Author: M. Cortez

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TAKE ACTION: Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights

The upcoming Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights connects the dots between petrochemical development, violence against Indigenous women, environmental justice, border militarization, and migration. Marisol Cortez When land or community wellbeing has suffered injustice, we often look to the courts to redress any rights violations. But what if the corporate […]

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PODCAST: Fabiola Ochoa Torralba on Decolonizing Dance

Embodied research notes toward a bird movement vocabulary. Marisol Cortez I met Fabiola Ochoa Torralba years ago, helping plan the International Women’s Day march. Around San Antonio she’s known for community-embedded dance projects that use movement to draw people into a variety of issues—from migration to the preservation of public […]

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‘We Demand a More Care-full World!’ & Other COVID Statements We Like

Marisol Cortez 1. First up: “Reimagining the Future After the Corona Crisis,” a hot-off-the-presses open letter by New Roots for the Economy, written collaboratively by members of the international degrowth network and signed by over 70 organizations and 1,100+ scientists, artists, activists, academics from 66 countries (including a couple of […]

Podcast, San Antonio Bioregion

‘Words for Birds 2020: Poetics for Pandemics’

We are excited to present Deceleration’s first foray into DIY publishing—an avian-themed poetry zine called Words for Birds 2020: Poetics for Pandemics. Read it here … with two bonus features for our online readers. Marisol Cortez When the pandemic nixed Words for Birds, an annual workshop and reading held at […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

Poetry as Citizen Science

Environmental writer Mobi Warren reflects on the science and pedagogy of nature poetry. EDITOR’S NOTE: In the fall of 2019, environmental writer Mobi Warren taught a community-based writing class called “The Poet as Citizen Scientist.” This essay—originally published in the February 2020 issue of Voices de la Luna, a special […]

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: 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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]