by Cesar Aguirre

Across the country gentrification has been affecting inner-city communities. From Brooklyn to San Francisco inner-city communities have been taken over by moneyed interests.

Some claim that it is development and improvement of poor, blighted communities with high crime rates and homelessness. But for those of us who live here it pushes us out further on the fringes of society, while erasing the culture and history of our community and the people that have lived here for generations. And now it’s happening in South Tucson.

As an artist and rapper I feel that art, music and culture is at the heart of the struggle and moves the soul. This song by Gift of Gab certainly does that for me.

Gift of Gab, one-half of the rap duo Blackalicious (which both me and Brian really like), tackled the issue head on with “the Gentrification Song”.

Check out this short article about it on NPRmusic.


by Brian Flagg

Today, May 1, the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker and International Workers Day, is the 84 year anniversary of the start of the Catholic Worker movement!

On this day in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin and others went to the May Day celebration at Union Square in New York City, to hand out the first edition of the Catholic Worker newspaper.

The rest is history!

And I consider myself blessed to have been a Catholic Worker for the majority of my adult life, the first 2 years in Sacramento where I was mentored by the founders of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker, Dan and Chris Delany.

Since 1983 I have lived and worked here at Casa Maria. I wish that over the years we would have been more effective in efforts to organize in the community for justice and liberation.

But today is a new day and the struggle continues!

I feel proud to be a Catholic Worker (I consider it my occupation) and I also feel proud to be a Catholic.

Who else has a Holy Father like Francis or such a rich body of Social Teachings on the rights and dignity of workers?

If you missed it, check out the most recent Catholic Worker newspaper. The front page story by Tom Cornell is entitled “Deep Roots of Social Justice”. It’s a real thorough overview of the formation of Catholic Social Teaching over the last 130 years. At the end Tom Cornell suggests that if you know this stuff it can help you cope with this New Dark Age and provide hope for continued struggle!img032


por Brian Flagg

Hoy es 1° de mayo, día de la fiesta de San Jose el obrero y el Día de los Trabajadores Internacional, que también es el aniversario de 84 años desde que empezó el movimiento de los Trabajadores Católicos.

En este día en 1933, en medio de la Gran Depresión, fue Dorothy Day, Peter Maurina y otros fueron a la celebración de 1 de mayo en Union Square en Nueva York para dar la primera edición del periódico del Trabajador Católico.

¡Lo demas es historia!

Y me considero bendecido por ser un Trabajador Católico por la mayor parte de mi vida adulta. Los primeros 2 años fue en Sacramento donde fui educado por los fundadores del Trabajador Católico de Los Angeles, Dan and Chris Delany.

Desde 1983 yo he vivido y trabajado aquí en Casa Maria. Deseo que durante los años hubiéramos sido más eficaces en los esfuerzos para organizar a la comunidad para la justicia y la liberación.

¡Pero hoy es un día nuevo y la batalla sigue!

Me siento orgulloso de ser Trabajador Católico (lo considero mi ocupación) y también de ser Católico.

¿Quien mas tiene un Padre Santo como Francisco o tan buenas enseñanzas sociales sobre los derechos y la dignidad de los trabajadores?

Si no alcanzaste a leer, busca el periódico del Trabajador Católico mas reciente. En la primera pagina esta una historia titulado “Raíces Profundas de la Justicia Social”. Es una vision completa de la formación de las enseñanza social católica sobre los últimos 130 años. Al final Tom Cornell dice que si conoces estas enseñanzas te pueden ayudar a enfrentar a esta nueva era oscura y proporcionar esperanza para la lucha!


by Brian Flagg

In recent months I have tried to make a deal with God that goes something like this: “If I clean up my act and be less egotistic and more holy, gimme spiritual power to wage major warfare against local oppressors and moneyed interests.”

This past Holy Week I have come to see that this is mostly egotistical and is more about my will and my wants and desires at the expense of my relationship with Jesus.

I did a liquids fast from Monday through Saturday. After the first day, it was way easier than I thought it would be.

