[News] National Human Rights March Sat February 28 Phoenix
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Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras Statement of Support For the
National Human Rights March To Challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Saturday, February 28th - Phoenix, Arizona
The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras joins and stands strongly in
support of all the people and organizers of the National Human Rights
March to challenge the Human Rights abuses of Maricopa County Sheriff
Joe Arpaio. We believe that the militarization and border
enforcement policies that have been inflicted upon the territories of
our eight Nations of Indigenous Peoples divided by the US-Mexico
border have helped nurture virulent racist nativism in America, and
politicians have used immigration as a wedge issue that has degraded
respect for the civil and human rights of us all.
The actions of Sheriff Arpaio extend the militarization of the border
to the entirety of the metropolis of Maricopa County, where the
Sheriff's Posse acts as an "uber police" force, overriding
jurisdictions of civil government and community control. We
understand that the 287(g) Agreement now in place with the Sheriff of
Maricopa County and the federal government has been implemented in
violation of the constitutional right of Equal Protection and with
blatant discriminatory enforcement tactics by Sheriff Arpaio, and
therefore demand that the 287(g) Agreement be cancelled immediately.
We join voices as well with members of the Judiciary Committee of the
US House of Representatives to call for federal investigation on the
systematic practices and procedures of discriminatory enforcement
that Sheriff Arpaio has implemented throughout Maricopa County, and
that such violations be addressed in the appropriate judicial venues
and courts of both civil and human rights. To this end, we call to
the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, Professor James Anaya of the University of Arizona, to take
into account these procedures of federal investigation now under way,
and articulate effective measures to address the international
regional and historical context of the issue as part of a pattern of
systemic human rights violations driven by transnational government
economic policies in North America, in reference to the regime of NAFTA.
The actions of Sheriff Arpaio and his posse have declared open season
and war on all People of Color, including documented and undocumented
immigrants, and U.S. Citizens. Public safety and public health have
suffered as a result. This situation must brought to an end immediately.
We call upon the Maricopa County Government, citizens and politicians
to stop the perpetrators of hate and fear that use anti-immigration
legislation and border enforcement policies as a tool to discriminate
against People of Color and terrorize our communities! Sheriff Joe
Arpaio must be stopped! His racist acts deserve Public Condemnation
because they polarize Race Relations in Arizona and undermine the
stability and integrity of our regional economy in the state.
Indigenous Peoples and the Border
Across the borderlands, anti-immigrant issues have also profoundly
affected Indigenous Peoples.
The cultural and religious ties between our Indigenous Nations and
communities on both sides of the US-Mexico border precede the
imposition of the international boundary between the two countries by
millennia. These ties present a cultural mandate that must continue
and will continue in spite of the great difficulties of today's
political climate and economic realities.
The vast majority of immigrants without documents coming to the US
are Indigenous Peoples of the Abya Yala [the Americas] from Mexico,
Guatemala and other South American countries. Indigenous people
living on or near the border from Texas to California and from
Coahuila to Baja California, are harassed, subjected to high-speed
chases, abuse of state authority, and suffer daily violations of
human and civil rights with impunity.
Southern Indigenous border issues are neglected or ignored by
politicians and by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security. Indigenous sovereignty and rights of self-determination
are continuously violated by restrictive and discriminatory border
crossing enforcement policies.
Southern Indigenous Border Rights and Justice should be dealt with as
a viable border enforcement issue in order to ensure policy change
that will respect indigenous rights of mobility and passage,
preservation of language and cultural rights and indigenous family's
The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, founded in 1997, was created by
and for Indigenous Peoples to address border issues of the southern
US border with Mexico. The Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras consists
of individual tribal members from the eight southern border
indigenous nations with relatives in Mexico. We seek to increase
public awareness regionally and nationally on how anti-immigrant
legislation and border enforcement policies daily affect the lives of
Indigenous Rights and Immigrant Rights are HUMAN RIGHTS!
WE DEMAND THAT ARPAIO BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!
HIS WILD WEST TACTICS ARE UNACCEPTABLE!
A Nation that is governed based on the Rule of Law Must Respect Human Rights!
! Human Rights do not need Documents !
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13th, 2007
1. Indigenous peoples, in particular those divided by international
borders, have the right to maintain and develop contacts, relations
and cooperation, including activities for spiritual, cultural,
political, economic and social purposes, with their own members as
well as other peoples across borders.
2. States, in consultation and cooperation with indigenous peoples,
shall take effective measures to facilitate the exercise and ensure
the implementation of this right.
Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras
Contact: Jose R. Matus, Project Director Tel: (520)
P.O. Box 826 Tucson, AZ 85702
Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras: Statement of Support - National Human
Rights March Sat February 28 Phoenix
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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