The first recipient of the Avila in Action grant, Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership, is in collaboration with a coalition of Latinx Catholic leaders and allies to embark on a pilgrimage to El Paso for a national teach-in and public action in El Paso, Texas, from October 11-13, 2019. These efforts were born among diverse leaders originally gathered to respond to the abhorrent conditions in the detention centers and the inhumane practice of family separation. The recent targeting and massacre of 22 Latinx people in the border community of El Paso brought to public attention the racism and hatred that still pulse through American life. This manifests in deadly white supremacy, in the dehumanization of migrant families at the border and throughout the country, and in a dangerous politics of exclusion and fear.
The teach-in, which will take place throughout the weekend in collaboration with HOPE Border Institute, will include workshops, trainings, and strategizing sessions. We must overcome hate with love and a renewed commitment to justice. Everyone who is called is welcome to join us.
If you are interested in making the pilgrimage and need financial assistance, please reach out to Tarah at email@example.com. We will support you while funds are available.
St. Teresa would like to raise $1,000 to support those who are called to embark on this pilgrimage of solidarity. We invite you to be one of 100 parishioners giving $10 each. You can make a donation on St. Teresa’s Give Central or via check (with “El Paso Pilgrimage” in the memo).