<Li>Runners Carry a Torch From Mexico City to New York: Activists Honor the Many Undocumented Workers Who Have Died in the US and Draw Attention to the Rights of Immigrants

November 07, 2002

On October 13th, while the mainstream media wascovering the DC Sniper 24 hours a day, the bodies of11 Mexican and Honduran undocumented immigrants werediscovered in an airless train car in Iowa.

In Arizona, at least 169 Mexican migrants have diedcrossing the desert since January of this year.

The Sandpoint Company is being investigated for unsafelabor practices after the September 12 death of 14Guatemalan and Honduran workers died in a van accidentin Maine.

Thousands of undocumented workers die every year inthe United States, in accidents of migration, unsafeworkplaces, and as victims in racial hate crimes.

To honor the many immigrants who have died without aface or a name in this country, the TepeyacAssociation of New York has organized the Mexico Cityto New York Guadalupan Torch Run.

Runners carrying the torch left Mexico City on October26. Members of communities all along the road northhave taken their turns moving the torch and it’smessage forward.

Last night at 9 p.m. the torch crossed the border fromMatamoros, Mexico to Brownsville, Texas. MarioNájera, one of the organizers of the Torch Run, joinsus on the phone from Brownsville.


  • Mario Nájera, Tepeyac Association of NewYork