Alternative Migrant Trail 2021: An Overview of the Panel Speakers for the Week

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Sunday, May 30, 2021:

Welcome and Introductions

Lupe Castillo
Kat Rodriguez
  • Gualupe Castillo, Keep Tucson Together
  • Kat Rodriguez, Migrant Trail Organizing Committee

Monday, May 31, 2021

Panel Discussion: Indigenous Border Realities


Blake Gentry
Verlon Jose
  • Verlon Jose, Traditional O’Odham Elders
  • Blake Gentry, Indigenous Languages Office

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Panel Discussion: Border Militarization: A New Paradigm of Chaos and Cruelty

Isabel Garcia
Xochitl Mercado and Sarah Roberts
  • Isabel Garcia, Coalición de Derechos Humanos
  • Xochitl Mercado, Volunteer Coordinator, FOIA’s & Citizenship Team Lead, Keep Tucson Together and No More Deaths
  • Sarah Roberts, Volunteer with Keep Tucson Together (KTT) and No More Deaths


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Panel Discussion: Welcoming the Stranger: Community Response and Action

Diego Piña Lopez
Tracy Taft
Sarah Jackson
  • Diego Piña Lopez, Casa Alitas Welcome Center
  • Tracy Taft, Ajo Samaritans
  • Sarah Jackson, Casa de Paz


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Panel Discussion: Creating a Culture of Accountability and Oversight

Katy Murdza
Jenn Budd
Todd Miller
  • Katy Murdza, American Immigration Council
  • Jenn Budd, Former Senior Patrol agent and Senior Intelligence agent for the US Border Patrol
  • Todd Miller, Author, journalist, Co-founder of the Migrant Trail


Friday, June 4, 2021

Panel Discussion: A Legal Perspective on the Border

Margo Cowan
Jose Ulises Bernabe Garcia
  • Margo Cowan, Immigration Attorney and Public Defender, Tucson, AZ
  • Jose Ulises Bernabe Garcia, Immigration Attorney, Tucson, AZ
  • Perla de Angel, Attorney, Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico


Saturday, June 5, 2021

An Overview and Plan for Action

Breakout Sessions and Discussion


Sunday, June 6, 2021

Panel Discussion: People of Conscience and Faith: Bear Witness and Take Action

Ajahn Sarayut
Nati Cano
Tom Kowal
Mark Adams
Mohyeddin Abulaziz
Br. David Buer
Bob Norris
  • Ajahn Sarayut, Buddist Meditation Center
  • Natividad Cano, Indigenous community member
  • Tom Kowal, Quaker
  • Mark Adams, Presbyterian
  • Mohyeddin Abdulaziz, Palestinian community member
  • Br. David, Franciscan Brother
  • Bob Norris, community member

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