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TAKE ACTION: Witness at the Border to Restore Asylum

Attend: Witness at the Border to Restore Asylum: Amor, No Odio LOVE, NOT HATE 4-day event Friday, Feb 14 – Monday, Feb 17 The Muslim Ban…Family Separation…Children in Cages…the cruel policy of Remain in Mexico (MPP)…now PACR and HARP—stealth policies that rush the deportation of asylum seekers. Witnessing is the […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

Weekly Witness: Asylum Seekers Forced into ‘Boxcars in the Sky’

Since November 2019, under a new program called Asylum Cooperative Agreement, the U.S. government has shipped 536 asylum-seekers to Honduras and El Salvador in what witnesses call “boxcars in the sky.” Marisol Cortez In our Weekly Witness series, we share some of the most significant messages posted by volunteers to […]

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Weekly Witness: Border Protests & Expedited Removals

As tensions around Matamoros camps rise, witnesses observe ominous signs that ‘Remain in Mexico’ may soon be supplanted by dangerous new policies of shipping asylum-seekers by plane to unfamiliar countries. Marisol Cortez In our Weekly Witness series, we share some of the most significant messages posted by volunteers to the […]

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Weekly Witness: Unaccompanied Kids and Third Countries

Witnesses report two disturbing new trends: parents who send children over the border unaccompanied to escape the “Remain in Mexico” tent camps, and asylum-seekers deported to unsafe third countries. Marisol Cortez In our Weekly Witness series, we share some of the most significant messages posted by volunteers to the public […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

VIDEO: How Border Enforcement Hurts Children

Hurts may not always be visible, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t intended, panelists say. Greg Harman This week, a handful of parents were allowed to fly into the United States from Guatemala City to claim their children. Not that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted to release their […]

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On the Rights of Wild Rice

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s Why. Editor’s Note: Originally published last year in YES! Magazine, this piece by Indigenous writer, scholar, and environmental justice thinker Winona Laduke lays out an important framework that has greatly informed our work at Deceleration–namely, the […]

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Weekly Witness: Tent Courts and Sick Babies

Marisol Cortez In this Weekly Witness series, we share some of the most significant messages posted to the public Facebook group Witness: Tornillo. Target: MPP by volunteers who have staked themselves outside the tent cities and detention facilities of the Trump Administration’s child internment policies. These posts offer firsthand, on-the-ground […]

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Take Action: Petition to Save Bird Island

Greg Harman A coalition of organizations and individuals launched a public campaign this week calling for the end of the violent eviction of the birds of Bird Island on San Antonio’s Westside. The campaign calls for residents to both sign a petition targeting the San Antonio Mayor and City Council […]

Reporting, San Antonio Bioregion

Witnesses Begin Documenting “Remain in Mexico”

As part of #TargetMPP, witnesses begin reporting back on the disastrous impact of Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program in Brownsville/Matamoros. Marisol Cortez I met Joshua Rubin, I think, at an action down in Carrizo Springs last summer, outside a new child detention facility set to open its door to fresh […]

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TAKE ACTION: “Remain in Mexico” Witnesses Needed

Interfaith Welcome Coalition invites people of conscience to a powerful action that begins this Sunday, January 12, and continues “until the policy of MPP [Migrant Protection Protocols] is reversed and asylum rights restored.” Witness and Protest WHERE: Brownsville, TX / Matamoros, MX WHEN: On January 12, 2020, we begin a sustained presence […]

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TAKE ACTION: Support SAHA Tenants Union

San Antonio Tenants Union’s year-end summary of organizing successes and call for ongoing support. Pancho Valdez After complaining for over six months and having our issues ignored by the local news media, KABB-TV reporter Darian Trotter took a big step in exposing how lack of security at apartments managed by […]

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Year in Review: Latin America’s ‘Revolt of the Dispossessed’

In 2019, the people’s struggle against neoliberalism gained ground across Latin America. Roger Harris A year ago, John Bolton, Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, invoked the 1823 Monroe Doctrine making explicit what has long been painfully implicit: the dominions south of the Rio Grande are the empire’s “backyard.” Yet 2019 […]