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Video: Support Arizona Hunger Strike for #Not1More Deportation

February 17, 2014

via Puente Movement: 

Sign to support the hunger strikers at bit.ly/hunger-strike-to-stop-deportations

Sometimes tactics and strategies are planned far in advanced, developed and premeditated, other times it comes from a place that cannot be designed. In this case it comes from a mother’s will and community desperation, an expression of suffering and willingness to do anything to keep a family together.

Most undocumented families in the United States have already lived through the risks of getting here and the dangers of the work we do. We’ve lived through days of unplanned hunger and now accept it willingly.

Starting on Monday February 17th on Presidents Day members our communities of us will have our last meal and start a hunger strike.

This hunger strike doesn’t begin with the blessing of someone famous or anyone of any more importance then the rest of us, but it comes from the authenticity of the pain that exists in our communities, mothers, fathers, children, nieces, nephews, grandparents, friends, partners and allies who join in exposing the devastation of this country’s deportation policies.

We’ve watched the debate in public and suffered in private. We have gone to bed with our arms empty, aching for our loved ones, and now it is time to make that suffering known to the world. Anselma’s son, Elder, has been in immigrant detention for two years and is at the brink of deportation. [one more sentence example].

The purpose of this Hunger Strike is to demand the release and halt the unnecessary deportation of our loved ones. We also wish to expose the most important piece missing from this debate, the human cost caused by the extraction of members from our community.

It will be a joint effort from families on the outside and detainees on the inside, detainees who not only risk their health by not eating but the punishment they will receive by guards while on Hunger Strike.

We have no one but ourselves to look too, this immigration debate continues to be a political game in which both parties are content with the status quo that they take to the polls for elections, cements a permanent underclass and creates a constant flow of profits.

Politicians may tell us to be patient. Advocates may say that our tactics threaten the debate. But if there is not room for us, mothers who miss our sons, at the center of this conversation, than we hope our empty stomachs change that conversation.

We may not have formal education but we have learned that change happens when we face power and draw a line in this moral dilemma. We have spent years appealing to politician’s hearts and minds and still they are closed. If they have not opened on their own, we will make them open. Change comes when the immorality of a policy is exposed and it no longer is politically acceptable to oppress a group of people.

As long as we keep our suffering to our kitchen tables and half empty beds, they will keep their policies the way they are. Our sons’ imprisonment hasn’t been enough to get them to act. We hope our hunger strike will. If not, what happens to us will be on their hands.

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