When you think of the word “migration,” what feelings rise to the surface? Compassion? Fear? Hope? Controversy? Opportunity?
From November 16 through the end of 2018, visit The Common Wheel to learn and understand some of the many facets of human migration via photographs from Laura Pauls-Thomas’s trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)-sponsored Borderlands Learning Tour in October 2018. For six days, Pauls-Thomas (who is a MCC East Coast staff member) and 11 other curious individuals traveled to the sister cities of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico with MCC and its partner organization Frontera de Cristo (“Border of Christ” in English) to listen, learn, and understand the complex reality of life in the borderlands. From sharing dinner and conversation with Mexican and Central American migrants in Agua Prieta, to having lunch with a border patrol officer at a café in Douglas, the experience elicited many conflicting emotions – love and sadness, joy and frustration, hope and fear.
This photography exhibit seeks to share the stories of migrants, migrant advocates and organizations who are both directly assisting uprooted people on the U.S-Mexico border and creating options for vulnerable families in Mexico and Central America so they don’t have to make the difficult choice to leave home. It asks the viewer to challenge their preconceptions about the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
The Common Wheel (324 N. Queen Street) is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On the first and third Fridays of each month, they are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Pauls-Thomas, communications & event associate for MCC East Coast, at LauraPaulsThomas@mcc.org or call MCC East Coast at 717-738-0885.