¡BASTA! Border Activist Summit Oct. 13-14 at UTEP

Rio Grande Digital

A two-day conference, Border Activist Summit for Teaching and Action —  ¡BASTA!, will examine the effects of U.S. policy in Mexico and in the so-called “drug war.”

¡BASTA! is a student-led, student-oriented conference that will explore the effects of US policy in Mexico, organizers said.

The conference — free and open to the public — features national-level speakers alongside local activists and academics in a dynamic two-day agenda that includes panel discussions, art and cultural events and a student-activist training, according to the event announcement.

The conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13 and 14. A special kickoff event with presentations by authors John Gibler and Diego Osorno will be  from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Some of the topics and events include Plan Mérida, asylum and immigration, drugs and guns, Chihuahua state before and after the “drug war,” and student presentations.

Agenda website: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=70280

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Rubin Center Auditorium

6 – 8 p.m. — Stories from the Binational “War on Drugs”
John Gibler, author of To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War and
Mexico Unconquered
Diego Osorno, author of El Cartel de Sinaloa and Nosotros Somos Los Culpables

Thursday, Oct. 13

El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center (UTEP campus across from Library) except as noted

8:30 a.m. — Breakfast / News conference

9 – 10:20 p.m. — Why Should I Care? Laura Carlsen/Americas Program

Carmen Morales, mother of UACJ student

10:30 – 11:50 p.m. — Plan Mérida, John Lindsay, Poland/Fellowship of Reconciliation
Oscar Enríquez, Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte

1 – 1:30 p.m. — Impacts on Chihuahua Victor Quintana/former Chihuahua State Legislator

1:30 – 2:50 p.m. — Asylum and Immigration – Rubén García/Annunciation House (US asylum)
Joe Heyman/UTEP (US border militarization)

3 – 4:50 p.m. — Drugs and Guns, Adam Isacson/Washington Office on Latin America (drugs)
Colin Goddard/Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence (weapons)
Howard Campbell/UTEP, author of Drug War Zone (drugs)

6 p.m. — Reception for Art Exhibition in Glass Gallery

Friday, Oct. 14

El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center (UTEP campus across from Library) except as noted

8-9:50 a.m. — Student Panel: UTEP student papers concerning the violence in Mexico and policy responses

10-11:50 a.m. — Legislative/Policy Panel- Richard Wiles, Beto O’Rourke, Susie Byrd

12-1:30 p.m. — Union Breezeway – cultural activities and student speakers
Dance performance, drum circle (Echoes in the Park), student organizations

1:30 – 4 p.m. — Making a Difference: Student Engagement Training- free admission to a hands-on workshop, John Lindsay-Poland/Fellowship of Reconciliation and Joe Heyman/UTEP, co-facilitators.

List of sponsors:

Student Organizations
Miners Without Borders
Amnesty International – UTEP Chapter
MEChA – Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán
MASS – Mexican American Student Society
Texas Freedom Network Student
Students For Awareness and Community Service (SFACS)
Anthropology Association
Peace and Justice Sin Fronteras
CAUSA – Cultural Artists United for Social Action

University Organizations and Funds:

Global Public Policy Forum on the War on Drugs
Hispanic Heritage Month
College of Liberal Arts
College of Engineering
Department of Art
Department of English
Department of Languages and Linguistics
Department of Philosophy
Department of Social Work
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Center for Interamerican and Border Studies
Humanities Program
Chicano Studies Program
Rubin Center

Other Organizations:

Global Exchange
La Semilla Food Center

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