what you need to know
Thank you for registering for the Teach-In For Freedom! We are excited you are coming to stand with American teachers to educate our students and communities about the truth of immigration and child detention.
El Paso Marathon
Be aware that the El Paso Marathon is occurring at the same time as the Teach-In, and street closures may affect your travel by vehicle or on foot the day of the event. Here is a link to a downtown map showing the Marathon route in red (insert link.)
Please check the website for directions for access. Parking may be hard to find downtown. We recommend you avoid driving to the venue if possible.
Travel and lodging
If you haven’t made reservations, please do so as soon as possible. Try to get lodging downtown El Paso. No car rental is needed; you’ll be able to walk to the Plaza.
The Hotel Indigo is closest to the event. Holiday Inn Express Downtown had a block of rooms for us but the deadline is passed. You can still call and request the TACD rate. ($89.00.) Or try online. They offer a free airport shuttle and free breakfast.
Airport transportation is provided thru all the typical methods: Uber, Lyft, taxi, hotel shuttles, etc.
There are numerous downtown restaurants within walking distance. This information is available at your hotel or online. There are coffee places within 1 block of the plaza
The Teach-in Program is here. We will begin promptly at 8.45AM MST and end at 6:00, at which time we’ll need volunteers to help with clean-up and break-down.
Volunteers will be wearing yellow reflective vests and will be available to answer questions, provide directions, summon first aid, or provide support with any problems that arise.
There is a footbridge between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico one mile from San Jacinto Plaza. If you want to go across the border, be sure you have your passport with you. We recommend as savvy travelers, that you team up and go in pairs. There may be an opportunity to go with a group Saturday morning. If you are interested, please email Leslie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org with JUAREZ VISIT in the subject line.
Our Resource Fair will be open at 8:30 am. You will be able to meet and talk with local partners and teachers and receive resource materials. The organizations represented include:
Borderland Rainbow Center
HOPE Border Institute
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center
American Federation of Teachers - First Books
El Paso Indivisible
Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico
SNTE – The Education Workers Trade Union of Mexico
National Education Association Hispanic Caucus
Fronterizo Fianza Fund
ACLU of Texas
Educators for Migrant Justice.
Teachers Against Child Detention Book Project
Amy Andersen, NJ Teacher of the Year, and Arlinda Valencia, president of the Ysleta Teachers Association in El Paso, are coordinating our Book and Letter Campaign. They are receiving children’s books (Spanish language) sent to the Association offices in El Paso. Letters to immigrant children from American students will be placed into the books, and they will be given to children at the Annunciation House refugee centers in El Paso.
If you have books, please do not bring them to the Teach-In; coordinate through Arlinda Valencia at: email@example.com
American Federation of Teachers First Book Project
The First Book Project is bringing Spanish language children’s books for all ages to the Teach-In. These will be given out to parents, children, and teachers who may wish to incorporate them into their teaching.