Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in Arizona is bat shit crazy (although it is a small minority and if you are Hispanic or Hispanic/foreign-looking you should probably be quiet about it. Or else.). There are many people and organizations here who have a longer view of history and the border and act as advocates for those who find themselves making that journey across. One of the major events that occurs yearly in AZ is The Migrant Trail in which a diverse group of people come together to bear witness to the things that happen in our borderlands.
The precarious reality of our borderlands calls us to walk. We are a spiritually diverse, multi-cultural group who walk together on a journey of peace to remember people, friends and family who have died, others who have crossed, and people who continue to come. We bear witness to the tragedy of death and of the inhumanity in our midst. Lastly, we walk as a community, in defiance of the borders that attempt to divide us, committed to working together for the human dignity of all peoples.
Join us for the seventh annual 75-mile journey from Sásabe, Sonora to Tucson, Arizona in solidarity with our migrant sisters and brothers who have walked this trail and lost their lives. We bear witness to the lives that are lost, the families who mourn, and the communities that suffer the divisions that borders wreak on all of us.
I didn’t participate this year (I have in the past) but my mom continues to do it every year. She has allowed me to post her pictures from the journey.