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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Prosecutors fail to convict humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren for a second time

Photo No More Deaths

By Leila Pine

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TUCSON -- Scott Warren, the No More Deaths/No Más Muertes humanitarian aid volunteer charged with two felony counts of "harboring" immigrants by giving them food and water in the desert, was found not guilty today by the federal jury in Tucson, Arizona. A guilty verdict would have had a chilling effect on all human rights organizations and humanitarian aid volunteers working at the U.S. border.

They have repeatedly singled out No More Deaths from other humanitarian aid groups because No More Deaths is the only group that has repeatedly documented and published reports about human rights violations by Border Patrol against migrants in their custody since 2008.  See reports and video clips at   

No More Deaths will celebrate yet another legal victory over Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security. I believe this is the 26th criminal case, most of the others being for misdemeanors, by DHS against No More Deaths humanitarian aid volunteers over the years, and the first time the feds demanded a retrial after a hung jury failed to find Scott guilty earlier this year. Disclosure: I was a volunteer for eight years with No More Deaths and was the Liaison and volunteer staff person between NMD and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, which took them in as a ministry of the church in 2008. NMD was started as an interfaith-based organization in 2004, at the request of Tucson-based immigrant community leaders.

Hasta la victoria siempre!
La lucha continua,
Leila Pine

Alcatraz the Occupation: Images of Warriors

Alcatraz Occupation, 1969 is a photograph by Granger which was uploaded on February 13th, 2017
Nov. 20, 1969: Photo of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz. Activist John Trudell embraces a caretaker after landing on the island.
 | Vincent Maggiora / The Chronicle
Above: Previously unpublished photos of Chronicle



FILE - In this Nov. 19, 1969, file photo, part of a band of Native Americans look over the main cell block of Alcatraz after occupying the island in San Francisco. (Photo: Anonymous, AP)
In this photo taken March 26, 1970, Eldy Bratt, 33, walks down the lonely corridor of a cell block on Alcatraz with her son Peter Bratt, left, and one of her daughters in San Francisco. The week of Nov. 18, 2019, marks 50 years since the beginning of a months-long Native American occupation at Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The demonstration by dozens of tribal members had lasting effects for tribes, raising awareness of life on and off reservations, galvanizing activists and spurring a shift in federal policy toward self-determination. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Photo of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971. A sign created by the activists says "This Land is My Land."
 | Vincent Maggiora / The Chronicle



Photo by Robert Klein
Nov. 26, 1969 Photo Robert Klein