I watched Obama's speech describing his executive order on immigration with a group of people who gathered at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church where Francisco Perez Cordova has been in sanctuary for the past few months. Obama's executive action means that Francisco will able to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation, though it's not clear exactly when he'll be able to leave the church.
After Obama finished, Pastor Jim Wiltbank talked to the people gathered there with Francisco at his side.
"Sixty days ago," he said, talking to Francisco, "we stood here in this place. We struggled with the question, what do we do now? We didn't know how long it would be. Now we know. We don't know the exact date, but we know the process. President Obama said you get to stay."
When the applause died down, Francisco managed a tearful, "Thank you."
Francisco’s wife and children were there as well. "We are so thankful that their father gets to stay here with his family,” Wiltbank continued, “and together, we get to change the United States."
"A lot of work went into making this day happen," he said, addressing those who helped with the sanctuary process. "Your letters, your calls, your being with Francisco, all of your love has made this happen. Let us continue loving this family and continue loving all those who others don't yet qualify, who are left out of this action. Let's continue to work."
Yes, good people at the Humane Society have sent us another photo of an adorable adoptable cat that you won't look at without saying something like, "Awww," or "Cuuuuute." His name is Cisco, #793202, a seven-year-old domestic long hair male.
As the Humane Society’s feline greeter, Cisco will always introduce himself with a slow blink and a gracious headbump. This handsome gentleman loves being close to people and will snuggle to his heart’s content. Once you meet Cisco, it’s easy to see why he has absolutely everyone at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona smitten. He’s outgoing, unshakably calm and so endearing. Cisco is declawed, accustomed to living with other animals and happy to spend his evenings curled up by your side. If you could give this warm, wonderful boy a loving forever home, please get to know sweet Cisco today!
***As part of the Humane Society’s Petacular Pumpkin Patch promotion, Cisco has a $31 adoption fee through October!
Knowing some of the challenges families with kids with special needs go through, here's a new PSA for Linkages, an organization that makes employment a possibility for people of varying disabilities. In the heartfelt video, Tucsonan Maricela Martinez-Whitmore talks about her son, Bradley, and how wonderful it is for him to have a job he loves. Something we can all understand.
Linkages' 7th annual Building Bridges Awards Luncheon is Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Tickets are $60 each. The luncheon recognizes the employer of the year, individual of the year, project of the year, and job developer of the year.
For more info on the luncheon, email email@example.com or call 209-2656.
The Hotel Congress lobby is hosting a powerful exhibition of photos by Jon Linton who aims to bring a bit of humanity to how we perceive those living on the streets:
From the press release:
In 2007, Jon Linton volunteered at a shelter to better understand the plight of those without a door to walk through at day’s end. He then began gathering imagery to document the homeless. Years of work have recently given rise to a large social media following, several exhibitions and a book entitled, I Have a Name. Mr. Linton still works actively in outreach and continues to collect stories and images from folks on the street
“One of the most poignant moments of this project came at the Project's inception. I asked the first man I had a conversation with his name, his reply put us both in tears, 'You have no idea how long it has been since someone has cared to ask me who I am ’, he said. The project became 'I Have a Name' in that
instant, said Jon Linton, photographer, creator and founder of IHAN.
The exhibition runs through November 10, with an artist reception scheduled for October 11. See more of the photos on the project's Instagram page.
ALLY (Arizona Life Links for Youth), Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and the University of Arizona Museum of Art have come together to create a community and museum-based program called Mapping Q, for queer youth. The program will work with youth to investigate how symbols, signs and art can be used to express ideas of oppression and freedom for queer youth. Transportation provided to the UA when needed and incentives are available for youth who complete the event series.
*Learn how to care for yourself and your community through challenging times,
*how to talk to someone considering suicide,
*expand your knowledge about LGBTQ communities,
*learn how art and symbols influence our perspectives
What youth in the project will do with what they learn is map an art project that conveys the ideal community for them as Tucson queer youth and where they find needed support. The final session will be an exhibit of their artwork at the UA Museum of Art.
First session is next Wednesday, Oct. 8 and it continues through Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Eon Youth Lounge at SAAF, 375 South Euclid Ave.
Saturday, August 30 at 11:00am / JUMANJI
Robin Williams stars alongside a young Kirsten Dunst in this thrill-a-minute adaptation of the award-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children who have discovered the magical game. Now a grown man, Alan (Williams) is forced to play the game again, only this time, the game sets the rampaging creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Alan reunites with the now-adult Sarah (Bonnie Hunt), and together with the youngsters Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), he must try to outwit the game's powerful forces and get the animals back in the box before they cause untold mayhem! An imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with thrills, chills and Robin Williams’ patented brand of comedic antics, Jumaji is a treat for kids of all ages! (Dir. by Joe Johnston, 1995, USA, 104 mins., Rated PG) Digital
This decades-old series features readings by well-known Tucson writers and an open mic for poets, performance artists… More