March 24, 2017 / Modified mar 24, 2017 2:24 p.m.

Remembrance for Those Who Died in the Desert

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The American Friends Service Committee marks 100 years working for justice; Celebrating growth at the Mission Garden Project; and the US Poet Laureate Herrera visits a Tucson elementary school.

desert crosses hero 1 (PHOTO: Nancy Montoya)

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Featured on the March 24th, 2017 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • Since the year 2000, more than 6,000 men, women and children have died trying to cross the desert terrain of the U.S. Mexico border. A group in Cochise County called Pilgrimage of Remembrance has made it their mission to place homemade crosses near the site where migrant remains were found, and invite community members to a sacred ceremony. Nancy Montoya reports...

  • Tony Paniagua speaks to Matt Lowen from the Tucson branch of The American Friends Service Committee, a peace and justice organization, that is celebrating its centennial next week. Founded in 1917 by the Quakers, the group has programs in 15 countries, and promotes efforts to end mass incarceration...

  • This weekend, The Friends of Tucson's Birthplace invites the residents of Southern Arizona to travel back in time through hundreds of years of agricultural history, and join together to celebrate the progress and promise of The Mission Garden Project. Mark talks with Roger Pfueffer about what's in store...

  • And, hear what happened when United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera visited Tucson, and engaged students at Davis Bilingual Magnet Elementary in creativity, wordplay, and a lesson in self esteem...

ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT airs every Friday at 8:30 am and 6:00 pm and every Saturday at 5:00 pm on NPR 89.1 FM / 1550 AM.

desert crosses hero 2 (PHOTO: Nancy Montoya)

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