calendar for eblasts, newsletters, tabling, events 
–Download online donations and coordinate data entry/thank you letters with volunteers.  Recruit additional volunteers as needed for data entry.  Enter weekly deposits in database and send thank you letters.  Enter donations from various outside employee giving campaigns.  Assist as directed with making deposits.
–Attend FRAWG, Personnel, Finance, Spokescouncil & General meetings of NMD
–Participate in the budgeting process for FRAWG and as well as the organization
–Track income and donor trends through reports from database

— Willing to work irregular hours including evening meetings, and willingness to travel (when the world is not in a pandemic).

Desired Skills:
–Strong writing and communication skills
— Strong interpersonal skills and understanding of power/oppression dynamics within organizations.
–Familiarity with and support for NMD’s work and mission
–Strong organizational skills, experience facilitating meetings
–Experience with Network For Good database, (entry and reporting) or similar CRM  
–Social media skills
–Fundraising experience 
–Grant writing experience and/or experience writing direct fundraising appeal letters and emails  
— Volunteer experience with No More Deaths or other social movement organizations.

Contract conditions:

–Monthly salary of $1950 + benefits (health and dental)
–Ongoing support from working group
–Reimbursement of expenses for supplies, postage, etc.
— Work phone supplied
–Review of position at six-months for renewal


No Migrant Justice without Black Liberation: A Statement in Solidarity with Black Uprisings

To you, and everyone in the streets, organizing within their communities and building a world where Black lives not only matter, but thrive, we thank you and stand alongside you.

It’s midsummer in Arizona, and many of us are in the desert leaving water, responding to missing persons calls and providing care to people crossing during the heat, navigating a humanitarian crisis mid-pandemic. For aid workers, it’s not uncommon to meet people in the desert with a familiar story: Profiled by police, arrested, handed over to ICE, deported and now trying to get home to their families and loved ones. 

As the uprisings have increased in the United States, we’ve also seen Customs and Border Protection drones circle Minneapolis, Border Patrol deployed to Washington D.C. and armed CBP agents posing in front of community shrines in San Diego. ICE and Border Patrol have long extended the militarization of the border into cities and the interior of the country and through these actions are only reaffirming their racist and xenophobic agendas. 

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Dion Johnson are only the most recent examples of police brutality, actions of an institution rooted in white supremacy. What we recognize as modern day policing in the U.S. was born from a need to prevent uprisings amongst slaves, and to preserve Black people as property. 

This legacy of white supremacy lives on in the prison system, which is a clear reimagination and continuation of slavery, incarcerating Black people at a rate five times that of white people. Immigration detention and deportation are an extension of the same racist policing and court systems, often occupying the same buildings and being run by the same for-profit corporations.

Migrant justice and Black liberation are inextricably linked. 

Immigration is a Black issue. The stories of Black migrants are often erased or minimized, as are the struggles of Black people everywhere. Routine discrimination against the undocumented community is increased even more by anti-Blackness, making Black immigrants far more likely to be funneled into the deportation machine.

In the most recent installment of our Disappeared report series, we demanded that Border Patrol be defunded and dismantled, with reparations paid to family members of all those killed or disappeared by U.S. border enforcement policy. This recommendation was built on the understanding that no reform could end Border Patrol violence and extrajudicial killings. In making these demands we took guidance from centuries of Black abolitionist thought and organizing. 

Black feminist, activist and professor Angela Davis summed up the current political moment in a recent interview: “What we are seeing now are new demands: demands to demilitarize the police, demands to defund the police, demands to dismantle the police and envision different modes of public safety. We’re asked now to consider how we might imagine justice in the future. This is a very exciting moment. I don’t know if we have ever experienced this kind of global challenge to racism and the consequences of slavery and colonialism.”

No More Deaths/ No Más Muertes affirms our call to defund ICE and CBP and joins the call to defund the police nationwide.

When we defund and demilitarize the police and pay reparations to the communities they have terrorized for centuries, we may finally begin to construct a society which is not based on brutality and murder.

So we invite you, as friends and supporters of migrants, immigrants and racial justice to give generously to Black immigration organizations at this pivotal time in history. Donations to organizations such as Movement for Black Lives or to Black Trans groups will save lives.

