January 20, 2012
Save the Date! We are the Border. We are Alex Martinez. February 28th National Day of Action
Alex Martinez, a US Citizen, was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol and Local Law Enforcement in Washington State one year ago. His story is just one of thousands of people who've been mistreated in border communities. It’s clear that U.S. Border Patrol is abusing their authority and our communities. Take a stand with us.
For decades, communities living along the southern border have endured in an environment where human and civil rights are constantly assaulted by U.S. Border Patrol. Now, communities along the northern border are discovering how a federal agency that lacks accountability and transparency is making our communities less safe.
In Washington State on February 28, 2011, a Lynden father spoke Spanish when he called 911 to request medical attention for his son Alex. A simple call for help turned tragic when local law enforcement brought Border Patrol along to “translate.”
Alex, a U.S. Citizen and a father himself, was shot 13 times. It seems that CBP never even used Spanish that day. His tragic death has never received a just and independent investigation. Instead of investigating Alex’s death, Border Patrol has denied responsibility and impeded a thorough review of their involvement.
On Feb. 28th, Alex’s shooting showed just how dangerous this charged atmosphere can be. But communities along the northern border are living in crisis 365 days a year.
Within 100 miles of the border, people of color, immigrants, and religious minorities are profiled, harassed at church or food pantries…or worse by Border Patrol. Latinos and Muslims shouldn’t be afraid to call 911. Our communities shouldn’t be harassed on the way to a social service agency or at church.
You don’t have to forfeit your rights because you live near the border. But you must fight for them.
From Rochester, NY to El Paso, TX; Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA; and from Detroit, MI to Tucson, AZ, on February 28th, in memory of Alex, we will join together for a national day of action to re-map “the border” and lift up our stories of living in the Northern, Southern, and coastal Border Communities.
Will you take two minutes right now to use your camera phone or webcam to send a picture with a sign saying: “(Your City), I am the Border” so we can start to re-map the border?
All across the country, people of conscience are organizing vigils, teach-ins, demonstrations, and or “know-your-rights” meetings to lift up the civil rights crisis at our borders. In memory of Alex, will you support the national day of action?
Click here to upload your photo, sign up for a toolkit, or to register to host an event.
Together we can make a powerful call for just and humane border policy. Join us on Feb 28th. We are the Border. We are Alex Martinez.
Sign onto the Letter
Can your organization sign onto the Northern Border Coalition Letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder? View Letter.
To sign on, email Ruth Lopez-McCarthy.
OneAmerica, formerly Hate Free Zone, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant communities.
About The Northern Border Coalition
The Northern Borders Coalition is a union of organizations along the northern border working to stand up for civil and human rights together. The Coalition helps build shared strategies amongst our members to address new border challenges and collaborates with our partners in the Southwest to share best practices.