The project seeks to uplift the stories of (im)migrants currently left out of President Biden’s Immigration Reform. The murals are displayed across various cities in the United States, where the intersection and impact of mass incarceration and deportation have been intensely felt by the passage of the 1994 Crime Bill and the Clinton era immigration laws that made the systems punitive.
The coalition urges elected officials, Congress, and the Biden-Harris administration to take a series of policy steps to protect immigrants by:
➤Passing an Executive Action or a series of actions as outlined by Senator Tammy Duckworth to begin the process of repatriating deported veterans.
➤Implementing the New Way Forward Act into law as reintroduced by Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
➤Taking concrete steps to end family separation and support family reunification.
The mural project launched a 100 advocacy campaign targeted at President Joe Biden and Congress in Tijuana, Baja California and installed murals across many locations in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries. The project staged a grand mural installation in Washington, D.C. by a coalition delegation coinciding with the end of President Biden’s first 100 days in office.
The lead coalition artist is Javier Salazar Rojas (Tijuana, BC. Since then several artists have joined the coalition and are working on specific murals curated to target an intersection of the deportation stories. Current artists include:
Jelani Abdul-Lateef (Pomona, CA), Victor Cordero "Cheeks" (San Diego, CA), Flor Rivas (Washington, DC), Marco Sanchez (El Paso, TX), and Victor "Mask" Casas (El Paso, TX).
Mural installations joined by community organizers, storytellers, elected officials that join in a socially distanced gathering throughout the duration of the installation.
The Leave No One Behind Mural Project is a project supported by veteran support groups, immigrant organizations, and academics: Unified U.S. Deported Veterans Resource Center; Repatriate Our Patriots; New Way Forward; Veterans for Peace; Deported Veteran Support House-Juarez Bunker; Otros Dreams en Acción; Immigrant Justice Network; Humanizing Deportation; Deportados Unidos en la Lucha; DREAM Will Childhood Arrivals; Veterans For Peace/ Sgt Barrios Memorial Chapter #182; AmeriMex Dreams en Acción; Border Line Crisis Center; Meta Peace Team Detroit Michigan; Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; Michigan Poor People’s Campaign; Military Families Speak Out; Friends of Friendship Park; Via Internacional Cafe; Playas de Tijuana Mural Project; Reclaim the Dream; Border Network for Human Rights; Desolate Zine; Las Americas Immigration Advocacy Center; Queer Bar Association; Veterans Non-Profit.
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