‘No Papers, No Fear’ Ride for Justice Comes to New Orleans, Supports ‘Southern 32’ at Immigration Hearing

National delegation of undocumented migrants make New Orleans fourth stop of national tour. Events to support local labor organizers and civil rights defenders in deportation proceedings. and demand stopping deportations of those ‘pursuing justice.’

(New Orleans, 8/6/2012). -- The No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is a delegation of undocumented people from all over the country and their allies, including mothers, fathers, day laborers, students, and others who face threats of deportation, harassment, and death while simply looking for a better life in the United States.

Inspired by actions by undocumented young people, such as coming out of the shadows events and civil disobedience that have demonstrated the power and results of communities acting and speaking for themselves, they are on a tour to come out publicly as undocumented and encourage the immigrant community to organize to defend and affirm its rights.

In New Orleans, the riders will shine a national spotlight on civil, labor, and human rights defenders in the Deep South by supporting Joaquin Navarro-Hernandez in his immigration hearing on Friday morning. Mr. Navarro-Hernandez is a leader of the Southern 32, who are brave men and women who are only in deportation proceedings for standing up to defend their rights. The Southern 32 are demanding an end to Napolitano’s practice of jailing and deporting labor organizers and civil rights defenders for having the courage to stand up and speak out.

“I have been organizing to defend my rights and stop my deportation for a long time. I am excited to be supporter by undocumented people from across the country in my fight to have the truth about Border Patrol and ICE brought to light.” said Joaquin Navarro-Hernandez.

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The bus is travelling from Phoenix, Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina stopping to support loca immigrant communities and challenge anti-immigrant officials along the way to spread a message of ‘no papers, no fear.’


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