Humanitarians Disgrace Memorial Dayby Karl W Hoffman on May. 29, 2011, under Border Issues, Uncategorized
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day and officialy proclaimed on May 5th 1868, was first observed on May 30th of that year when flowers where placed on both Union and Confederate graves at Arlington National cemetery. The South had a different day until after WWI when the holiday changed from just honoring those that died fighting in the Civil War to Americans who died fighting in all wars. Now it is observed on the last Monday of May because of the National Holiday Act of 1971 to allow for 3 day weekends. This has caused some debate as to the distraction of the solemn meaning of a memorial day lumped into merely a 3 day weekend. To resurrect the importance of this day, the National Moment of Remembrance was passed in December of 2000. It asked that all Americans to pause what they are doing at 3 pm on this day of remembrance and and think about the honor of those that have given their lives in the service of this great country of the United States of America.
Humanitarian Organizations have decided to start their own remembrance on this important day by having a press conference and launching the official start of “The Migrant Trail” a 75 mile walk to honor illegal immigration and the deaths in the desert as a result of criminal behavior. I convey my personal sympathy for those you have lost their lives sneaking into the United States and the broken system that surounds every aspect of the immigration and border security debacle. I have dedicated the past 7 years of my life to raising border awareness through objective presentations, exposing the hidden agendas of groups capitalizing on the migrant targets and media sensationalism through my documentary “Living on the Border” and my website www.livingontheborder.com. Without debating the immigration issues here because I have chastised all sides at different times, I must say that it breaks my heart to see that we the people of both nations are at the mercy of right wing radicals, left wing activists, politicians, organized crime, humanitarian organizations, hate groups and government greed and we are now in a place where no compromise is allowed and solutions are all or nothing.
Many of marchers are anti government activists, open border advocates, and bleeding hearts, and the same ones demanding that hispanic studies be taught and their culture respected. I don’t have a problem with that, ones roots are important, but it is a two way street and respect is earned not demanded. Respect this country, it’s laws and history and you just may get respect. Unfortunately the groups listed below don’t feel they have to respect their own county, The United States of America, and there is where the problem lies.
The Migrant Trail
Arizona Border Rights Foundation
A 75 mile walk from Sásabe, Sonora, MX to Tucson, AZThrough Sonoran Desert Brings Attention to Migrant Deaths
The precarious reality of our borderlands calls us to walk. We are a spiritually diverse, multi-cultural group who walk together on a journey of peace to remember people, friends and family who have died, others who have crossed, and people who continue to come. We bear witness to the tragedy of death and of the inhumanity in our midst. Lastly, we walk as a community, in defiance of the borders that attempt to divide us, committed to working together for the human dignity of all peoples.
Monday, May 30, 2011
317 W. 23rd Street
Tucson, AZ- On May 30, 2011, a diverse group of more than sixty individuals will begin a 75 mile walk to call attention to the human rights crisis occurring on the southern border. The eighth annual Migrant Trail: We Walk for Life is a joint endeavor of community groups and individuals from both sides of the border walking in solidarity with migrants to demand an end to the deaths in the desert.
“For the eighth year we stand together in solidarity with migrants and call for an end to the tragic deaths and division of communities along the U.S.-Mexico border,” says Kat Rodriguez of Derechos Humanos. “Thousands of men, women, and children have died due to border policies that have funneled them into the most hostile and desolate areas of the Sonoran desert. This must stop.”
Since the 1990s, it is estimated that more than 6,000 men, women and children have lost their lives crossing the U.S./Mexico border. As the summer approaches, and Arizona begins to experience triple-digit temperatures, the number of migrants encountering medical distress or death increases dramatically. Many will die the horrible death of dehydration and exposure. These deaths, a direct result of U.S. border and immigration policies, must be prevented.
The Walk will begin Monday, May 30 at 2:00pm in Sásabe, Sonora. Carpools will depart at 11am from Southside Presbyterian (317 W. 23rd Street). Participants will arrive on Sunday, June 5th at 11:00am at Kennedy Park, Ramada #3, for a closing ceremony. The Migrant Trail is a non-violent event, and is free and open to the community. Participants and organizers of the Migrant Trail call on all people of conscience to stand in solidarity with our migrant sisters and brothers.
“The Migrant Trail is an important spiritual witness to the challenging reality of our borderlands today,” says Dan Abbott of University Presbyterian Church in Tempe, Arizona. “It is a moral imperative that we stand in solidarity with our migrant brothers and sisters, demand humane border policies of our government, and call all people of conscience to take immediate action.”
Sponsors of the Migrant Trail: Coalición de Derechos Humanos, BorderLinks, Casa Maria, JPIC Office of the St. Barbara Province Francsiscans, Shalom Mennonite, Tucson Buddhist Meditation Center, Migrant Workers Solidarity Network (MWSN), Newman Center at UA, Green Valley/Saguarita Samaritans, Church of the Good Shepherd, No More Deaths- Tucson, REA Communications, Restoration Project, Humane Borders, St. John’s Episcopal Church of Mount Pleasant, Shalom House- Philadelphia, Mennonite Central Committee-US, Calpolli Teoxicalli, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, AFSC Colorado, Principe de Paz Church, Café Justo, University Presbyterian Church, Tucson SOA Watch, No More Deaths- Phoenix, Southside Presbyterian Church, and Tucson Samaritans.
Migrant Trail Bears Witness to Human Rights Crisis:
The Migrant Trail
c/o Arizona Border Rights Foundation
P.O. Box 1286 Tucson, AZ 85702
Derechos Humanos: 520-770-1373
- Photo by Karl W Hoffman
The Migrant Trail Walk Sponsored by Arizona Border Rights Foundation is a slap in the face to every American who has served this country in the past and the very present along with their families. Will the walk even stop at 3pm for the National Moment of Remembrance ? I doubt it.
On this day we as Americans honor all of the brave men and women who have given the greatest sacrifice to protect this country and the freedoms of it’s people. Memorial day is a nationally observed day and as a part of our American heritage it should be observed and respected with the deepest of reverence.