People of Color Space at Encuentro / Frente X

Para información en español sobre el Espacio para Personas de Color del Encuentro, visite http://www.soaw.org/border/espacio_frentex/

October 8 in Tucson, AZ (9am – 8pm) : 1st People of Color Space at the Border Encuentro/Convergence
Dunbar African American Culture Center
325 W 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85705
Plenary, Workshops, Break-Out Groups for POC, QTPOC, and Youth of Color
Re-imagining mutual solidarity against state-sanctioned violence, upholding racial and gender justice

For Spanish language updates and information on the People of Color (POC) Space please visit http://www.soaw.org/border/espacio_frentex/

We are excited for the creation of a People of Color (POC) Space at the Border Encuentro/Convergence! We believe that the Encuentro provides a unique opportunity for those most directly impacted by state sanctioned violence in the U.S., Latin America, and other parts of the world to learn from one another, and begin building inter-racial, transnational solidarity networks. The moral necessity to make the Encuentro accessible to our undocumented family led us to create the POC Space in Tucson, AZ, where people are not forced to traverse a Border Patrol checkpoint in order to arrive. A workshop and/or space to discuss solidarity for white allies is being organized in Nogales, check the Nogales Workshop Schedule for more details.


  • People of Color Space/Frente X “Living” Statement – to be revised, completed, or replaced at or after the Border Encuentro
  • “Recommended” Schedule of Encuentro Events for POC Space Participants – The October 8, 2016 POC Space Program in Tucson, including these workshops, is the main part of the POC Space, but there are many more Border Encuentro/Convergence events in Eloy AZ, Tucson AZ, and Nogales (Arizona & Mexico). For the full schedule of Border Encuentro events click here, but also check out this “Recommended” Schedule of Events for POC Space Participants, which include Travel Advisories so all of us, no matter our immigration status, can safely participate and build solidarity together.
  • POC Space Workshops – Below and at this link you can find a list of workshops for the Saturday 10/8 POC Space program, which include: Undocu Queer and Black Resistance in the Prison Industrial Complex – Immigrant Youth Coalition; Digital Security for Activists & Organizers – Advancing Justice Los Angeles/National Lawyers Guild; Roses of War: The Effects of Militarization on Women & the LGBT Community in the Philippines & the U.S. – GABRIELA USA; U.S. government surveillance of Black Muslim immigrant population – Minnesotans Against Islamophobia; Social movements in Mexico (led by Ayotzinapa school student). Please email us at FrenteX@protonmail.com for questions on workshops
  • Individual, Group, and Table Registration for the POC Space Program in Tucson October 8 –  Please fill out this Eventbrite registration page if you plan to attend the plenary, workshops, and/or closing of the first POC Space in Tucson, AZ on October 8 (9 AM – 8 PM). There is also an option to donate to the POC Space. If you cannot attend the Encuentro/POC Space, but are interested in our work, please sign up for the Re-imagining Solidarity Email List: Frente X @ Encuentro & Beyond
  • Travel Advisory & Know Your Rights in Arizona – Important information to help you prepare and know risks in traveling to Tucson and/or Nogales AZ, and/or Nogales MX: (English) (Spanish)
  • Rideshare – If you are looking for rides, or can offer rides to the Encuentro, please visit this Facebook Community page
  • Re-imagining Solidarity Email List: Frente X @ Encuentro & Beyond – We hope you are able to attend the Border Encuentro in Arizona & Mexico, including the first POC Space in Tuscon on 10/8, but know that is not possible for a lot of people. This email list sign-up form is for all that are interested in receiving updates about our work as we try to re-imagine and build inter-racial, transnational solidarity (through a gender justice lens) against immigration detention, imperialism, mass incarceration, and other forms of state sanctioned violence.

We are looking for POC volunteers, interpreters, translators, peace-makers, therapists, counselors, healers, or others familiar with restorative or trans-formative justice and/or conflict resolution. Please email FrenteX@protonmail.com if you are interested in supporting in this way.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON:

