December Events from Casa Mariposa


Advent Series at Casa Mariposa

    The season bends toward shadow and solstice and a wealth of holy and holidays. Advent is one lens into the season between times. Though primarily Christian in its current context, history tells a much wider story. Our ancestors held this time with a kind of awe which predates written language, let alone dogma. 

     This year we invite the community and its wider circles to join us for the first four Sunday evenings of December, from 7:00-8:30pm at Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Ave.

December 1st: “Red Fountains and Embroidering for Peace/Fuentes Rojas y Bordando por la Paz.” A film and discussion facilitated by Suzanne Hesh.
December 8th: Paula Miller. A Reflection.
December 15th: Maggie Kearns… “Pink Candle Sunday” An evening of Carols.
December 22: Jim Marx Newgrange, Birth of the Sun, Druidic Spirituality.

   The themes are in place. How they play out is a work in progress. So, this is a rough draft of sorts… the time and place are set… what happens therein is a matter of Spirit. Come join us and be part of the spark….within this liminal space. 

December 8th Rally to Remove Arivaca Road Border Patrol Checkpoint

Join us on Sunday, December 8th for a Community Rally calling for the immediate removal of the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Arivaca Road in Amado, AZ. The family friendly rally will feature music, art, skits.  Arivaca meet-up at the Arivaca Community Center at 12pm we will depart at 1pm.  Folks coming from Tucson and elsewhere meet up at the Longhorn at 1pm we will depart at 1:30pm. 

We will converge at the checkpoint at 2pm. There will be a short walk from both directions. Those unable to walk can drive closer.  Planning meetings every Sunday 2-4pm at the Arivaca Community Center. Banner making on Saturday, December 7th in Downtown Arivaca, 10am to 2pm. More information at  Sponsored by People Helping People.

Join us for a Hanukkah Celebration!

On Friday, December 20th at 6pm we will celebrate the Festival of Lights at Casa Mariposa. Join us for potato latkes, dreidel games, chocolate gelt, Hanukkah songs and more!  Come and learn about this 8 day Jewish Holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE.


GUAMAP Benefit Rescheduled for Oct. 5th


19th Year Anniversary GUAMAP BENEFIT!

Guatemala Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project (GUAMAP)

SATURDAY, Oct. 5, 2013, 7 pm – 9 pm


(545 S. 5TH Avenue, Tucson, corner 5th Ave. and 16th St.)


Author of Border Patrol Nation, City Lights Press, release February, 2014.

“Border Conditions: Impact on Increasing Immigration from Guatemala”

MUSIC:  Ted Warmbrand, folk singer 

NATIVE FOODS DESSERTS AND DRINKS: Mesquite fudge, Prickly Pear Pie and Parfaits!       

RAFFLE:  Signed copy of Border Patrol Nation, acupuncture treatments, and more!

CRAFT SALE: Get a head start on your holiday purchases!

ADMISSION:  $20 per adult,  $3 youth under 15

For more info or to volunteer, write or call (520) 623-6620

Online tax-exempt donation through PayPal,


3 Great Upcoming Events in Tucson!


Mark Your Calendars for a unique event !!  Investigative journalist and local favorite son Todd Miller talks about his new book BORDER PATROL NATION (City Lights Books, release date Feb. 2014) at a benefit for the Guatemala Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project (GUAMAP).

Saturday, August 24, 2013
7-9 pm
St. Andrews Church, NE Corner S. Fifth Avenue and 16th Street, Tucson

 We’re sending a Vancouver, Canada based team to our partner NGO in Peten, Guatemala to train 21 local health promoters in acupuncture in September.

GUAMAP presents a fruity desert plant dessert buffet for this special fundraising event. Mesquite milkshakes, prickly pear glaze peach pie, rhubarb and prickly pear parfaits y mucho mas. Would you believe bellota sundaes?

Music, raffle and  an exciting evening for all.