Fasting really does kind of alter ones’ consciousness. It made me sit back and contemplate and think about re-ordering my priorities. Instead of always striving and being anxious about the lack of revolutionary activity coming out of Casa Maria, I realized that maybe I need to slow down and nurture  my relationship with Jesus. And out of that will flow better and more meaningful relationships with all my bro’s and sisters. I need to practice living out of my heart much more than my head.

3 things that really humbled and inspired me this past week were:

1.    I attended the Take Back the Night event against sexual violence. I went to see              Cesar Aguirre and his daughter Alissa rap (they were both very soulful) but I                also heard incredibly painful testimony from women and transgender people              about their lives.

I was amazed at the courage people had to get up on that stage and share their pain with a big group of strangers. One heartfelt testimony came from a guy that had been molested by a priest.

I couldn’t help but think that damned-near everyone from my church and from all the churches needed to be there instead of at one more holy church event.

2.    Good Friday at Santa Cruz Church

Fr. Juan Elias

For some reason I thought Padre Juan Elias might just preach a few holy platitudes and that would be it.

Instead he sat in his chair and humbly spilled his guts out about the meaning of the cross, how there is nothing romantic or sentimental about it and that here and now in our false society we gotta go deep inside ourselves to truly discover the meaning of the cross and the Crucifixion.

It was profound.

3.    The Holy Father

The guy acts like Jesus even Pope_Francis_Korea_Haemi_Castle_19_(cropped)though he is the top religious figure of an institution that has historically reinforced oppression and injustice on a global scale.

On Good Friday according to the Daily Star, in a quiet voice, he read a prayer he composed that alternated expressing shame for humanity’s failings and hope that “hardened hearts” will become capable of forgiving and loving.

With sharp words he condemned how immigrants have been treated, talked about domestic violence and expressed shame for how the church authorities have handled the sexual abuse of minors.

His Easter vigil message denounced how migrants, the poor and marginalized see their “human dignity crucified” every day through injustices and corruption.

The guy always seems to keep it real, not only with the accurate and prophetic content of his words, but with the soul with which he delivers them.


por Brian Flagg

En meses recientes he tratado de hacer una negociación con Dios como: “Si ayuno y me porto mas santo, con menos egoísmo, entonces me darás el poder espiritual para hacer guerra contra los ricos oprimidores de este region.”

Después de esta semana santa, he pensado diferente. Ahora yo sé que la cosa mas importante es conocer a Jesús y nomas, conocer su voluntad y su amor.

Hice un ayuno (solamente líquidos) desde el lunes hasta el sábado. Después del primer dia, no fue muy difícil.

Ayunando cambia el modo de pensar.

Te das cuenta que necesitas llevar tu vida mas despacio. Entonces tienes el tiempo y el espacio para contemplar sobre que es mas importante en la vida. Me fije que para mi es sobre no preocuparme tanto de porque Casa Maria no esta haciendo bastantes actividades revolucionarios. Mas importante es mi relacion con Jesus y todos mis compas y vivir de mi corazón, no la cabeza.

Esta semana pasada fueron 3 cosas de inspiración para mi:

1.    Asisti a un evento Take Back the Night, contra la violencia sexual. Fui a ver a                Cesar Aguirre y su hija Alissa rapear y los dos fueron puro fregon. Tambien                  escuche testimonios muy dolorosos de mujeres y gente transgénero.

Fui asombrado por su valor. Que difícil es hablar sobre este dolor en frente de mucha gente que no conocen.

Y un testimonio fue de un hombre victima de acoso sexual por un sacerdote.

He pensado que toda la gente de mi iglesia y todas las iglesias se benificiaran si asistieran a este evento.

2.    Viernes santo en Santa Cruz

P. Juan Elias

Por alguna razon pense que P. Juan Elias solamente predicaba un poco y eso seria todo.

Pero no fue asi, el se sento en su silla y humildemente hablo del significado de la cruz , de como no hay nada romántico o sentimental en ello y de que en nuestra falsa sociedad necesitamos ver en nuestro interior para verdaderamente descubrir el significado de la cruz y de la crucificcion.

Fue muy intenso.

