El Paso border wall protest
- Please join us and please circulate this as widely as you can. Please note
the date is one week later than the one I originally sent out Joe
The border wall has not yet been built in Texas. But it is
coming...unless we build a wall of opposition.
Here's an important and exciting update...
Two weeks ago, a notice was sent to you regarding the border wall
protest walk in El Paso. We thank all who have helped to forward and
post this event.
Subsequent to our announcement, many organizations in El Paso have come
together to plan all the details of this march. Here are the details of
The March will *NOT* be *August 19-23*. The dates *WILL *be* August
27-31*. That allows more time for planning and organizing on the part
of the El Paso Planning Group.
(See attached flier for the route map)
Here is a breakdown of the *August 27-31*protest march against the
*August 27(Wed)*. Kick off cultural event in *Fort Hancock*.
*August 28 (Thu)*. From* Fort Hancock*, walk to *Alamo Alto*.
*August 29 (Fri)*. From *Alamo Alto*, walk to *Tornillo*, hold
community event. End in *Fabens*.
*August 30 (Sat)*. From *Fabens*, walk to *San Elizario*, hold
community event. End in S*an Ysleta
del Sur* with the *Tiguas* community.
*August 31(Sun)*. Morning ceremony in *San Ysleta del Sur* . Then to
*El Paso*. After arriving in *El Paso*, a
bi-naional event will be held in *Anapra*,* Chihuahua* and
*Sundland Park, NM*.
You know! It was not many years ago that we called an "*iron curtain*"
something immoral and inhumane, something that only cruel and hateful
people would do to their fellow man, a product of a totalitarian enemy.
So, from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, from both
sides of the border we invite all citizens of good will, organizations,
faiths and media to join us in this peaceful and united protest against
the border wall.
Below this update are two letters. One is from Carlos Marentes of the
organizing committee in El Paso. The other letter is from Javier
Perez, also of the organizing committee in El Paso. If you would like
more information or would like a customized flier of the one attached,
Javier's contact info follows this letter.
Of any city along the US-Mexico border, El Paso is the one with the
deepest and longest history, some four centuries of human struggle and
quest to preserve peace and unity. Yet, the far away powers of greed
and callous seem to condemn each generation of El Pasoans to more
division and oppression.
The border wall is the latest assault against this community. 56 miles
of "iron curtain" is the longest stretch of the proposed border wall
against any populace along the entire US-Mexico border. While hundreds
of miles of border wall has been constructed along the southern 1950
miles of US, of all the border cities, no other city or community is
subject to as many miles of border wall. In solidarity, we cannot allow
that to happen to them.
We must join them in solidarity to oppose this assault against their
community. We can show solidarity in many ways. Join the march,
forward this information, donate to the event, post the event on blogs,
and encourage the media to not allow such an historic event to be
suppressed at the national level.
So, please feel free to join us and liberally share this information
In solidarity against the border wall...
/Connecting the Dots...Making a difference
/Jay J. Johnson-Castro, Sr.
*US-Mexican Peace and Unity March*
"*One Community United Against the Wall"*
To the Residents of the Borderlands,
The people of the border share and are united by a history, a language,
a culture. While this land may be separated by an international
boundary, the people cannot be divided. As construction begins on the
proposed border wall, it stands to not only further divide the land but
to divide the people.
We of the border are one community. We are all affected when our
neighbors are displaced from their homes, are all affected by waves of
violence, by unemployment and anti-immigrant measures. As the
borderlands experience a difficult time, we cannot be passive and simply
hope for change. We cannot allow our community to be parted and so it is
for ourselves and our future that we must stand together in an act of
As the border wall cuts the land, it cuts the communities of the border
and tries to create differences among them. This wall, imposed upon us
by those who do not live here, is said to be a form of "security" but
there can be no security when division and hate are created.
*It's time that we mobilize to stop the building of the wall!*
We are urging you to join the Peace and Unity March against the wall. On
Wednesday evening, August 27, marchers will gather at Ft. Hancock for a
cultural event to celebrate the beginning of the March. On Thursday
August 28, the participants will walk to Alamo Alto. Friday, August 29,
the march will stop to rest and a community event in Tornillo and end
the day in Fabens. The march will continue Saturday, August 30, an will
make a rest stop in San Elizario for a community action, to continue to
Socorro. After a morning ceremony in Ysleta del Sur on Sunday, August
31, the march will continue to El Paso. A binational act in
Anapra/Sunland Park will end the protest.
Those wishing to take part in the march can do so in a number of ways.
Marchers are invited to participate for the entire five days, for any
shorter amount of time or for the nightly events only. Donations of
food, water, and transportation are needed along with monetary
contributions. Whether or not you take part in any other way, everyone
can help the march by publicizing it and discussing the issues with your
friends, family, and neighbors.
Now is the time to act, now is the time to create the change we want to
see. With this march, we will show the world that we are one community
united against the wall: one voice speaking out for peace.
*Join the march!* Let us know if you are willing to participate in any way.
On behalf of the Planning Group
*Let us know if you want to be added as a contact for the march and feel
free to add your information when forwarding it to your contacts. Also,
let us know if you need a flyer (the one attached) with your contact
information. We will e-mail you one with that information. Gracias*
*For more information, please contact Javier Perez: or cell (915) 474-4930
Centro de lo Trabajadores Agrícolas Fronterizos
201 E. 9th Avenue
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 474-4930 (c)
(915) 532-0921 (o)
(915) 532-4822 (f)
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