Organizations from the University of Arizona, No Mas Muertes (No More Deaths), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Social Justice League, UA for Border Justice, and JUNTOS, erected the largest Mock Border Wall in the United States on March 21st, 2011. They caught the attention of many students, and media. The Mock Border Wall was 1,000-foot-long, going across the UofA mall. Their aim is to create a “crisis on campus” that will force members of the campus community to confront border issues in the U.S. and the Middle East.
Once the news spread that the students of UofA did this successfully, many student organizations at UNM became interested in the idea of erecting a mock wall on the plaza of UNM. We are at the beginning stages of planning this out, and hoping that we will be just as successful as the students at the University of Arizona. The only difference between, the mock border wall that UofA erected, and the one we are planning to put up, is that it will be smaller than the 1,000 ft mock wall they put up. Also we want to make a mock checkpoint, so that people can really witness what it is like to go through a checkpoint, and the hassle Palestinians go through daily.
The students from UofA are going to help us in the process of planning things out, and once we have a solid plan, we will be updating regularly on the status of this project.