Waste Not: A Border Report from the Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona
By Peg Bowden, for www.arroya.org View from the Tucson Courthouse A few weeks ago I had my day in court. I witnessed “Operation Streamline”, the court system that speeds up “due process” for the thousands of immigrants who have...
- Posted 415 days ago
Why do people make pilgrimages across the desert? To find love, of course.
making the pilgrimage: why do people make dangerous crossings through the desert going north, going south? To reunite with famlies. A drive more ancient than modern day political distinctions. The Mexicans going in...
- Posted 438 days ago
Loaves and Fishes At The Comedor: Border Report from Peg Bowden
So many things I encounter at the comedor in Nogales, Sonora, remind me of Bible stories. Today is no exception. As the Samaritans approach the humble comedor shelter, there is a large crowd assembled in front. One...
- Posted 460 days ago
Border Wars between Mexico and the U.S. are documented by French Film Makers at the Comedor in Nogales. Wars? Really?
Is there a war at the border between Arizona and Mexico? Ask French film makers working on a documentary at the Comedor in Nogales as they explain to our own Peg Bowden about the war they...
- Posted 475 days ago
What a Good Breakfast Will Do: Dancing at The Comedor
When I was a child growing up on Chicago’s South Side I attended the local Baptist church. My earliest memory of Sunday School was memorizing the 100th Psalm: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord -...
- Posted 490 days ago
Hope in the New Year: The Pilgrims on their journey searching for a better life
And on the long walk back to the U.S. Border and my warm, safe life in Arizona, I wonder what it would take for me to travel thousands of miles with a child on trains, on foot,...
- Posted 496 days ago
Cocido Warms the Migrants at the Comedor. Yes! Try it. You’ll like it.
Cocido is as common in Mexico as Canned Soup is in the US. And it tastes a whole lot better and is certainly better for you. Simmering fresh vegetables in broth with meat is just light...
- Posted 506 days ago
When Santa Comes to the Border. That’s Ms. Santa to you.
It is the Christmas season, and our high-spirited Samaritan group packs the van to the hilt with warm clothing, new socks, and backpacks, all donated from Arizona friends and neighbors. One of the bags of donated clothing...
- Posted 512 days ago
The Christmas Miracle — Comes to the Border
The place is bedlam. The comedor in Nogales, Sonora, is packed with travelers from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chiapas and Oaxaca, all draped in colorful ponchos and backpacks. It is December, and the temperature at our ranch...
- Posted 529 days ago
Christianity at Work: The Real Work at the Comedor in Nogales where Everyday is for Thanksgiving
The people who run the comedor/shelter in Nogales, Sonora are Jesuit priests. Their organization for this outreach is the Kino Border Initiative. They don’t look like the priests in the movies. Dressed in jeans and hoodies during...
- Posted 548 days ago