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From November 7-11, 2007, more than 500 people gathered on both sides of the US-Mexico border between Calexico, California, and Mexicali, Baja California, for the first No Borders Camp on Turtle Islandand the first on both sides of an international border. The intention of the participants was to create one unified encampment despite the physical, political, and mental barriers that divided them. Overcoming the racism, xenophobia, classism and fear that borders represent, a space was created that challenged the dominant paradigm to offer a world without borders based upon solidarity, self-organization, and mutual aid. The weeklong convergence was meant to be a temporary autonomous zone, networking forum and manifestation of resistance against the border regime and its concurrent violence against people and the planet.

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