We invite you to join us our pilgrimage from California to Nogales, AZ – Sonora, Mexico, to witness a region divided by a highly militarized U.S. Border Patrol and to attend the School of the America’s Watch Encuentro at the Border.
It will be a journey that will move us to re-envision the US/Mexico Border as a Bridge of Encounter.
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Goals for the Pilgrimage
◈ Join a national faith-rooted mobilization to enhance your current ministry with greater awareness and advocacy about the U.S.- Mexico border and migrant issues.
◈ Deepening understanding of how we are co-responsible to address the root causes, border policy, and become welcoming sanctuaries that advocate for an all-encompassing migrant justice.
◈ Foster collective hope, compassion, and resiliency during this year of anti-immigrant political challenges.
Wednesday, November 8th: Travel day and community bonding
IM4 Human Integrity Members from the Inland Valleys (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties) and the Bay Area will meet*. During the road trip from Ontario, CA to Nogales, AZ we will share about the distinctive IM 4 Human Integrity faith-rooted work on immigrant justice in these two regions. *Note: those from NorCal will have the option to carpool or fly to Ontario.
Thursday, November 9th: Immersion in Tuscon, AZ
At Tuscon, we will be hosted by Good Shepherd at the United Church of Christ, that has been involved in border justice efforts for many years. They will show us how they respond to the needs of migrants that cross the desert in Arizona.
Friday, November 10th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will begin with a community lunch and participate in various forums and workshops. Then we will attend a vigil at Eloy Detention Center. Finally, we will enjoy a welcome concert in Tucson.
Saturday, November 11th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will attend a rally at the U.S./Mexico border, participate in more forums and workshops, and then go to a concert at the border.
Sunday, November 12th: SOAW Border Encuentro
We will see a puppetistas show and then listen to featured speakers and artists on building bridges of justice to root causes of migration, demilitarization of the border, and ending the criminalization of immigration in the U.S. Next, we will attend a reading of No Más, No more. Finally we will attend the Encuentro Closing.
Cost for the trip will be approximately 250$
(limited scholarships available for grassroots faith leaders).
Space is limited on our Pilgrimage….but others can definitely meet us and attend the SOA Encuentro on their own.
If you would like to register for the pilgrimage please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive online registration form by October 6th.
God loves beyond borders!