Sunday, June 21, 2009
No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes
"No More Deaths is an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes:
• Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
• Witnessing and responding
• Consciousness raising
• Global movement building
• Encouraging humane immigration policy."
As of June 21, 2009 there have been 94 migrant deaths in the Arizona desert since October 2008.
No More Deaths was formed by diverse faith-based and social activists groups who saw the situation faced by Mexican and Central American immigrants to be a morally repugnant and intolerable crisis. They see illegal immigration as the by-product of a system of economic imperialism in Latin American countries. On the ground they provide food, water, and medical assistance to migrants in the Arizona desert but they also monitor US operations on the border and seek to change current US immigration policies to a more just system.
What's really unique about No More Deaths is that it works as an umbrella organization to help multiple groups network and fight for the same cause. Whether Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, sectarian or other, all are united to ensure a stronger voice yet diverse enough to provide unique viewpoints and approaches to such a complex issue.
Dollar donations can be made through their website but supplies can also be made to their PO Box. Personal hygiene, first aid supplies, and nonperishable food items are all in high demand.
Volunteering is the most important thing you can do if you're in the Arizona area, especially during the hot summer months. No More Deaths provides opportunities as an alternative Spring Break program, full-time volunteer work, and recently weekend positions.