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This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy. This piece - written by Marisa Franco - was originally published in Yes Magazine.

 

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The No Papers No Fear riders speak at an event New Orleans, La. Photo by No Papers No Fear – Ride for Justice.

Most of the buses that depart from the downtown Phoenix Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office toward the border between the United States and Mexico leave broken dreams and separated families in their wake. But this summer a different type of bus departed from that same city to promote a new ending to that story.

By boarding a bus and declaring their immigration status, riders were taking a significant risk to tell their story.
Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Priscila get some Love from Labor

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We are riding a 1972 MCI Challenger bus in our journey across the southwestern and southeastern part of the United States.  This bus, who came baptized with the name ‘Priscila’ has been used in organizing tours mostly on climate justice issues.  Inside she is more like an RV, with benches, a small kitchen and even bunk beds in the back.

Published in Marisa Franco
Thursday, 30 August 2012 17:53

Las Mariposas ~ The Butterflies | Marisa

 August 29, 2012

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Its been more than a few times that while driving in between cities butterflies appear around us, and I’ve wondered whether or not they’re coming along for the ride or if its simply normal for them to be in these parts this time of the year.  Their timing coincides with the image of the butterfly growing as a symbol of this ride. That is one of the funnest things to experience in organizing – when something begins to take on a life of its own.  I love the possibility of an idea, a sense of something and not having a clue what it will become in the end. I am thankful that I am still willing to try things that I don’t have an idea of what the outcome will be. But having a sense of the possibility, and that it could be good, makes taking a chance, the risk is worth it.

Published in Marisa Franco

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Gina Perez is a member of Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance. She has been a leading member of the growing movement in Georgia, being among the first students in the state to ‘come out of the shadows’ in civil disobediance.   In response to the education ban, GUYA has organized the Freedom University, where students are taking classes despite being barred from public universities.

In this piece for Organizing Upgrade Marisa Franco interviews Gina Perez.

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