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Peter Lemkin
09-10-2009, 06:16 AM
What Kind of Sick Society Convicts A Humanitarian Volunteer for Handing Out Water In A Desert? The United States of America

September 1, 2009

‘No More Deaths’ is an organization that leaves plastic water jugs in the desert along the US/Mexico border to help keep immigrants from dying of dehydration. US authorities are targeting the humanitarian activists for prosecution. In the desert the only source of drinkable water is what people can carry. Between 1998 and 2008 five thousand immigrants, men, women and children, died while trying to cross north into Arizona. Border fences south of San Diego and along other border towns channel Immigrants to remote areas like the dangerous and isolated, 110 degree, Sonoran Desert, creating a death trap by US authorities against immigrants. Volunteer Walt Stanton was sentenced August 11th, 2009 for littering for leaving water jugs in the desert. The Judge stopped Staton from defending himself by arguing that his actions were humanitarian and far outweighed the so-called charge of littering. The prosecution against the ‘No More Deaths’ volunteer was highly political. Federal Prosecutors claimed that by leaving water the activist was aiding people entering illegally into the United States. This summer thirteen more ‘No More Deaths’ volunteers have been charged with littering.

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