Two posts today. I must post this review and recommenfation for my book, NO MORE DEATHS.
No More Deaths (https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Deaths-Humanitarian-Migrants/dp/1095045822/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2J9FQJFM4Q3CU&keywords=sue+lefebvre&qid=1576188694&sprefix=sue+le%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-1) also came out this year. It is written by my good friend Sue Lefebvre. Sue and her husband, Gene, are now living in a retirement community in Phoenix.
Some of you will remember that Gene received the “Barstow-Driver Award for excellence in nonviolent direct action in retirement” (my favorite award offered by any nonprofit/church organization anywhere) a year or so ago from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. While Gene was out mapping migrant trails and organizing humanitarian assistance for folks at risk of dying as they crossed the AZ borderlands over the last fifteen years, Sue was quietly performing many of the behind the scenes tasks that were needed for No More Deaths to grow into a full-on movement.
What I didn’t realize till I read her book is that she was also taking extensive notes on the weekly meetings we held and the difficult decisions that were being made. Her book can reasonably be described as a definitive account of how No More Deaths came to be. I was a part of the first four years of No More Deaths, and I learned things I didn’t know, even about those meetings and activities I was so much a part of.
There is a full section of the book on the story of Dr. Scott Warren, who was recently tried a second time for his work with No More Deaths, but this time was acquitted, as well as others who have been arrested over the years for this important work. Her book is full of written reflections from the journals of No More Deaths volunteers.
It is a remarkable achievement, and it should be in every public library in the country as a resource for those who care about protecting the right to offer direct assistance to the 70 million migrants and refugees who are currently on the move in our world today. It’s also an amazing primer on the unique style of Tucson-based movement building that grew out of the rich activist history with farm workers, Central American refugees, anti-NAFTA, and land redemption work over the last five decades.
Order a copy for yourself and the library in your college or community as well!