Alternative Migrant Trail 2020: Day 7

Saturday, May 30, 2020:

Daily Reflection

Featured podcast: Border Trilogy Part  3: What Remains

Webinar Featured Speaker: Margo Cowan, Esq., No More Deaths 

Talk title: “Community Organizing and Legal Justice in the Borderlands”

Speaker bio: Margo Cowan has been an advocate for migrant justice for over 30 years and has been involved with the Migrant Trail since our first journey in 2004. Prior to becoming an attorney she was a farm worker organizer mentored by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Margo’s efforts in the areas of border and immigration policy, as well as the development and representation of undocumented persons and refugees, has spanned decades. She is the Defense Attorney for the Pima County Public Defender, was the lead council for the Sanctuary movement, where churches and synagogues offered sanctuary to the undocumented facing deportation, and co-founded the organization No More Deaths, that seeks to reduce the amount of deaths in the Arizona Desert. 

She is also the Project Coordinator for  Keep Tucson Together, a grassroots, pro-bono project  that is working directly with community members to stop deportations and the separation of families in Southern Arizona. 

Margo shared with us a history and perspective on the power of community organization in the legal fight for  justice in the borderlands.