published Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

'Undocumented, unafraid' immigrants rally in Memphis for reform

Signs on the UndocuBus promote the No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice bus tour from Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. The bus stopped at the Memphis Unafraid event at El Mercadito on Tuesday night.
Signs on the UndocuBus promote the No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice bus tour from Arizona to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. The bus stopped at the Memphis Unafraid event at El Mercadito on Tuesday night.
Photo by The Commercial Appeal /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

When Chuey Avila casually described his three-week journey to America — on foot, through the desert, having narrowly escaped capture by the authorities — he punctuated the story with a laugh and a shrug.

"I was young and stupid," Avila said. But then he reconsidered. "Actually, I guess I should say I was young and brave."

Avila, now 25 and living in Memphis, is one of many such immigrants gathered at El Mercadito on Tuesday night for Memphis Unafraid, an event which marked the seventh stop of the national No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice.

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