Tucson Stop: Part 3

by undoingborders

We wrapped up our time in Arizona with a friendly potluck at Sam, Raul and Jimmy’s house in Tucson – thank you so much for sharing your home space with us!  Below a silly pic of what our faces would do if we were told we’d won (millions in the lottery, hence the mixed-response for some):

This evening we got a chance to to hear of various other projects and campaigns people are engaged in like:

U.N.I.D.O.S.: United Non-Discriminatory Individuals Demanding Our Studies!  a new youth coalition of students from local Tucson high schools, alumni and community members, demanding our educational human rights.  Here’s a pic from their Facebook page:

UNIDOS was created in response to H.B. 2281, the ban on Ethnic Studies throughout the state of Arizona, and the growing attacks on our education. UNIDOS seeks to protect and expand Ethnic Studies ad promote the values and diversity, justice and equity in our education.

Some people who’ve been involved in the resistance to stop the Arizona Snowbowl and the protection of the sacred mountain Dooko’oosliid/ Nuva’tuk’ya’ovi (San Francisco Peaks) outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, also stopped by.  You can connect here via Facebook and find info and updates at this blog.

You can read more about the struggle on the O’odham Solidarity Across Borders blog as well.  The O’odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective is made up Akimel O’odham and Tohono O’odham youth who are fighting the ongoing colonization of their traditional lands, like  U.S./Mexico Border policies and environmental racism pushed by transnational corporations and the state.

While in Tucson, we were also treated to music in a friend’s cactus and mesquite-filled back yard.  Cyril Barrett shared a song he wrote titled “Coyotes of Sasabe,” which he wrote about many people journeying north across the Sonoran desert after he spent a summer volunteering with No More Deaths in the southern Arizona desert.  He’s accompanied here by Naim Amor in this video below:

Check out all the uploaded clips at the SF Pride at Work youtube channel.