3.    El Santo Padre

El actua como Jesus. Aun cuando el es la figura más importante en la religión de una institución que Pope_Francis_Korea_Haemi_Castle_19_(cropped)históricamente a reforzado la opresión y la injusticia en el mundo.

El viernes santo de acuerdo al
periódico Daily Star, en voz baja, él leyó una oración que él escribió donde combina su expresión de la vergüenza por las fallas humanas y la esperanza que “los de corazón duro” serán capaces de perdonar y amar.

Con palabras duras él condenó el trato a los inmigrantes, habló de la violencia doméstica y expresó su verguenza por como las autoridades religiosas han manejado el abuso sexual a menores. En su mensaje el sábado de Gloria él condenó como los inmigrantes, los pobres y los marginados miran su “dignidad humana crucificada” cada dia por la corrupción e injusticia.

El siempre es muy realista, no solo por el contenido preciso y profetico de sus palabras, sino por el sentimiento que el pone en ellas.


by Brian Flaggbrian surf blog

As a white guy who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I always figured I had no real culture, I never even hung out at the mall or none of that stuff.

But I did grow up surfing San Onofre with my dad and all my little surf-rat friends.

And just last week I surfed both San O and the Huntington Beach Cliffs (5 minutes from my mom’s house!) and the waves were hot! And I actually got a few pretty good rides! No, really!

Corky Carroll, a So Cal surf idol from my youth to the present day, actually has a surf column in the Orange County Register. My 93 year old mother saves them for me.

After reading this one I realized that, sadly, this is my culture, learning to lie about waves…

Corky Carroll: What’s a surf story without embellishment? Boring

If this is not a tradition, it should be: Anytime you get a sizeable injury, preferably one onp70l-b88910363z-120170331141235000gqcm0s1t-10that leaves a large and lasting scar, there should be some sort of glorious story that immortalizes the incident in a fantastic and awe-inspiring fashion.

This is especially true with surfing because it is an activity that just begs for wonderfully exaggerated stories. In fact, even on the grass-roots level, surfing is, always has been and always will be, literally teeming with them.

Stories not pumped up a bit with a artistic license, or spicing if you will, are rarely all that interesting. Stories need color the way a soup needs salt and pepper.

So today I thought we would take a look at the embellishment issue. The story of what happened versus what really happened.

The basic example of this is the classic, and we have all heard this a zillion times, “You should have seen my ride today” tale. This normally goes something like, “I took off on this gnarly bomb and got triple barreled, popped a major air and never got my hair wet.” But what really happened was the dude took off on a close out and the wave broke on his head, knocking him off his board. And while falling, he farted and still has sand in his hair as he is telling the story.

Then there is the ever-popular size embellishment. (O.K. shut up, I am talking about waves here.) It’s the, “We went to Trestles today and all of a sudden these monster 20-foot sets started rolling through, it was corduroy to the horizon.” When in fact what really took place was they went to San Onofre where it was three feet and they were looking up the beach toward “Trestles,” making up stories about fictitious 20-foot days.

Now, to the point of today’s wandering. What brings this up is that I have a friend visiting me who got hit in the head with a board the other day and wound up with a big gash that required a bunch of stitches. Looks kinda like Frankenstein with a big zipper across his forehead. I was telling him he needed a good glory story to go along with the obvious scar that he is gonna have. So we set out to create one.

How do you do that, you ask? Well, first off a good glory story must have the right ingredients. We needed a huge wave, dangerous stuff like rocks and reefs, sexy stuff like a hot chick in some sort of state of undress, hero activity like coming to save the day and, of course, beer. With that in mind here is what we came up with.

“I was screaming along deep in the cavernous barrel of this triple overhead sucking-out beast of a wave when this hot lookin’ babe in a thong bikini dropped in on me. When she saw me behind her, in my perfect Gerry Lopez “in the tube” pose, she panicked and jumped off her board, which flew through the air like a Zulu spear and nailed me in the head. I had to straighten out and got drug across the razor-sharp reef and rammed into the rocks.

