MIRA! Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
P.O. Box 1104, Jackson, MS 39215 – 601-968-5182
October 13, 2014
For further information contact:
Teresa Gutierrez, Caravan Coordinator – 917-328-6470
Bill Chandler, MIRA Executive Director – 601-9687-5182, ext 2
The National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families
At the Texas and Mexican Border will be in Jackson tomorrow, Oct. 14th
The Solidarity caravan, with the participation and sponsorship of activists, organizations, labor unions and faith groups is on its way to the border passing through some 10 cities where local activists will welcome them. Beginning this past Saturday from New York City they have travelled to Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA before the planned arrival in Jackson.
Welcoming events planned include a meeting with Jackson area civil rights activists for an exchange of experiences and histories in the shared struggle for human rights for migrants, immigrants and all oppressed people across the United States; and a special memorial to Jackson’s late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who was internationally known for his human rights leadership.
3:00 pm Meeting at the MIRA office meeting room, 612 N. State Street, 2nd Floor
8:00 pm Memorial event for Chokwe Lumumba at Jackson City Hall
The Caravan will depart for Houston, TX early in the morning of Oct. 15th, to San Antonio, TX the following day, then on to Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, border cities to join with hundreds of people and dozens of US, Mexican, and Central American human rights, faith groups, unions, and social justice organizations to denounce, act against, and protest the increasing militarization and untold cost of forced migration.
One of the stated goals of the Caravan is to redefine the upsurge of Mexican and Central American migrants from a humanitarian to a refugee crisis. This is not a momentary situation but rather the worst refugee crisis in America in well over 30 years, amounting to the unrelenting forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of children and families from their homes and villages fleeing organized crime, paramilitary violence and the sheer destruction of local economies decimated by decades of Free Trade Agreements under the auspices of the United States Government.