Universalist Church of Tucson – The fiscal sponsor of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes
Urrea is the author of The
Devil’s Highway and 16 other books, which reflect his
cross-cultural experiences as a Mexican-American. Born in Tijuana, Mexico to an
American mother and a Mexican father, Urrea is best known as a “border
writer”. He has won many awards for his writing and was a Pulitzer Prize
finalist in 2005 for The
Devil’s Highway, which tells the story of a group of men who
in 2001 attempted to cross the border into southern Arizona’s deadliest
corridor – the very area where our volunteers leave lifesaving food and water.
He was recently named a Guggenheim
Join us for an evening with renowned author Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway, Guggenheim Fellow, and Tucson Book Festival favorite.
A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.”
The below op ed, published earlier this month by CNN , was written by Parker Deighan, the abuse documentation coordinator for No More Deaths and one of the #Cabeza9 defendants.
February 1, 2019 – In a little over a month, I will go on trial for driving a vehicle in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge, a vast wilderness area in Arizona that shares a border with Mexico. At the time of my offense, I was a volunteer for the humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths, searching for three migrants who were lost without water. I was responding to a call from a family member who contacted our Search and Rescue hotline, after being turned away from law enforcement. Though I was never able to reach those migrants, I have since learned that two were detained and one was never found.