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10/3 Minuteman Watch: New Video on the Minuteman Project

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    New Video on the Minuteman Project Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border (Co-produced by AFSC, ACLU and WITNESS)
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2005
      New Video on the Minuteman Project
      "Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border"

      (Co-produced by AFSC, ACLU and WITNESS)


      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
      growing influence.

      "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
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