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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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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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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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VIDEO: Hundreds in San Antonio Rally for Impeachment

Roughly 400 targeting US Rep. Will Hurd turn out on a cold night to support impeachment of ‘Donald tRumpudo.’ Greg Harman There were ground rules. Keep focus. Watch out for one another. Don’t engage with the heckling MAGA hats snapping around the edges. With clear attention and common care hundreds […]

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VIDEO: Destruction of San Antonio’s Bird Island

City relies on dubious air strike data and public health threats for mass eviction of protected migratory birds. Greg Harman Walking in the morning with the sound of the highway behind us, Wolfi’s eyes leap after a flittering in the utility lines. It’s a still and misty morning. The tight-knit […]

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Investigation: Coal is Trashing Texas Lands

Texas coal companies are leaving behind contaminated land. The state is letting them. An investigation by The Texas Tribune and Grist shows that regulators in the Lone Star State have given a hand up to struggling coal companies as they face millions of dollars in mandated land restoration costs. Kiah […]

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10-1: San Antonio Council embraces climate action

CPS Energy’s coal plant, implementation agenda, remain challenges to success Greg Harman Last week, the San Antonio City Council voted 10-1 in favor of a climate plan intended to drive the City’s climate pollution to zero by 2050 and better prepare residents for the extreme weather accelerated by global warming. […]

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VIDEO: Messages from Youth Climate Strike-San Antonio

Greg Harman By preliminary estimates, the global uprising that was Friday’s Global Climate Strike inspired more than four million people around the world to rally and march for an end to the fossil fuel era. Roughly 250,000 marched in New York City alone. In San Antonio, about 100 filled a […]

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Powerful Voices Sing at Global Climate Strike-San Antonio

Friday’s rally thought to prepare the way for an even larger Saturday downtown climate march. Greg Harman Students and young people from across San Antonio turned out in strong numbers to a local expression of the Global Climate Strike today. More than 100 chanted and lifted signs while more than […]

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Eyewitness Venezuela Tour Makes a Stop in San Antonio

Editor’s Note: Deceleration is pleased to offer this guest column by Jovanni Reyes, a longtime anti-war voice in San Antonio, which chronicles Gloria La Riva’s local stop on her national tour intended to raise consciousness about U.S. intervention in Venezuela. As an outlet that seeks to understand issues of militarism, […]

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In Praise of Nuisance Heronries (Part Two)

Bird-dispersing chemical warfare comes to the Westside’s little Aztlan, our ‘place of herons.’ Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. Click here for part one, a dispatch from Brackenridge Park. Marisol Cortez Roosting together on a mid-March Sunday evening, the birds of Bird Island sound collectively at times […]

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In Praise of Nuisance Heronries (Part One)

How the slow attention of local women exposed an institutional war on the birds of San Antonio. Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series. Read part two, “Place of Herons,” here. Marisol Cortez In 1962, Rachel Carson—government scientist, nature writer, breast cancer non-survivor, and queer woman on […]