Pensacola – Tucson Meet Up!

Mark Hainds at Milemarker 40, Sonoita, AZ
Mark Hainds at mile marker 40, Sonoita, AZ

Mark Hainds, whom many of you may know from the Downtown Market in Pensacola, completed the second leg of his journey to walk the entire U.S. – Mexico Border.

PBS Film La Frontera

Mark is writing a book about his experiences with migrants, people who live in communities along the borders; agencies and churches who are working to protect and support people crossing the border, and the landscape itself. Mark is a forester by profession so he notes watersheds, tree species, and the general condition of the lands that he walks.

My friend, Tom Greco, and I rendezvoused with Mark on Hwy 82 near Sonoita, AZ today as he completed this segment of his walk. Three hundred miles: El Paso to Sonoita.

See Mark’s Facebook Page for wonderful photos of the “wall” and the murals that various groups have created, and the big-hearted people who fed and housed him along the way.

Mark and Susan
Mark and Susan

 

Mark and Tom at Tucson International Airport - Homeward Bound!
Mark and Tom at Tucson International Airport – Homeward Bound!

Tucson is home to many strong border justice organizations. Check out these two:

Borderlinks

No More Deaths

Also, Tucson was the first Sanctuary City in the U.S. through the work of the Southside Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Program which is still instrumental in working for justice for people seeking asylum in the U.S.

Mark will return to Tucson in mid-April to complete the next segment of his border walk. We hope to support him again on the journey.

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