Lectures, Art Show, Music, Action and More in March!

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Friends – You thought February was busy wait til you see the line up for March. These are just a few of the happenings happening around town. Hope to see you at one of them!

5 month Anniversary Vigil for Jose Antiono Elena Rodriguez – Weds., March 6th

A carpool from Tucson, leaving from Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 W. 23rd St., at 3:30 pm, Wed. March 6 will travel to the vigil. We’ll park in one of the pay lots on the US side, near the downtown port in Nogales, AZ, and then walk (about 20 minutes) west along the wall, to the point just opposite where Jose was killed on October 10, 2012 where the vigil will begin. Or you can cross and walk with the people vigiling on the Mexico side. It’s crucial that we keep demanding justice for Jose Antonio, and keep this huge injustice in the public eye. Please bring candles if you can.

International Women’s Day – Friday, March 8th

Former State Senator Paula Aboud will keynote the annual celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, 2013 at First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway from 7‐9 pm.

The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Aboud is founder of Women Ignited Now (WIN), working to reverse the damage being done to women’s rights by the Arizona Legislature.
On International Women’s Day, WILPF will explore the connections between the failure of the United States government to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women, (CEDAW) originally proposed by the United Nations in 1979, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which is currently being debated in the US Congress, and the Arizona legislative agenda opposing
women’s rights.

The event will include poetry and dancing and a forum for discussion of ways to mobilize women and men who share a vision of peace and social justice for the world.

Art Opening at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery – Saturday, March 9th

Casa Mariposa guest, Cesar Lorenti, will have his art on display at Raices Taller Art Gallery. Cesar describes his work in the following words: “I have traced landscapes in Guatemala, with humble houses in grassy places, with lines that reflect peace, tranquility and calm.” Join us on Saturday and meet Cesar.

“Endurance / Resistencia”
Opening Celebration
Saturday March 9, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 pm
218 E. 6th Street (1/2 block east of 6th St. & 6th Ave.)
Regular Gallery Hours: Fridays & Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop is proud to partner with the César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition in dedicating the month of March to the work of César E. Chávez. We are honoring the legacy that Chavez left as an educator, environmentalist and a civil rights leader. Join us for the opening of our exhibit “Endurance / Resistencia” on Saturday, March 9 and upcoming community events!

Lecture – The Feminist Fight on Mexico’s Border – Friday, March 22nd

Join us for a distinguished Lecture at The University of Arizona on Friday, March 22 at 3:30pm by Melissa Wright. Melissa is a collaborator of Juanita Sundberg who has been doing significant work documenting the femicide in Juarez for the last decade. The talk will take place in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, S202

Dr. Melissa W. Wright of Pennsylvania State University will be presenting
her lecture; Feminicido, Narcoviolence, Gentrification: The Feminist Fight on Mexico’s Border.

Sponsored by The School of Geography and Development, The Center for Latin American Studies, The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and The Southwest Institute for Research on Women. This event is free of charge.

Scott Ainslie: Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series – Friday, March 15th

On March 15, at 7:00 p.m. acoustic blues master and songwriter Scott Ainslie will return to the stage at the Javarita Coffeehouse at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita AZ (17750 S. La Cañada).

Dubbed the “coffeehouse with a conscience.” The Javarita Coffeehouse Concert Series provides first rate acoustic, roots music, while also educating and informing our performers about the situation and struggles of the Borderlands and the Southwest desert.

Ainslie has been carried to Arizona by a song – “The Land That I Love” ­– that he penned after hearing the story produced by public radio station KUAT about Grecia Cruz, a Mexican migrant who was lost on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in June of 2007.

Spurred not only to write the song, but to travel to southern Arizona to work with The Greenvalley-Sahuarita Samaritans, Ainslie met Samaritan co-founders Rev. Randy Mayer and Shura Wallin at an eastern music and arts camp with a conscience, Common Ground On The Hill. “The Land That I Love” has been released on “Border Songs” the new benefit compilation CD for the Arizona humanitarian group No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes

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