Mayflower UCC’s immigration team is offering another border experience for those interested. We have set the dates for October 4–8. All are welcome (up to 20 people). We are hopeful that the new Covid variant will not force us to cancel again. It has been two years since our last trip!
Here is a general idea of what we hope to experience, (lots of details have yet to be firmed up.) Reverend Randy Mayer will take us across the border from Nogales, AZ, to Nogales Sonara where we will visit the new shelter called La Casa de Misericordia, which houses up to 130 migrants. We also plan to have another desert walk experience. Rev. Randy Mayer has been introducing people to the border and its challenges and the ministry undertaken by the Green Valley Samaritans for more than 20 years.
Kate Scott of the Madrean Archipelago Wild Life Center has a campaign called Remove the Border Wall, which has been working hard to amplify awareness of the ecocide occurring along our beautiful borderlands and the horrendous impacts of the border wall. Rev. Mayer highly recommends their work.
We are hopeful that Nellie Jo David, a member of the Hia-Ced O’odham tribe, will again be able to accompany us to see the damage that the wall has done to their tribal ancestral grounds and share with us the organizing she has done in an attempt to stop the wall from being erected.
We are also hopeful that a lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union will join us to share the work that they have been doing to address the inhumane policies in place that are harmful to migrants.
It looks like with increased airfare, car rental and gas prices, the cost is likely to be about $1,000. Please let Diane Haines know if you are interested. email@example.com