Friday, February 27, 2009

Communion through the Border Wall at San Diego's Friendship Park March 1

The Friends of Friendship Park coalition will return to the park this Sunday afternoon and once again seek to celebrate communion with friends in Tijuana.

We will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the entrance to Border Field State Park. Take Hwy 5 South, exit Dairy Mart Road, turn right and follow the winding road west to the park entrance. Wear boots for hiking and bring documents verifying residence in the United States. I hope you can join us.

Thank you all for your nonviolent response to the extreme conditions of our event last Saturday, February 21. To read an account of my experience last Saturday, see this blog post at Sojourners on-line.

There are several things you can do to support the effort, even if you are unable to participate on Sunday:

1) You can send a letter on-line to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano – be sure to mention “Friendship Park” when you personalize your letter.

2) You can donate now to support the costs of our events at the Park – be sure to indicate “Friendship Park” in the “dedication” line.


John Fanestil

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Save Friendship Park from the Border Wall Feb. 21

Thursday, Feb. 19

6 p.m. Community Forum
Location: San Diego City College, A-103
Contact:Pedro Rios

We call for a halt to all construction on the U.S.-Mexico border, pending public review, and for a re-design of Friendship Park to ensure continuing public access.

Saturday, Feb. 21
Save Friendship Park

11 a.m. Gathering

at entrance to Border Field State Park (directions below)

11:30 Hike to Friendship Park

12:15 Program (contact)
Bi-National Choir

Bi-National Communion

Bi-National Garden

Carpooling encouraged. Documents may
be required.

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 5 South, exit Dairy Mart Road, turn right (West) and follow winding road to park entrance.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Stop the Wall Event in El Paso 21 Feb

  • Meet at Sunland Park and Anapra
  • Sunday February 21, 2009
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Two purposes:

One is to show solidarity with the CompaƱeras and CompaƱeros from San Diego's Friendship Park. Just like Rio Bosque was crudely appropriated by the DHS, San Diego's Friendship Park has been under attack by the construction of the Border Wall. The Friendship Park has been a historical site for gatherings among residents of both countries. Family and friends have used this "public" area to exchange kisses, tamales and news through small gaps in the tattered chain-link fence. Now the Border Patrol and the DHS will slice trough the park, limiting access. U.S Customs and Border Patrol have begun demolishing the Pak and intend to eliminate all public access.

The second purpose is to continue with the ¡YA BASTA! --- TOD@S CONTRA EL MURO campaign. The campaign is still focused to stop and bring down the wall. During the Peace and Unity Walk from Ft. Hancock to Sunland Park we committed to go back to the communities that received us and report back as to what has been done and listen to their proposals. The idea is to strengthen our border communities under a same cause.

This is what we propose to do:

  • Meet at Sunland Park and Anapra
  • Sunday February 21, 2009
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM