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.
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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
Katia Cardenal, former lead vocalist of the world-renowned Nicaraguan new song group called Guardabarranco, will perform with her daughter on Wednesday, Oct 5th at 7:00pm.
She is considered by many to be the most important and prolific Nicaraguan female singer today and has recorded 22 albums. She has sung with Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Silvio Rodriguez and more. It a special treat to have someone of Katia's caliber perform here. She will be in the area for the School of Americas Watch event on Oct 7-10th. All are welcome---a freewill offering will be taken.
In 1990, Maryknoll Priest, Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founded the School of the Americas Watch after the assassinations of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. The soldiers that killed them and thousands of others throughout Latin America were trained at the US military training school the School of the Americas (SOA) at Ft. Benning, GA.
After 26 years the annual vigil at the gates of Ft. Benning are moving to Nogales, Arizona/Sonora to push back against militarization of the border, criminalization of migrants, and name the root causes of migration. Come learn more about SOA Watch. Hear Father Roy Bourgeois speak about the Convergence on the Border, October 7-10 at one of these events:
Friday, September 9th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson - Snacks provided.
Saturday, September 10th from 4pm to 6pm at the Good Shepherd UCC Church, 17750 S. La Canada Drive, Sahuarita - Snacks provided.
Saturday, September 10th at 7pm at the monthly vigil for Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Nogales Sonora/Arizona. Bring a passport to cross the border.
Sunday, September 11th from 9:30am to 11am at Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W. 23rd, Tucson. Roy will be speaking during their Sunday service.
This is a seven-day, six-night pilgrimage that covers 75 miles between Sasabe, Mexico and Kennedy Park in Tucson. Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans traditionally provide the mid-day main meal on the Thursday, which will be June 2nd this year. Volunteers were recruited to provide food and/or to transport food out to Caballo Loco Ranch, south of Three Points. There will be 65 walkers this year.
On May 30, there will be a press conference to kick off the Migrant Trail at 10:00am at Southside Presbyterian (317 W. 23rd Street) in Tucson, Arizona. About 10:45 the walkers will be leaving to carpool to Sasabe. On June 5, the walkers will be arriving to Kennedy Park in Tucson at approximately 11:15am to Ramada #3, located behind the Mission Library at the northwest corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. Upon arrival, they will have a short press conference, followed by music, food and celebration. All are welcome to attend these two events.
The Migrant Trail website offers event details as well as the history of the walk. Here is a news column about the 2015 walk by Laurie Jurs; it was published in the Green Valley News in July 2015. Here is a link to a news release by Migrant Trail Walk released May 26, 2016.