Peace Works Travel Blog

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

U.S.-Mexico Border Dispatches: What Can We Learn as Educators?

People-to-People Connections with a Migrant Woman in Tijuana “Siempre quise estudiar.” I always wanted to study, my friend K. tells me. Such a simple desire resonates with me as a teacher and as a learner. Yet it originates from a human being who finds her circumstances in stark contrast to that earnest wish against a complicated backdrop of disruptive, violent… [Read Full Article]
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

What's Happening on the U.S. - Mexico Border?

"The situation at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry has been chaotic and confusing in recent days. And reactions from the American public suggest that photos and footage from the scene serve as a sort of Rorschach test. On Sunday, for instance, U.S. agents closed a major border crossing and fired tear gas at migrants attempting to cross into… [Read Full Article]
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Crossing Borders: On The Record

November 2018 'Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility and understanding. – Alice Walker.   It’s been a week since we returned from our Veteran’s Day Crossing Border’s Program. I’m still stunned. By the open curiosity in our students’ faces. Their willingness to explore a… [Read Full Article]
Tuesday, October 23th, 2018

Partner Highlight: Al Otro Lado

On a recent Peace Works trip to Tijuana, a group of teachers met with Al Otro Lado to learn about their work with migrants, specifically on issues of family separation. They do much more than document human rights violations on behalf of asylum-seekers and provide direct legal services in a range of areas such as family law, labor law, criminal… [Read Full Article]
Friday, October 12th, 2018

Building Bridges - Border Crossing Musings

Educational Discoveries—if authentic—are intrinsically eternal. The questions we put in motion for ourselves, and then repurpose for our students may become a lifetime habit of inquiry. What do I know and how do I continuously build upon that foundation? I revise and reject incomplete information. I check my gut for bias. It begins with a willingness to conduct the laborious… [Read Full Article]