Starting in September, the KBI has merged our English and Spanish Facebook pages; like and follow our page for the most recent KBI updates. Also, stream our upcoming live conversation about the border; check out a recent discussion on migrant advocacy; read an essay on border issues by a Leadership Days student; and learn about the KBI’s recent immersions, staff retreat, and board meeting.
- Facebook Page in English and Spanish: The Kino Border Initiative has merged its English and Spanish Facebook pages (the Spanish page formerly named for the KBI’s Mexican office, Iniciativa Kino para la Frontera). Posts will now appear in both languages, to serve our supporters in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Please follow us, and get the most recent updates about KBI activities and events as well as immigration and border news at: https://www.facebook.com/Kino.Border.lnitiative/.
- KBI Live in Conversation: Join the KBI and the Ignatian Solidarity Network for this year’s second live conversation on Facebook, entitled “Witness from the Border.” This live event on Thursday, September 29, will feature KBI Director of Education and Advocacy Joanna Williams, and begin at 12:00 noon PST. Stream it at: https://www.facebook.com/IgnatianSolidarity .
- KBI Advocacy in Mexico: Marla Conrad, the KBI’s advocacy coordinator in Mexico, participated in a discussion at ITESO, the Jesuit university in Guadalajara, along with Father José Luis González S.J., who works with migrants at the Mexico’s southern border. The interview addressed the issue of how migrants become commodities in a system that prioritizes money over humanity, and offered suggestions of how Mexican residents can accompany and support migrants. The interview is available here, in Spanish: https://magis.iteso.mx/content/el-capitalismo-convierte-las-personas-en-mercanc%C3%Adas. To translate into English, Google offers a translation service: https://translate.google.com.
- KBI Immersion Student Wins Writing Contest: As the winner of The Nation’s Student Writing Contest in the high school category, Claire Devine answered the question, “What is the most important issue of your generation?” with an essay entitled “Toxic Borders and the Struggle for Human Rights,” published in the August 4 issue of the magazine. Claire, a Jesuit High School student in Portland, Oregon, participated in a week-long KBI immersion as well as this summer’s Kino Teens’ Leadership Days, and we can see those experiences reflected in her grasp of migrant rights and the urgent issues at the border. Congratulations, Claire, and thank you for your perspective! Read Claire’s essay here: https://www.thenation.com/article/toxic-borders-and-the-struggle-for-human-rights/.
- KBI Staff Retreat and Board Meeting: KBI staff convened for their bi-annual retreat on Monday, August 28, to discuss the KBI’s current context and planned next steps and to pray about Pope Francis’ statement for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees (available here: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa-francesco_20170815_world-migrants-day-2018.html ). Board members met on Thursday, September 7, when Father Sean offered a presentation on his MBA program with Georgetown University and ESADE and the board voted on a new slate of officers for 2018.
- Immersion Experiences: This past month, the KBI hosted two immersion groups, both comprised of midwestern high school students traveling to the border to learn firsthand about the migrant experience.
|Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|St. Xavier High School
|7 participants||6 days|
|Loyola High School
Los Angeles, CA
|8 participants||4 days|