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10/05/2005 - Minutemen - "your minute is up"....are no shows on Canadian Border also...in October...only 1 seen in West Texas...and not on the border....ACLU border watch and protestors were present however....

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  • Al Soto
    FROM : No One is Illegal-Vancouver noii-van@resist.ca 10/04/2005 Minutemen shut down on U.S. - Canadian Border The Minuteman northern border patrol has
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2005
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      "No One is Illegal-Vancouver" noii-van@... 
      10/04/2005
       
      Minutemen shut down on U.S. - Canadian Border

      The Minuteman northern border patrol has officially begun. As was widely publicized by the Minutemen and their supporters, October 1st was the launch date of this latest campaign – six months after the beginning of their first armed patrol on the Arizona/Mexico border. Detachments have now been sent along the U.S./Canadian border in the states of Maine,
      Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington State.

      Though slated to make a launch appearance at the Peace Arch, which marks
      the border between Washington State and British Columbia – there were no
      Minutemen to be seen there on October 1st.
      Members of the vigilante group
      were spotted - in much smaller numbers than originally publicized – along
      a few stops on the border near Abbotsford, B.C. When questioned by the
      media as to their original plans to have a gathering at the Peace Arch, the Minutemen confirmed that the location was changed in order to avoid the protestors.

      Instead, loud cries of protest against the armed border vigilantes were
      heard from a group of about 60-80 protestors who had gathered from both
      sides of the border as well as a heavy media presence to cover the
      events.
      Community members from Bellingham, Blaine and Vancouver stood together
      to denounce this latest demonstration of racist anti-migrant activity as
      well as the larger political and social ramifications of the Minutemen’s
      actions.
      Organizers from both sides have begun an active campaign to
      counter the Minutemen and bring public attention to the harsh realities
      surrounding migration and the threat that such groups pose to
      marginalized communities.

      The Minutemen have also in the past told the media that the Lummi
      reserve has welcomed them to train on their territory in Washington State. A
      member of the community, however, completely denied those claims.

      “It is an outrage that armed groups can patrol the border and threaten
      our communities this way without any repercussions,” said Harjap Grewal, an
      organizer with No One Is Illegal Vancouver. “Why are these groups not
      being condemned by the government”, he added, “while members of our
      communities are increasingly subjected to racial profiling, arbitrary
      detentions and labelled as terrorists?”

      Since the Minutemen began their activities along the U.S. – Mexican
      border in April of this year, numerous communities in the U.S. have clearly
      demonstrated their opposition and outrage over both their actions and
      the impunity with which they have been allowed to work.
      Thus far, ½ of the
      Minuteman members have been former military and the majority have been
      armed. Though they have maintained that they are not a racist group,
      many of their members have been shown to have ties to white supremacist
      groups
      The Minutemen and their supporters have openly blamed migrants and
      “illegals” as being the cause of disease, crime and low wages. 
      “They’re spreading all the racist myths about migrants that we’ve heard before,”
      said Mandeep Dhillon, another organizer with No One Is Illegal
      Vancouver.
      “The Minutemen and their allies will say that migrants are free-loading
      off the system when the truth is that this system only exists because
      of the exploited labor of such migrants. If NAFTA can cross
      the border then so can the poor.”

      The Minutemen have stated that beyond border patrols,one of their main
      objectives is to influence the  public perception of border security
      and  policy changes to further militarize the U.S. borders. Resistance to
      their actions, however, is also on the rise in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
      Along the Mexican border, where a record 460 migrants have died in the
      last year alone as a result of U.S. border policies known as Operation
      Gatekeeper, numerous protest actions are planned for October 8th.

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