Occupy Tucson & March Against Drones Tucson

Free Film & Discussion -  DRONE WARS


Saturday, August 24th and Saturday, September 7th  at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson

Save the Date for A National Gathering in November!  


Upcoming Events for Good Causes!


Join us for Brunch!

Sunday, July 28
Studio ONE
197 E Toole Ave (near Skrappy’s)

Rainbow Defense Fund and Latino Gay Pride
Bingo Brunch Fundraiser!
$5 for brunch and Bingo

Proceeds support Latino Gay Pride and the Rainbow Defense Fund that supports LGBTQ folks held in immigration detention in AZ. 

Hosted by Casa Mariposa, Puertas Abiertas, and Studio ONE.  Hope to see you there!


Mark your calendars!  Thursday, August 1st from 6-8 pm come embroider for peace at Casa Mariposa to remember those killed in Mexico as victims of the drug war.

Fuentes Rojas y Bordando por la Paz,  Thursday, August 1, 6 – 8 pm, Casa Mariposa 
Violence related to The US-Mexican Drug War has caused the deaths of more than  80,000 people in Mexico. Many were innocent bystanders of… random or targeted violence.  Some were friends or relatives of people in drug cartels. All were children of God, worthy to be mourned and remembered. 

Fuentes Rojas (Red Fountains) originated in Mexico City in 2011 to raise visibility for the victims of the US-Mexico  Drug War. To make their voice public they formed Bordando por la Paz (Embroidering for Peace) to create a memorial for every victim of drug war violence.  The memorials display information about the  victims death in words hand-embroidered with red thread on a man’s white handkerchief.  The movement has spread around the world to Latin America, Europe, Asia  and the US.
Join us for a “taller” (workshop)   on Thursday, August 1, 6 – 8 pm,  Casa Mariposa.  Together we’ll embroider, in red thread on a  white handkerchief, known details of the victim’s death based on police records.   You’ll learn about the Taller Abierto (Open Workshop) de Bordando por la Paz  at St. Philips Episcopal Church and plans for future  activities including a flash mob at the University of Arizona, a delegation from Tucson to Mexico City to visit and support the original Fuentes Rojas and growing a  local community of  “bordarones” in Tucson. 
Supplies and instruction will be provided.   Dinner will be from 6 – 6:30.  After dinner we’ll talk, laugh, reflect  and  embroider together.
You are invited into a movement of remembrance and solidarity with our neighbors who struggle each day to survive the US-Mexico Drug War in their neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities.


Author Event this Sunday, April 14th in Arivaca, AZ at 2pm


Our friends in Arivaca will be hosting a great event this Sunday. Looking for something to do? Check it out!

People Helping People will be hosting authors, Kathryn Ferguson, Norma A. Price, and Ted Parks of “Crossing with the Virgin – Stories from the Migrant Trail” and Margaret Regan, author of “The Death of Josseline – Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands”. The event will be this Sunday, April 14th at 2pm at the Old School House on S. Fourth Avenue off Arivaca Road.

Help a Honduran Family Stay in Tucson!


As some of you may already know, we have a wonderful Honduran family of 7 staying with us at Casa Mariposa. After a month of living together we have gotten close to the family and want to continue to support them on their own in Tucson. They will be hosting a Honduran dinner this Saturday, April 6th at 6pm at Casa Mariposa located at 127 N. Palomas Avenue in Menlo Park. They are close to finding a place of their own and money from the fundraiser will help cover their housing costs. We hope you will be able to join us this Saturday! Thanks for your support!

Join us for this year’s Easter Vigil at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church


Friends – We invite you to join the Casa Mariposa Community and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to spend some time with us throughout the dark night before the dawn of Easter.

You are invited to enter into this mystery with playfulness, with your bodies, with your stories, and with one another. We will remember that before the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, it waits silently within a cocoon.  We will remember those moments in our own lives when we have been transformed; given a second chance; or been reborn. And we will remember many throughout history who followed the way of Jesus to overcome injustice and oppression through acts of nonviolence and love.

