Legal Observation Group Speaks Out on Minutemen
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - A local group opposing the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is looking for volunteers. Aguila del Norte will have an informational meeting Sunday, November 5th from 3:30-5 pm in the library of St. Michael's church, on Yakima Avenue.
Community members interested in learning about the group's legal observations of the Minutemen are encouraged to attend. Aguila del Norte has been trained as legal observers by the ACLU, to non-violently confront what they consider to be a threat; Minuteman border patrols.
Aguila del Norte director Rosalinda Guillen says, "They have a philosophy that I believe is very bigoted, and it's un-American." The Minutemen say their only real run-in with Aguila del Norte was at Minuteman headquarters near Ferndale.
The Minutemen say Aguila del Norte tried to block the driveway, and the sheriff was called out. Guillen disputes that claim, "No, the four legal observers out there were all women, and there was no problem."
Her group's goal is to get the community involved, both in Whatcom and Yakima counties. "I think that there are many others like myself, who feel like Grass Roots on Fire and the Minuteman Project are invading our home." she says.
There is one thing Aguila del Norte and the Minutemen agree on, that the U.S. immigration system isn't working, and politicians need to step up to fix up. Guillen asks the Minutemen, "Why don't you join us in building social justice? Continue to vote, and be a part of the process."