In solidarity and gratitude,

No More Deaths/ No Más Muertes community

Facing Death in Detention

Due to the threats of COVID-19, since February, the No More Deaths Keep Tucson Together Legal Clinic has focused its efforts on preparing humanitarian parole requests and motions for bonds for more than 50 of our clients detained at La Palma, Eloy & Florence, AZ ICE detention facilities. Court dates are set and then cancelled, re-set and then cancelled. Meanwhile, precautions against the spread of the pandemic in cramped detention centers are abysmal. There is no soap in sinks, no access to gloves, and detained women and men just receive two face masks each – only after signing waivers of liability for the masks. Under these conditions, it is no surprise that more people are becoming infected with COVID-19. As of this writing, ICE acknowledges 69 known “positive” cases of COVID-19 at the La Palma facility alone.

Recently, at an La Palma detention center in Eloy, detainees blocked the doors to their “pod” with tables and chairs, demanding masks, gloves, hand soap and testing. In response, the officers from CoreCivic – the for-profit company that operates many detention centers – broke through and shot them with rubber bullets and sprayed them with tear gas. As this violence demonstrates, detained men and women are not safe in ICE custody. No More Deaths, along with Amnesty International and others, have called for the release of all ICE detainees during this pandemic, and we have been working hard to secure the release of these individuals.

On May 1st, our legal team was able to secure four bond hearings; three of our brothers were granted bonds and one was continued. One of those released is an 18-year old high school senior, who has never been in detention before, and had his bond set at $9,000. Detention was horrific for this young man. Another of the three released tested positive for COVID and has been quarantining since release. As of this writing, we have been able to get nine detainees out since February and back to their families, and hope to get more out soon.

What is clear is that the government’s policy of denying all petitions for humanitarian paroles and continuing bond hearings, not providing masks, gloves, soap and testing are all purposeful and orchestrated forms of mass negligence, not just coincidental incidents of chaos. There can be no doubt that the United States is executing a policy of detention = death. The No More Deaths/ Keep Tucson Together Clinic will continue to shine the light on these deadly practices and to do everything in our power to secure freedom and life for our sisters and brothers in detention. If you are able, please consider making a generous donation to the No More Deaths Keep Tucson Together Bond Fund at bit.ly/nmdbond. We are committed to doing everything we can to leave no one behind to die alone in detention.

Article by Margo Cowan, volunteer, Keep Tucson Together

Make Cloth Masks for No More Deaths!

No More Deaths Needs Cloth Masks!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue our life-saving work at our desert aid stations serving migrants crossing the border. We have a great need for cloth masks. While these masks are not nearly as effective in filtrating particles as surgical masks, or N95 masks, they are still quite useful in our desert aid stations to protect our volunteers and migrants. Thank you for helping out!

STEP 1: Materials

Some basic supplies you’ll need: 

  • A sewing machine, threaded (you can make masks by hand, but they will take much longer).
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or a fabric marking tool
  • Paper and a ruler to measure a pattern
  • Elastic (optional, you can use cloth instead)
  • Cloth!

What cloth to use?

  • It’s difficult to make a clear recommendation regarding which cloth is best because there is not much existing research.  
  • The cloth should strike a balance between THICK enough to effectively filter particles, yet light enough to be BREATHABLE and comfortable to the wearer. 
  • DO NOT use a vacuum filter or a HEPA filter to increase the filtration of your mask. These materials contain fiberglass and toxins that are not safe to inhale.
  • You can layer material between thin cotton (for example, put a “shop towel” in between two layers of t-shirt)
  • Here are some recommended cloth materials. The hyperlinks cite the research where this data came from, but please note the research is not conclusive and there are many varying opinions. 
Material (double layer)Effectiveness Against 1-Micron Particles 
Surgical Mask97%
“Shop Towels” (like these)93%
Dish Towel 83%
Quilting Cotton (tight weave)79%
100% Cotton T-Shirt69%
600 Thread Count Pillowcase/Sheet60%
400 Thread Count Pillowcase/Sheet40%
Linen60%
Silk58%
Bandana18%

STEP 2: Pick a pattern 

There are many patterns available online! Here are a few that we’ve tried and recommend:

  • Very clear steps with pictures along the way: 
  • Three different patterns of varying sewing skill levels: 

https://www.stationnorthtoollibrary.org/masks

  • This one gets a bit complicated, and requires more materials, but includes a pocket to insert a shop towel filter or a coffee filter, and a nose clip:

https://suayla.com/pages/suay-community-mask-coalition

STEP 3: Mail us your completed masks! 

Mail your completed masks to either of these two addresses:

No More Deaths
PO Box 40782
Tucson, AZ 85717

The Arivaca Humanitarian Aid Office
PO Box 826 
Arivaca, AZ 8560l

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR WORK!

¡No Más Muertes Necesita Mascarillas de Tela!

