10/3 Minuteman Watch: New Video on the Minuteman Project
- New Video on the Minuteman Project
"Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border"
(Co-produced by AFSC, ACLU and WITNESS)http://www.witness.org/option,com_rightsalert/Itemid,178/task,view/alert_id,43/
For more than a decade, the southern border of the U.S. has resembled
a war zone. Aggressive, military-style actions by the Border Patrol
have made human rights abuses everyday events in border communities.
Alongside this official militarization, armed vigilante groups have
harassed border crossers and communities, but their numbers were
relatively limited until recently. In April 2005, a new group called
the "Minuteman Project" became a national media darling when several
hundred recruits gathered in Arizona to patrol the border. Only
months later, they are expanding their activities into throughout the
Leaders of the Minuteman Project have been very skillful at
portraying themselves as no more than a well-meaning "neighborhood
watch group." They have been featured on many major television and
radio programs and have been welcomed by the governor of California.
Their racism and xenophobia are rarely explored, nor their legality
publicly challenged. In the coming months, it is essential that
opposing voices be heard and actions taken to counteract their
"Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border" exposes the ugly
anti-immigrant politics that lurk behind the Minuteman Project - and
shows the continuum between official border militarization and
vigilante action. This video was shot by human rights activists and
residents of border communities. It tells the story of border
tensions from the point of view of those affected and reveals the
underlying motivations of the vigilantes through interviews and
disturbing footage of their nighttime patrols.
To watch the video, read the full story, check out the resources
section and to ACT NOW, please visit:Please visit our "Minuteman Watch" Action Page!
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