“As I was recovering and licking my wounds, I saw that she was stuck in the rip and looked to be in big trouble, so I swam out and rescued her. While I was swimming her to the beach, she started kissing me and along the way somehow her top came off. Now we are dating and her dad owns a bar and is so happy that I saved his daughter that he is giving me free beer for life.”

Of course what really happened was that he dropped in on some gnarly angry surf chick on a 2-foot wave and she kicked her board at him, nailing him in the head. As he lay in the water bleeding she paddled away calling him rude and nasty names.

Considering the size of the wound and the circumstances, I think we nailed the story pretty well, don’t ya think?


por Brian Flagg

Soy un hombre puro gabacho, de una parte gabacho de Los Angeles, East Whittier. Fue, mas o menos, gabacholandia.

He vivido en Sur Tucson-Barrio Libre para mas que 30 años. A mi me gusta mi vida aqui porque es como viviendo en Mexico, con toda la cultura Mexicana.

He pensado que los gabachos generalmente no tienen cultura, ni alma.

Pero despues de leer este cuento por el famoso surfista, Corky Carrol, yo supe que tenia cultura, ¡la cultura de surfistas! Es una cultura payasa – todos los surfistas pueden decir mentiras como que tan bueno fueron las olas hoy o ayer y sobre sus habilidades surfeando las olas.

¡Yo tengo alguna cultura!


by Cesar Aguirre

State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that makes all of Arizona’s 1.1 million students eligible for vouchers, which divert tax dollars out of public schools and into private and parochial schools.

blVouchers were originally passed in 2011 to provide parents who have children with special needs an alternative to public schools. Since then the voucher program has expanded to include children of people in the military on active duty, foster children, all children attending failing schools and children living on Indian Reservations.

Supporters of the law argue that vouchers provide more opportunities for low-income students to receive a better education by attending private and parochial schools. But evidence proves the opposite. According to the Daily Star, “There is some evidence that many of the 3,800 students who now get vouchers have moved from public schools in affluent neighborhoods.” In other words, instead of giving more opportunities to poor families, these vouchers are actually subsidizing the private education of children of affluent families.

The current voucher is for about $5,600 a year, which will be reduced to $4,400 with the new formula. Tuition at many private schools can be over $15,000 a year. Where would poor families find the extra $10,000 a year to cover tuition? And that’s not even including the supplies, books and materials needed.Paying For School

Our tax dollars should not go to private companies with little transparency and zero accountability. The new measure was amended to make private schools who receive at least 50 students who are using vouchers to administer the same tests required by public schools and make the results public. However, they will not be penalized by the with-holding of tax dollars like public schools are.

Don’t be fooled, this has nothing to do with “school choice”, equity or opportunity. FOLLOW THE MONEY. The only way to improve the quality of education and ensure all students have equal opportunities is to FULLY FUND PUBLIC

In Arizona public school funding has been massively cut since the recession to a tune of $1.2 billion plus. Yes, that’s BILLION with a B!

Enough of the shenanigans! Arizona lawmakers need to stop taking from our poor kids and communities in the name of “school choice” and “equal opportunity”. Stop diverting tax dollars to private companies and affluent families who’s children already have many of the opportunities our barrio youth are in dire need of.


por Cesar Aguirre

Pasaron una ley en Arizona el jueves que hace a todos los estudiantes de Arizona elegibles para ‘vouchers’. Estos ‘vouchers’ desvían el dinero de los impuestos publico  a compañías privadas.

Cuando pasaron la ley en 2011 fue solamente para familias con estudiantes con necesidades especiales. Ahora todos los estudiantes de las escuelas publicas califican para un voucher.

Los que apoyan la ley dicen que es una manera de darle mas oportunidades a los estudiantes de familias pobres, pero en el periódico, Daily Star dicen que hay evidencia que muchos de los 3,800 estudiantes que ya reciben los vouchers se cambiaron de escuelas en barrios de clase media a escuelas privadas. Quire decir que los estudiantes de familias mas prosperas son los que mas se aprovechan de los vouchers.

Muchas escuelas privadas cobran mas que $15,000 al año por la matricula. Eso no incluye los libros y materiales que también se necesitan. Las familias pobres no tienen los otros $10,000 que se necesita para mandar a sus niños a una escuela privada.

