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UUSB Hosted a 'Border Justice Assembly'

On October 9th, almost 50 people attended this assembly of organizations and individuals interested in border justice.

Community organizer, Sal Reza and nine other representatives of PUENTE Arizona identified themselves as part of a human rights movement, not an organization. They described the development of the movement in the Phoenix area and the cooperation among many groups to organize the May 29, 2010 National Day of Action march in Phoenix protesting the signing of Arizona’s SB 1070. That protest pulled in over 100,000 marchers from all around the country!

As part of the Puente movement, Sal Reza stressed the importance of community organization over activism. Community organization is at the core of the CDBs (Comités de Defensa del Barrio) which work at the community level, determining what the community needs.

Mar Cardenas described the UUA’s involvement in civil disobedience in Phoenix on July 29th, the police brutality against one inmate asking to be allowed to make a phone call, the sleep deprivation and other inhumane treatment of inmates that she experienced or witnessed.

Our next action, a seminar titled: “Our Broken Immigration System: What Does It Mean to Be on the Side of Love?” is tonight, Tuesday, October 12, 2010 and next Tuesday, at 6:30PM at the Hillcrest campus.