News Release


ARUN GUPTA, JUAN CARLOS RUIZ  arun.indypendent at, @CampsNo
Gupta and Ruiz are among the many signers to the just-released “Call to Action: Close the Concentration Camps Now!” which is being published by The Progressive and numerous other outlets today.

Gupta is an investigative reporter, Ruiz is co-founder, New Sanctuary Coalition. They have helped organize the website which is just launched today and features the call to action signed by authors Barbara Ehrenreich, Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher, Jr., former president of TransAfrica Forum and others.

They write: “We are calling on all people of conscience to shut down the concentration camps on the U.S.-Mexico border through any nonviolent means necessary.

“From Abolitionism to Standing Rock, Americans have come together time and again to defy horrific injustice. Now, as the government tries to normalize concentration camps, it is time like never before to target those responsible.

“Inspired by the civil rights movement, ACT-UP, and early labor struggles, we must employ every nonviolent tactic at our disposal to oppose this institutionalized criminality. We are calling on everyone to organize: your community, your school, your house of worship, your workplace, your friends and family.

“We can blockade the concentration camps with occupations and die-ins. We can set up our own ‘freedom camps’ on their doorstep. We can support workers who walk out and strike. We can make life impossible for the tech companies profiting from this misery, for the big banks that fund it, and for the politicians that make it possible. And we can directly aid the immigrants-rights groups who are already working to end the illegal mass detention of our brothers and sisters. We ask everyone to recognize and respect the front-line immigrant communities and organizers who have been fighting for many years, and to take leadership from those most impacted by this brutal system.”