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Border Update 7-10-2024

One of the Border Justice movements that is becoming more visible in New Mexico is “Search and Rescue.” The group most familiar in our Silver City community is Battalion Search and Rescue led by James Holeman and his partner Abbey Carpenter. It’s why we ask for clean empty water bottles and jugs. I wanted to give them an opportunity to introduce themselves to you:
“The Battalion Search and Rescue (BSAR) is a non-emergency humanitarian search and rescue group that searches for migrants in distress or deceased, in the New Mexico and Arizona borderlands. In addition to our ongoing monthly searches, we have expanded our work to include auditing of previously reported human remain sites, providing person-to-person, cross-border water and medical supply handoffs, and direct in-person aid and support.
Support for this challenging work comes in many forms – financial, emotional, spiritual – and we are extremely grateful for all of the love and support from the extended Silver City UU family. All are welcome to join The Border Hub community on WhatsApp where border humanitarians connect, share articles, and where border aid schedules are posted. Follow this link:”
The Battalion Search and Rescue also provided vehicle and driver support to Grant County LGBTQIA+/PFLAG in this year’s Fourth of July parade. Photo mystery solved!! Thank you, James, Abbey and all your other volunteers.
And in other news:  A headline last week read — Judge rules against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in campaign against migrant shelters. Remember back in February when Annunciation House in El Paso was accused of “engaging in legal violations such as facilitating illegal entry to the United States, alien harboring, human smuggling, and operating a stash house.”? Even the Pope called it madness.
The court ruled that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had violated the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable government searches and seizures, in his targeting of Annunciation House, a network of nonprofit Catholic migrant shelters… “The record makes clear that it was a pretext to justify its harassment of Annunciation House employees and the persons seeking refuge,” wrote Judge Francisco Dominguez.
OUR NEXT COLLECTION IS WEDNESDAY, July17th, from 3:00 to 3:30.

Search and Rescue
 teams can still use clean, empty water bottles. And clean, empty gallon jugs if they have a screw-on top.


For our GoBags we need CRACKER PACKS, GRANOLA BARS, WELCH’S FRUIT SNACKS and small cans of VIENNA SAUSAGES…along with GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK BAGS to pack them in.

We collect donations on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, 3:00-3:30, at the UUFSC building, 3845 N Swan (not our mailing address) in Silver City. You can drive straight down on either side of our collection vehicles. We will get you unloaded and then you can drive out easily. If you are bringing any of the above GoBag items, please let the crew unloading your car know about them.

To contribute financially to go Border Justice Donation, or you can mail checks made out to UUFSC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City) with ‘Border’ in the memo line to UUFSC, PO Box 4034, Silver City, NM 88062

Thank you for your support ~Barbara Gabioud 


“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”   Cornel West