Tucson Samaritans has provided humanitarian service on the Arizona desert for nearly two decades. This is the annual commemoration of the Tucson Samaritans' first trip to the desert made on 7/2/2002. The Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans were founded in 2005.
We Samaritans celebrate each person we have met crossing the desert and how each of them has changed our lives. On June 29, 2019 we flooded the desert with volunteers, water, food and medical supplies in order to prevent deaths. Our two groups met up in Arivaca where we renewed our bonds and strengthened our common purpose. Here are some photos.
OUR BORDER TOWN
A New Play by Amy Almquist
Co-Directors: Art Almquist and Julian Martinez
Produced by Tucson High Magnet School Performing Arts
Contact: Art Almquist. (520) 225-5326, Arthur.email@example.com.
OUR BORDER TOWN is a groundbreaking new multimedia play concerning the divisive border crisis that continues to unfold in our own backyard. This world premiere docudrama is crafted from interviews with members of the Tucson, Green Valley and Arivaca, Arizona communities. Using their real names, these people live and work in or have travelled through our border region. Among the many represented are four Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans: Rowland and Judy VanEs, Paul Nixon and Laurel Grinde! Other Tucsonans include the Rev. John Fife, artist & anthropologist Alvaro Enciso, Mexican-born American business owner Luz Demay, entrepreneur Rocio Calderon, and many more. By sharing their divergent points of view, spoken with their own words, OUR BORDER TOWN creates a collage of perspectives about the personal impact of this crisis, and poses the question: Can we even begin to solve it? OUR BORDER TOWN is a compassionate and very human apolitical play that investigates the massive effect on a people and a community when divided by barriers, both real and figurative.
This WORLD PREMIERE play brought to life by the students of Tucson High Magnet School’s nationally recognized, multiple award-winning theatre program is an event not to be missed.
April 25 – 27, May 2 – 4, 9, and 11 @ 7:00 PM & May 11 @ 2:00 PM
Buy and reserve tickets online: www.tucsonhightheatre.com
$18/$15 students & staff of any school, and seniors 65+
Tucson High Magnet School Little Theatre
400 N. 2nd Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705
Parking is available in the lot south of the Tucson High campus, off of 8th street at Euclid. Walk under the red ramada and look for the lit THEATRE sign above the entrance to the Main building. The Little Theatre is located downstairs. Wheelchair and handicap access is available.
Alyson Ball, a GVS Samaritan, presents an overview of the past history of US immigration, types of immigration, their statuses in reference to possible citizenship and current policies and practices. She wants to clarify this complicated issue of immigration by offering this balanced overview to as many groups as possible. She will be speaking February 17, 2019 from 10:15 - 11:15 at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Cañada, Sahuarita. Come early to get a seat. The video of her talk is under Videos on the Resources tab and also here.
common ground on the border vi and 15th annual santa cruz valley border issues fair - january 17-19, 2019
The U.S.-Mexico borderlands has 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.
The Borderlands is the perfect place to explore the arts, touch the culture and have deeper
conversations about the complicated issues that collide here.
On Friday and Saturday afternoons, we will have 17 different music, art, writing, and social justice
classes in our Common Ground on the Border program.
On Saturday morning, we will be presenting the 15th Annual Border Issues Fair with stimulating
national and international scholars and activists sharing their perspectives on our current
border and immigration crisis.
In addition, there will be field trips to the border and into the desert on Thursday. And, of
course, there will be dynamic concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.
Above are photos of three of our performers...and something unique about our Common Ground on the Border is that these performers are also available to teach you in a class/workshop that you may choose. Please see the brochure, which includes the schedule and registration.
Alyson Ball, a GVS Samaritan, presents an overview of the past history of US immigration, types of immigration, their statuses in reference to possible citizenship and current policies and practices. She wants to clarify this complicated issue of immigration by offering this balanced overview to as many groups as possible. She will be speaking next on January 25, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:00 at the Green Valley Library. The video of her talk is under Videos on the Resources tab and also here.
The Good Shepherd is welcoming Lecia Brooks from the Southern Poverty Law Center on November 30, and December 1, 2018. Friday 7:00 pm topic: Hate Groups in Southern AZ; Saturday 9:00am topic: a wider description of the work of SPLC. A free will offering will go to SPLC.
Many organizations are coming together to invite the public to a candlelight vigil commemorating those migrants who died in our desert seeking better lives. Please join us Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 4PM in the Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ. More information can be found here.