Workshops and Panels

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Workshops and Panels in Nogales, Arizona

Workshops and Panels in Nogales, Arizona are located at the Hotel Americana: 639 N Grand Ave. Nogales, Arizona.

Child care will be available from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Hotel Americana, Toltec Room

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Families of the Disappeared and Families of Border Patrol Violence Speak: The Search for Truth and Justice

Border Patrol Victims Network & the Family Network of the Colibri Center for Human Rights

In this panel, families breaking down the walls of impunity will share stories of the search for their disappeared and search for justice for all victims of Border Patrol violence.

Maya Room

Report on Militarism From the Borderlands to Palestine

Arizona Palestine Solidarity Committee

A report on militarization, occupation, settler colonialism and resistance from O’odham lands to Palestine.

Olmec Room

Roundtable: Youth Organizing Against Border Imperialism and For Liberation

Students & Youth

Ithaca College students will facilitate a space in which youth and students can engage in a dialogue regarding border imperialism and youth activism in local communities, including universities.

Tent 1

Making Movement Music with The Peace Poets

The Peace Poets

Come learn new songs and explore the art of leading them for the healing, courage and connection of our communities.

Tent 2

2:20pm – 3:50pm

Ending Plan Mexico and the Cross-Border Gun Trade

John Lindsay-Poland and Jessica Molina

Testimony of recent forced disappearances by the Mexican Navy, how the United States is arming and training the navy, and how participants can take action in both the U.S. and Mexico to support affected families and to stop the flow of weapons that are used in the record numbers of homicides and abuses in Mexico. Presenters: Jessica Molina, whose husband was disappeared in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas in March 2018; John Lindsay-Poland, coordinator of the Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange.

Maya Room

Interference with Humanitarian Aid : Death and Disappearance on the US-Mexico Border

No More Deaths

No More Deaths volunteers will present on the findings of our report Interference with Humanitarian Aid : Death and Disappearance on the US-Mexico Border, detailing Border Patrol’s routine destruction of humanitarian aid supplied intended for people crossing the US-Mexico border through the harsh Arizona desert.

Olmec Room

Defense of the Sacred: Tohono O’odham Men’s Salt Pilgrimage and Ceremony

O’odham in Mexico Traditional Leaders and Tohono O’odham Men’s Salt Ceremony and Pilgrimage

The Tohono O’odham Men’s Salt Ceremony Leader and Spiritual Guide (Ken Jose Maria and Maria Garcia, respectively) will describe the Tohono O’odham Defense of the threatened Sacred Site at Salinas Grandes, in the Alto Golfo Biosphere in Sonora, Mexico at the Gulf of California, against the Salt Mining operation of Pedro Villagran.

Tent 1

Chinga La Migra: A Call to Political Action – POC Space

Alejandra Pablos & Isabel García

This popular education workshop will address how US militarization caused and exacerbated the separation of children at the US/Mexico border, and will expose the structures and pipelines that have been created to criminalize migration and lead to indefinite incarceration or deportation.

Tent 2

4:10pm – 5:40pm

Undeterred – Film Screening

People Helping People in the Border Zone

A screening of the local documentary film, Undeterred, a story of community resistance to border militarization in Arivaca, Arizona

Maya Room

Collective Processing and Reflection – POC Space

School of the Americas Watch

This will be a Person of Color-centered space to process the Border Encuentro experience with the support of facilitators.

Olmec Room

Education for Liberation

Educational Praxis

Join Public School Teachers to explore the political and economic forces of the SOA and US militarism within the capitalist system and walk away with teaching materials and strategies to teach about US imperialism and resistance.

Tent 1

Responses to the Humanitarian Crisis Across the US Borderlands

Armadillos, No More Deaths, South Texas Human Rights Center

Learn about the humanitarian responses to the US policies of deaths and disappearances across the changing landscapes of the US/Mexico borderlands. Humanitarian aid groups from southern Texas, Arizona and California share the various strategies and challenges they face – from the privatization of lands, to the militarization of immigration and security policies, to the criminalization of humanitarian aid.

Tent 2

Workshops and Panels in Nogales, Sonora

Workshops and Panels in Nogales, Sonora are located at Escuela Primaria Abelardo L Rodriguez, Fenochio 23, Fundo Legal, Nogales, Sonora

Child care will be available from 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Escuela Abelardo

12:30 – 2:00pm

The Legacy of the War on Terror: Institutionalized Islamophobia from Bush to Trump

Justice for Muslims Collective

This workshop will present an overview of the ways in which Muslims have been criminalized in the War on Terror since 9/11 under the guise of national security, and make connections between different struggles of various communities.


Borders are big prisons: from Prison Imperialism to a world without walls

Alliance for Global Justice

US Prison Imperialism and US Border Imperialism are two sides of the same coin, coined under the doctrine of national security of the United States: both imperialist strategies need each other to function, share some of the same goals and target the same communities.

