Please join us for the BorderLinks Women on theBorder event on Sunday, April 12 at 5:00pm at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 1300 North Greasewood Road, Tucson, AZ 85745.
BorderLinks is celebrating 27 years of providing educational programs that bring people to the US-Mexico border (and beyond), to listen, learn, and strategize for positive social change. Our annual Women on the Border event will honor Laurie Melrood, who exemplifies the mission and spirit of BorderLinks, and we are pleased to have the leadership ofLupe Castillo and Margo Cowan as honorary chairpersons of the 2015 Benefit Committee.
Laurie Melrood, this year’s Women on the Border awardee, received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is licensed with the State of Kansas. Her career with diverse children and families spans over 30 years. She was founding director ofthe KARE Family Center for relatives raising children, and served as adoptions examiner and CASA coordinator of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program at the Pima County Juvenile Court. Laurie participated in US sanctuary work in South Texas from 1982-1987, was a founding member of the Rio Grande Defense committee and coordinator of the Rio Grande Border Witness program, hosting scores of delegations from around the country. Laurie is currently a family services consultant to local immigrant support organizations, among other activities.
Lupe and Margo have been involved in civil rights and immigration struggles since the1960’s. Lupe Castillo has worked side by side with the Chicano Movement, el Concilio Manzo, Sanctuary Movement, Pueblo Por La Paz, BorderLands Theater, Derechos Humanos, Samaritans, No More Deaths, BorderLinks, and other organizing groups. Lupe also taught history and Chicano Studies at Pima Community College. Margo Cowan began her social activism in high school under the mentorship of Father Fowler at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, a center of civil rights activities. She was trained as an organizer by Cesar Chavez and worked with the farm worker movement organizing in the San Diego/Tijuana area. Since 1976, she has practiced law in defense of the undocumented community. Margo is a public defender, representing non-citizens charged with serious felonies. Margo and Lupe are married, and together have shared a love for justice.
The Reverend Alison J. Harrington will be our keynote speaker of the evening. Alison became Southside’s Pastor in January, 2009 bringing with her a passion for Christ and for social justice. In 2010 Alison was named one of Tucson’s 40 under 40, and in 2011 she was awarded the Beatitudes Society Brave Preacher Award. She was a Beatitudes Society Fellow in 2013-2014 and The Center for American Progress recently named her one of the 15 Faith Leaders to watch in 2015.