Local protesters head for border
Local activists Jeff Winder and Sue Frankel-Streit are preparing to cross the U.S. border from Mexico sans checkpoints and walk 40 miles of migrant trails through the Sonoran Desert to protest US anti-immigration policy.
The two, pictured just before their arrest in Rep. Virgil Goode's office in a 2007 Code Pink protest, this time have on their People United hats to protest resolutions such as one passed in Prince William County that limits county services to citizens and has police verifying citizenship pretty much when they stop people for speeding.
"We want to overturn Prince William County," says fellow protester Virginia Leavell from Tucson, the city where the border crossers– who have been dubbed "insanity without borders" by one of their coalition members by Greg Latieq, founder of Help Save Manassas– will begin their hike to Mexico over the weekend.
"We're going to wake up tomorrow, and it's going to be a police state," says Leavell.
Winder, from Nelson County, and Streit-Frankel, of Louisa, have been hiking around this area with backpacks to train for the desert hike, Leavell says, and they'll carry food and water for their 40-mile trek.
The People United plan a press conference at the Nogales port of entry on the border south of Tucson on Tuesday, April 22, and if all goes well, Winder and Streit-Frankel will be back. "They're not crossing at a point of entry," notes Leavell. "It's civil disobedience."