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Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

No More Deaths Urgent Appeal

from No More Deaths Phoenix's list-serve:

Dear Friends,
Attached you will find a letter to Jane Lyder, the Legislative Counsel for the Department of Interior in Washington, DC.
No More Deaths hopes you can FAX or email this letter to her today - before our next meeting with BANWR on Thursday.  You can add to the letter or write your own, personal letter that addresses the same key points.  You can also call her stating your ideas and position in this matter.
Be sure to include your name, address, e-mail address and sign the letter. It will be tossed out if you don't identify who you are.

Please forward and share with others!

Jane Lyder's contact information:
phone: 202-208-4416
fax: 202-208-4684
                                                                                                Date _____________________
Name ____________________________
Address ­­__________________________
City, State, Zip _____________________
Email ____________________________
Ms. Jane Lyder, Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Department of the Interior
1849 C St. NW
Washington, DC. 20240
phone: 202-208-4416
fax: 202-208-4684
Dear Ms. Lyder:
There is a humanitarian emergency happening on federal land along the southern U.S. border under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior. A team of representatives from humanitarian aid groups (No More Deaths and Samaritans) is currently negotiating with Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR) and the Department of Fish and Wildlife representatives to develop a plan that puts clean water and food on migrant trails crossing federal lands while, at the same time, respecting the mission of the Refuge.

A "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND NO MORE DEATHS AND SAMARITANS " was proposed by the humanitarian aid team that addresses this emergency. Migrants are dying in the Tucson sector of which BANWR is an integral part.  We have clear evidence that there is minimal access to clean water there in spite of the current manager's claim to the contrary.

To date, BANWR and Department of Fish and Wildlife representatives have not specifically responded to the "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING."  Because this is an emergency that requires immediate action, we urge you to intervene and encourage them to negotiate an agreement that allows humanitarian aid groups to put clean, life-saving water on BANWR without further delay.

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