Humanitarian aid for migrants is not a crime!

first_imgFederal Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco convicted four humanitarian aid volunteers on Jan. 18 in Tucson, Ariz., of misdemeanor charges, including entering a national wildlife reserve without a permit and abandoning property. Their real “crimes”: Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco left life-saving jugs of water and beans for desperate refugees crossing the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border.     This is the first time in 10 years that such aid workers have been found guilty. They face up to six months in jail and a fine. Five others who also work with No More Deaths, a coalition of community and faith-based activists, are slated for trial this winter on similar charges. Dr. Scott Warren, one of the nine, is also charged separately with three felony counts of “harboring and conspiracy” for providing food, water, clothing and housing to two undocumented refugees for three days. He goes on trial in May and faces up to 20 years imprisonment.     The group’s press release explains that 155 migrants have died crossing this “trail of death,” a 860,000-acre refuge, since 2001. Many more have disappeared. Catherine Gaffney emphasized: “The verdict challenges … [all] people of conscience throughout the country. If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” (, Jan. 18)Border agents ‘condemn migrants to death’The Guardian newspaper reported on Jan. 24, 2018, that some charges against Dr. Warren were filed soon after NMD released a document “accusing border patrol agents of condemning migrants to death by sabotaging water containers” and harassing volunteers. Citing video evidence, the same report noted, “[W]ater containers were vandalized 415 times, on average twice a week” in a three-year period, and “border patrol agents were the main culprits.”This attack on NMD comes as the Trump administration is intensifying its repression of refugees and immigrant rights organizations. The Guardian article said agents removed migrants receiving medical care at an NMD encampment in June 2017.Cabeza Prieta’s permitting process changed on July 1, 2017, to require visitors to sign agreements not to leave food or water on the refuge. The revision “involved input from the Interior and Defense Department officials,” noted the Jan. 17 Intercept. It was particularly meant to stop NMD volunteers from leaving food and water there. Government officials argued they enabled migrants to continue traveling through the desert further into the U.S. The refuge’s staff compiled a list of these individuals to ban them from the premises.The government’s crackdown on NMD continues. Dr. Warren’s attorneys revealed that Trump administration prosecutors held one-sided private talks with Judge Velasco. (Intercept, Dec. 21) If Dr. Warren is convicted, it will have a chilling effect on all volunteers who aid migrants in the borderlands.Stop the war on refugees!Clearly, the Trump administration’s war on asylum seekers continues unabated: Two more anti-im/migrant policies were announced on Jan. 25. Only 20 asylum seekers a day — down from 100 — will be allowed to cross the San Ysidro, Calif., port of entry from the southern border. Also, migrants awaiting U.S. immigration court hearings must remain in Mexico and cannot cross into the U.S.Isn’t the U.S. government’s heinous war on im/migrants the real injustice?Isn’t it criminal that thousands of desperate im/migrants have died trying to cross the southern border fleeing countries impoverished by the U.S. in order to find a job and a safer life? Isn’t it a human rights violation that thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents? That children have been confined in cages? That youngsters died in U.S. Border Patrol custody? That the Trump administration held hostage 800,000 unpaid federal workers to pressure Congress to fund a racist border wall?     In capitalist society, morality is turned inside out. The workers, oppressed, humanitarians and people’s heroes are prosecuted, while the real criminals — the billionaires, rich politicians and their enforcers — enjoy wealth and privilege with impunity. Someday the masses of people will hold them all responsible for their crimes against humanity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article This week’s Occupational Health newsH&S website for SMEs Trade union Unison has launched a health and safety website for small andmedium-sized employers (SMEs) in the community and voluntary sectors. The site,,aims to give free, simple and practical information, and provides links toUnison and Health and Safety Executive publications and guidance. Sun damage warning With more people than ever heading to the sun this winter, the charityCancer Research UK has warned the public to beware of the dangers of the sun.It warns that exposing skin that has been under wraps all autumn to a suddenburst of binge-sunbathing can be a major risk factor for malignant melanoma,the most deadly form of the disease. Health observatory The University of York is to provide one of the Government’s nine regionalpublic health ‘observatories’, designed to help improve the health of thepopulation. The observatories are being established in each NHS region toprovide a clearer picture of health and its inequalities. The university willplay host to the York-shire and Humber Public Health Observatory. Line managers’ guide Practitioners wanting a copy of Mind Out for Mental Health’s Line Managers’Resource, can call 0870 443 0930. Alternatively, e-mail [email protected] or downloadit from the website, NewsOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Women’s soccer earns 1st ACC win; ice hockey splits opening weekend

