Encounters at the Border
Call to Action
Rio Grande Valley
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley  P.O. Box 3443 McAllen, TX 78502   ctargv@gmail.com
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McAllen, Texas  November 15-17 2019
organized by Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley
Two-fold Purpose
To provide an experience of the Border to the national CTA populations (and fellow
travelers) and to help support/build a national base for activism on the critical issues
being raised, right here, on the margins. We want this to be three days of doing and
experiencing, not just listening.

Tentative Schedule Outline
Friday, November 15th, 7 - 9 pm
Opening session: A few prayerful moments, orientation, a panel of local activists (legal,
environmental, religious, etc.), and closing with a small-group ice-breaker activity
Saturday, November 16th, 9 am (or optionally 7:30 am) - 5 pm
a) At 7:30 am there will be an optional excursion to the international bridge and, for
those with a passport, a crossing of a  few hundred feet into Mexico to have a prayer
gathering at the "The Crossof  the Immigrants"
b) The official day, beginning at 9 am, is centered on two "field trips." One will be seeing
and participating with the work with refugees who are awaiting their leaving the border
region.  The second will be several stops along the border itself and so having a chance
to come to understand the impact of the Wall and other government efforts that are
harming the border community and the environment of the region.
Those attending will be split into two smaller groups, one with refugees in the morning
and the border in the afternoon and the second group flipping that order for their field
trips.
c) In between the two field trips will be a free lunch hosted by La Union de Pueblo Entero
(LUPE) at the historic Farm Workers Union Hall established by Cesar Chavez.  During
lunch there will be presentations from those directly involved with the undocumented
community.
Saturday, November 16th, 7:30 pm - 9  pm
Before the formal session will be time for dinner (everyone on their own dime).
At 7:30 we will gather for a de-brief session in small groups to reflect on the day.
Sunday, November 16th, 9 am - 12 noon
The closing session will include a speaker from the local community, small-group work
on what the future efforts might be for CTA and our own local efforts "back home," and
finally, a joyous liturgical celebration
Practical Information
Attendance is limited to 50 participants

Costs
Fee: $100 (early-bird)/$125 (after October 1st)
Hotel
The gathering will be at Wyndham Garden in McAllen.  
Rooms have been set aside with a meeting rate of $75 per
night. This includes free breakfast and free transportation
from the McAllen airport.  Reservations must be made by
phone (956-994-0505) to insure the meeting rate (please
indicate CTA when calling).

Registration will be opened in early April.

For further information:
Contact Jerry Brazier
email: gdbrazier@gmail.com
call/text: 956-212-5854