Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (All day) to Monday, October 8, 2018 (All day)

THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL! Keep checking mcc.org/events for other Borderlands Tour opportunities.

MCC East Coast Mexico/U.S. Borderlands Learning Tour

This learning tour is designed to bring awareness about the increasing migrant deaths, militarization, environment degradation, effects on habitat and effects on sister communities by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. Borderlands. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and biblical/theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues.

The cost of the Learning Tour is $550 for the six days, which includes all meals, modest lodging and transportation on sites. We will cross the border to Mexico, so you will need to bring your passport. The price does not include your air ticket to and from Tucson, AZ. Please make your flight arrangements to arrive in Tucson before 2:00 p.m. Flight departures should be scheduled for the morning of Monday, October 8.

Register online by clicking here!

For more information, please contact Curtis Book, Peace and Justice Coordinator, at CurtisBook@mcc.org or (215) 535-3624, ext. 61204.


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 3

  • 2:00 p.m. Leave Airport for Douglas, AZ
  • 4:30 p.m. Arrive at border wall: Welcome and biblical reflection
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner and conversation with Jack and Linda Knox of Shalom House

Thursday, October 4

  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Check-in
  • 9:00 a.m. Biblical Reflections--Café Justo and Frontera de Cristo
  • 9:30 a.m. MCC´s work in migration
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch with a community member
  • 2:00 p.m. Walk along Mexican side of border wall; Cross on foot to U.S. side
  • 3:00 p.m. Border infrastructure tour (U.S. side): 500 years of history, economics and politics
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner conversation with Mayor Robert Uribe--Impact of Federal policies
  • 4:00 p.m. Meeting with Agua Prieta Mayor--Impact of immigration/drugs in Agua Prieta
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner at CAME

Friday, October 5

  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Check-in--Biblical reflections
  • 10:00 a.m. Experience Sonoran Desert and migration—led by CRREDA drug rehab. (Be sure to wear long pants, hat, sun screen and drink plenty of water.)
  • 12:00 p.m. Biblical reflections in the desert
  • 1:00 p.m. Lunch in desert
  • 2:00 p.m. Return to Lirio de los Valles for rest and reflection: Walk, reflect, pray
  • 5:00 p.m. Worship with CRREDA, a drug rehab center
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner at CAME Migrant Shelter

Saturday, October 6

  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Check-in-- Biblical reflections
  • 10:00 a.m. Tour and conversations at Café Justo, a roasting facility
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch at Douglas Prieta
  • 2:00 p.m. Border Patrol Station tour (Walk, Reflect, Pray-- Linear Park Douglas)
  • 4:30 p.m. Debrief
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner and conversations with a Border Patrol agent

Sunday, October 7

  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 7:30 a.m. Pack van and leave for Tucson. Prayer at the wall before crossing.
  • 9:30 a.m. Shalom Mennonite Fellowship in Tucson
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch with Lori Keane, Director of bi-national choir and co-founder of Concierto Sin Fronteras
  • 4:00 p.m. Walk, reflect, pray-- Gate’s Pass Sunset Over Saguaro National Park (Now what? Closing reflections)
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner with detention visitation ministry leaders and John Fife, co-founders of Sanctuary movement  

Monday, October 8

  • Departures

Visits and activities at the Borderlands are being planned and led in collaboration with our friends from Frontera de Cristo (Mark & Miriam Adams) a ministry working with migrants and providing radical Christian hospitality in Douglas/Agua Prieta.