Upcoming Events at Casa Mariposa


Friends –

On behalf of everyone in the house we wish everyone a joyous and blessed New Year. As we all get back into the rhythm of work, school and life in general we want to invite you take some time this winter to reflect with us especially during this upcoming Lenten Season.
This season we offer these thoughts to reflect on with us.  Following The Way of Jesus is filled with both joy and sorrow and many times leads to the Cross itself.  As part of the struggle for justice here in the borderlands, how do we honor and find balance between the sorrow of  Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday?  Perhaps the answer lies in finding both in our daily “Saturday” work.
We hope you can join us for some of the following Monday evenings at Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Avenue in Menlo Park. Light snacks provided.
Monday, February 8th – 7:30pm-9pm – Earlier in January Paula spent 10 days in Washington, DC with the group Witness Against Torture. The group fasted for 7 days in solidarity with our Muslim brothers detained in Guantanamo Bay and created and carried out direct actions to demand the closure of the prison, an end to torture and an end to indefinite detention.  Come hear about her experience in DC, the work of Witness Against Torture and the connections to our work in the borderlands.
Monday, February 22nd -7pm-8:30pm – Come and listen to Tina Schlabach, a member of the Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Group, share what she has learned from the women she has visited over the years at the Eloy Detention Center.
Monday, March  14th – 7pm-8:30pm – Come and learn about ideas and rituals around the spring equinox in the Celtic tradition and how it connects with the Easter tradition

Advent and Winter Solstice


3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13th,  7pm to 8:30pm,  Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas, Menlo Park

Come celebrate the ancient wisdom of Celtic pre-Christian and Christian mythology as we
advance to and through the darkest time of the year and re-emerge renewed into the Light
of the SUN/SON.
Celtic spirituality is deeply grounded in Nature. The winter solstice is one
of eight seasonal festivals in the Celtic spiritual tradition, known as the “wheel of the year.”
The “wheel” is an important symbol in Celtic mythology that symbolizes the constant change
of the universe and the infinite cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.
Join us for this evening of Celtic inspired ritual, music, poetry, conversation, food, drink and hospitality.

Guatemalan Fundraising Dinner


Local ingredients, international flavor fundraiser     

Saturday, Dec 12, 6:30pm, Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Ave.

Support Guatemalan family of 8 in next steps from Casa Mariposa!

The Ortega family, a family of 8 who have been living in Casa Mariposa since October invite you for a Guatemalan dinner.  They are raising money to start their lives upon moving on from Casa Mariposa.  Sulma and her family appreciate your support and ensure you that you will love the food!

Pepian, hearty chicken stew with vegetables and seasoned with seeds and nuts
Salad with greens grown in Las Milpitas Garden
Vegetable stew with same sauce as Pepian

Suggested donation $15.  More if you can, less if you can’t.

A Musical 2nd Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday, Dec. 6th  from 7pm to 8:30pm – Light refreshments provided
Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Avenue, Menlo Park
The song and music of Advent. Meredith Little will bring her talents on the piano and lead us in a musical night during this 2nd week of Advent. Bilingual program – please bring any songs in Spanish you would like to hear and share!

Upcoming Events at Casa Mariposa

First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, Nov. 29th  from 7pm to 8:30pm – Light refreshments provided
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.
Sunday, Nov. 29th –  What does Advent mean to you?  Bring a poem, story, song, or just your thoughts to share about what the time of Advent means to you personally.

Education in the Brazilian Landless Worker Movement

 A Conversation with Alessandro, National Leader of the MST Education Sector                 

                            Saturday, December 5th                              

7 PM

Location: Casa Mariposa – 127 N. Palomas Ave. Tucson, AZ

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the largest social movements in Latin America, is internationally famous for its success occupying large unproductive land estates and pressuring the government to redistribute this land to over 1 million landless farmers. Less well known are the movement’s educational initiatives. Over the past three decades, MST leaders have drawn on diverse educational theories to develop a set of pedagogical practices for schools that encourage youth to stay in the countryside, foster collective forms of work, and participate in political struggle. Activists engage in contentious actions to support their educational ideas, while facilitating community discussions, organizing teacher trainings, and writing curricula with state actors. In the state of Paraná, the MST administers 11 public schools that are currently functioning within MST land occupations. MST leader Alessandro, one of the state coordinators of the education sector in Paraná, will talk about these educational experiences and how the MST has succeeded in both occupying land and occupying the Brazilian school system.

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Upcoming Events at Casa Mariposa


Friends – We invite the community and its wider circles to join us at any or all of the upcoming gatherings at Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Avenue, Menlo Park.

