Shut Down ICE was a historic week when undocumented activists made the call to all grassroots organizers and the mainstream immigrant rights movement to disrupt the system of deportation through non-violent civil disobedience. They kicked it off with a week of civil disobedience and protests at immigration offices across Arizona state. There were coordinated actions at the Nogales border, Tucson where Operation Streamline does mass deportations, and in Phoenix at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
I coordinated media teams across the state so that all of the actions were recorded, photographed and live streamed. I prepared press packs and produced a final video that came out the same afternoon. I filmed along with Chandra Narica, Diana Pérez-Ramírez, Murphy Woodhouse, Jason Aragón, Dennis Gilman, Alonso Parra and Jonathan Alvira. In the days before Jason and Chandra and I shot all of the b-roll images for the video including a timelapse of the sun rising over the border fence and waiting along the freeway for the busses that deport immigrants to pass. Marisa Franco and B Loewe wrote the narration. We made a Spanish version too. We focused on people on the bus, while corporate media focused on the activists.