Movie Crossing Arizona exhibits the polarity on the immigration debate
Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.
“Crossing Arizona” examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it. Frustrated ranchers go out day after day to repair cut fences and pick up the trash that endangers their livestock and livelihoods. Humanitarian groups place water stations in the desert in an attempt to save lives. Political activists rally against anti-migrant ballot initiatives and try to counter rampant fear mongering. Farmers who depend on the illegal work force face each day with the fear that they may lose their workers to a border patrol sweep. And now there are the Minutemen, an armed citizen patrol group taking border security into their own hands. As up-to-date as the nightly news, but far more in-depth, “Crossing Arizona” reveals the surprising political stances people take when immigration and border policy fails everyone.
With Americans on all sides of the issue up in arms and Congress embroiled in a knock-down-drag-out policy battle over how to move forward, CROSSING ARIZONA shows how we got to where we are today . . .
Nominated for The Sundance Film Festivals “Best Documentary” in 2006, “Crossing Arizona” will be screening at the Price Center Theater on the UCSD campus (9500 Gilman Drive) in La Jolla this Thursday, April 12, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion with director, Dan DeVivo.
In opposition of the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in San Diego, Border Angels founder, Enrique Morones, is inviting the community to join youth as they lead a rally in Chicano Park (by Cesar Chavez Pkwy and Logan Ave) at 11 a.m. this Friday, April 6. They are asking for humane immigration reform now and the halt to civil disruption and terrorism in the barrios.
Undocumented Students at UCSD will learn about the social, political, and educational conditions confronting them at the Cross-Cultural Center on campus Friday, April 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Discussed will be the DREAM Act (Assembly Bill 540). For more info, email: email@example.com.
Friends of Day Laborers, a project of Activist San Diego, is organizing a benefit show Friday, April 6, at the Rubber Rose (3812 Ray St) where they’ll provide live music by Radium Girl, Jehovas Fitness, Dr. Bird Sani and more. There will be a silent auction as well as a video screening of an accumulation of footage about Minutemen behaving badly. Cover. For more info, call 619-528-8383 or visit them online at www.activistsandiego.org.
Afro-Latin group Aguadulce will be playing Winston’s (1921 Bacon St) in Ocean Beach this Saturday, April 7, beginning around 8 p.m., followed by a performance by cumbia and samba sensation Mayan Kings on Tuesday, April 10. Cover. For more info, call 619-222-6822.
The office of Mayor Jerry Sanders urges San Diegans to rsvp for a community dialogue with him at the George Stevens Senior Center (570 65th St) to include the neighborhoods Encanto, Chollas View, Lincoln Park, Emerald Hills and more. He will be addressing citywide issues and allow you to speak about concerns and solutions in your neighborhood. This meeting will take place Wednesday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. For more info, contact Beryl Rayford at 619-236-7168.
¿Recuerdos de tus abuelitos? Los Bilingual Writers is accepting bilingual poetry, prose and narrative submissions for their next anthology. If your abuelos ever shared a piece of their history with you and you are a talented writer, submit no more than three pieces of work by April 30, 2007 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caballero’s Latin Jam at Voz Alta (16th and Broadway) in downtown every Thursday seem to be gaining momentum. Last week, they were visited by Cuban musicians who recently arrived in San Diego. Couple that with a surprise visit from drummer Mark Lamson and some great drumming by Kiko Cornejo & Roy Gonz-alez and you have one heck of a weekly session. They begin at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Bill at 619-628-8568.
Tuesday, April 17: Mabuhay Compañero: Interethnic Coalitions, 1920s-’60s Professor Rudy Guevarra explores the historical connections between the Mexican and Pilipino laborers which led to their work in the 1960s to organize for economic justice. 12 -1:30 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center.
(Planning a junta or show that the San Diego Latino community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at email@example.com. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)