Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
No More Deaths
In 2009 Charlie Rooney and Jean Dietrick Rooney wrote an article for the November issue of the newsletter of Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America on their work in Arizona with illegal immigrant support group No More Deaths.
- Like most, we didn’t have a clear idea what to expect when we volunteered to work with the Arizona immigrant rescue group “No More Deaths” two years ago. From the time we moved to southern Arizona for the winter months starting in 2005, we realized that the loss of life of the “undocumented immigrants” in the Sonoran Desert between Tucson and the Mexican border was shockingly high. Every week, the Arizona Daily Star carried stories of 2, or 3, or 6, or more, bodies found in the desert. We decided to join the hundreds of citizens who form a widespread border justice community in Tucson.
DSA electoral work
In 2008 Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of Americaendorsed state representative candidates Sarah Roberts (St. Clair Shores-Harrison Township), Vicki Barnett (Farmington-Farmington Hills), Lisa Brown (West Bloomfield-Harrison Township), and Jonathan Switalski (Warren-Sterling Heights). As a result, DSA members have been canvassing, phone banking, and stuffing envelopes for one of these four candidates almost every weekend since the late summer. To date, the following members have participated in at least one (and usually several) campaign dates: Brandon Moss, Selma Goode, Michelle Fecteau, Bob Alpert, Lon Herman, Maurice Geary, Helen Samberg, Bob Frumkin, Charlie Rooney, Julie Barton, David Elsila, David Green, Dave Ivers, Michael Dover, Bill Helwig, Bob Denoweth, and Marilyn Schmidt.