In the wake of the deadly August 3rd Walmart shooting, Hope Border Institute will host a three-day TeachIn in October.
The Teach In – Jornada por la Justicia – will run from October 11-13 and organizers will convene Latinx faith leaders and allies “dedicated to deepening the borderland community’s knowledge of social justice and taking direct action against racism, cruelty and exclusion.”
“The recent targeting and massacre of 22 Latinos in El Paso made visible the hatred that still pulses through American life,” Hope Border Institute officials shared via an emailed news release. “this is manifested in deadly white supremacy, in the dehumanization of migrant families at the border and in a dangerous politics of exclusion and fear…this moment in time requires bold action from Latinx leaders from across the country and across sectors to enter the public square on behalf of justice.”
The Teach-In 2019 will feature keynote addresses by prominent local and national activists, theologians, teachers and labor leaders including:
Monsignor Arturo Bañuelas, pastor of St. Mark’s Church
Montserrat Garibay, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO
Dr. Luis Fraga, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Hispanic Studies
Leaders from Familias Unidas del Chamizal
Dr. Neomi De Anda, president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States
Dr. Dulcinea Lara, director of Ethnic Studies at New Mexico State University
Dr. Nicholas Natividad, professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University
On Saturday afternoon, the group will gather for a powerful protest action at the international border wall; details to come. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a major statement by Bishop Mark J. Seitz on racism in the borderlands.
The event is open to all. Registration details and complete agenda are available online.