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**This is a cross-border mobilization, we acknowledge and understand there may be limitations to participation due to citizenship status and privilege. Please note, that there will be opportunities to participate on one or both sides of the border. We encourage all to participate in the ways they are able and feel called to do so.
CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND:
On October 10th, 2012, 16-year-old José Antonio was killed by US Border Patrol while on the Mexican side of the border. Since then, José Antonio’s family has demanded justice, including organizing monthly vigils, larger protests, and other actions, including legal actions. His family is one of the founding families of the Border Patrol Victims Network. José Antonio’s mother, Araceli Rodriguez, and grandmother, Taide Elena have spoken at many SOA Watch Vigils and Border Encuentros. This year they are inviting the SOA Watch movement, artists, and activists to join them for a Vigil to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Jose Antonio’s murder. On October 8th and 9th we will reconvene at the border - “on the line” - to stand in solidarity with their family and all victims of Border Patrol brutality.
Join us this October in accompanying the Elena Rodriguez family and the Border Patrol Victims Network in Ambos Nogales (Arizona and Sonora) as we lift up the memory of Jose Antonio and countless victims of border militarization and anti-immigrant policies.
DATE, LOCATION, DESCRIPTION:
SOA Watch and the Border Patrol Victims Network will host a two-part Border Convening on:
Saturday, October 8th in Nogales, Arizona
On Sunday, October 9th in Nogales, Sonora
If you are looking for accommodations in Nogales, Arizona, SOA Watch has reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Americana that are available for attendees to book.
QUALITY HOTEL AMERICANA | Americananogales.com
639 N Grand Ave, Nogales, AZ 85621
Reservations by Phone: 520-287-7211
Reservations by Text: 520-313-1545
Reservations by Email: cmilton @ thelokgroup.com
**Mention “SOAWatch Convening” for group discounts
If you are interested in organizing a delegation to participate in the Border Convening, contact Lulu @ soawatch.org
** To receive the latest details on the Border Convening, register using the brief form at the top of this page and check back here for updates!
The weather in Arizona/Sonora in October is pleasant and our programming will take place outdoors. We will have access to patio areas at the hotel in Arizona and at La Escuelita in Sonora, and to indoor spaces if/when necessary for art making, storage, or any other logistical needs. As we come back together in person, we want to prioritize the safety of all our community members. All participants are encouraged to get tested before joining the Border Convening, to quarantine if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and to mask up while indoors. We highly encourage masking up while traveling through airports, ports of entry, and busy public spaces.
Let's make sure we are doing everything we can to safely come together as we stand in solidarity for justice and partake in joy with our community. We thank you in advance for your participation in creating a safe space for all of us to come together.
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