August 24, 2012
Mientras que estamos en Alabama, estábamos invitados por SOS (Save Ourselves) para visitar a Selma, AL un sitio histórico de la lucha por los derechos civiles de los Afro-Americanos en los EEUU. Cruzamos el puente Edmund Pettus donde no les dejaron cruzar en una marcha de Selma a Montgomery y visitamos un museo para aprender mas de su movimiento del pasado y de hoy tambien.
While the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice was in Alabama, we were invited by Save Ourselve, SOS, to visit Selma, a historic site in the African-American civil rights movement in the US. We crossed the same Edmund Pettus bridge where police attacked marchers headed to Montgomery in the 60s and we visited a museum there to learn more of the historic struggles as well as their efforts today.
August 23, 2012
Today we had the privilege to visit Selma, Alabama, a historic site from the Civil Rights movement. On a Sunday in March of 1965, around 600 marchers left Selma to march east to the capital. When they reached Edmund Pettus Bridge, only six blocks away, they were driven back to Selma by state troopers and local sheriffs who used tear gas and billy clubs to stop them in their tracks. This event became known as Bloody Sunday. Alabama State Senator and civil rights activists Hank Sanders invited us to come meet with him and other long time activists from the area. This is how we, Isela Meraz, a 29 year old undocumented and queer organizer from Arizona, and Maria Huerta, a 65 year old domestic worker and organizer from California, both remember that visit:
Maria: Today was a really exceptional day for me. The bridge in Selma is a really important part of history. It was very intense walking over the bridge. They had no idea they were going to run in to problems there. The women told us that there was a lot of blood and that lots of people had died. As we walked over the bridge, I thought of all of the kids that had died. There fight was and is really the same as ours – lots of racism, hate, and segregation.