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, continuamos nuestro trabajo para salvar vidas en los puestos de ayuda en el desierto que sirven a los migrantes cruzando la frontera. Tenemos una gran necesidad de mascarillas de tela. Aunque estas mascarillas no son tan eficaces para filtrar partículas como las mascarillas quirúrgicas o las mascarillas N95, aún así son útiles para proteger nuestros voluntarios y los migrantes en nuestros puestos de ayuda en el desierto. ¡Muchas gracias por su ayuda!

PASO 1: Materiales

Algunos suministros básicos que necesitará: 

  • Una máquina de coser, enhebrada (se puede confeccionar mascarillas a mano, pero se tardará mucho más)
  • Alfileres
  • Tijeras
  • Lápiz o una herramienta para marcar la tela
  • Papel y una regla para medir un patrón
  • Elástico (opcional, se puede usar tela en su lugar)
  • ¡Tela!

¿Qué tela usar?

  • Es difícil hacer una recomendación clara sobre qué tela es mejor, ya que no hay mucha investigación existente.
  • La tela debe tener un equilibrio entre lo suficientemente GRUESA para filtrar eficazmente las partículas y lo suficientemente TRANSPIRABLE y cómoda para el usuario.
  • NO USE un filtro de vacío ni un filtro HEPA para aumentar la filtración de su mascarilla. Estos materiales contienen fibra de vidrio y toxinas que no son seguros para inhalar.
  • Se puede colocar el material en capas entre un algodón fino (por ejemplo, meter un trapo de taller entre dos capas de playera).
  • Aquí hay algunos materiales de tela recomendados. Los hipervínculos citan de donde proviene la investigación. Sin embargo, por favor tenga en cuanta que la investigación no es concluyente y hay muchas opiniones variadas.
Material (doble capa)Eficacia contra las partículas de 1 micrón
Mascarilla quirúrgica97%
Trapos de taller” (así)93%
Trapo de cocina 83%
Algodón para acolchar (tejido tupido)79%
Camiseta de algodón 100%69%
Funda de almohada/sábana de 600 hilos60%
Funda de almohada/sábana de 400 hilos40%
Lino60%
Seda58%
Pañuelo18%

PASO 2: Elegir un patrón

¡Hay muchos patrones disponibles en línea! Aquí hay algunos que hemos probado y recomendamos:

1) https://www.nytimes.com/es/article/como-hacer-mascarillas.html

2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLRG-OPNFk

  • Este se vuelve complicado y requiere más materiales, pero incluye un bolsillo para insertar un filtro de trapo de taller o un filtro de café y un clip nasal:

https://suayla.com/pages/suay-community-mask-coalition

PASO 3: ¡Envíenos sus máscaras terminadas! 

Envié sus mascarillas terminadas a cualquier de estas dos direcciones:

No More Deaths
PO Box 40782
Tucson, AZ 85717

The Arivaca Humanitarian Aid Office
PO Box 826 
Arivaca, AZ 8560l

¡GRACIAS POR APOYAR NUESTRO TRABAJO!

No More Deaths Emergency COVID19 Bond Fund

The COVID-19 health pandemic has amplified many of the injustices faced by thousands throughout the world: systemic poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and housing —issues that force people to embark on journeys away from their homes as an act of survival and where danger awaits if they are imprisoned in detention centers like La Palma Correctional Facility in Arizona. We need your support to help free people in detention ASAP! 

Arizona detention centers are notorious for their abusive practices towards detained migrants, lack of access to proper hygiene, and cramped quarters. So far, there are 8 known COVID-19 cases  in Arizona detention centers and ICE is doing what it knows how to do best: hiding their abusive practices in the shadows and away from the public eye by going on lockdown. Rather than treat people with compassion, they are responding with abuse. There are reports that people inside La Palma have been put in solitary confinement and even pepper sprayed  after expressing concerns about COVID-19 and the lockdown. Homemade masks have also been confiscated and people are not being given soap. 

Getting people out of detention is a matter of life and death. As we continue our on-the-ground organizing to #FreeThemAll, we are also fighting in the courts. Our immigration clinic program, Keep Tucson Together, is currently representing 43 people in ICE custody and we have 10 bond hearings scheduled for this week. We are demanding everyone be released on bonds and/or humanitarian grounds. 

But, bonds are not cheap. A single bond can be  $10,000+ and most people and their families do not have that kind of access to wealth. Our goal is to fundraise $80,000 for an Emergency Bond Fund and we need $25,000 more this week to meet our goal and ensure people get out sooner, rather than later.  

Can you donate to help #FreeThemAll? 

We so appreciate your support.

The No More Deaths Community 

P.S. If you can’t donate, please help us spread the word on social media and with your community and continue to take action online!

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.”