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La Lomita No Border Wall Festival procession - courtesy Scott Nicol

2007 La Lomita procession on the US IBWC levee


On August 12  religious leaders from different faiths will lead border residents and visitors from across the country in a sunrise procession in opposition to the proposed border wall that would slice through communities here in the Rio Grande Valley. The procession will set out at 7:00 am from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the border town of Mission, Texas and end at Historic La Lomita Mission, the still-active Catholic shrine that gave the town of Mission its name.  The Mission is located behind the levee on which the Trump administration wants to build the levee-border wall and so would be cut off from the rest of the United States, if the wall is built.

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La Lomita chapel with the US IBWC levee behind it, where the border wall would be built


Those who make the four-mile walk will be greeted with mariachi music.  Starting at 9:00 am on the mission grounds, speakers will address the social and environmental impacts inflicted by border walls, as well as the harms inflicted by the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies.  Afterwards we will enjoy a community picnic on the mission grounds.

The goal of this event is to present to the rest of the nation the reality of life on the border.  Border communities are some of the safest in the United States, and we reject border walls, the targeting of communities of color, and the militarization of our home.

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Shrine in the La Lomita chapel with prayers


Through the procession itself and through music, speeches and poetry, we will reaffirm the culture and history of the Rio Grande Valley and highlight the ways that our communities are connected to the river itself and to our neighbors in Mexico.  We’ll also call attention to the damage that Trump’s planned border walls would do, cutting off people’s homes, stripping farmers of their land, closing our parks, and devastating our ecologically sensitive wildlife refuges. Finally, we’ll remember the plight of migrants and refugees who are funneled by walls into remote areas where they are more likely to die from dehydration and exposure.

If you go:

Dawn Procession
Begins at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
620 N Dunlap Ave, Mission, TX
Arrive at 7:00 am
Important: bring water and sun protection
***Free ‘No Border Wall’ T-shirts to all marchers while supplies last***

Morning Rally
Begins at 9:00 am
La Lomita Mission and Park
See map
***Free food and drinks, activities for kids***

Sign up and invite friends on Facebook

Event Flyers to Distribute

Save the Mission flyer English

Save the Mission Flyer Spanish

Sponsors List

A Resource in Serving Equality
Accion de Gracia Inmigracion
Action South Texas
Awesome Women in Action
Call to Action
Center for Biological Diversity
Chimney Park Resort
Church World Service
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Daughters of Charity of the U.S.A
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Guardians-Rio Grande Valley
Earth Justice
Environmental Awareness Club at UTRGV
Friends of Estero Llano Grande State Park
Friends of Friendship Park
Friends of the Wildlife Corridor
Frontera Audubon
Fuerza del Valle Workers Center
Governing Foundation
Harlingen PFLAG
Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Hidalgo County Young Democrats
Hope Border Institute/Instituto Fronterizo Esperanza
Interfaith Welcome Coalition of San Antonio
La Union del Pueblo Entero
McAllen American Federation of Teachers
Mennonite Central Committee
Mi Familia Vota
Migrant Rights Collective of Houston
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Association of Social Workers
National Butterfly Center
National Council of Jewish Women
North American Butterfly Association
Northern Jaguar Project
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
People for Peace and Justice
Proyecto Azteca
Rio Grande Valley Texas Democratic Women
Sierra Club
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Socialist Party USA
Southwest Environmental Center
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley
Texas Civil Rights Project
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County
United for Reproductive and Gender Equity
United We Dream
West Hidalgo County Tejano Democrats
Wildlands Project


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