Grannies Respond caravans will arrive in McAllen, Texas, on August 6th for 24 hours of action and service. You’ve been so patient as we've planned. A lot of factors complicate the planning of such an effort, namely the always-changing challenges on the ground and the growing scale of this movement.
That’s why we’ve had a team on the ground including members of the Angry Tias & Abuelas and the Veteran Service Corps putting things together for us – building relationships, obtaining permits, learning from local groups about how us grannies and grampies can truly make a difference.
After arriving in McAllen, Texas, and checking in to your hotels, we will begin registering attendees in historic Archer Park at 2:30 PM. Archer Park will be the center of our activities. It is heavily shaded, has shaded parking, a pavilion, bathrooms and is close to the Renaissance Inn, ATMs, everything you need.
The 24-hour program will begin at 4pm with 9 guest speakers from the McAllen community to help acquaint you with McAllen and how it has been impacted by ever-shifting immigration policy.
We will then walk the Refugee Path. When ICE releases refugees, they must walk to Catholic Charities for a bath, a back pack, some soup, and support. They then walk to the bus station. You will walk in their foot steps. The walk is less than a mile and cooling stations will be waiting for you.
Upon returning to Archer Park, we’ll be treated to some great local music by Joe and Rosa, get some food and than we will have a twilight candlelight vigil.
For those of you who can’t sleep, you can join the all-night lasting vigil any time.
We will have a sunrise service at the Deported Veterans Memorial then break for breakfast.
You will then begin the volunteer service opportunity you signed up for at registration. The local needs are changing and under discussion now so we’ll wait a day or two to share more information on that.
Some volunteer opportunities may end earlier than others. In that case, grannies will get a car tour of the important facilities in the areas like border patrol processing centers.
The 24 hours of action will end with all the grannies convening for a panel discussion in which we’ll hear from local aid groups about how we can continue to support their hard work after we return to our own communities all around the country.
Detailed info about dealing with the heat, respecting the local community, history and other info about McAllen, and more will be shared soon.
We have negotiated group discounts at these hotels. We recommend the Case de Palmas Renaissance McAllen Hotel because of it's proximity to Archer Park.
We are negotiating specials and extended hours with bars and restaurants. More information to follow.