The Easter Vigil starts at 10pm on Saturday, March 30th at St. Andrew’s Church located at 545 S. 5th Avenue in  Tucson. There will be readings and activties throughout the night. At 6am we will end with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and at 7am enjoy a potluck Easter breakfast.


March for Justice & Dignity this Sunday, March 17th!

(Información sigue en español abajo)
As local police call Border Patrol, separating and deporting families, a national debate on Immigration Reform continues to grow. Over 1.5 million mothers, fathers, youth, day laborers, domestic workers, janitors, gardeners, cooks, and farmworkers, have been deported since 2009. This is why our communities march for an end to the deportations and demand political and economic equality today.
March Presented by The Protection Networks Coalition
Sunday March 17, 2013
12p.m. (noon)
317 W. 23rd Street.
Tucson, Arizona 85713
·        Stop the Deportations!
·        Collaboration between local police and Border Patrol separates families!
·        We want united communities!
·        No to the militarization of the border!
·        We need an Immigration Reform that includes all 11 million people!
Mientras la policía local llama a la Migra, y separan y deportan a familias, un debate nacional sobre la Reforma Migratoria crece. Más de 1.5 millones de madres, padres, jóvenes, jornaleros, trabajadoras de casa, jardineros, cocineras, y campesinos, han sido deportados desde el año 2009. Es por ello que nuestras comunidades marchan para poner un alto a las deportaciones y exigen igualdad política y económica hoy.
Marcha Presentada por la Coalición de Redes de Protección
Domingo 17 de Marzo, 2013
12p.m. del medio día
317 W. 23rd Street.
Tucson, Arizona 85713
·        ¡Alto a las Deportaciones y las Injusticias!
·        ¡Colaboración entre policía local y migra solo separa familias!
·        ¡Queremos comunidades unidas!
·        ¡No a la militarización de la frontera!
·        ¡Necesitamos la inclusión de 11 millones de personas en la Reforma Migratoria!

Support Tucson Organizer, Dane Rossman


Early on the morning of Thursday, February 21st, U.S. Marshals arrested
Dane Rossman at his home in Tucson, AZ on a provisional arrest warrant
issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, acting on a Canadian extradition
request. Dane is one of five Americans sought in Canada for alleged
offenses stemming from the G20 summit.

On June 26th and 27th, 2010, tens of thousands of individuals gathered in
Toronto to protest the G20 summit. The G20 is a group of finance ministers
and central bank governors from nineteen powerful countries plus the
European Union. During the 2010 summit, Canadian authorities specifically
targeted people involved in migrant justice, indigenous solidarity and
anarchist organizing for prosecution. Dane was arrested along with over
1,100 other protesters in the largest mass arrest in Canada’s history.  He
was processed and released without charges. Now, three years later, he is
facing three charges related to alleged property damage.

Dane is a dedicated social justice advocate, humanitarian aid volunteer,
and student. He has spent the past several years in Arizona providing
humanitarian relief on the US/Mexico border, and organizing against racist
profiling laws and mass incarceration.

The extradition of an individual from the U.S. to Canada for property
damage is almost unheard of. Dane’s extradition is political in nature
because it is meant to create fear and criminalize dissent. As long as
global institutions exploit our communities for profit, people will cross
nation-state boundaries to protest and make known the suffering in their
home communities.

Dane is currently being held at the federal Corrections Corporation of
America facility in Florence, AZ, a private prison where most of his
fellow inmates are being held on immigration related offenses. As Dane’s
supporters and friends, we extend solidarity to all those who face state
repression, those in prison due to G20 protest charges, and those
incarcerated for crossing nation-state boundaries. Dane has an extradition
hearing set for April 16th, 2013.

To contribute to Dane’s legal defense fund or to check for updates visit