  • Frente X “Living” Statement – A new collective of POC organizers, Frente X for International Liberation, or “Frente X”, has taken the lead in creating the POC Space. Frente X seeks to build upon the history of the SOA Watch movement by creating a Space at the Encuentro where Latinx, Black, Arab, South Asian, API, and other POC, can plant the seeds for an anti-imperialist network in which POC in the U.S. build solidarity with not just Latin Americans, but with each other. Gender justice is a founding principle of Frente X, and the leadership and inclusion of youth, womyn, gay, queer, trans & gender non-conforming POC in the Space/collective is of utmost importance. Click here to read the “living” statement of the principles, demands, and goals of Frente X, which will be revised, completed, or replaced at or after the Border Encuentro.
  • POC Space Schedule of Events (SEE BELOW) – Participants in the POC Space are encouraged to attend the Encuentro’s opening event, the vigil/rally outside of the private immigration prison run by Corrections Corporation of America, the Eloy Detention Center, on Friday, 10/7 from 5 – 7:30 PM. A full day of POC Space programming will then take place in Tucson on Saturday 10/8. Please see the recommended schedule for the Encuentro for POC Space participants, and keep checking this page for updates, schedule, workshops, and other information for the POC Space.
  • POC Space Registration – In order to be able to best finalize our preparations for the POC Space and keep in contact with those attending, considering attending, or simply interested in the POC Space/Frente X’s work and/or donating to it, please fill out this form, which includes table registration for POC Space. We are also looking for POC interpreters, healers, peace-makers, and others familiar with restorative justice and/or conflict resolution. Please email FrenteX@protonmail.com if you are interested in supporting in this way.
  • Saturday 10/8 POC Space Workshops in Tucson – We are still accepting applications for additional workshops for the Saturday 10/8 POC Space program on a rolling basis. We are asking workshop applicants to address inter-racial, transnational solidarity, gender justice and/or that they be open to collaborating with other groups/individuals. Please fill out this form if you are interested in conducting a workshop.

For more information on the overall Border Encuentro, of which the People of Color Space is one part of, visit the front page at http://soaw.org/border

For more information on the POC Space and Frente X, the new collective leading its creation, please email us at FrenteX@protonmail.com


Recommended Schedule for Participants in the People of Color Space

The October 8, 2016 POC Space Program at the Dunbar African American Culture Center in Tucson, AZ is the main part of the People of Color Space, but there are many more Border Encuentro/Convergence events in Eloy AZ, Tucson AZ, and Nogales (Arizona & Mexico). Below the “Recommended” Schedule of Events for POC Space Participants, which includes Travel Advisories so that all of us, no matter our immigration status, can safely participate and build solidarity together. For the full schedule of Encuentro events click here.

*Denotes event that is part of the greater Border Encuentro, and which POC participants are encouraged to attend
+Denotes event in which one does not have to traverse a Border Patrol Checkpoint to attend

For more information on traveling for people of various immigration statuses, please visit the Travel Advisory and Know Your Rights resource page.

Friday, October 7

+* ELOY, AZ –  5pm – 7:30pm – Vigil 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)
+* TUCSON – 7pm – 11pm – Concert in Tucson, benefit for No More Deaths. (7pm-11pm, Club Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ)

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+ TUCSON – 9 AM – 8 PM – People of Color & Youth Space Workshops, Break-Out Groups, and Plenary addressing state violence, mutual solidarity, racial and gender justice (10am-9pm, Dunbar African American Culture Center, 325 W 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85705)

9 AM – 8 PM – The Healing Justice Space (HJS) is a space for all genders. This space is being created to allow Encuentro participants to re-center & ground as the workshops & platicas will be addressing issues that are rooted in our individual & collective historical/intergenerational traumas. The HJS offers all different modalities from health and healing services including (but not limited to) first aid, counseling and crisis support, mediation services, massage therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, energy work, herbal therapy, divination, art therapy, foot baths, teas/food, and yoga.
9 AM – 12 PM – Opening plenary (featuring Eduardo Maganda, student survivor of Ayotzinapa) & Break-Out Groups

