Workshops in Nogales, Sonora

All workshops in Nogales, Sonora will take place in Escuela Primaria Abelardo L. Rodriguez, Fenochio 23, Fundó Legal, Nogales, Mexico.

1:00pm – 2:10pm, Workshop Session 1

  1. “The Vertical Border of the United States”
  2. “Migrant Death and Disappearance on the US-Mexico Border: An Overview and Discussion”
  3. “Migration Crisis: From Europe to the United States and Beyond”

2:00 – 3:30, Encuentro de Hermanas

2:25 – 3:35, Workshop Session 2

  1. “Changes Along the Path”
  2. “Borderland Identity: Expectations and Realities”
  3. “How to search for someone who has disappeared in the U.S. while crossing the border”

3:50 – 5:00, Workshop Session 3

  1. “Deported Veterans”
  2. “Empire of Prisons: How the U.S. is spreading mass incarceration in Mexico”
  3. “The Climate Crisis: Refugees and Martyrs in the Americas”
  4. “Nightwind”

5:15 – 6:25, Workshop Session 4

  1. “U.S./Mexico Border Human Rights Crisis: Death by Policy, Criminalization of Migration and U.S. Policies Fueling Migration”
  2. “Arizona’s War of Attrition on Migrants and Brown People”
  3. “The Refugees No One Is Talking About”

6:40 – 7:50, Workshop Session 5

  1. “The Other Disappeared”
  2. “Building Peace is Harder Than Making War – Is a True Peace Possible in Colombia?”
  3. “Digital Security for Activists: Power Not Paranoia”

1:00-2:10


“The Vertical Border of the United States”

Ever since the southern border of Mexico became the new southern border of the United States, Mexico has become an efficient and invisible barrier to preventing the transit of migrants to the United States.

Presented by: La 72 – Hogar-Refugio para personas migrantes y refugiadas, CCMYN

*bilingual, Tent 1

 


“Migrant Death and Disappearance on the US-Mexico Border: An Overview and Discussion”

More than 6,500 people have lost their lives on the U.S.-Mexico border since militarization strategies were implemented by the U.S. government in the mid-1990s. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights works with families of missing migrants to accompany them through the process of reporting and identification.
This workshop will examine the reality of this human rights crisis, the obstacles for identification, and provide a discussion time for strategizing on how to lift and insert the stories of the missing and dead into the public discourse on immigration and border policies.

Presented by: Colibrí Center for Human Rights

*bilingual, Tent 2

 


“Migration Crisis: From Europe to the United States and Beyond”

With no end in sight to criminal gang violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle or the conflict in Syria and Iraq, spontaneous flows of child and family migration to the U.S. and European borders show no signs of letting up. As violence continues, and millions of children and families are disenfranchised, displaced and abused, the vast majority of them are looking for a new peaceful home in the United States and Europe. In both regions, smuggling networks continue to operate and adapt to new policy changes. Join Col. Ann Wright, CODEPINK and Nancy Mancias for a discussion and workshop on European and U.S. migration parallels and western foreign policy on refugees. Hear from volunteers who have worked in the refugee camps in Greece. Learn to take action to end war and violence, and hear about CODEPINK’s “knitting for refugees” project.

Presented by: CODEPINK

*bilingual, Tent 3


2:00 – 3:30


Encuentro de Hermanas

Catholic sisters who will be attending the SOAW Border Convergence in Nogales are welcome to join Giving Voice for an “Encuentro de Hermanas”. Sisters will share about ministries, discuss how they might collaborate further around immigration issues and pray together.

Presented by: Giving Voice

*bilingual, Kino Border Initiative “Comedor”, Bulevar Luis Donaldo Colosio 55


2:25 – 3:35


“Changes Along the Path”

The Patronas and Hermanos en el Camino, both in each coast of Mexico and the middle of the country, are two of the spaces that have witnessed the changes along the path that migrant and refugee peoples face.

Presented by: Las Patronas, Hermanos en el Camino

*bilingual, Tent 1

 


“Borderland Identity: Expectations and Realities”

This workshop will compare and analyze the realities of the borderlands in Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana and Nogales, with the aim of reimagining a new transborder vision.

Presented by: Colectivo de Diálogo Transfronterizo

*bilingual, Tent 2

 


“How to search for someone who has disappeared in the U.S. while crossing the border”

Come to this workshop to learn about where to start and what to do when someone you know has gotten lost after crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

Presented by: Coalición de Derechos Humanos

*bilingual, Tent 3


3:50 – 5:00


“Deported Veterans”

Meet with deported U.S. Veterans. Listen to their stories and learn what you can do to help them.