Holiday Card Party
Join us this Sunday, Nov. 22nd any time between 3pm to 6pm for the annual Holiday Card Party. Help write holiday cards to people in detention. For some this may be the only card they will receive this holiday season.  Cards will be provided but feel free to bring some if you have them. Light refreshments provided.
Thanksgiving Dinner
You are welcome to join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at 2pm Thursday, Nov. 26th. All the fixings provided but feel free to bring a dish to share. Wednesday night dinner will take place as always.
Advent Series
 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.
We will be hosting our annual Advent Series each Sunday during Advent from 7pm to 8:30pm at the house. Light refreshments provided.
Sunday, Nov. 29th –  What does Advent mean to you?  Bring a poem, story, song, or just your thoughts to share about what the time of Advent means to you personally.
Sunday, Dec. 6th – The song and music of Advent. Meredith Little will bring her talents on the piano and lead us in a musical night during this 2nd week of Advent.
Sunday, Dec. 13th – Jim Marx Newgrange, Birth of the Sun/Son, Druidic Spirituality.
Sunday, Dec. 20th- We will be carpooling to the Annual Bi-National Posada in Nogales, Sonora which begins at 3pm. This immigration/migrant justice themed posada travels through the streets of Nogales and ends with a meal at the Comedor. We will meet at Casa Mariposa at 1:45pm to travel down to the border.

Enjoy Yoga and Support Mariposas Sin Fronteras!


Participate in a great yoga class and support Mariposas Sin Fronteras!

For the month of November all proceeds from the LoveYoBody yoga class at Yoga Oasis goes to Mariposas Sin Fronteras to support LGBTQ immigrants get out of detention! Enjoy healing yoga and support LGBTQ immigrant liberation!

LoveYoBody is a gentle, body-positive yoga class at Yoga Oasis
(central) Monday and Thursday 7:30-8:30, $7. More info at:

Join us for a House Party for the Protection Network Action Fund


Casa Mariposa Is Hosting A House Party For
The Protection Network Action Fund


5:30PM TO 8:00PM


Join Us For a Tamale & Pupusa Dinner And Learn More About The Protection Networks And How You Can Become Involved In Keeping Tucson Families Together.

The Protection Network Action Fund is a community based network that supports grassroots organizing for immigrant rights in Tucson by providing financial support to members and associates of immigrant led organizations who are detained and faced with deportation.

The Protection Network includes the Southside Worker Center, Corazon de Tucson, Fortin de Flores, Tierra y Libertad, and the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos.

Hope to see you there!

Update on hospitality for the Greyhound families


Casa Mariposa has been honored and humbled by the outpouring of support we have witnessed over the past weeks. Scores of volunteers have dedicated countless hours of their time to welcoming and assisting travelers at the Tucson Greyhound station. Donations of material aid have filled multiple storage units. Meals have been prepared and served, and volunteers have opened their homes for overnight hospitality. At a time when various communities around the country are responding to the influx of Central American migrants with hate and rage, your profound compassion and tireless action has demonstrated the strength of our Tucson community’s commitment to justice and dignity for those seeking shelter within our borders.

Given the overwhelming need for support and hospitality for Central American families, Casa Mariposa has collaborated with community partners to transition volunteer coordination and services for travelers from our small community into the hands of Catholic Community Services. We are thankful to CCS for stepping into this role, and so grateful to all of you who have risen to meet the needs of families. Thank you!

Please direct all inquiries about volunteer opportunities to volunteercoordinatorgreyhound@gmail.com

Casa Mariposa esta tan agradecida por el apoyo que hemos recibido durante las últimas semanas. Decenas de voluntarios han dedicado innumerables horas de su tiempo para ofrecer su asistencia a las familias llegando a la estación de Greyhound en Tucson. Las donaciones para las familias han llenado múltiples unidades de almacenamiento. Los voluntarios han preparado y servido las comidas cada noche, y otros han abierto sus hogares para ofrecer hospedaje. En constraste con los grupos en distintos partes de este país cuales están respondiendo a la llegada de los migrantes centroamericanos con el odio y rabia, la profunda compasión y la acción incansable de tod@s ustedes ha demostrado la fortaleza del compromiso de nuestra comunidad de Tucson a la justicia y la dignidad para aquellos que buscan refugio dentro de nuestras fronteras.

Ahora que hay mucha necesidad para apoyo y alojamiento para las familias, Casa Mariposa ha colaborado con socios de la comunidad para transferir la coordinación y los servicios voluntarios para los viajeros desde nuestra pequeña comunidad hasta las manos de Catholic Community Services. Nosotros apreciamos a CCS por haber tomado este papel, y estamos tan agradecido a todos ustedes que han aumentado para satisfacer las necesidades de las familias. ¡Gracias!

Para solicitar información sobre las oportunidades para voluntarios, favor de contacta volunteercoordinatorgreyhound@gmail.com

Thank You Tucson!


THANK YOU TUCSON!! We had over 200 people present for our volunteer orientation and general information session this morning. It was an incredible response to our call for more hands to engage in the work of support and hospitality for arriving families from Central America and beyond. We are so grateful to all of you. Adelante!

¡¡MUCHAS GRACIAS, TUCSON!! Hoy asistieron mas que 200 personas el entrenamiento y la presentacion que se realizo esta mañana. Fue una respuesta increible a nuestra llamada por ayuda con el trabajo de apoyar a las familias que vienen llegando desde Centro America. Estamos tan agradecidos a tod@s ustedes. Adelante!