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Come to San Diego beginning on Sept. 16th to stop anti-immigrant vigilantes

A callout has been written by people form several palces in California asking for people to come to the broder beginning September 16th to hopefully stop the Minuteman vigilants calling themselves Friends of the Border Patrol Borderwatch. It is below.

Mobilize to San Diego in September for a movement
Against All Borders

We call on people everywhere to converge on the San Diego/Tijuana region
and the Mexicali/Calexico region of the Mexico/US border in order to stop
the vigilante operation being planned there by the Friends of the Border
Patrol, beginning on September 16th. We also call on those who cannot
travel to these areas to organize solidarity actions in their home towns
rejecting the Minutemen, Borders and the racist ideologies that Borders are
built on.

Our goal for Sep. 16th-18th is to take action and directly shut down the
Minutemen operations.

In the war for corporate globalization, every place has been turned into a
battlefield in a conflict with innumerable battles. The US/Mexico border is
one of the many, deadly battlefields in this war. In this battlefield, the
Border Patrol are its foot soldiers and the economic refugees dying in the
desert are its victims. Still, the power of the border is that it stands
for so many things which must be unraveled. The millions of people
struggling in abject poverty and dying in silence are also the victims, not
just those that die crossing.

The MinuteMen represent the worst kind of "American" bigotry, and we will
not let them continue to organize to spread their hate. We oppose them for
all of the following reasons:

- The MinuteMen are racist: while they claim to not be racist, their
rhetoric is openly anti-Mexican and the are enforcing racist laws which
have led to the deaths of over 3,200 people of color trying to cross the
US/Meican Border.

- The MinuteMen are anti-queer: in our interactions with them, they have
made numerous homophobic and anti-queer remarks.

- The MinuteMen are anti-Arab: From the website, a group
which was present at the Campo Minutemen operation: "Well I have heard that
Arabs and Arab culture is a lot like the Mexican culture. And that they
are just as dirty, they both get along."

- The Minutemen openly work with hate groups: As the Southern Poverty Law
Center recently wrote, with help from Indymedia photographs, is an organization that consists of members of the
National Vangaurd neo-nazi organization. The presence of these hate groups
in SOS has been defended by the leader of SOS. SOS works closely with the
Minutemen and their members were present at the Campo operation.

- The MinuteMen are against cultural diversity: The forums
have long rants about how everyone in the US should speak english, and
speak without an accent. At public events, MinuteMen supporters have
displayed signs saying "deportation or assimilation", a message which goes
far beyond "illegal immigration"

- The MinuteMen think they are fighting a fictitious "war on terror": the
MinuteMen have said numerous times that they want to keep Al-Quaeda from
crossing the US/Mexico border, despite the fact that none of the 9/11
hijackers entered the country illegally. Their efforts to keep this fiction
alive only promotes anti-Muslim hatred and the idea of a war without an end.

- The MinuteMen are opposed to women's rights: At our events they have
accused women protesters of "killing babies", showing their opposition to
the right to choose. In addition, the border that the Minutemen are
enforcing supports a system where the majority of Maquiladora workers are
women and where women are being murdered in Ciudad Juarez.

- The MinuteMen embody the violent nature of capitalism: MinuteMen
supporters equate capitalism with freedom, while we know that capitalism
means only freedom for the wealthy and exploitation for everyone else. We
reject trade agreements like NAFTA, which are a result of capitalism, and
which promote destructive globalisation. The Minutemen are enforcing a
border regime that determines who can be exploited, since capital can move
freely while people cannot.

- We are opposed to all borders as they are artificial barriers created by
corporations and politicians to divide working and poor people from each
other. Borders facilitate the exploitation of people on the "wrong side" of
the line, and box in special privilges for those on the "right side" of the
line. The increased militarization of borders by power-hungry and violent
imperialists, corporations, and politicians is also a great concern for
well-being of the global population. In addition, the U.S. / Mexican border
is a far deadlier border than the Iron Curton was during the Cold War in
Europe and represents the equivalant of a "wanted dead or alive" bounty on
Mexican citizens and other foriegn nationals. The U.S. government would
never tolerate its citizens being treated the way it itself treats, by its
actions and inactions, the citizens of other nations.

No one is illegal. All people have a right to travel and migrate wherever
they want. Our struggle works toward the liberation of migrant people,
women, indigenous people, people of all nationalities, queers and people of
color against the violent bigotry of the MinuteMen and we intend to stop
their project from going any further.

Migration controls hurt everyone's freedom and privacy. Some of us are more
directly targeted and affected by these policies, but all of our lives are
being reshaped by them. We are in this struggle not only to reject and stop
these racist attacks, but to move towards a world without borders, a world
of liberation for all people.

This call endorsed by:

The o.r.g.a.n.i.c. Collective
Anarchist Action San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area Anti-Minutemen Coalition

To add your organization to the list of groups
endorsing this call,
please email info (at)

Opposing Repression Globally and Nurturing Independent

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