Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border
(25 minutes) Mexico/USA
Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border exposes the ugly anti-immigrant politics that lurk behind the Minuteman Project and shows the continuum between official border militarization and vigilante action. This video was shot by human rights activists and residents of border communities. It tells the story of border tensions from the point of view of those affected and reveals the underlying motivations of the vigilantes through interviews and disturbing footage of their nighttime patrols.
WITNESS uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. By partnering with local organizations around the globe, WITNESS empowers human rights defenders to use video to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice.
American Friends Service Committee was founded in 1917 on Quaker principles, but comprised of people of many faiths and backgrounds. They hold that conflict can be resolved without violence; poverty can be transformed into well-being; and injustice into dignity and participation. Co-recipient of the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize, AFSC today carries out programs of service, development, justice, and peace throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. As a program of the AFSC, Project Voice seeks to strengthen the voices of immigrants and immigrant-led organizations in setting the national agenda for immigration policy and immigrantsí rights, in order to foster a fuller integration of immigrants and refugees in their new communities.
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