ARTISTIC UPRISING at the El Paso Border on July 5
Border Agricultural Workers Project,
La Mujer Obrera,
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
One Billion Rising
At the El Paso Border
Friday, July 5
5pm – 10pm (Updated time!)
Border Agricultural Workers Project
201 E 9th Ave
El Paso, Texas 79901
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Bring your music, poetry, drums, words, passion, theatre, outrage, and love. Join artists from El Paso & around the country for an ARTISTIC UPRISING at the El Paso border.
Stand up for freedom, dignity, and the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. End the diabolical inhumanity in detention centers and demand freedom, justice, and humane treatment for all those seeking safety and a better way of life. Support the front line groups who are doing the urgent work on the ground.
Together, we will RISE against the systemic violence and denial of human rights that immigrants and refugees experience. We RESIST the governments and institutions that create and support inhumane conditions of detention. We UNITE in our demand that these camps be closed, and that children be reunited with their parents – the most fundamental and basic human right.
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Artists and activists attending include: writer Denise Chavez, Alixa Garcia of Climbing PoeTree, Poet Laureate of Texas Carrie Fountain, playwright Eve Ensler, journalist/organizer Rosa Clemente, playwright and Founder of The Trevor Project James Lecesne, Gabriel Mendez, Kelly Curry of CODEPINK, photojournalist Paula J. Allen, singer Michaela Harrison, artist Sekou Luke, playwright Kirk Lynn, Border Agricultural Workers Project, La Mujer Obrera, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, One Billion Rising, Jennifer Nagda of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Morley and Shari Rezai. List in formation, more artists joining.
Let’s UNITE in our demand that these camps be closed, and that children be reunited with their parents – the most fundamental and basic human right.
Six children have died while in detention. Many others are locked up in filthy conditions, deprived even of soap and water. Oscar Alberto Martínez was clutching his two-year-old daughter, Valeria, when they both drowned. More than ten thousand refugees – and the numbers are climbing everyday – have been forced back to Mexico to fend for themselves in extremely dangerous circumstances because our President has declared "there is no more room." This has to stop. It undermines our values and our humanity.
As we RISE in El Paso, we RISE in solidarity with all refugees who face displacement due to political, social, and environmental injustice. There are 70 million displaced people in the world today, living away from their homes and often in unsafe and impossible living conditions.