Written by Gabriela Rodríguez Clark, AZJFON Board member
The Day of the Dead represents a celebration of memory and a ritual that privileges the remembrance of those who have passed away, with the hope of seeing them again someday. This celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd since it is divided into categories: According to the calendar, November 1st corresponds to All Saints, a day dedicated to the "chiquitos" or children, and November 2nd to the “Fieles Difuntos”, that is, to the adults.
Tradition indicates that, to facilitate the return of the souls to earth, cempasúchil flower petals should be scattered and candles should be placed tracing the path they will travel so that these souls do not get lost and reach their destination.
Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors responds to the violence against Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas
Written by Ella Rawls, Legal Director
Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors strongly condemns the actions of Border Patrol in their unnecessarily violent and menacing behavior toward our Haitian migrant brothers and sisters in Del Rio, Texas.
This poem was written by Rev. Ash McEuen about his experiences on the AZJFON Border Tour in September.
A district court in California rules that "metering" at the border was a violation of the Fifth Amendment. Our Executive Director was interviewed and gives more information on this important decision.
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2021
Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors | Alba Jaramillo
Florence Project | Greer Millard
Kino Border Initiative | Joanna Williams
Community Services of Southern Arizona Casa Alitas | Teresa Cavendish
Arizona Organizations Supporting Migrants Respond to the Consortium Referral Process and the Restoration of Asylum at the Border
Alba Jaramillo, executive director for Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors and advocacy consultant with National Justice for Our Neighbors, released the following statement responding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally ending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico Program”:
The MPP program was unconscionable and an absolute assault on human rights. Since its implementation in 2018, almost 70,000 people were impacted by this horrific policy, with as many as1,300 asylum seekers kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered as a direct result of being forced to remain in Mexico.
On day one of the Biden-Harris administration, Arizona JFON joins our network and other immigrant rights groups in celebrating yesterday’s immigration policy changes.
We are grateful that funding for the border wall has been halted. The construction of the wall has harmed our border communities for far too long. It has harmed indigenous sacred spaces infringing on indigenous sovereignty, threatened the migration of border species, and threatened critical habitats.
We—National Justice for Our Neighbors and the entire Justice for Our Neighbors network—are overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).