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Winter 2024: Virtual Intro to Immigration 

Winter Training Series

Workshop for Justice

Save the Dates: January 12-15, 2024

A Gathering of Witnesses for Reflection - Connection - Action

Whether you participated in Journey for Justice in 2022, followed the caravan remotely, or are new to Witness at the Border: 


What: Witness at the Border Workshop for Justice: A gathering of witnesses for reflection - connection - action

When: January 12 - 15, 2024

Where: Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center, Ajo, Arizona
            To reserve a room call (520) 373-0804 10am-8pm (Mountain Time)
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Purpose: The Workshop for Justice will build on #Journey4Justice2022 by inviting witnesses across the nation and beyond to gather together at our southern border to reflect on where we have been; to think critically about where we are now; to investigate the implications of new immigration policies and other challenges to our movement; and to imagine where we go from here. With input from our members and border partners, we intend to plan a weekend of conversation, education, service and action.

Agenda: (Details to be provided at a later date. )
• Friday, January 12 - Optional pre-conference day (field trip, volunteer, connect with others)
  Evening Opening Reception/Dinner
• Saturday, January 13 -  Informational sessions by guest presenters
• Sunday, January 14 -Breakout sessions and roundtable strategy groups
    Farewell Dinner
• Monday, January 15 (MLK Day) - Opportunities for action / volunteering


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The Witness project began in Tornillo TX in 2018 in response to the family separation crisis at the US/Mexico border. We witnessed and helped close down child detention facilities in Tornillo and then Homestead FL in 2019. In January 2020, we began our 65-day long vigil in Brownsville TX to #EndMPP. We now track ICE Air flights, which began with watching at the Brownsville airport. We chronicle expulsions, deportations, and prisoner transfers in Death Flights, and post other witnessing activity in Bearing Witness, as we continue the “subversive act of seeing.” 

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October 2023: Building Bridges of Hope - Construyendo Puentes de Esperanza

Grannies Respond plans journey to the Texas border

Join Grannies RespondAbuelas Responden as we journey to Texas to build bridges of hope for asylum seekers with our border partners.

When: We will arrive in Brownsville on Oct. 13, and will schedule activities from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18 in Brownsville, and possibly in McAllen. 

For those interested in adding to your journey, Little Amal will be in San Antonio on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet, has become a global symbol of human and refugee rights.

Our goal: To connect with our border partners, witness what is happening at the border, and welcome asylum seekers with dignity and respect.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us, and complete the following form for planning purposes.


It is the mission of Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden Inc. to provide and elicit compassionate and respectful support for asylum seekers and immigrants who are seeking safety and security in the United States.

Ashfield, MA: Pixie Holbrook

Philadelphia, PA: Sue-Ann Divito

Philadelphia, PA: Margo Villanova

Pittsburgh, PA: Jo Schlesinger: 


                       I'VE GOT THE MUSIC 

           IN ME 


for the benefit of 



SEPTEMBER 8, 2023 

6-8:30 PM 

                                                                              Croton Reservoir Tavern 

108 W. 40th Street, NYC 

We'll have music and games, light dinner fare, beer and wine, with silent auction and several 

raffles of great prizes

Join us and help support Team TLC NYC's important efforts to provide clothing and necessities to NYC's asylum seekers

Tickets $100 


additional info: 917 622 3680 

                                             Team TLCNYC

                                         is a program of Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden 


May 2023: Amnesty Mid-Hudson Fundraiser

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023 AT 6:30 PM

Amnesty Mid-Hudson Fundraiser: Live Music, Film, Panel, Silent Auction

Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St, Rosendale, NY 12472

Join us on Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30pm for Live African Music by Amadou Diallo & Family, Silent Auction, Film "From Beacon to the Border" with Filmmaker Andrea DeGeorge Garbarini, and a Panel Discussion with Speakers from Grannies Respond, For the Many, Ulster Immigrant Defense Network, Worker Justice Center, and Amnesty International Mid-Hudson. Panelists include Valerie Carlisle, Diana Lopez, Father Frank Alagna, and Renan Salgado. The fundraiser will benefit local organizations serving our immigrant communities. Suggested donation $10-$20 or more.

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December 2022: Journey for Justice

 Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden has partnered with Witness at the Border and many other organizations to participate in Journey for Justice, a 2,200-mile border pilgrimage from Brownsville, Texas, to San Ysidro, California, December 2-18, 2022.

     You are invited to join the caravan for all or part of the journey to honor the lives of migrants who have suffered and those who have died at the U.S.-Mexico border, to celebrate the tireless work of borderlands communities of welcome, and to call for change in immigration policies.

   We will set off on our Journey on December 2, 2022, in Brownsville, Texas, and end in San Diego, California, on December 18, 2022.

   We travel in honor and remembrance of the lives of all migrants and asylum seekers who have suffered and even perished at the US-Mexico border. * We travel in the spirit of the holiday season and in the Mexican tradition of pidiendo posada, seeking shelter among strangers. * We travel to elevate and celebrate the tireless and incredible work of our borderlands communities of welcome. * We travel to raise consciousness about the need for change in our immigration policies. * We travel by caravan at our own expense and welcome any invitations for refugees.

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 Courts and Ports 

Courts & Ports is a 2-day immersion experience designed to build understanding of the many challenges facing migrants and public servants at the Texas-Mexico border. The project builds on work Texas Impact has been doing for years with faith communities across the state in building bridges between direct action and policy advocacy. Bearing witness to the current situation on the border helps equip people of faith from across Texas for potent advocacy for just immigration policies. Through interactions with policy experts; law enforcement officials; volunteers; and asylum seekers, participants gain perspective on the unique constellation of policy, logistical, and humanitarian issues in play.