Migrant Quilts Displayed from March 17 - April 28 in Unitarian Universalist Gallery and Sanctuary
Twelve Migrant Quilts honoring those who died in the desert between 2000 and 2016 were created by volunteers. Each quilt is made from recycled migrant clothing found at lay-up sites along the US/Mexico border, depicting the names of those who have perished in the borderlands in the Tucson Sector. The quilts memorialize those who are forgotten and raise awareness about the causes of migration and the deleterious U.S. foreign and domestic policies that have created the immigration crisis.
Jodi Ipsen, the project coordinator, and Peggy Hazard, who is documenting the quilts, will be the guest speakers on March 19th at 10am, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Amado, 15 County Line Road, Amado, Arizona 85645. Directions: Turn off Interstate I-19 at Exit 48 for Amado. Drive east and cross the East Frontage Road. Turn right into Amado Territory Ranch. We are the first building on the left. For more information, call 520-648-0570.
So much is being said about the US-Mexico border these days but do we really understand how deeply interwoven our two economies are? This Border Community Alliance Forum will give you a better picture of what’s happening and what might change.
Joining us are Jaime Chamberlain and Ricardo Santana Velazquez. Mr. Chamberlain is President of J-C Distributing Company in Nogales, Arizona and a representative of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. Señor Santana has served in the Mexican Foreign Service for more than 40 years and currently serves as Consul General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona.
The free forum will be Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. Register for this forum by following this link. Scroll through the events until you reach March 19 "Economics at the Border" and click REGISTER.
Charlie King will be presenting a historical perspective of deportation through his music on March 13. He will begin about 8:45 am following our next regularly scheduled Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans meeting at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Canada, Sahuarita. The public is welcome to attend.
Keep Tucson Together is an all volunteer legal service for our neighbors fearing and facing deportation. Our old friend Charlie King, an award winning peace and justice activist, recording artist and songwriter wants to help Keep Tucson Together. Maria Garcia, La Indita herself is preparing to feed us a vegan Mexican supper, and the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Council is hosting us so we can attend a free meal and concert and donate generously to KTT.
We hope to share this event with you and other friends. And participate in the annual raffle. If you cannot attend, you can send a donation to support someone to attend in your place. All donations memo-ed to KTT can be sent to ITZABOUTIME. 402 S Star Tucson AZ 95719 or likewise to No More Deaths (NMD) on their website. It's up to you to spread the word... and be heard.
Join Margo Cowan and Keep Tucson Together to learn how to stand with your neighbors as they face today's challenges. This will be the third and final meeting at Pueblo High School, 3500 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson. The presentation starts at 5:30 PM.
Common Ground on the Border activities will be offered Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14. The annual Border Issues Fair, “Snapshot on Immigration,” is Saturday morning. Three knowledgeable speakers will address current border and migration issues, including post-election analysis. Registration for the morning is $10. You may pay this on Saturday morning or include the cost when you register for Common Ground on the Border events. Here is the registration form.
Common Ground on the Border will include field trips and classes all day Friday and Saturday afternoon. There will be concerts Friday and Saturday nights. Guy Davis will be featured on Friday night, a spellbinding bluesman cut from the cloth of the old masters. Exciting classes in music, art, writing and dance are scheduled for the afternoons of both days. If you sign up for a class on Friday, you will attend it both Friday and Saturday. You may choose to attend one or more events or all the weekend events. Cost can be per session or event; prices are on the registration form. Cost for all the weekend events is $90, which includes two dinners. Please note that each class is a two-day class. If you sign up for a class on Friday, you are signed up to continue it on Saturday.
Here is some background from the Common Ground on the Hill website:
Common Ground on the Border is a two-day event, featuring classes in art, music and a variety of lectures. The US-Mexico Borderlands have always been a beautiful mix of culture, language, cuisine, economies and people. It has also been a place of struggle, high and low temperatures, a fragile environment, and the push and pull of immigration. Common Ground on the Border is a unique gathering where the deep artistic and cultural roots of the Borderlands are lifted up and conversation is created that bring us across borders and move us to common ground.
Common Ground on the Border is presented in cooperation and partnership with Common Ground on the Hill. For the past 22 years, Common Ground on the Hill has gathered in Westminster, Maryland, and other locations as a multicultural community of musicians, artists, writers, lecturers, actors, and dancers, sharing skills with students of all ages and with one another. In this way, we believe that we all can improve ourselves, our communities, and our world as we meet, share and celebrate our arts and cultures on "common ground."
In order to learn more about the weekend classes, field trips, schedule, concerts and faculty before registering, please go to: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org/cgotb-about.html
Download and print the registration form. To register for classes or events right away, you can fax the form to 520-625-7230 or email it to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's where to mail or drop off the form with your payment: The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ 85629. A brochure for this event is available at the church.
Church Women United in Tucson are sponsoring a panel discussion on Operation Streamline. See flyer below.
Nancy Montoya, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in broadcast journalism, will speak at a breakfast gathering in Green Valley on Thursday, October 13. Her topic is “Reporting on the Border: What It Is Like.” The public is invited. The event will be at Grill on the Green at Canoa Ranch starting at 8:30 AM; for ticket information, see below.
Nancy Montoya has more than 35 years of experience in major markets and network newsrooms. Besides the Pulitzer Prize, she is also the recipient of six Emmy awards and the Alfred I DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, which she received for her reporting on the “Death Squads” of El Salvador and Nicaragua. Nancy pioneered a Latin America News Bureau that included fifteen other TV newsrooms from around the country.
Now a part of the Arizona Public Media news team (KUAT Channel 6), Ms. Montoya’s area of expertise is Immigration and US/Mexico Border Issues. Besides her work, she also volunteers with students on the Tohono O’odham Reservation as part of the PBS Newshour Student Report Lab.
A native of Arizona, Nancy’s family owns the oldest working ranch in Arizona, pre-dating the Gadsden Purchase of 1854. Her husband Kirt Ijams is also a producer. Together they have two sons and own Media Source America which produces independent documentary projects.
For tickets go online to www.bordercommunityalliance.org and click on “Events.” The cost is $25 which includes breakfast buffet for those who are not members of the Border Community Alliance or $20 for BCA members. For more information, call BCA at 520-398-3229.
Notes – Please continue to check our program page to get the most updated information. For questions concerning programming, please contact Hendrik Voss at email@example.com
A People of Color or Directly Affected (POC) Space* is also being organized for the Convergence/Encuentro. In order to be accessible to undocumented folks (who are advised not to traverse the Border Patrol checkpoint between Tucson, Arizona and Nogales), most programming for the POC Space will occur in Tucson. For questions concerning the POC Space, please contact Arturo at firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Denotes event in which one does not have to traverse a Border Patrol Checkpoint to attend
Friday, October 7