first_imgFreshman Stephanie Skilton scored three goals and led Syracuse (5-7-1, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 4-0 win against Pittsburgh (4-8-1, 0-7) on Sunday before 323 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field in Pittsburgh. The result gave SU its first win in the ACC.SU controlled the tempo from the early stages and broke through on a corner kick in the 21st minute. Sophomore Jackie Firenze served the ball into the box, and junior Megan Hunsberger headed home her first goal of the season.The Orange increased its lead to 2-0 when Skilton scored on a shot that slid past Panthers goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino in the 43rd minute.Skilton continued to shine in the second half, scoring her second goal in the 76th minute on a through ball from senior Rachel Blum. Skilton completed the hat trick less than 10 minutes later to push SU’s lead to 4-0.Syracuse outshot Pittsburgh 17-to-6 and senior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel made three saves to record her third shutout of the season. Anghel passed Eliza Bennett-Hattan as the Orange’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 21.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will continue play against quality ACC opponents when it returns home to face No. 5 Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Miami on Sunday at noon. Both games will be played at SU Soccer Stadium.Ice hockeySyracuse split its first two games of the 2013 season, winning its opener at No. 10 Northeastern, 4-1, before dropping a Saturday contest to New Hampshire 3-2.The Orange erupted for three goals in the third period on Friday to break a 1-1 tie with the Huskies.Sadie St. Germain scored with 14:35 remaining to give Syracuse the lead for good. Jessica Silbey scored her first collegiate goal to provide SU with insurance and Allie LaCombe provided the dagger to put Syracuse up 4-1.Northeastern got on the board first with 4:29 left in the second period on a Maggie Brennoit goal. Nicole Fererra capitalized on a power play a minute later, and the Orange didn’t look back.Kallie Billadeau stopped 27 shots in the season opener.The weekend’s second game didn’t go as well for Syracuse, which was outshot 36-to-26 by New Hampshire. After scoring the last four goals on Friday, it was UNH that came back from a late 2-0 deficit to overtake the Orange.Silbey picked up where she left off on Friday night, scoring her second goal on a power play a little more than 15 minutes into the game. The score remained 1-0 until a Brittney Krebs tally 27 minutes later.Alexis Crossley scored on a power play two minutes later for UNH, and Jessica Hitchcock tied the score with 16:57 left in the game.Crossley proved to be hero once again, netting the game winner with 5:33 remaining.Even with the loss, Billadeau managed to knock away 33 Wildcat attempts.Syracuse opens its home schedule on Friday against Clarkson at 7 p.m.— Compiled by staff writers Austin Mirmina, [email protected], and Sam Blum, [email protected] Comments Published on October 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 1 Duke

first_img Published on February 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 A Zion Williamson-less Duke Blue Devils team enters the Carrier Dome on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip against Syracuse. The on-campus attendance record is projected to be broken by eight people as the Orange look to beat Duke twice in just over a month. The Blue Devils are coming off a loss to No. 8 North Carolina, while SU beat No. 18 Louisville, 69-49, on Wednesday night.Here’s what you need to know about Duke.All-time series: Duke leads, 7-6Last time they played: On Jan. 14, the Orange pulled off a massive, 95-91, win in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Junior guard Tyus Battle led SU with 32 points. Four other Syracuse players scored in double-figures: Elijah Hughes (20 points) Frank Howard (16), Oshae Brissett (14) and Paschal Chukwu (10 plus 18 rebounds). Duke’s Cam Reddish did not play and point guard Tre Jones missed most of the game.Said SU head coach Jim Boeheim of SU’s offensive strategy: “We did a lot of ball screens with Tyus and Frank, try to get them to go downhill,” Boeheim said. “If they switched, they had a center. If they tried to get over them, they had an edge to get to the basket.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Duke report: The Blue Devils have the best two offensive players in the conference, both of whom are still teenagers: RJ Barrett (23.1 points per game) and Williamson (21.6). Their entire offense is balanced and potent, with multiple ways to score from the inside and outside. With Williamson out, Duke’s interior presence is significantly reduced. Barrett, Reddish and Jones will have to try to pick up the slack because either Barrett or Williamson has led the team in scoring every game but one. Until Wednesday night’s 88-72 loss at home to UNC, Duke hadn’t lost since the Syracuse game — the Blue Devils had won nine in a row. They edged Virginia at home. Then they blew out five-straight teams before beating Virginia again. In the past two weeks, they came back from a 23-point deficit at Louisville and smacked NC State, 94-78. They’re tied for first in the ACC, with only three losses all season long — one of which came against Syracuse. How Syracuse beats Duke: The road to a win got significantly less cluttered with Williamson’s injury. The Blue Devils do, however, still maintain a strong frontcourt. SU probably will see Reddish and Jones in earnest, unlike the teams’ last meeting. Senior point guard Frank Howard, who’s been streaky of late, may be tasked with one of the nation’s premier defenders. Duke’s glaring weakness: shooting. The Blue Devils aren’t good from the free throw line, and they don’t shoot well from beyond the 3-point arc. A strong perimeter defense from SU could be the ticket to a win. Stat to know: 13 — Duke ranks 13th out of 15 ACC schools in 3-point field-goal percentage. The Blue Devils are shooting just 30.6 percent from deep, worse than Syracuse (11th — 32.4 percent) and nearly 9.8 percent worse than ACC-leading Virginia Tech. When the Blue Devils are forced to shoot contested 3s, their offense could be slowed, at least slightly. KenPom odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 20-percent chance to beat Duke and predicts a 77-67 Duke win. Player to watch: RJ Barrett, freshman forward, No. 5Barrett is the Blue Devils’ leading scorer and, with Williamson out, all eyes will be on him. At 6-foot-7, he’s a difficult matchup who can score from just about anywhere near the basket. His placement in the 2-3 zone offense will be key for Duke: He had 23 points and 16 boards last time against SU. He’s coming off a 33-point, 13-rebound explosion against UNC, and he’s averaging 23.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more