No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, the humanitarian group that leaves water out for migrants crossing the Arizona desert, will be holding an art auction/fundraiser beginning this First Friday in Phoenix at Bragg's Pie Factory. The details, taken from the Facebook page for the event, are below.
I wrote about No More Deaths, along with other groups working to bring aid to the thousands who make that perilous journey each year, in my February cover story "Blood's Thicker Than Water."
The group maintains a year-round camp in Arivaca, Arizona, and from there, sends out patrols checking water stations in remote areas. They often come across the bodies of those who didn't make it. Sometimes volunteers encounter injured or dehydrated migrants, and offer them first aid and water on the spot.
I urge everyone reading to visit and support the NMD fundraiser. For the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2009, NMD notes that the remains of 128 human beings have been recovered in Arizona border counties. It's a sobering count, one sure to increase in the next three months. NMD is one of the organizations looking to lessen the suffering, and perhaps save lives in the process.
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No More Deaths, along with Food Not Bombs-Phoenix, is organizing an art auction to raise funds for the work of No More Deaths. All money raised will go towards providing lifesaving food and water to migrants crossing the Arizona Borderlands.
No More Deaths is a non-profit humanitarian aid group. Our work focuses on providing direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance, witnessing and responding, consciousness raising, global movement building, and encouraging humane immigration policy. No More Deaths mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, remains of 205 deceased migrants were found along the border in Southern Arizona
The artwork will be viewed from the First Friday (July 2nd) through the 3rd Friday. The auction will take place on Friday, July 16th. There will also be music from local musicians Hunger Artist, Los Mudros, Porches, Wizard Teeth, and DJentrification will close out the night. Food from Food Not Bombs-Phoenix, and a vegan bake sale.