Author: M. Cortez

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 […]

tent city, matamoros, mexico
Reporting

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

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 […]

Reporting

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 […]

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 […]

Take Action

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 […]

Take Action

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 […]

Mr. de la O
Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

Decelerator of the Year (Or, Type Slowly)

In the gentle ferocity of Manuel de la O lies a manual for survivance. Marisol Cortez This Solstice of 2019, as the earth sinks into deepest cold and dark, and as we close out San Antonio’s “Decade of Downtown,” we recognize Mr. Manuel de la O as Decelerator of the […]

Take Action

TAKE ACTION: Veterans Resistance Art Gallery This Weekend

An invitation from ABOUT FACE: Veterans Against the War: Words fall short of communicating the trauma that combat veterans of the so called “War on Terror” have experienced, while institutions stigmatize speaking out against the meaninglessness of the horrific human cost they have witnessed. As long as there have been […]

Podcast

PODCAST: Liberty Heise on Monarchs, Marathons, Migration

Marisol Cortez As Día de los Muertos approaches – bedecking local H-E-Bs in all manner of commercialized Latinidad – another familiar ritual begins in the far northern reaches of the hemisphere. Like glacier melt rolling downhill to join with rivers and eventually oceans, a tributary of monarchs moves slowly southward […]

Analysis

Detroit Incinerator Closes—Eco-Apocalypse Continues

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of crossing paths with David Watson—writer, teacher, activist, and early member of Fifth Estate, a long-running anarchist mag out of Detroit, MI—in June 2017, when I attended a panel he organized on Detroit’s multiple water crises for the annual meeting of the Association for […]

Analysis

A Perfect Texas Storm: Climate, Migration, and Eco-Fascism

By Annie H. Hartnett In one of my earliest memories, I am standing in front of my house on the coast of Mississippi watching the waves roil and swell, surging further and further up the beach toward me. The sky has already begun to bruise a purplish green and the […]