Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 9, 2012

Indigenous Alliance without Borders: Youth Border Action Festival and Teach-In

Saturday, November 17th 10am to 8pm
John Valenzuela Youth Center 1550 S. 6th Ave. South Tucson, AZ


Jose Matus





TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders will be holding it’s first annual Youth Gathering in commemoration and celebration of November Native American Heritage Month. The purpose is to bring together youth and elders to share, unite and learn, to identify the different indigenous peoples, neighbors and territories, and to share information on history, culture, music traditional/contemporary and come together as one.

This community event is to bring together youth from the Tohono O'Odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Akilmel O'Odham Tribe, Chicanos and elders from each respective indigenous communities to share, to teach and promote respect for being indigenous, for our indigenous ways, beliefs and traditions. This event will empower and motivate youth to stand up for our Indigenous rights and human rights.

Festival to include: Poetry Slam, Storytelling, Contemporary Music, Live Graffiti Display

Performances by: Shinning Soul (Phoenix New Times Best Anti-SB 1070 Hip-Hop Group - 2012 for song “Papers”), DJ Alias with Progreso, The MEZ , TOP NAX and Poet Raul Alcaraz

Teach – In workshop topics to include: Indigenous History, Culture, Traditions, Rites of Passage, Indigenous Rights, Immigrant Right, Arizona State SB1070 and HB 2281- Radio as a Tool for Community Social Change, and Border Injustice.

Presenters to include: MECha, UNIDOS, Hiaki High School, TYLO, elders and traditional teachers from the Tohono O’Odham Nation, Chicano Community, Dulce Juarez Immigrants’ Rights Project Coordinator of ACLU of Arizona, Mary Rojas, Maestra Cobb; Brenda Robertson, Akimel O’odham; Tony Collins, Salt River Indian Community, Simon Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo; Rosemary Tona-Aguirre, Pascua Yaqui; Joseph Joaquin, Tohono O’odham; Raquel Rubio Goldsmith, Mexican American, and Francisco Flores.

If you would like more information, please contact Jose Matus at 520-979-2125 or email at

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