Oct.7-11: Converge on the US/Mexico Border


International Action Center is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border and we encourage you to join the October 7-11 vigils, protests and workshops at the Eloy Detention Center, in Tucson, and in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora at the border wall. Visit the convergence webpage for more information: http://SOAW.org/border

It is important that we have a strong showing of activists from throughout the U.S. and Mexico in the lead-up to the November elections. We are going to take a stand for justice and demand fundamental change in US policies that goes beyond elections. Come out and amplify the demands of the convergence:

  • An end to the destructive U.S. military, economic, and political interventions in the Americas.
  • De-militarization of the borders. We need to build bridges with our neighbors, not walls.
  • The dismantling of the racist and sexist systems that steal from, criminalize, and kill migrants, refugees, natives, gender non-conforming people, communities of color, and others throughout the hemisphere.
  • Respect, dignity, justice and self-determination for all communities, especially the poor and most vulnerable
  • No more profits over people! Private military, prison, oil, mining, and other corporations should not determine our future or that of the earth, the people should.

For the full schedule of October 7-11 events, visit http://www.soaw.org/border/weekend-program/#schedule

Featured speakers and musicians at the bi-national rally and the vigil at the US/Mexico border wall: http://www.soaw.org/border/speakers-and-musicians/

Workshops on Saturday, October 8 in Nogales, Arizona, USA: http://www.soaw.org/border/workshops-in-nogales-arizona/
Workshops on Saturday, October 8 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico:  http://www.soaw.org/border/workshops-3/

People of Color Space in Tucson, Arizona: http://www.soaw.org/border/frentex/

See you at the Border!
International Action Center


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 7

  • 9:15am Exhibition of Ten Quilts Memorialize Lives Lost by Migrants Crossing the Desert in the Tucson Sector. This event will take place in the Tucson and Catalina Rooms of the University of Arizona’s Student Union (1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, Arizona)
  • 5pm – 7:30pmVigil and rally at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center, and Opening of the Convergence Weekend, Welcome, and Know Your Rights Information (1705 E Hanna Rd, Eloy , AZ, 85131)++
  • Welcome and Peña Celebration in Nogales, Mexico, 6:00pm-8pm at the Art Museum (Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos No. 120, Nogales 84000, Mexico)
  • 7pm – 11pmConcert in Tucson, Arizona at Club Congress, a benefit for No More Deaths. For all that are interested, including People of Color Space participants, and those unable to travel past the Border Patrol checkpoint to Nogales (7pm-11pm, Club Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ)++

Saturday, October 8

  • 8:30am – 9:30am Veteran-led march in Nogales (Sonora/Arizona) kick off on the U.S. side: Hotel Americana, 639 N Grand Ave, Nogales, AZ 85621 kick off on the Mexico side: Plaza Ochoa, Nogales, Son., Mexico
  • 9:45am – 11:45am – Rally at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona with speakers and musicians from across the Americas featured speakers will include Michael McPherson of Veterans for Peace; Hector Barajas, the founder of Deported Veterans Support House in Tijuana, Mexico; Shena Gutierrez, from the Border Patrol Victims Network, Mexico, human rights activist and Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka; Isabel Garcia from the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, Indigenous Community Defender Nestora Salgado; Maudí Tzy from the Alliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity from Guatemala, SOA Watch Field Organizer Maria Luisa Rosal and Father Roy Bourgeois, SOA Watch founder Live music performances by Pablo Peregrina, Emmas Revolution, Colleen Kattau, Olmeca, the Peace Poets, Natalia Serna La Muna, Son Jarocho musicians, and the SOA Watch Musicians Collective
  • TUCSON – 9 AM – 8 PMPeople of Color Space & Youth of Color Space Workshops, Break-Out Groups, and Plenary addressing mutual solidarity, racial and gender justice. For more information on the POCS workshops, please click here. If you are planning on attending the 10/8 POC Space in Tucson, please fill out this Registration/RSVP form. (9am-8pm, Dunbar African American Culture Center, 325 W 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85705)++
  • Workshops at Hotel Americana (639 N Grand Ave, Nogales, AZ 85621) in Nogales, Arizona (United States), 1:15pm-7:50pm
  • Workshops in Nogales, Sonora (Escuela Primaria Abelardo L. Rodriguez, Fenochio 23, Fundó Legal, Nogales, Mexico), 1:15pm-7:50pm
  • Nosh & Reflection: A lunch gathering for Jewish activists and allies
  • Anniversary Vigil for José Antonio Elena Rodríguez in Nogales, Sonora: starting with a march at 4 pm from the Plaza de las Palomas in Nogales, Sonora to the site where Jose Antonio was killed and a 5 pm mass with the Nogales Bishop, inauguration of the installation of a painting of Jose Antonio, followed by a cultural/musical event
  • Interfaith Ceremony at the border wall & candlelight vigil, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Cross-border concert at the Mexico/U.S. border wall, 8:00pm-10:30pm with Charlie King, Colleen Kattau, the Peace Poets, emma’s revolution, Natalia Serna La Muna, Olmeca, Pablo Peregrina, and Son Jarocho

Sunday, October 9

  • 9am – 1:30pm¡No Más! No More! & Presentes, musicians, protest, and art at the border wall We will commemorate those whose lives were lost as a result of state violence. Speakers will include Shannon Rivers, a member of the Akimel O’odham tribe; Padre Prisciliano Peraza, coordinator of CCAMYN in Altar, Sonora; Carlotta of People Helping People from Arivaca; Hector Aristizabal, Colombian human rights activist and torture survivor; Mariela Nájera Romero and Uriel Gamaliel Guzmán, Las Patronas; Marleny Reyes Castillo, Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Maria Guadalupe Guereca Betancourt and Araceli; Carlos Garcia, Puente; Frier Tomás González Castillo coordinator of La 72, Hogar Refugio para Personas migrantes y refugiadas, en Tenosique, Tabasco; George Paz Martin, peace and justice and climate activist and educator; and there will be musical performances by Francisco Herrera, Natalia Serna La Muna, Gabino Palomares and others
  • TUCSON – Informal gathering/continuation of work from previous day’s POC Space for those that cannot or choose not to travel to Nogales (time & location TBA)++

Monday, October 10

  • Vigil for José Antonio Elena Rodríguez (time & location TBA)
  • 10am Block Party – Indigenous People Day 2016 at the Global Justice Center in Tucson, Arizona (225 E 25th St., Tucson, AZ 85713). Neoglyphix, Barrio Mindz, live art, dancers, and music in Resistance + Respect.++

Featured speakers and musicians at the #ConvergenceAtTheBorder: