Appeal No More Deaths Funding Decision!
No More Deaths is an organization dedicated to "ending death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights." The work of No More Deaths revolves around providing water, food, and medical assistance to migrants walking through the Arizona desert and to raise awareness about the plight of migrants. This year, a group of Beloit College students wants to join No More Deaths for a week in March. They hope to learn about the realities faced by migrants in the desert and assist with humanitarian efforts. The group applied for funding to cover travel and registration costs from Beloit College's Funding Board, the body responsible for distributing funds related to on and off campus programming. Funding Board denied the group's request for $3,410 to go on the No More Deaths trip, but has approved every other proposal presented this semester, many ranging from upwards of $3,000. Some of the reasons given for denying the request were that it was "too much money" and that "Peace and Justice Club has done too much already... we should let other clubs carry out activities." A trip like the Alternative Spring Break is arguably the perfect way for Beloit College students to demonstrate liberal arts in practice by using their spring break to assist those less fortunate than themselves. Please demonstrate your support of these students to go to the Arizona desert by signing this petition to appeal the No More Deaths funding decision.