September 02, 2012
Cross-Country Journey of Undocumented People and Allies to Enter County with 287(g) Deportation Program to meet with local community and rally during the DNC
What: No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice Arrives to Community Greeting in Charlotte, first event of week-long activities including cultural celebration, community exchange, and protest
Where: El Siloe Church, 2633 Eastway Dr, Charlotte, NC.
When: Bus is anticipated to arrive at 5:00pm Saturday, September 1st.
Who: The No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice and the Charlotte Welcoming Committee
Visuals: People making banners and butterfly signs, a full-sized bus painted with "No Papers No Fear" on the side, riders of the cross-country journey unloading and speaking
Charlotte, NC -- The No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is a national delegation of undocumented people and allies that left Phoenix, Arizona on the anniversary of the state's implementation of SB1070, July 29th. By the time it arrives in Charlotte, it will have crossed 10 states and stopped in 15+ cities to come out publicly as having no papers and no fear, meet with migrant communities who have been impacted by anti-immigrant laws and policies and to challenge the authorities who have promoted them to move away from politics of exclusion and toward inclusion.
The riders are undocumented people from all over the country and their allies, including mothers, fathers, day laborers, people in deportation proceedings, students, and many others who continue to face threats of deportation, harassment, and death while simply looking for a better life in the only nation many of them know and call home.
By taking on a journey where riders ranging in age from 19 to 65 are willing to risk everything, they hope to inspire organizing among the migrant community and to inspire political officials to do more to relieve the suffering caused by deportation policies.
The riders will arrive in Charlotte, located in a county with a 287(g) deportation program that merges local law enforcement with federal immigration authority and undermines community trust in police, resulting in profiling and family separation, in time for the Democratic National Convention. Over the weekend, riders will hold exchanges with local community members who face the threat of deportation, including Isaide Serrano, a pregnant mother of 5 and member of La Familia Unida who will be in immigration court on Tuesday as the DNC opens.
The No Papers No Fear Riders will participate in the March on Wall Street South on Sunday and hold a community celebration at Fiesta Jalisco/Skandalo's on Monday night with a performance of the day laborer band, los Jornaleros del Norte. Additional rallies and protests for next week will be announced at a later date.
All events below are open to the media, further availability upon request.
4:00pm Charlotte Welcomes the No Papers No Fear Riders
El Siloe Church, 2633 Eastway Dr. Charlotte, NC
(bus is estimated to arrive near 5pm)
8:00pm No Papers No Fear Riders to Attend the Festival Liberación, 15th & Davidson, Charlotte, NC
11:00am No Papers No Fear Immigrant Rights Contingent in the March on Wall Street South
Rally starts at 11am, bus to arrive at 12, March leaves at 1pm
Frazier park ,1201 West 4th Street Ext Charlotte, NC 28202
6:00pm Community Celebration at the Latin American Coalition
4938 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC 28205
No Papers No Fear riders will celebrate and exchange with Latin American Coalition, La Familia Unida, United for the Dream, and others
6:00pm Sin Papeles y Sin Miedo Festival de canto, poesia, y arte // No Papers No Fear Concert
Conozca a los viajeros del undocubus // Meet the riders
Vea a la exhibición de arte // see the art exhibit Escucha la música de los Jornaleros del Norte // dance to the jornaleros del norte
Restaurante Fiesta Jalisco/Skandalo's 317 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC https://www.facebook.com/events/361385353938639/ (This will be the major public community event)
September 4 - 6 Additional events to be announced
More information on the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice is available at www.nopapersnofear.org and follow @undocubus on twitter for updates.