Taking down the border

Talking about border issues…

We met Kyle Dorland, from DeKalb, Illinois, walking along the Bob Bullock Loop 20 on April 18th. By coincidence, he works (or worked, I guess, since he left it all for his mission) at my alma mater, Northern Illinois University. My friend and I were running errands when we spotted his sandwich board message and stopped by for a short chat.

It was his first day walking the streets of Laredo and I wish I had had some water to give him.

I am not sure if he knew about Laredo’s heat but I do know he knows what he wants – and that is to re-initiate the freedom riders to stop segregation amongst countries.


His website tells us about his hope for world peace and what he wants to see happen:

Calling all Freedom Riders: Young and old, male and female, documented and undocumented, every color, every religion, every sexual orientation. We will unite at the Mexico/U.S. border, forming an unstoppable unarmed army of non violent soldiers with the soul goal of bringing down the unjust border of segregation. Children, elderly and differently abled freedom riders will lead the march against Border Patrol and Homeland Security, who will be forced to stand down or inflict violence on a nonviolent protest in front of the entire world who will be watching on tv.

When: May 5 2012 Where: Major border crossing checkpoints Why: To make history and change the world for the better

REMEMBER NO VIOLENCE!

Participation Information

When: May 5

Location: U.S.-Mexico border Crossing Checkpoints

Time: Noon

Requirements: All ages, NO VIOLENCE even if violence is inflicted on you, must be willing to face arrest, extreme violence, or even death.

Everyone has a purpose that drives them. I may not be joining Kyle on his quest but I support that he is at least trying. I’m not sure he has sufficient information to know that there won’t be border patrol on the bridge, but customs agents. I should have told him that thousands of people already cross the border daily because I am not sure he knows the system in place. Regardless, he has set his goal and, you never know, he might actually be starting a new movement. At the very least he is raising awareness for the world he envisions. Catch him walking around Laredo and don’t forget to offer him some water. Best of luck to Kyle and all Freedom Riders!

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36 Responses to Taking down the border

  1. bobby says:

    with the zetas just on the other side i would rather offer a cool drink of water to our border patrol

  2. Anonymous says:

    this guy is totaly gone

  3. Paul Cavazos says:

    He is gone all right.! There are places here in the U.S where we can not go across the street safely or wander in some neighborhoods and he expects us to cross the border.? Going across is no problem. It is coming back alive that is questionable.!

  4. Anonymous says:

    He who has never been stopped by Mexican soldiers pointing rifles at his face while your family is in the car with you knows nothing about Laredo-Nuevo Laredo relations.

  5. we care says:

    can someone in texas help him

  6. Poncho1950 says:

    The loss of a border would result in the stronger country to overwhelm the weaker, but I don’t think Kyle has thought it out that far. He seems rather naïve.

  7. Poncho1950 says:

    Allow me to edit my post and say it correctly: The loss of a border would result in the stronger country overwhelming the weaker one, but I don’t think Kyle has thought it out that far. He seems rather naïve.

  8. we says:

    kyle has had some sort of mental breakdown and is in need of some help hispanic and anglo texans alike fought mexico to gain thier own independence from mexico

  9. ray says:

    Does he even know what happened on Cinco de Mayo? Seems like a bad choice considering it being a celebration of a battle between two countries.

  10. I’m not sure I understand his motivation- it would seem that expecting to merge the borders of two countries would be followed by the merging of all borders in a transnational global vision? Would he march down to Guatemala to open that one- and then cross continents over to Europe and Asia? I admire anyone who is willing to take a stand for something they believe in- but I think there are a lot of factors that I’m not tracking on….funny point by Ray about the history of cinco de mayo…. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    This man has totally lost it. What a nut case. and the saddest part of all?? the courts allow this man to be a father!!

    • Karma says:

      Do you think that you have to ask permission to the court to be a father? Are you serious or fucking stupid?

  12. Anonymous says:

    This man needs help by a professional. He has even talked about taking his 6 year old son with him to fight this battle. No violence though. lol Is he nuts no violence by him cause he is not the one carrying the gun. He needs to research more and I agree with what was said about Cinco de Mayo and its meaning! Omg! what is this man thinking.

  13. we feel for laredo says:

    look out laredo, kyle is on his way back. he thinks that you guys need him

    • Que Fregados says:

      Poor guy. Maybe once down here he will pick up a newspaper and realize a thing or two about border communities and the thousands of people that cross back & forth on the bridge he thinks he can change by himself. I do wish him well, though.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Someone please help him. He is lost and over his head

  15. Kyle Dorland says:

    sticks and stones. I know my history

  16. Kyle Dorland says:

    sticks and stones. I know history

    • Anonymous says:

      Kyle,
      This scares me! You have anyways been very special to me. I still love and care
      about you. Please come home (back to Michigan) and I will be there to help in
      any way I can. Don’t do anything that you will regret later. Always!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Kyle,
      This scares me!! You are way in over your head. I still love and care about you and
      want you to please come home (back to Michigan). Don’t do something that you will be sorry for later. Just come home and we will be there to support you any way that we can. Always!

  17. Anonymous says:

    dear kyle go back home to your kids and family

    • Anonymous says:

      HE DOESNT HAVE A FAMILY…GO AHEAD GET YOURSELF SHOT AND KILLED YOU ARE ALREADY DEAD TO ME

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know who you are but a remark like that shows you don’t know what it means to be part of a loving family and making a statement like you are dead to me is awful no matter who you are.

        • Anonymous says:

          yea i dont even now him and he seems like a great guy
          u never say something like that to someone u truly love thats just wrong

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t know who you are but you certainly are not a part of a loving family and to make a remark like you are already dead to me shows that you are not much of a decent or caring person – you are a sick individual in need of professional help. If Kyle had a loving family they would be concerned and doing everything possible to get him some help and get him home safe.

  18. Karma says:

    Keep going Kyle. Im going to do my part in this side of the border. Together we stand.

  19. kharmasgirl says:

    Oh Kyle. I see where you’re coming from. and its nobel thing you are doing. But I am worried about your safety. just come visit me.!!

  20. kharmasgirl says:

    Kyle I´m worried about you! But I support you. just come visit me. =) I’ll hook you up =)

  21. adriana111 says:

    Kyle..we gave u your Mexican card long ago…be safe! Oh and by the way ur a great father! At least ur getting off ur ass and making a change while others piss their life away commenting on here about how crazy u are. CUidate amigo.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hope your safe Kyle and that all went well your not crazy standing up for your believes but now adays it’s hard to get people bonded togeather peace and love hope your mission went well for you

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  24. roomates b says:

    kyle ur f_ing awsome homie thats whats wrong with people now adys there to afrade to stand up for what they beleve in this man has something to prove to him self just remember all the people in history that was called crazy were the people who maid changes in r lifes

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