Presented by: Veterans for Peace, Deported Veterans Support House – Tijuana

*bilingual, Tent 1

 


“Empire of Prisons: How the U.S. is spreading mass incarceration in Mexico”

The United States is exporting its model of mass incarceration and social and political control to Mexico and at least 25 countries, including Mexico’s first private prison, Cefereso #11, in Hermosillo, Sonora.

Presented by: Alliance for Global Justice

* bilingual, Tent 2

 


“The Climate Crisis: Refugees and Martyrs in the Americas”

Throughout Latin America, the climate crisis and refugees, displaced people in the Americas are all connected along with the thousands of environmental activists who have been killed with many of their assassins trained at the SOA.

The climate crisis, refugees and martyrs in the Americas and their connections are so critical today, especially with the assassinations of Berta Caceres in the Honduras and many thousands of other environmental activists throughout Latin America. Many of their assassins were trained at the SOA.

The climate crisis has turned lands to deserts impacting agriculture and is a root cause of migration north to this border from Mexico and Mid-America.

Indigenous Latin American environmental activist have struggled with corporations and their own governments to protect their land and water. In recent years, thousands of environmental activists have been assassinated. “Green is the new Red.

Presented by: Liberty Tree Foundation and 350.org Milwaukee

*bilingual, Tent 3

 


“Nightwind”

In “Nightwind”, is a one-man performance, a channeling of ‘terroristic’ energy into constructive action. Hector retells his story using only his lived experience and a few pieces of black cloth.

Presented by: Héctor Aristizábal

*bilingual, Art Museum of Nogales – 2nd Floor


5:15 – 6:25


“U.S./Mexico Border Human Rights Crisis: Death by Policy, Criminalization of Migration and U.S. Policies Fueling Migration”

This workshop will focus on the urgent human rights crisis on the U.S./Mexico border, particularly along the Arizona/Sonora region. We will explore how this situation developed and discuss the work that is necessary to bring an end to death and criminalization.

Presented by: Coalición de Derechos Humanos, End Streamline Coalition, American Friends Service Committee and the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

*bilingual, Tent 1

 


“Arizona’s War of Attrition on Migrants and Brown People”

The State of Arizona has been the epicenter of racism and anti-migrant policies in the United States. This Workshop will explore these attacks and illustrate the people’s struggle against it.

Presented by: Puente

* bilingual, Tent 2

 


“The Refugees No One Is Talking About”

Testimonies from refugees and their struggle to reach the United States.  

Presented by: Solidarity with Refugees

*bilingual, Tent 3


6:40 – 7:50


“The Other Disappeared”

Ayotzinapa placed enforced disappearances on the national agenda in Mexico, yet thousands of persons disappeared prior to, and after September 26, remain unnamed.

Presented by: Alejandro Vélez Salas, Visiting Professor at ITAM and Ana Enamorado, Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano

*bilingual, Tent 1

 

>“Building Peace is Harder Than Making War – Is a True Peace Possible in Colombia?”

On Thursday, August 25th, the Colombian Government and FARC-EP announced that they have reached a peace agreement. After over fifty years of armed conflict, they lay down their weapons in an indefinite cease-fire. Generations of Colombians that have only known war will now be given the opportunity to live in peace. The peace agreement, momentous in its scale, will take years of work. It dares not only to end the war, but to change a culture of violence and build a lasting peace. The tasks of agrarian reform, political participations, solution to the drug problem, truth, justice, reparation, and a guarantee of no repetition are complicated tasks. Just one of these points will take years of labor. Yet there are still other great challenges to overcome. The ELN has yet to enter into peace talks until the government is willing to negotiate neoliberal economic policies and resource extraction. Furthermore, there is a rise and re-organization of paramilitaries attempting to squash the peace agreement. 13 human rights defenders have already been murdered since the signing. This workshop will seek to explain the Peace Accords and analyze the current context to gain a deeper sense of the opportunities and challenges in Colombia.

Presented by:  Héctor Aristizábal – Colombian human rights activist and torture survivor, Raquel Mogollón – Colombia-US Media Activist/Pan Left Video Collective, Chris Knestrick – Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia Project

*bilingual, Tent 2

 


“Digital Security for Activists: Power Not Paranoia”

Using the frame of Power, Not Paranoia, this workshop will help participants initiate conversations about the use of secure technology and communications for movement building work. The Power, Not Paranoia frame was developed by the presenter in collaboration with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition.
The presenter, Ken Montenegro, is National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild and co-founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition. He is also the technology director at Advancing for Social Justice Los Angeles.

Presented by: Advancing Justice Los Angeles, National Lawyers Guild

*bilingual, Tent 3