Denver and Las Vegas

by undoingborders

We arrived to our final stop in Denver on Sunday, October 2nd, and while meeting in a coffee shop prepping for our talk for that evening, got asked if we were with Occupy Denver.  Guess we just give off that passionate-for-economic-justice vibe?  As it turns out, we were in store for our most intimate stop on tour and spent a lovely evening sharing food and snippets of our tour with our hosts Crystal and Jordan.

We were invited to Denver by the American Friends Service Committee’s Colorado Immigrant Rights Program that “works to create public discourse and policy that supports immigrants’ full human rights. As a founding member of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, AFSC collaborates with groups across the state to highlight the root causes of immigration and find humane responses to it.”

We were hosted at Colorado Anti-Violence Program “that seeks to address violence on a community-based level, not relying on police and prisons, rather developing our own processes that maintain the humanity of survivors, victims and those that cause harm.”

We headed out for celebratory drinks on a rooftop venue in downtown Denver, and there we were introduced to Mimi Madrid, who had recently wrapped up a a 22-day journey to CALIaztlan.  “Guided by the earth and their spirits, Mimi and Jenny set out on this journey meeting with the people – Xican@s, Feministas, Chavalitas, Veteranos, y Familias.”  Their tour is called the PPLS MVMNT and you can view the trailer to their upcoming film here.

On our way back to San Francisco from Denver, we stop for the night in Las Vegas, NV – the city where Li’s family resides, a spectacle of lights and decadence. Las Vegas is a city that doesn’t belong, a city that exists because of global capital and its maldistributions. We nonetheless drove out to the strip for a delicious buffet dinner, and experience something between delight and horror – at the same time, before heading to Li’s parent’s home.

We leave the next morning, glad for the last leg of our trip.  After a little over 8,000 miles, 36 days on the road, 20 different speaking events in 15 different cities, we’re grateful to return to our homes in San Francisco.

Thank you all for making this tour possible, for sharing your efforts with ours, for inviting us to learn from one another as we gathered together!

We’ll be reporting back in the Bay Area soon.  If you’d like to get more involved with this HAVOQ project, join us for our internal report back on Tuesday, November 15th, from 6-8pm at 215 Golden Gate.  We’re planning a wider-community report back soon after that – check out our HAVOQ-SF Pride at Work website for updates and details!