The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights.”
“WHAT’S ‘NO MORE DEATHS’?”
“No More Deaths (No Más Muertes) maintains a year-round humanitarian presence in the deserts of southwestern Arizona. We work in the remote corridors into which migration has been pushed, where people are walking 30 to 80 miles. Volunteers hike the trails and leave water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies. Under the direction of our medical team, volunteers provide emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.”
More on NMM here.
“WHAT’S A VARIETY SHOW?”
“HOW’S THIS ROLLING OUT?”
Kicking things off is a speaker from NMM, discussing the organization/their needs followed by an open mic + featured performers. We ask open mic attendants to limit their sets to ~3 minutes, or one piece. If it’s a haiku you read, that’s your poem.
Open mic sign ups start @ 6:30pm.
Our beautiful 🔥 features are Alana Maria speaking on NMM, their work & needs as group, + Yanara Friedland, a German-American writer, author of”Uncountry : A Mythology” (Noemi Press), translator, & teacher at the UofA Poetry Center, + Wren Awry, the founding editor of Tiny Donkey, teacher at the UofA Poetry Center, & NMM volunteer, + Lando Chill, local hip-hop artist & poet signed to Mello Music Group.
It’s going to be a hell of a gathering ❤
“HOW’S THIS BENEFITING NMM?”
Entrance is donation-based to maintain economic accessibility ($5 recommended donation) for all voices to be able to attend. All $$ goes to NMM.
Vegan/vegetarian plates are available at $3 a pop. Sculpture + pottery + paintings + photo prints + artist merch are vended to benefit NMM (% set by artists).
Our traveling bookstore Books & Shovels will also be vending its usual wares + anti-fascist/know-your-rights zines.
“HOW’D THIS START?”
This show was intended for December 16th in correspondence w/ the International Day of Poetry Benefit Shows that occurred across the United States & Canada, organized by poet Elijah Pearson, to show solidarity w/ migrants + human rights.
Circumstance worked against us, & to best provide space + effectively fundraise, we pushed Tucson’s event back to January 15th.
“WHAT’S THE BENEFIT GOAL?”
Our goal is $200–or a ~week’s worth of water drops.
That’s our bare minimum goal to raise thru bringing together an eclectic mix of artistic expression thru both the performance space + displaying art for sale.
If you’re in the position to donate at the door, again, the suggested amount is $5.
If you’re able to donate more–donate more.
If you can’t make it out, you can donate online.