Demonstrations today to protest border 'militarization'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A dramatic demonstration is planned in downtown Tucson today, to get the attention of Congress.

Organizations across the southern border are scheduled to protest against border militarization, as part of the National Day of Action.

Protesters plan to start their rally at the Federal Building on Congress at 4 p.m. today.  They will then move to Senator John McCain's about one block away.

The protestors will call for an end to politics that benefit defense contractors and the prison industry which they say hurts immigrants and border residents.

Organizers say Southern Arizonans will experience heightened surveillance under the border surge proposed by Arizona Senators Flake and McCain.

Today local groups will perform skits to draw attention to the 6,000 men, women and children that die while crossing the so called 'militarized' southern border.

The demonstration will last until 5:30 p.m.

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