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5 ways to support the rights and dignity of border communities

Action in San Diego against border brutality
Photo: Pedro Rios / AFSC

This list was created by Pedro Rios from their workshop, "Resistance against the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border," at AFSC's 2017 Centennial summit. See this list and others from the summit online at afsc.org/5ways. Download this list as a PDF here.   

The U.S. southern border region is one of the most diverse, economically vibrant, and safest areas of the country.  For many years, however, policymakers have disregarded the 15 million people that call the region home, instead seeking to militarize border communities. Consequently, the law enforcement footprint is out of proportion with the actual crime rate and federal immigration and border agents operate without appropriate accountability measures, increasing civil and human rights abuses. 

  1. Join with Border Communities. 

  • Sign-up for updates with the Southern Border Communities Coalition, a southern border-wide coalition that advocates for policies and solutions that improve the quality of life of border residents.

  1. Follow the virtual conversation using the hashtag #RevitalizeNotMilitarize. 

  1. Learn about U.S.-Mexico border militarization from AFSC’s experts in the field. 

  1.  Take action to stop border militarization. 

  1. Contact AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program (USMBP) for ideas of how to support our work on the ground.

  • AFSC’s USMBP offers opportunities for learning enrichment, including border tours, presentations, and workshops. 
  • Donate to AFSC’s USMBP, by contacting AFSC’s donor service team and designating your gift to the San Diego US-Mexico Border Program.  Find out more at: https://www.afsc.org/give  

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