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  • No Papers No Fear Riders Eligible for Deferred Action to File Applications, Continue Ride for Entire Community Deserving of Relief, Focus on Power of Organizing

    Memphis, TN – Nine undocumented participants of the No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice traveling across the southern United States are in the process of gathering the required information to apply for deferred action, the initiative by the Obama administration offering relief from deportation and temporary work permits. Their applications are being supported by attorneys at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), an organization which is also launching, a website designed to increase access to legal resources for low-income people nationally. The website will be available August 15, 2012, the same day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is scheduled to begin accepting applications.

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  • Undocumented Tennesseans Come Out of the Shadows, Welcome ‘No Papers, No Fear’ Caravan

    Undocumented immigrants participating in the ‘No Papers, No Fear’ ride will join undocumented Tennesseans in a ‘coming out of the shadows’ event where immigrants will speak publicly about their immigration status and life in the United States, challenge anti-immigrant legislation. The caravan will also welcome six new local riders.

    Memphis, TN – 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, and is travelling across the country to rally the migrant community to overcome fear and organize to challenge anti-immigrant policies. Six undocumented immigrants from Tennessee, including four from Memphis, will be joining the caravan on it’s way to the Democratic National Convention.  

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  • Coalition of Black and Latina Women, Women from Arizona Visit Sheriff’s Office, Demand Sheriff Stop Submitting to Immigration Hold Requests

    The delegation is part of Women United for Justice, a group of New Orlean women of all races and backgrounds organizing against over incarceration and deportation on communities, families, and children. They will join an Arizona delegation, part of the ‘No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice,’ a group of undocumented immigrants traveling across the south working for immigrant rights. They will bring the example of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s notorious treatment of undocumented immigrants, and ask Sheriff Marlin Gusman to stand on the right side of history.

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  • Rally with Southern 32 at Court Hearing, Call to End ICE Abuse in New Orleans

    New Orleans, LA –  Two years ago, Joaquin Navarro Hernandez was merely standing on the day labor corner when he became the victim of a botched Border Patrol raid<>.  in the chaos that ensued, Joaquin was pursued several blocks by car and assaulted by a bystander.  When a neighbor attempted to report the wrongful mistreatment Joaquin had faced, the New Orleans Police Department instead took custody of Joaquin and turned him over to Border Patrol. Even though Joaquin stood up to expose the misconduct and cover up,  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to push for his deportation-- all in an attempt to cover up their own abuse and avoid a potential scandal.

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

    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.

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  • 'No Papers, No Fear' Justice Ride Arrives to Denver to Show In Solidarity With Colorado's Undocumented Immigrants

    Tuesday July 31st, a group of undocumented immigrants  and supporters will arrive in Denver, Colorado to join Colorado worker and immigrant organizations for their first stop of the ‘No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice.’

    The group arrives following the first event of the tour in Phoenix, Arizona – a protest against Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio's racial profiling, where four undocumented Arizonans  were arrested during a peaceful civil disobedience outside of his trial. The four were released, calling for Aspiring Americans to challenge fear and organize against those that promote anti-immigrant policies locally and nationally.

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  • Undocumented Arizonans Announce Participation in National Bus Tour to Overcome Fear and Organize Migrant Community

    By voluntarily risking arrest and being placed in Sheriff Arpaio's jail, the undocumented Arizonans confronted what had previously been their greatest fear and demonstrated that everyone is safer as part of organized communities prepared to defend their rights and prevent their violation.

    The four will announce their participation in a national 'No Papers No Fear Ride for Justice' at a press conference this morning. Undocumented migrants will board a bus in Phoenix, Arizona and publicly travel to hot spots of Arizona copy-cats and anti-immigrant sentiment to come out as unafraid, support local organizing, and challenge proponents of hate. The journey will end in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention.

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