1 PM – 6 PM – POC Space Workshops, including the following:

  • Caravan for the Social Movements and Against Repression in Mexico – Raices Sin Fronteras & Eduardo Maganda, student at Ayotzinapa Rural School
  • U.S. Security Aid to Mexico Amid the Drug War, Human Rights Violations, & TerrorVoces Contra el Olvido
  • Undocu Queer and Black Resistance in the Prison Industrial ComplexImmigrant Youth Coalition
    This interactive and popular education-based workshop will focus on how policing, incarceration and immigrant detention target undocumented LGBTQ and the immigrant black community. It will also share tactics of resistance against this system including direct action and deportation defense public campaigns IYC has implemented across California supporting more than 200 individuals in detention/deportation proceedings.
  • Digital Security for Activists & OrganizersAdvancing Justice Los Angeles/National Lawyers Guild
    Workshop will address risk assessment in digital activities, internet, mobile phones, etc. as it pertains to organizing. “Power Not Paranoia” presentation will be utilized as a foundational frame.
  • Countering Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)’s Entrapment & SurveillanceMinnesotans Against Islamophobia
    The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program is a divisive federal law enforcement program that uses informants, educators, social service providers, and prosecutors to profile and criminalize the largely Somali Muslim population of the Twin Cities. The CVE program is masked in the language of the War on Terror to give license to the mass incarceration of Black migrants, the demonization of a culture, and the elimination of political dissent. Learn about how it is unfolding nationally, and locally in Minnesota.
  • Poetry and Street Theater as Creative Forms of ResistanceCasa Solidaria del Sur/Jóvenes en Resistencia
    We are a street theater group known as Jóvenes en Resistencia, sharing stories based on the struggles of our elders and those who came before us. Our goal is to connect our struggles across all borders and create a brave(r) space for marginalized voices. We will share about the creative organizing work carried out in Greater Los Angeles through different collectives based out of our autonomous community center, the Solidarity House of the South, a strictly POC space prioritizing the voices of womxn/femmes, queer, trans, gender non conforming people of color.
  • Roses of War: The Effects of Militarization on Womxn & the LGBT Community in the Philippines & the U.S. GABRIELA USA
    Military occupation in many war-stricken countries have produced hostile and violent conditions for womxn and the LGBTQ community. On October 11, 2014 Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender woman from the Philippines, was brutally beaten and strangled to death in a hotel room in Olongapo City near Subic Bay Naval Base by Private First Class Joseph Pemberton. Jennifer’s death, clearly the result of a violent hate crime, also underscores how U.S. militarization and unequal U.S. led agreements contribute to transphobic, transmisogynistic, and gendered violence. The U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), and now the greatly expanded Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), further perpetuate hate crimes and state violence like that against Jennifer Laude to occur. This workshop will examine U.S militarization history in the Philippines, the U.S., and other countries and its affect on womxn and the LGBTQ community. Participants will learn strategies of educating, organizing, and mobilizing that GABRIELA chapters has undertaken since the murder of Jennifer Laude.
  • State Violence in the War on TerrorNational Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms

    This workshop will examine state violence in the context of the War on Terror. In particular, the workshop will focus on the ways in which Muslims have been criminalized vis-a-vis public policy, the institutionalization of Islamophobia and the rising backlash against Muslims.
  • Native, Indigenous, and Campesin@ Resistance in the mountains of Southeastern Mexico: The recurring dire socio-political context in South Mexico and the experiences of womyn amidst exploitation, dispossession, racism, and repression – Servicio Internacional para la Paz/International Service for Pease (SIPAZ)
    Conscious of the fact that the most visible roles in organizational processes tend to be occupied by men, we believed it pertinent to elaborate material specifically about the situation of women and their participation in social struggles. “Fighting With the Heart of a Woman ” – The situation and participation of women in Chiapas (1995-2015)”, arose from this, a diagnostic of the experiences of women and the main changes of the last twenty years. We are propsing to share the most significant conclusions, in the voice of women, the protagonists, themselves. We believe that the lessons learned from their struggle should be shared. We would like other struggles and resistances to be able to find inspiration in this material; mirrors in which they can see themselves with which they can reflect and strengthen their path. Download the online version (PDF) of book here! SIPAZ cannot talk about the situation of women in Chiapas, without talking about systemic violence and neoliberal capitalism system that surround them, so we will also highlight and the recurring dire socio-political context in México, specifically on the southern states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. In terms of context, SIPAZ will focus on the defense of land and territory in threat of megaprojects and forced disappearances of migrants.
  • Política Antiinmigrante: Fracturas en la Familia Migrante de Norte a SurSeminario Niñez Migrante, El Colegio de Sonora
    La politica antiinmigrante estadounidense esta ocasionando incertidumbre social, cultural y económica en las familias de estatus mixto en estados como Arizona. En los últimos 8 años aproximadamente medio millon de niños y menores de edad han retornado voluntariamente o no, con sus familias o partes de estas a Sonora México procedentes en su mayoría del estado de Arizona. ¿Cu´laes son los desafíos que los menores encuentran cuando llegan a Sonora?, ¿Cuáles son los trámites educativos que deben de conocer al querer ingresar al sistema educatibvo público en Sonora? ¿Cómo ha sido el proceso de adaptación de los menores en su nuevo contexto?

6PM – 8 PM – Closing, Next Steps, featuring Marleny Reyes Castillo of COPINH

For full POC Space workshop information, including plenary & break-out groups, additional workshop titles/descriptions, times, and room numbers, please keep checking this page, as well as the POC Space Workshops page.

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Those that are able to easily travel past Border Patrol Checkpoint between Tucson and Nogales are encouraged to attend the Border Encuentro events in Nogales on Sunday 10/9 and Monday 10/10:

Sunday, October 9

*NOGALES – ¡No Más! No More! & Presentes, musicians, protest, and art at the border wall in Nogales, 9:00am-3:00pm
+ TUCSON – Informal gathering/continuation of work from previous day’s POC Space Plenary and Workshops in Tucson (time & location TBA)

Monday, October 10

+*TUCSON – 2pm 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.
*NOGALES – Vigil for José Antonio Elena Rodríguez (time & location TBA)