The Migrant Trail Walk
- You all might find this very interesting as it puts another name on borders and should help you to understand a bit better.
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Video: The Migrant Trail Walk
Elena Stein <https://nacla.org/nacla-bloggers#Elena>
Border Wars <https://nacla.org/node/7331>
June 1, 2012
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This week, more than 50 women and men will trek through 75 miles of ocotillo
and saguaro cactus along the dry, desolate plains of the Sonoran Desert. But
what they walk to witness is far from natural.
The Migrant Trail Walk is an annual, walking memorial. Led by la Coalición
de Derechos Humanos and co-sponsored by a dozen other human rights
organizations, the seven-day communal endeavor navigates a barren stretch
from Sásabe, Sonora, in Mexico to Tucson, Arizona. It honors the more than
5,000 migrants that have lost their lives seeking to reach the United States
through those unforgiving corridors. It also pays homage to the lives that
have been altered and the many lives that are yet to be taken.
This video by Jake Ratner and Elena Stein is a brief testament of the
experience underway right now: an embodiment of struggle, a meditation on
the wrangled roots of these deaths, and a strengthened commitment to take
down the borders between us in order to forge an end to the atrocity.
Elena Stein and Jake Ratner worked on immigrant rights for several
organizations including No More Deaths <http://www.nomoredeaths.org/> while
living in the Sonoran desert in 2011. They currently reside in Immokalee,
Florida, where they work as allies to the farmworker struggle with the
Coalition of Immokalee Workers. See also a photo essay by Border Wars
blogger Todd Miller from June 2011 titled "Walking the Migrant Trail