6/24 Austin, TX: Protest the National Guard troops arriving to the border!
- Protest Saturday June 24th, Austin, TXHuman Rights Begin At HomeFrom: rybarra@...
While the first National Guard troops have arrived on the border it is important to send the message that not everyone is happy with the increasing militarization of our communities.
On Tuesday, June 20th the ACLU released a report to the U.N. Human Rights Committee condemning the U.S. government for failing to comply with its treaty obligations to protect and preserve a range of human rights protections at home and abroad.
A portion of the report focuses on the militarization of the border and includes the following language:
President Bush recently made an announcement that he will be sending 6,000 National Guard troops to the border. Soldiers are trained to kill the enemy and they lack training to respect and protect border community residents’ civil liberties and safety. In 1997, a Marine assisting the government’s drug interdiction efforts shot and killed 18-year-old U.S. citizen Eziquiel Hernandez. In 1995, the Border Patrol reported apprehending more than 1.3 million undocumented immigrants. In 2005, with more than twice the number of agents as in 1995, the Border Patrol apprehended just under 1.2 million undocumented immigrants.At the same time the number of deaths have soared dramatically. The U.S. Border Patrol is set to become the nation’s largest law enforcement entity as President Bush aims to have over 18,000 Border Patrol agents by the end of his term. Undoubtedly, the number of deaths will continue to rise exponentially with the number of Border Patrol agents, as migrants will be forced to cross in increasingly remote areas.
For a complete copy of the report http://www.aclu.org/intlhumanrights/gen/25944prs20060620.html
Stand up for human rights and let the U.S. Government know that the militarization of our communities and the increase in deaths that is sure to follow will not be tolerated.
When: Saturday, June 24, 11 am
Where: Camp Mabry, West 35th Street, Austin, TX
What: Protest in front of National Guard
Why: Stand-up for human rights and denounce growing anti-immigrant sentiment and militarization of the border
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