Weekend Program

borderCheck out the schedule of events of the October 7-10 Convergence at the Border.

A People of Color or Directly Affected (POC) Space* was also part of 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 occured in Tucson. For questions concerning the POC Space, please contact Arturo at arturo@soaw.org

++ Denotes event in which one does not have to traverse a Border Patrol Checkpoint to attend

Friday, October 7

  • 9:15am Exhibition of Twelve 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 – 7:30pm – 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)++
  • Welcome and Peña Celebration in Nogales, Mexico, 6:00pm-8pm
    at the Art Museum (Av. Adolfo Lopez Mateos No. 120, Nogales 84000, Mexico)
  • 7pm – 11pm – Concert 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 (~580 W International St, Nogales, AZ, 85621, US/Calle Internacional & Niños Heroes, El Greco, 84066 Nogales, Son., Mexico)
    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 PM – People 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), 1:00pm-7:50pm
  • Workshops in Nogales, Sonora (Escuela Primaria Abelardo L. Rodriguez, Fenochio 23, Fundó Legal, Nogales, Mexico), 1:00pm-7:50pm
  • Nosh & Reflection: A lunch gathering for Jewish activists and allies
  • 2pm – 3:30pm Encuentro de HermanasAll Catholic Sisters attending the Border Convergence in Nogales are invited to this gathering where will pray together and engage in conversation about immigration and our response as women religious.
  • 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! & Presentesmusicians, protest, and art at the border wall (~580 W International St, Nogales, AZ, 85621, US/Calle Internacional & Niños Heroes, El Greco, 84066 Nogales, Son., Mexico)
    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; H.I.J.O.S. Mexico; 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

  • 10am Block Party – Indigenous People Day 2016 at the Global Justice Center in Tucson, Arizona (225 E 26th St., Tucson, AZ 85713). Live art, dancers, and music in Resistance + Respect.++
  • 7pm Vigil for José Antonio Elena Rodríguez (Calle Internacional)

If you are still around in the morning on Tuesday, October 11, you can join our friends from the Nuclear Resister from 7am – 8:30am for a rally at the Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson (Craycroft Road Entrance at Golf Links)

*People of Color, Directly Affected, and other common terms are imperfect/imprecise to describe the Black, Latinx, Native, Arab, Asian & Pacific Islanders, the poor and others most directly suffering from the violence of imperialism and domestic state sponsored violence. We seek to build connections and understanding on this issue, including solidarity with, among, and between POC/Directly Affected. 


Route of the Saturday march from the Hotel Americana in the U.S. and from the Plaza Miguel Hidalgo in Mexico to the U.S./Mexico border wall: