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Resist the Border Wall in South Texas
August 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDTFree
Wildlands Network is cosponsoring a series of events in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, which is in the immediate crosshairs of President Trump’s proposed border wall and represents the Trump Administration’s first efforts to move forward with plans to construct the wall. Though the federal budget for 2018–which includes requests to allocate spending for the wall–hasn’t been approved, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began drilling for soil samples a couple weeks ago at Santa Ana in preparation of building the wall and accompanying infrastructure.
Wildlands Network sees these efforts for what they are: an attack on our public lands. Wildlands Network is committed to protecting and connecting public lands across North America so that wildlife have room to roam and life in all its diversity can thrive. We can’t functionally reconnect these lands if they aren’t protected from political interests.
Cohosted by local social justice, environmental, labor and faith-based organizations, these protest events will highlight the natural and cultural treasures the local South Texas communities could lose behind the border wall, including Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and the Historic La Lomita Mission. These protests will also call attention to the people who will lose their land, the communities who will be threatene
The Resist the Wall Protest Weekend kicks off with an ecumenical procession at dawn on Saturday, August 12 to the Historic La Lomita Mission in Mission, Texas, which would be cut off on the south side of the border wall, if the wall is built as planned. There will be a rally with speakers and music, as well as a community picnic. For more information, please check out the event’s Facebook page.
Sunday morning, August 13, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club is hosting a mass Protest Hike at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge at 9 a.m. For more information, please check out the event’s Facebook page.
If you are unable to attend these events, there are other ways to raise your voice. Consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign raising funds for equipment and volunteer materials for the protest weekend. You can also consider donating to Wildlands Network’s borderlands program, which is working to working to protect both humans and wildlife along the border. Finally, consider signing our petition that urges Congress to build bridges, not walls, along the border.
For more background on the border wall tragedy at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, please read our blog about it, and then do what you can to help us resist the wall!