RESISTance Calendar

February 23, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

     Silent March: Communities Against the False Emergency at the Border, sponsored by Border Networks for Human Rights, will be held in El Paso beginning at San Jacinto Plaza and marching to the Santa Fe Street Bridge.  You can find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/389160504971465/?ti=ia.  The march starts at noon.  Bring signs, banners and friends.

     “Dona Ana County: Dilemma of Short- or Long-Term Gains” is the topic of discussion for the monthly Conversations With Democrats program of the Democratic Women of Dona Ana County.  Billy Garrett, former County Commissioner, will be the discussion leader and will present the complexities of decision making that the County Commission is tasked with.  The program begins at 2:00pm at the Holy Family American National Catholic Church, 702 Parker Rd.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

     “Gerrymandering and Social Justice: Toward Fair Redistricting in Texas” is the topic of a panel discussion provided by the El Paso Social Justice Education Project.  Jesus Chavez, Co-chair of the League of Women Voters Task Force on Fair Maps and other panelists will talk about state and local redistricting prospects answering the questions: What is the problem?  What is to be done?  What can WE do?  The program will be held in the Maud Sullivan Gallery of the El Paso Public Library Downtown, 501 N. Oregon, from 2:30-4:00pm.

     Annual Spirituals Concert at Bethel Second Baptist Church, 405 E. Hadley, starting at 6:00pm.  Several local choirs will participate.  Free, and the public is welcomed.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

     Border Gathering and Public Witness, sponsored by Hope Border Institute and El Paso Catholic Diocese, invite you to join Bishop Mark J. Seitz, the Tex-Mex bishops delegation, social justice leaders and the faithful for a powerful evening of interfaith prayer, witness and solidarity on both sides of the US-Mexico border.  All are welcome at the Anapra Border Fence (Anapra, NM) at 6:30pm and public witness at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

     New Mexico’s Climate Future Film Night hosted by The Wilderness Society will be held at the Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC), 275 Downtown Mall from 6:00-9:00pm.  The event includes a free film screening of “1,000 Cuts” and “The Human Element” followed by a community discussion of climate change, methane issues, and an update on state legislation that addresses these issues.  Drinks and light snacks will be provided.  Contact Gabe Vasquez, gave_vasquez@tws,org, with any questions.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

     Community Encounters:  Justice will be held at Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton, El Paso.  5:30, check-in, 6:15-7:45pm, free dinner and conversation.  Reservations are required at 915-351-0048 or jamie@elpasoholocaustmuseum.org.  In partnership with Temple Mount Sinai, the Interfaith Alliance and the YWCA Racial Justice Program invites participants to share a meal together while also sharing their own stories, viewpoints, and perspectives in an effort to build bridges of understanding.  The discussion will explore questions about justice and compassion, individual and collective social roles and responsibilities, and much more.

Please help provide hospitality to immigrant families

     Several area churches and organizations are providing housing and meals to immigrant families seeking asylum as they move from the border to their host sponsors in other parts of the country.  As conditions worsen in other parts of the world, we have seen an increased number of people coming to the U.S. seeking protection and security.  MANY MORE volunteers are needed to help with meal preparation, transportation to El Paso airport and bus stations, making beds, doing laundry, sorting donated clothing, medical checks, bathing, and giving out welcoming smiles.  Spanish-speakers are especially needed, but don’t hold back if you only speak English (there’s a place for you, too).  Donations of new travel-sized toiletries, socks and underwear are also needed.

     Find out what you can do to help by contacting the following people:

          Border Servant Corps (Peace Lutheran Church)

               Kari Lenander, 575-522-7119, ext. 16

          El Cavario United Methodist Church

               Anselmo Delgado-Martinez, 717-682-3803

          Project Oak Tree (Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces)

               Deacon Leonel Briseno, 575-523-7577

          Holy Cross Retreat Center

               Father Tom Smith, 575-524-3688

          St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Anthony

               575-882-2239

          Heart for the World Church

               Barbara Searle Kim, 575-405-9128

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