Upcoming Events in February


Friends – We want to let you know about some events coming up in February at Casa Mariposa or hosted by Casa Mariposa members and allies.  Hope to see you at one of them!

Friday, February 1st at Casa Mariposa at 6:30pm – Potluck Dinner to host Film-makers

You may know that thousands of veterans have been deported by the Obama administration and others are still fighting deportation. A Vietnam veteran, Manuel Valenzuela, will be at Casa Mariposa this Friday, February 1st with two documentary film-makers who are interviewing  deported veterans now living in Mexico, as well as vets in the southwest who are facing deportation.

We hope that you will join us in welcoming and supporting them in their struggle at 6:30pm at Casa Mariposa, 127 N. Palomas Avenue in Menlo Park. This is a potluck dinner – please bring a dish to share if you are able.  Please pass along this invitation to others who may be interested in these “banished veterans.”  (Check out the Banished Veterans website and the brothersvalenzuela facebook page.)

      Ernesto Portillo wrote about the Valenzuela brothers as well as a Vietnam veteran currently encarcerated in Eloy: 
UA Lecture, Thursday, February 7th 4:00pm to 5:30pm and Community Dialogue about LGBTQ Immigration Issues on Friday, February, 8th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Wingspan
Coming out of the Closet, Coming out of the Shadows:
From DREAMers to “Undocuqueers” and Beyond
Public Lecture at the University of Arizona by Dr. Karma R. Chávez, University of Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, February 7, 2013  4:00pm-5:30pm

Ventana Room level 4 – UA Student Union Memorial Center

In 2010, “coming out” became a dominant strategy of the undocumented youth movement, particularly among those advocating for the DREAM Act. Given the queer leadership of this movement, the appropriation of the LGBTQ political strategy made sense, and it has since become a regular strategy among migrant youth activists, even those who oppose the DREAM Act. This talk argues that the appropriation strategy provides a unique lens to understand coalitional possibilities among queer and migrant rights and justice movements.  The appropriation also helps to highlight the differences between movements, the risks and opportunities for differently-positioned groups using the same strategies for different ends, as well as how groups imagine the conditions of their politics.

 A Community Dialogue About LGBTQ Immigration Issues

 Presented by Wingspan and the UA Institute for LGBT Studies

 Over the last several years, LGBTQ citizens, non-LGBTQ immigrants and LGBTQ immigrants have been developing provocative ways to join together in dialogue and alliance about shared political concerns. This community dialogue will bring together speakers who have knowledge and concern about LGBTQ immigration issues in Southern Arizona and beyond, to talk about the rewards, challenges, and future possibilities for connection among LGBTQ, immigrant and LGBTQ immigrant communities. LGBT youth will also share poetry, spoken word, and personal experiences. Everyone is welcome!

 Friday, February 8, 2013, from 7-8:30pm, at Wingspan, 430 E. 7th Street, Tucson





Friday, February 15th Report Back on Palestine West Bank and Israel 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Quaker Meeting House

Human rights workers Laurie Melrood and Blake Gentry returned in December from a trip to Israel and Palestine West Bank, with a side trip to Jordan. The month they spent in the region was marked by the deadly air attacks over Gaza and rocket bombardments in southern Israel, the declaration of Palestine as an observer state at the United Nations, and Israel PM Netanyahu’s decision to split the Palestine West Bank in two by building additional settlements in the E-1 Zone southwest of Jerusalem. Their talk and slides will feature impressions of conversations with a diverse group of Palestinians and Israelis and from tours provided by human rights workers in Jerusalem and Palestine West Bank.

Friday, February 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N. Fifth Avenue (two blocks south of Speedway), Tucson

Co-sponsored by Casa Mariposa, Women in Black, and Steadfast Hope Middle East refreshments served. Donations accepted for Mahsom Watch: Women United Against the Occupation and for Human Rights

Puertas Abiertas Potluck Dinner at 5:30pm at Wingspan

Puertas Abiertas is Wingspan’s social and outreach project for LGBT Latin@s. The group holds regular meetings, hosts events, forums, and educational and social events. Since its inception, Puertas Abiertas has been bringing Latinos together to celebrate their heritage and LGBT pride, while creating a sense of community. Puertas Abiertas organizes the annual Tucson Latin Gay Pride in September.

Please join us for our next meeting on Sunday, February 10th, 2013 @ 5:30 P.M. Help us in educating and creating social events for the Tucson LATIN@ LGBTQ community and Allies. For more information on Puertas Abiertas, please visit wingspan.org

For more info on Wingspan and its array of programing please visit http://www.wingspan.org


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