On Friday August 17th, Karma Chavez subbing for Esty Dinur spoke with Isabel Garcia, the
Pima County Arizona Legal Defender and also co-president of the Tucson-based Coalicion de Derechos Humanos. She has been a fierce fighter for the rights of immigrants and people of color, as well as against border militarization. She has sparred on national TV with Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. In light of recent events in Wisconsin, which are intimately
connected with the xenophobia, nativism and racism that Arizona has experienced more harshly than anyone, looking more in-depth at the struggles and marginalization of minorities along the boarder is an extremely important issue.
“Coalición de Derechos Humanos (“The Human Rights Coalition”) is a grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting U.S. and non-U.S. citizens alike.
Our goals include:
- •Strengthening the capacity of the border & urban communities to exercise their rights and participate in public policy decisions.
- •Increasing public awareness of the magnitude of human rights abuses, deaths and assaults at the border resulting from U.S. policy.
- •Seeking changes in government policies that result in human suffering because of the militarization of the U.S. border region.”
- -Coalición de Derechos Humanos
To learn more about Coalición de Derechos Humanos: