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An Encuentro Against All Borders - Building a Radical No Border

The No Border Encuentro took place on August 27-28th at the Sherman Heights Community Center in San Diego/Aztlan. Two days of events including a maquiladora tour, a benefit concert and a day of forums, panels and encounters took place with over 100 people from San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Orange County, Eugene, Portland, Tijuana, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia participating. On the walls hung photos of recent actions to stop the Minutemen, a poster of the PGA Hallmarks, and maps of Calexico, where the No Border Camp will be in September. [Complete Summary, another account]

Radio coverage was done all weekend by Blast Furnace Radio, due to some technical difficultues at radioActive sanDiego.

Audio: Beats Against Borders with Dias Tristes, Boomerang Politick and Entartete Kunst | Encuentro Opening and Border History Panel | History of the Border Part 2 | Closing presentation by Ashanti Alston | Migration and Indigenous Nations 1 | 2

Photos: Maquiladora Tour | More | Beats Against Borders | Encuentro

This is only part of a large movement against the MinuteMen, La Migra and the Border itself. Thursday night before the conference, La Raza Rights Coalition held a community forum to present their demands around these issues to legislators. Next weekend, Sept 2-4, BorderHack 2005 will be taking place in Tijuana. Also that weekend, on the 3rd, is a forum against the Minutemen in Chula Vista.

The Encuentro was planned as a space to strategize about how to create a world without borders, how to effectively challenge racism and how to put an end to the Minuteman Project. These strategies will be put into action from September 16-18th in a series of actions and a No Border Camp in Calexico.
Throughout the day, the Sherman Heights Community Center was filled with people, as people arrived for the events they wanted to see and some people had to leave early. The space itself is large and beautiful, with lots of sunlight and tile mosaics on the walls. During the panels, such as the indigenous panel, the hall was filled. At other times, the group was split for simultaneous workshops. In the indigenous panel, the presenters said that they have been fighting European Imperialism since the 1400's and that, in a very real way "we didn't cross the border, the border crossed us."

This was more than a series of workshops. The indigenous panel began with a blessing ceremony complete with dancing, music and sage. The border disturbance art space included films, slideshows and a masked performance piece involving poetry and hand painted props. The panel on the Zapatistas and the 6th declaration allowed for a space for people to ask the Frente Zapatista any questions they had about the declaration.

Ashanti Alston's talk was definitely one of the high points. He spoke movingly about the ties between the work of the Black Panthers and the Zapatistas, about his experience joining the Black Panther party and the need to have a creative, non-hierarchical movement, as the Zapatistas say "walking, we ask". He spoke of his belief in anarchism and the need for us to run our own lives and develop our own techniques of struggle. He said that if anyone comes to you telling you they have the way to revolution planned out, you should be suspicious. He ended by saying that our work gives hope to previous genetations and to many political prisoners still in prison for 20 or 30 years, and that we must press ahead and continue to walk and ask because "we have to win this thing...The Empire gotta come down because our dreams have to come up".

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Re: An Encuentro Against All Borders - Building a Radical No Border

If there were no borders, then how could Canada refuse to extradite Marc Emery? If we had one world government, what would we do and where would we go when the government was wrong and had us in its sights? Do you think there will ever be "no government"? Do you think that any government will ever adequately deal with the complaints and demands of its dissidents? If not, then what will a single world government do with dissidents? Will the next "border" be interplanetary space?

Re: An Encuentro Against All Borders - Building a Radical No Border

Has it ocurred to anyone that a border makes it possible for good guys to offer sanctuary, as much as for bad guys to cause trouble? Why don't we also say, "No rooms! Don't wall out your brothers! Everyone live together with everyone else in our great shelters!"?? How is that working at the Superdome? Do you understand that the impulse to personal rooms and national borders is no more than the impulse to say, "I/we make the rules here, not you"? In fighting borders, are you fighting human nature? Or, given how hard it is to change human nature, will this "movement" ultimately settle for different borders that better suit the needs of its participants? Before spending too much time and energy, can you pause to ask yourself the tough questions of what you really want, why you want it, what good the change could do and what harm it might do also? If there were an easier, more reliable, or less painful way to get what you want, would a "no borders" movement be necessary? Will you consider the alternatives?

Please Please read the links, absorb, think, and THEN write

I do not think that no borders means that there is one world government. I also do not think that one world government will happen. I do think No Border Encuentro wants to make it so that moving and changing citizenship is easy and painless. I really doubt that anyone at no borders is advocating a whole world police state. No borders advocates border reform.

Inquiringmind read "no borders" and then stopped. Then began thinking "oh man. No borders would really suck." Instead inquiringmind should have clicked the links provided to see that they oppose the minutemen operation and vigilantism at the US Mexico border. Unfortunately this is a thinking person's issue and requires more than bumper sticker time.

Comparing a world without borders to people living in the superdome is a painfully terrible analogy.

I think the organizers have set out goals to accomplish. One of the main ones that I support is the disbandment of the minutemen. Perhaps inquiringmind really likes vigilante justice, but most people do not.

Please read the links before posting. Events such as:
to disband the minutemen do not constitute one world government, One room communities, or one room shelters.


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