Tent 1

Local and regional organization against border imperialism: indigenous peoples against intervention, militarization, racism and segregation

People’s Human Rights Observatory

The articulation of peasant, indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations is a strategy of the People’s Human Rights Observatory to defend communities and regions of intervention and neocolonization processes that are represented by economic death projects, militarization disguised as a war on drugs, and racism and segregation that borders represent.

Tent 2

Terror and Solidarity in Honduras

Guatemala Human Rights Commission, USA, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and Dana Frank

This workshop looks at ongoing repression and impunity in Honduras since the 2009 coup, US support for the dictatorial regime of Juan Orlando Hernández, and solidarity activism in the US addressing it.

Tent 3

Thank you for your service, now leave my country: U.S. Military Veterans among the Ranks of the Dispossessed

Unified U.S. Deported Veterans Information and Resource Center in Tijuana & Veterans for Peace Chapter 184

US military veterans, upon hearing the oft-repeated “Thank you for your service,” must ask, “Service to whom, and to what? The People of the United States? The Constitution? Or the Military Industrial Complex – the greedy one-percenters who have glutted their bank accounts with the unnecessary blood of our brothers and sisters?

Tent 4

2:20pm – 3:50pm

With Privatization a Root Cause of Migration in Central America, Privatization of Water in El Salvador Must Be Stopped

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)

The drastic increase in migration since the end of the 80s war can be attributed to high levels of economic inequality and violence that coincided with neoliberal privatizations and economic restructurings, which along with militarized security policies were pushed by the United States government.


Hip-Hop vs Neoliberalism

Rebel Diaz

This multimedia workshop focuses on the parallel histories of Hip-Hop culture, Neoliberalism, and the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Through personal stories and surveying of historical data that places Hip-Hop history in conversation with economic trends, we examine Neoliberalism’s effect on Hip-Hop culture and the communities that gave birth to it.

Tent 1

How to Stop a Dam with Indigenous Resistance

Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources (ACODET) with Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

Maya Mam activist José Gómez, Coordinator of ACODET (Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources), will tell the story of his organization’s decade-plus resistance to the Xalalá hydroelectric dam and their long-term work to build community power in the face of corporate-led development in Guatemala’s Ixcán region.

Tent 2

Crisis in Honduras: Tyranny and Exodus Made in the USA

Honduras Solidarity Network & School of the Americas Watch

The refugee caravan finds it origins in the US interventionist policies in the region from the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras to Berta Cáceres’ assassination. The caravan is a consequence of corruption, impunity and violence made in the US.

Tent 3

From US-Backed Dirty Wars in Central America to the Texas Border: A Conversation on Border Militarization and Migration

Detained Migrant Detention Project & Jennifer Harbury

Paola Fernandez of the Detained Migrant Solidarity Project in El Paso, and human rights lawyer Jennifer Harbury, based in Brownsville, will speak about what it means to seek asylum in the United States, and the extreme violence and conditions of torture in detention centers, in addition to what the challenges are before and after detention.

Tent 4

4:10pm – 5:40pm

Organizing Resistance for the Right to Stay: Honduras & Colombia

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) & Friends of the Women’s Movement in Cajibio (Cauca, Colombia)

The focus of this panel will be on current contexts of repression in Honduras and Colombia, and the lessons can we draw both from collective resistance for the right to stay in these two countries.


Print and Paste: Art as Resistance


Come print with your feet a monumental BlockPrint made here at the Border Encuentro! Then, learn wheat-pasting techniques as we bring our visual collective dream for freedom of being to life!

Tent 1

Divest from U.S.-Israeli Repression: Demilitarize Borders

Stop the Wall Campaign (Palestine), O’odham Anti Border Collective, Friends of Sabeel, CODEPINK, North America & Jewish Voice for Peace

Come learn about how Israeli corporations export technology they have ‘tested’ on Palestinians to bolster border militarization at the US/Mexico border and join intersectional boycott and divestment campaigns that are resisting US/Israeli militarization.

Tent 2

Binational Organizing to end Plan Merida and the Drug War

Laura Carlsen and Natalia Báez

This workshop shares work by the Americas Program and the Mexican Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (CMDPDH), two of the groups leading research and analysis of how Plan Mérida and the legal and illegal gun trade lead to escalating violence and many of the most serious human rights violations in Mexico, and will discuss grassroots organizing to expose and end these militarized policies.

Tent 3

Faith Response to Militarism and Oppression

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Learn how Christian Peacemaker Teams, made up of local partners and peacemakers from North America, use the work of accompaniment to amplify the voices of our partners in Colombia as they nonviolently resist militarism and oppression.

Tent 4