Rape Tree

Not far from this lone mesquite tree and family shrine south of the U.S./MX border I found another mesquite where women's underwear hung from the branches. The vulgar sight was evidence of the violence committed on a daily basis against women and children making the dangerous journey to the U.S. in search of a better … Continue reading Rape Tree

Wall Art

The NY Times recently published a great list of short documentaries & films that address the concerns of borders and the physical and mental structures that governments use to emphasize and/or legitimize them. For a satirical view check out THIS one. For a heart sting puller THIS one. And for the wildlife and wild land … Continue reading Wall Art

Border Art

Art connects us, educates us, and gives us a glimpse into other lives, communities, and worlds. From the Tucson Weekly From the Northern Jaguar Project: Friday, May 12th, 6-9 p.m. U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, SON with artist Lauren Strohacker, Border Arts Corridor (Douglas), Casa de la Cultura (Agua Prieta), Conciencia y … Continue reading Border Art

Stationary

Cacti and other native plants are stationary. They cannot move out of the way of feet, bulldozers, trucks, or shovels. In addition, all the human activity associated with building the border wall disturbs the soil in which the plants live, even alters it. How are the plants' pollinators affected? What about the water flow to … Continue reading Stationary

Ecosystems v. Border Infrastructure

Land, water, native vegetation, clean air, biological diversity, community, restoration, intact ecosystems, conservation.   VS. Compacted soils, water run-off, habitat degradation and fragmentation, loss of species diversity, community displacement, fear. Here is a great article about when the two worlds collide.

Birds & Borders

So how does the border wall and all that comes with it: patrols, maintenance, vehicles, people, air, water, and noise pollution, habitat degradation, and stadium lighting affect birds? Research is still ongoing but there are some conclusions,"[w]hile birds may seem to have an easier time going over the fence, research has shown that many forest … Continue reading Birds & Borders