La verdad es que esta ley no se trata de darle mas oportunidades a los niños de familias pobres. Es para darle dinero a los que ya tienen oportunidades para que pagan menos para mandar sus niños a escuelas privadas.

La única manera de mejorar la calidad de educación y darle mas oportunidades a todos niños es FINANCIAR COMPLETAMENTE LA EDUCACIÓN PUBLICA.

En Arizona el estado a cortado mas que $1.2 billones desde la recesión. Si, dije BILLONES con una B!

Ya basta! Legisladores en Arizona tienen que parar de quitarles a los los niños y a los barrios pobres en nombre de la igualdad y la oportunidad. Que paren de desviar dinero publico a compañías privadas y a familias que ya tienen los recursos que les hace tanta falta  a los niños y a los barrios pobres.


NCR_3-24This is a letter to the editor on the most recent National Catholic Reporter, one of my favorite
sources of news.

-Brian Flagg

Protest Coverage

It was disheartening to see how NCR covered recent national protests in the Feb. 10-23 edition. The front-page article, “Catholics find their voice as Trump debuts,” showed a small group of “pro-life” supporters with “anti-abortion” signs, while Page 5 reviewed the massive Women’s March.

The bias is in NCR continuing to give such prominence to “anti-abortion” supporters. Let’s be clear that “anti-abortion” is not really “pro-life,” and that so-called “pro-life” supporters willfully ignore the vast array of national policies that contribute to the value and preservation of human life.

Let’s be clear that “pro-life” policies should include: responsible gun control, affordable universal health care, preservation of all clean air and clean water laws, diplomacy for war, ending the death penalty, efforts to combat climate change, a living wage for all working Americans, and guaranteed maternity leave. Let’s be clear that access to health care, maternity leave, and a living wage contribute directly to a woman’s capacity to choose life during pregnancy.

Let’s be clear that all of these measures preserve the dignity of all human life and are truly a “pro-life” platform. Let’s be clear that in it’s current scope, the national “pro-life” movement is simply “pro-birth”

Esta es una carta al editor en el National Catholic Reporter mas recenté, que es uno de mis periódicos favoritos.

-Brian Flagg

El articulo habla de lo triste que es ver como la NCR publico la protesta reciente de la edición de Febrero 10-23. Donde hablan de “pro-vida” con personas que están a favor de “anti-aborto”.

Hay que ser claros “Pro-vida” es tener pólizas que incluyan: control de armas, seguro de salud accesible, protección de leyes para mantener el agua y el aire limpios, quitar la pena de muerte, combatir el cambio de clima, un salario digno para la clase trabajadora, y una garantía de permiso de maternidad. El acceso de seguro medico, permiso de maternidad y el salario digno contribuye directamente a que la mujer elija tener a su bebe durante el embarazo. Y “anti-aborto” es a favor de dar a luz a un bebe y no a los recursos que se necesitan para vivir.



by Brian Flagg

That’s the basic idea of a very good editorial in American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out!
Pope_Francis_Korea_Haemi_Castle_19_(cropped)It featured powerful quotes from Pope Francis and noted planner and transit expert Jarret Walker, who visited Tucson last year and spent an evening in the park sharing his expertise with members of the Bus Riders Union.

They point out that “…there seem to be few fans of public transit in the Trump administration or among congressional leaders. Last year’s Republican Party platform called public transit a form of “social engineering” and opposed using revenue from gas taxes on anything that does not involve moving cars around.”JWalker_800

Pretty much every transit system in the U.S. is heavily funded with federal dollars… This is as it should be. “…employers and businesses across the country depend on accessibility to workers and customers of all income levels. Traffic congestion hurts both the economy and the environment.”Suntran4resizedhorz400px

Expect more blows against poor people, working people and the planet from Trump and his supporters.

The good righteous people of Tucson and all locales need to stand up and lead this struggle for basic human rights. And if local officials refuse to follow they need to be voted out of office. Yes or no?


por Brian Flagg

Es la idea básica de una muy buena publicación en American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out!

