Alternative Migrant Trail 2020: Day 2

Monday, May 25, 2020:

Daily Reflection

Featured Podcast: Border Trilogy Part 1: Hole in the Fence

Live Webinar: Featured Speaker: Guadalupe Castillo, Keep Tucson Together

Talk Title: “Broadening our Borderlands History”

Speaker bio: Lupe Castillo is a retired history professor at Pima Community College in Tucson as well as an activist in the Chicano civil rights movement. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Lupe is a co-founder of the University of Arizona’s Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). In 1970, she helped organize Tucson residents to establish the El Rio Neighborhood Center and fought to build the Joaquin Murrieta Park on Tucson’s west side.  At Pima Community College, she was one of the first professors to develop Chicano/a studies courses.  She has encouraged students to see education as a tool that will enable positive change, and she has been a fierce advocate of the community for various social issues for more than 40 years.  Today she continues to work with the Keep Tucson Together project and has been present for nearly every migrant trail.  Lupe will invite us to see the borderlands from the perspectives of various Indigenous, Mexican and Mexican-American communities. These alternative ways of seeing and knowing the “southwestern United States” expose how colonial ideas and practices persist to this day, while broadening our capacity to imagine alternatives for those who have long made the borderlands their home.

Keep Tucson Together (KTT) is a biweekly legal clinic that works side by side with community members applying for status or facing deportation and that trains participants to help each other through the immigration court process. KTT also works with the national movement to give sanctuary to those facing removal, and to stop the raids and deportations.

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