SOA Watch Border Encuentro 2018

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This Weekend! SOA Watch converges at the US/Mexico border in Ambos Nogales for our 3rd Border Encuentro to dismantle border imperialism. We welcome all of you who will be joining us this weekend in Nogales and at concurrent actions around the world! For those of you who cannot make it in person, we will be live streaming events and providing frequent updates on our social media. If you or your organization would like to get involved but cannot attend the Encuentro, we invite you to support or endorse us.

Dismantle Border Imperialism! Struggle, Create, Power to the People!

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Our demands:

  • An end to US economic, military and political intervention in Latin America, and the closure of SOA/WHINSEC
  • An end to Plan Merida and the Alliance for Prosperity
  • Demilitarization and divestment of borders
  • An end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color
  • Respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities
Plan Merida and the Alliance for Prosperity are both US policies that seek to further militarize Mexico and the northern region of Central America respectively, to purportedly confront the so-called Drug War, and contain mass displacement from the region, but instead have led to more human rights violations. The legal and illegal US gun trade is devastating migrants in Mexico who are fleeing US-supported drug wars in Central America and Mexican communities, who are experiencing more gun homicides this year than ever. SOA Watch has partnered with the Stop US Arms to Mexico project of Global Exchange to build a movement to end the US-Mexico Merida Initiative and weapons trade.

Schedule of Events

(all events, except for the Milkor USA action & vigil at Eloy Detention Center will be in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora)
  • Thursday, November 15

  • Friday, November 16

    • 7:00am [AZ]: Encuentro registration - Hotel Americana, 639 N Grand Ave. Nogales, Arizona
    • 8:00am [AZ]: Art build & Nonviolent Direct Action Training - Hotel Americana
    • 8:00am [SON]: Art Build - Escuela Primaria Abelardo L Rodriguez, Fenochio 23, Fundo Legal, Nogales, Sonora
    • 1:00pm [AZ]: Caravan from Nogales, Arizona to Milkor USA rally & vigil at Eloy Detention Center - Hotel Americana
    • 2:30pm [AZ]: Rally at Milkor USA - 3735 Romero Rd., Tucson, Arizona
    • 5:30pm [AZ]: Vigil at Eloy Detention Center - 1705 E. Hanna Rd., Eloy, Arizona
  • Saturday, November 17

    • 7:00am [AZ]: Encuentro registration and Tabling - Hotel Americana
    • 7:00am [SON]: Tabling - Escuela Primaria Abelardo L Rodriguez
    • 7:30am [AZ]: Veterans For Peace-led march to US/Mexico Border Wall - Hotel Americana
    • 8:30am [BORDER]: Encuentro Welcome Forum
      • [AZ]: International St. & N. Dunbar Dr. in Nogales, Arizona
      • [SON]: Calle Internacional & Calle Ninos Heroes in Nogales, Sonora
    • 12:00pm [AZ]: Workshops & Panels - Hotel Americana
    • 12:00pm [SON]: Workshops & Panels - Escuela Primaria Abelardo L Rodriguez
    • 7:30pm [BORDER]: Evening Concert
      • [AZ]: International St. & N. Dunbar Dr. in Nogales, Arizona
      • [SON]: Calle Internacional & Calle Ninos Heroes in Nogales, Sonora
    • 10:30pm [BORDER]: Overnight Vigil in Solidarity with the Refugee Caravan
      • [AZ]: International St. & N. Dunbar Dr. in Nogales, Arizona
      • [SON]: Calle Internacional & Calle Ninos Heroes in Nogales, Sonora
  • Sunday, November 18

    • 8:00am Blessing
    • 9:00am Speakers & Musicians
    • 10:40am No Mas, No More Litany
    • 11:00am Presentes
    • 12:00pm Puppetistas! followed by Funeral Procession
    • 4:00pm Encuentro Closing
*All events on Sunday will be at the US/Mexico Border Wall in Ambos Nogales
  • [AZ]: International St. & N. Dunbar Dr. in Nogales, Arizona
  • [SON]: Calle Internacional & Calle Ninos Heroes in Nogales, Sonora

Packing List

  • Form of identification (US Passport, Driver's License, LPR Card, Work Permit, etc)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing - Check the weather forecast and pack accordingly
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle - Remember you are coming to the Sonora Desert. Stay hydrated. Water is life.
  • For any and all legal questions, please contact the Legal Collective at southernarizona@nlg.org
  • For any other questions, please contact SOA Watch at 202-234-3440