The Caravan Against Fear set out from Sacramento April 10 in eight white vans that carried some fifty people, most of us strangers before the trip. We traced the border from California to Texas and back again, and learned about friendship, solidarity and resistance on the border of Trump America.
Tribal chairmen decried the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline when reports surfaced that its first crude oil spill in South Dakota occurred even before the private infrastructure project went into service.
Union members, migrants, government officials and grassroots organizers chanted and marched before stepping up to the mike in the shadow of the Federal Building in Sacramento to tell their stories and make promises. The Caravan against Fear is under way in California.
The basic principle at the core of demands of indigenous peoples at Standing Rock and at Loma de Bacum has been supported internationally by two former UN Special Rapporteurs for Indigenous Rights, and recently endorsed by the current Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli Corpus. That principle states that governments must ensure that companies consult with indigenous peoples prior to launching megaprojects and was first set out in the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Dilley is home to a state prison and, since March 2015, the South Texas Family Residential Center, the largest family immigration detention center in the country. The women and children detained there have fled from Central America, South America, and as far away as Syria.
As the militant protests against Donald Trump in California and across the nation attest, resistance to open racism and xenophobia is on the upswing. On May Day 2016, demonstrations from different sectors of the immigrant rights and labor movements once again hit U.S. streets drawing on the legacy of demonstrations a decade ago.