2020 Training Day & Action

March 27th-29th: Training Day & Action Convergence in Tucson, Arizona

Dear Friends,

US-led and supported state violence throughout the Americas results in the forced disappearance, forced migration, torture, murder, and devastation of our communities. We know that while our communities are under attack, it is our responsibility to organize, resist, and fight back. To further our goal of dismantling border imperialism and ending all forms of US-led and supported violence, we are working in collaboration with Stop US Arms to Mexico, No More Deaths, Alliance for Global Justice, Justice for José Antonio Coalition, and others to facilitate a Training Day and Action Convergence: End Root Causes of Forced Migration in Tucson, Arizona, March 27th-29th, 2020.

This weekend of training and action is specifically geared for friends and allies who are seeking concrete tools and information to challenge border imperialism, the weapons trade, and root causes of migration, and to support migrants forced to flee their homelands. Friday, March 27th and Sunday, March 29th are days for action and Saturday, March 28th is a day of workshops designed to provide you with information and skills related to research, lobbying, media, art, direct action, community organizing, and humanitarian aid that are critical to growing the resistance!

The weekend will start on Friday at 4 pm with a protest rally in Tucson at Milkor USA, which exports grenade launchers to the Mexican army.

On Saturday, an opening panel will focus on the intersections of border militarization, weapons sales to Mexico and Central America, how intersecting policies harm migrants and communities, and a vision for changing them. Then, we will dedicate the rest of Saturday to workshop sessions to build our skills in art, organizing, research, media, advocacy and more.

On Sunday, we are excited to organize actions to materially help migrants and take home ways we can be useful for those who confront deadly conditions. One of these actions will leave Tucson early on Sunday, March 29, to carry a “water drop” in the desert. If you would like to apply to participate in the water drop, you are required to register here for the Training Day and Action Convergence and must ALSO complete and submit this application form. The deadline for submitting the water drop application is Monday, February 10th. Applications will be reviewed and notifications will be sent by Wednesday, February 19th. For logistical purposes, participation is limited and other activities will be happening simultaneously in Tucson, details to follow.

We are busy coordinating the logistics and will share more information on workshops soon! Please make certain to register so that we know you will be joining us! Participation is free and open to all — if you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of $10, $25, $50, $100, or more to help cover the costs of the rental space for workshops, the cost of workshop materials, and travel costs for workshop facilitators.

We will be sharing more information on the workshops and logistics soon! In the meantime, for young people who need assistance to participate in this event, we are committed to trying to help you get there and participate! We have a small amount of funds available for this support. If you want to participate in the Training and Action Convergence but lack resources, let us know, we will send you a short application for assistance.

In solidarity & resistance,
Brigitte, Candice, Dévora, Pablo, and Roy
SOA Watch