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Rise Up, Tear Down: A Celebration of Local Struggles for a World With No Borders, No Cages and No Profit from the Lives of Human Beings!

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—September 3, 2013. No Borders, No Cages. No profit from the lives of human beings!! A Celebration and Benefit for Hunger Strike for Health/LUCHANDO POR LA VIDA will be held on Friday, September 6th from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight at Chi-town Futbal, 2255 S Throop St., Chicago. There is a Suggested Donation of $5-$10.

Artists and activists will come together to create a concert benefiting the health care hunger strikers “Luchando Por La Vida”—a group of undocumented individuals who have been denied organ transplants and critical care because of their legal status.

Featured Artists:

Shining Soul (Straight outta occupied O’odham territory in southern Arizona, Shining Soul is a grassroots duo based in Phoenix. They use music to talk about border militarization, the criminalization of people of color, police brutality and the desecration of sacred places.)

Emcee Invincible (Revolutionary emcee from Detroit, Invincible is a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media and a youth worker with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action.)

Additional artists include Cihuatl Ce (fierce female emcee from Los Angeles), La Armada (Chicago, Dominican hard-core fury), and Dale Shine (Ruidoson, Doombia, Merengue Dubstep).

Organized by Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC), artists from all over the country are coming together to participate in this cross-genre music uprising in solidarity with Hunger Strike for Health Care/”Luchando por la Vida” — fighting for health care for all people, regardless of immigration status, criminal record or ability to pay. All proceeds will go to supporting the surviving members of Luchando Por La Vida as they petition their cases for critical health care services and organ transplants at Chicago-area hospitals.

This event is organized in conjunction with the “Ni Vencidos, Ni Vendidos: Race, Border Walls and the Politics of not Selling Out” conference and forum scheduled for Saturday, September 7th at Northeastern Illinois University. Artists from the event will also participate and facilitate key workshops at this forum. For more information, visit: http://moratoriumondeportations.org/riseup/


Moratorium on Deportations is a group founded in Chicago the spring of 2010 to create a space for individuals and organizations to discuss perspectives, share information and coordinate efforts in their fight to get from President Obama an Executive Order for a Moratorium on Deportation. However, in early 2011 the undocumented youth who founded the MDC reached out to form a broader organizing community. Through  an experimental series of speak-outs called “The ABCs of Struggle: A is for Amnesty and Abolition” and then through mobilizations for March 10th Liberation Square and the People’s Trial of Boeing action, the MDC changed from being a campaign to a meeting-place for autonomous migrant justice, anti-war and community organizations. MDC became logistical host and intersectional platform for the planning process of Chicago Mayday 2011. We organized a grassroots struggle in Chicago to resist the construction of a new immigrant detention center in Crete, IL; and developed political education campaigns in response to DACA and the so-called “Immigration Reform” politics of 2013.


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