PHOENIX — Nearly a year before Netroots Nation 2015, the largest annual gathering of progressive organizers, Netroots leaders and board members met with a small group of activists in Arizona.
Organizers for the progressive conference, which is sometimes criticized for a lack of diversity, had a clear message: They wanted this year’s conference, located in Phoenix, to be the most Latino- and immigration-focused in Netroots’ 10-year history.
And the 16 activists, representing a dozen local groups, had their own demands. They wanted the Netroots organizers, including the group’s executive director Raven Brooks, to really understand the experience of undocumented immigrants.
So they took the Netroots leadership to the border.
Last September, the Netroots organizers and local activists watched what is known as Operation Streamline, where undocumented immigrants are processed before detention and deportation. They met with a group that serves as a liaison between the coroner’s office and families whose relatives have died in the desert. And they spoke to organizations that do things like provide breakfast and calling cards to recently deported undocumented immigrants.
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