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!

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 http://www.phparivaca.org.  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 contact@guamap.net or call (520) 623-6620

Online tax-exempt donation through PayPal, www.guamap.net


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.