Destaco las citas mas poderosas del Papa Francisco y un planificador reconocido  y un experto de transito Jarret Walker, que visito Tucson el año pasado y paso una tarde en el parque compartiendo su experiencia con los miembros de la Unión de Pasajeros.

Señalaron que … “párese ser que hay un par de simpatizantes del transito publico en la administración de Trump o entre los  lideres del congreso. El año pasado los republicanos llamaron al transito publico una forma de “manipulación social” y se opusieron a usar los ingresos de los taxis del gas en cualquier cosa que no sea para que circulen mas carros en la ciudad.”

Casi todos los sistemas de transito en los Estados Unidos son financiados con fondos federales… Así es como debe de ser. “…negocios y empleados en todo el país dependen de la disponibilidad de los trabajadores y clientes de todos las clases sociales. El congestionamiento de trafico  daña a la economía y al medio ambiente.”

Se esperan mas golpes en contra de la gente pobre, gente trabajadora y el planeta por parte de Trump y los que lo apoyan.

La gente justa de Tucson y otras ciudades necesitan levantarse, dirigir esta lucha por los derechos humanos. Y si los oficiales locales no quieren cooperar hay que votar para sacarlos. ¿Si o NO?


Much to my surprise I received an email this morning from the moderator of TUSD’s School Community Partnership Council (SCPC) announcing her resignation.

SCPC is a collective group of site council representatives from schools across the district.

Over the past four years I have been part of this council and have seen a huge shift in the way it operates. When I began attending the meetings I felt as if this group only existed for the sake of existing. There was very little opportunity to communicate our concerns, and more importantly, no way of making sure there was follow through and accountability from the district to implement changes and/or address our concerns.

More recently it has become a strong voice for parents, teachers, staff and community members and communicates directly to the district’s superintendent and school board.

One of the greatest criticisms of TUSD has been lack of communication and transparency. It seems that with the new board majority TUSD will be going back to the days of ignoring the community it is supposed to be serving.

Here is a copy of Michelle Simon’s resignation letter:



Esta mañana me llego una sorpresa por correo electrónico. La moderadora del concilio de School Community Partnership (SCPC) de TUSD renuncio.

SCPC es un grupo colectivo de representantes de concilios de escuelas de todo el distrito.

Durante los 4 años que yo e sido parte de este concilio e visto muchos cambios. Cuando empece asistir  a estas juntas sentía que este grupo solamente existía para poder decir que existe un grupo. No había oportunidad de comunicarse con los oficiales o con la mesa directiva de TUSD. Mas importante aun, no había manera de asegurar que el distrito iba a tomar en cuenta la vos de los miembros e implementar lo que se estaba pidiendo.

Recientemente SCPC se a convertido a una voz fuerte para padres, maestros, empleados y miembros de la comunidad y se comunica directamente con el superintendente y la mesa directiva del distrito.

Una de las mayores críticas de TUSD ha sido la falta de comunicación y transparencia. Parece que con la mayoría de los nuevos miembros TUSD volverá a ser como antes, ignorar a la comunidad que se supone que debe servir.

esta es la copia de la carta de renuncia de Michelle Simon que dice que ella no puede ser parte de un grupo que no va tener voz con esa mesa directiva.


This is Sanctuary in Action. This is People Power. // ¿Que es el significado de la frase “Sanctuary City”?

“Sanctuary makes a ring of fire around our people.”
– Marisa Franco and Not1More Deportation

As I write this requested response to the question, “What does being a Sanctuary City mean anyway?” I am watching friends and compañer@s who have locked down to keep an ICE van from deporting loved ones from Phoenix to Mexico. As I write this sentence the Phoenix PD is beginning to attempt to clear the site of Phoenix residents intervening with Trump’s, and formerly Obama’s, immigration dragnet. The young, fierce Latinx who is narrating the scene is telling me that none of the local politicians have shown up, she’s calling out the double-speak of the mayor saying they are only interested in challenging Trump when it feels convenient. She also reminds us that the people on the ground remain strong and will defend their neighbors and families. Órale!MarisaFrancoNot1More

This is Sanctuary in Action. This is People Power.

