Register for the Skills Training Pre-Encuentro
of the Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico Project

Thursday, November 15
Nogales, Arizona

(Español aquí.)
Build your skills, meet other amazing activists from Mexico and the United States, and get involved in actions to stop the deadly gun trade from the United States to Mexico. Workshops will be led by Mexican and U.S. human rights defenders, migrant leaders, researchers, and advocates and build our capacity to work with media, advocate for policy change, conduct research, engage in effective cross-border activism, and more. We will have the opportunity to apply some of those skills right away during the Border Encuentro, which immediately follows the training day, November 16-18, organized by School of Americas Watch.

The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Americana Hotel in Nogales, AZ, and go until 6:00 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no fee to participate in the training, but registration is required.  This registration is for Thurs. Nov. 15 only. (To register for the rest of the Border Encuentro, sign up here.)

Yes! I am signing up for a full day of skills workshops on Thursday, November 15.

Workshops
The Training Day will include these interactive workshops with activists, migrant youth, advocates and journalists:

  • Routes of migration – story-telling workshop for people to share the stories of their families, selves, ancestors’ migration, what led them to leave their homes. (facilitated by 67 Sueños)
  • Effective media work – how to build relationships with journalists, be a reliable source, use our own media. (led by Laura Carlsen)
  • Researching the arms trade – interactive workshop, combining activist work to get understanding from impacted people with document and official source research. Practice in using existing online resources. Practice doing an interview. (led by Mexican Commission for Defense of Human Rights)
  • Legislative advocacy – U.S. policy on the gun trade impacting Mexico and Central America and on state gun laws, with role plays of meetings with Congressional staff, how to set up meetings, and more. (led by Latin America Working Group)
  • Making and using online interactive maps to learn and teach about U.S. militarism in Mexico. (led by John Lindsay-Poland)

Travel and Lodging information

The training day will be held in Nogales, Arizona, on the border with Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Nogales is a one-hour drive from Tucson, and three-hour drive from Phoenix. Find least expensive flights at kayak.com and southwest.com. Further travel information is available here.

Unless you are coming from nearby, please plan to arrive in Nogales by Wednesday evening, November 14.

Lodging recommendations in Nogales:
Americana Hotel, 639 N. Grande Ave. (where training will be held): (520) 287-7211
TIME Motel, 921 N. Grand Ave.: (520) 287-0702
Americas Best Value Inn, 850 W. Shell Rd: (877) 532-7924
El Dorado Inn Suites, 884 N. Grand Ave.: (520) 287-0101
Mariposa Hotel, 547 W. Mariposa Rd.: (520) 281-2242
Best Western, 750 W. Shell Rd.: (520) 375-6500
Holiday Inn, 850 W. Shell Rd.: (520) 281-0123
Candlewood Suites, 875. N. Frank Reed Rd.: (877) 532-7924

Stop U.S. Arms to Mexico is a project of Global Exchange.

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