News from the Road

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Friendship Park, San Diego

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

June 14, 2013

Friday morning we awoke to the news that the bus had a flat tire. Fortunately, we were staying at the University of San Diego, and were able to borrow two vans to get us to Friendship Park on time. Since the road to the park was narrow and somewhat rocky in spots we realized that the flat tire was a bit of a blessing.

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Mecca

Written by Sister Marge Clark, BVM

June 13, 2013

Mecca, California! The date capital of the Western World. Unfortunately, the dates are not yet ripe. But the farmworkers are busy with grapes and okra.

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Our Evening in Phoenix

Written by: Sister Pat Murphy, RSM

June 12, 2013

Our evening session was held in Phoenix in the auditorium at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. It was announced in the beginning that the venue was changed because of the number of responses. The auditorium held 200 people and every seat was filled.

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Lobby Visits to Senator Flake's and Senator McCain's Offices

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ (Sen. Flake's office) and Sister Gail Young, SSS (Sen. McCain's office)

June 12, 2013

Senator Flake's Office: Upon arriving in Phoenix, three of the "nuns on the bus" were joined by local sisters and others for a lobby visit with Senator Flake's staff. There were a dozen or so in the delegation and although the visit was an extremely brief one, there was opportunity to highlight many reasons why comprehensive immigration reform needs to be enacted now, this summer.

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Nogales Visit on the Border

Written by Sister Mary Ellen Lacy, DC

June 12, 2013

We arrived early to meet the folks waiting for us in Nogales on the border. The mayor of U.S. Nogales greeted us, but the mayor of Mexican Nogales was held up in border-crossing traffic. The mayor told us about the dire sufferings of family separation and discrimination at the border. On the day prior to our arrival, young DREAMers had come to touch, embrace and kiss their mothers through the fence.

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Our Visit to the Pascua Yaqui Reservation

Written by: Sister JoAnn Persch, RSM

June 11, 2013

The gathering at the reservation near Tucson, AZ was held in a new auditorium, and the crowd was so large that there was standing room only. The meeting was a chaired by a staff member of Congressman Raul M. Grijalva. He welcomed the group and then invited the tribal council to greet the Nuns on the Bus and offer a prayer.

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Visit to Office of Congressman Pearce in Las Cruces

Written by: Sister Marge Clark, BVM

June 11, 2013

Thirteen NETWORK Nuns on the Bus, Driving for Faith, Family and Citizenship visited with Peter Ibarro, Chief of Staff in the Las Cruces, NM office of Congressman Pearce to share ideas on comprehensive immigration reform.

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Annunciation House Lives a Gospel Spirit!

Written by Sr. Gail Young, SSS

June 11, 2013

As the Sisters and I reflected on the reading of Joel this morning during our prayer time, the words that stood out for me were “Be not afraid” and “God is among you” because they bring a deep comfort to me as we lift up the work of the people who are on the frontlines and bring attention to the stories we will hear today. All throughout the day, these words were with me.

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Stories from El Paso, Texas

Written by: Sister Pat Murphy, RSM

June 10, 2013

The warm temperature of El Paso could not compare to the warm welcome we received on this beautiful day in June. Initially, we were greeted by religious and lay women of the area with signs, applause and many hugs. I saw some faces I knew, and many women who knew people from Chicago connected to our advocacy work for immigration reform.

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Lamar Bruni Vergara Education Center in Laredo, Texas

Written by: Sister Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ

June 10, 2013

Upon arriving at 8:30 a.m. at this beautiful center, we were once again warmly welcomed by our Laredo brothers and sisters. We felt honored and delighted to learn that June 10, 2013 was proclaimed ‘Nuns on the Bus Immigration Reform Day in Laredo, Texas” by both the City of Laredo and Webb County.

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