by Sarah Launius

But, at the request of my dear friend at Casa Maria, Mr. Brian Flagg, let me actually answer the question regarding what it would mean for Tucson to be a sanctuary city. The real-life scenario happening in Phoenix is exemplary and I trust my dear readers are more than capable of pulling that thread through.prisoners

So, my personal feeling is that it is less important to hold up “Sanctuary City” labels as a point of pride than to actually change the routine practices within the city itself. As they say, “talk is cheap.” I also think it is important to understand that sanctuary policies are a direct antidote to attrition through enforcement policies – or policies with the explicit aim to make the lives of undocumented city-dwellers and their mixed-status families so unbearable that they “self-deport.” In case you forgot, SB1070 was a signature example of attrition through enforcement and in addition to requiring local law enforcement to work with immigration authorities it also sought to outlaw soliciting day labor. To engage in Sanctuary City policies is to do harm reduction on behalf of your residents and to not be complicit in state violence against our undocumented neighbors, but, when our people enact Sanctuary we actually edge toward liberatory possibilities.

The most obvious ways that cities engage in attrition through enforcement practices is to allow their local police to function as an arm of immigration authorities. This is a long standing issue in Tucson and Pima County and even the UA Police Department’s hands are dirty in this regard. In the City of Tucson and the City of South Tucson there were multiple threats of litigation brought forward through collaborative work among the Red de Redes (migrant led protection networks working in coalition) and the ACLU of Arizona. The City of South Tucson was caught in a particularly damning execution of SB1070 and under the leadership of a new city attorney they outright denied the ability of their police department to engage with immigration law enforcement. It was the right thing to do and, more than anything, it was the legally appropriate thing to do by those in power.

The City of Tucson was threatened multiple times and given numerous ways that they could be in compliance with SB1070 and not fully cooperate with Border Patrol. It took countless hours of meetings, calls to the audience and tons of organizing by the Red de Redes and a new Police Chief to finally change the policy. All of this at the same time that Tucson was an “immigrant welcoming city.”

The main point of the story is that if we call for a Sanctuary City we need to actually do some study and understand the subtle ways that local governments do the work of immigration authorities in our name. For instance, did you know that Pima County has a particularly bad track record when it comes to collaborating with Border Patrol? While the county often talks about their need to respond to clandestine migration in Pima County and often fails to discuss the random stops and calls to Border Patrol that happens through the city of Tucson – should we really accept either practice? When it’s all said and done, remind people who call for a “Sanctuary City” that the changes in poli-migra activity was fought for and won by long, tough organizing by undocumented neighbors and ask them how they plan to learn from and extend their work. Ask them what practices are leading to people being turned over to ICE or Border Patrol in Tucson and if they don’t know, tell ‘em to find their way to a myriad of coalition work including the Red de Redes, the Protection Action Network Fund and the Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition. And remember, Talk Is Cheap.

Learn more about what Not1More Deportation and Marisa Franco’s call for Sanctuary: A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary: Steps in Defiance of Trump’s Executive Order

Learn how Not1More Deportation thinks we can form Sanctuary Cities: Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?

¿Que es el significado de la frase “Sanctuary City”?

Nuestra amiga y gran revolucionaria Sarah Launius tiene un comentario muy acertado en
este tema.imagesSu punto central es que politicos, como en la Ciudad de Tucson, no pueden decir, somos un Sanctuary City o una ciudad amable a los inmigrantes, sin aplicar pólizas que prohíban a los chotas que trabajen con La Migra.

Ella dijo que la ciudad de Sur Tucson (City of South Tucson) es un buen ejemplo para la ciudad de Tucson y el condado de Pima. Es muy claro que los chotas de la ciudad de Sur Tucson no van a colaborar con La Migra.

Su otro punto central es que las acciones positivas en esta lucha (en años recientes) son el resultado del trabajo de los activistas comprometidos de grupos como Red de Redes, Fondo de Acción de las Redes de Protección, The Southern Arizona Sanctuary Coalition.

Los politicos no pueden usar solamente palabras bonitas, también necesitan acción y un compromiso para hacer lo que es justo.