12th Annual Migrant Trail Walk Arrives in Tucson
60 Participants Complete the Final Day of a 75- mile
Journey through the Sonoran DesertPress Conference: Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Kennedy Park, Ramada #3, Tucson, Arizona
English and French
TUCSON, Ariz. -- , May 31st, the twelfth annual Migrant Trail, a 75- mile walk from Sásabe, Sonora will arrive in Tucson, Arizona. The event will culminate in a press conference, followed by a community gathering at Kennedy Park. Approximately 60 participants who have made the seven-day trek have traveled from México, Canada, and more than 13 states throughout the US; they represent diverse international communities that include Colombia, Guatemala, and Palestine.
Since the 1990s, more than 6,000 men, women and children have lost their lives crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The ongoing human rights crisis of deaths along the border is only one piece of the larger strategy to funnel vulnerable migrants into Arizona's deadly desert. Participants of the Migrant Trail walk not only bear witness to the tragedy of death, but the intentional dehumanization and militarization of border communities.“I could understand this tragedy in our borderlands if our country were poor. But those who make these policies that lead to so many preventable deaths brag of our strength, our wealth, our moral compass. These policies are immensely costly, both in terms of the billions of dollars spent and in terms of our moral standing in the rest of the world,” says Mohyeddin Abdulaziz, long-time Tucson resident, and member of Southern Arizona BDS, an organization that seeks to link human rights issues from the US-Mexico border to the borders of Palestine.
“This walk does many things,” added Lupe Castillo, Tucson resident and participant in the Migrant Trail from its inception. “One of its successes is that it brings people from all over to recharge our creativity to do the very painful and yet joyful work we do in our communities with migrants and refugees. As a collective, we can continue to walk in the footsteps of those who have built this movement before us.”The Migrant Trail Walk will begin the final 6.7 miles of their journey at at the BLM campsite on Ajo Way and San Joaquin Road. Participants will be welcomed home at Ramada #3 at Kennedy Park at with speakers, music, food, and testimonies from participants and supporters. This event is free and open to the public.
French translation by Christine Prat, thank you!FRONTIERE US/MEXIQUE : MARCHE SUR LA PISTE DES MIGRANTS A TRAVERS LE DESERT DE SONORA