Reflections from Rob Vessels, our Military Outdoors campaign representative, on the trip last week of taking a group of veterans to the Texas borderlands. #BorderViewsI didn't know what to expect when taking a team of Sierra Club Military Outdoors veterans and Indivisible Tohono activists to the border last week – camping at the National Butterfly Center in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley.
What I saw first-hand is this: If there is any crisis on our border, it is that being made by the unnecessary militarized occupation of border communities and the building of an ego-driven wall.
The crisis is a prison bus full of children – their little fingers wrapped around the bars on the windows as they looked out at us.
It's the border wall set to run through the homes of three generations of Nayda’s family.
The crisis is thousands of acres of American soil being lost behind walls; and the likelihood of Jose’s longhorns, also trapped behind the wall, drowning the next time the Rio Grande floods.
It’s the constitutional rights of Americans being suspended – Border Patrol riding dirt bikes through private property and the constant circling of surveillance helicopters.
The crisis is the Department of Homeland Security waiving the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and 45 more federal laws to build more border walls.
Person after person we spoke to said the same things: This is our home. We’ve been here for generations. There is no threat other than the threat of our government destroying our homes and livelihoods.
As an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I know what occupation looks like. And that’s what we’re unnecessarily wasting taxpayer dollars to do to our border communities, with Border Patrol agents equipped and armed like infantrymen as if these safe communities were actual combat zones. All for Trump’s fake emergency.
Join me and our group of veterans in standing with border communities! Take action to tell Congress: Stop wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on the destruction of our border communities, lands, water, and wildlife.
We are deeply saddened by the hate-fueled violence at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We rise in solidarity and mourning with the Muslim community and all who are threatened and victimized by this hatred. Sierra Club vows to work alongside everyone working to halt the growing white supremacist bigotry that prompted this tragedy. ...
On Friday, youth climate strikes will take place in more than 100 countries (read: MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED COUNTRIES).
The walkouts began last year when one teenager – Greta Thunberg – held a solo protest outside the Swedish parliament. Now the 15-year-old founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, just before the biggest day yet of global action.
Hundreds of thousands of children are expected to walk out of their classrooms for the strike tomorrow amid growing anger at the failure of politicians to tackle the escalating ecological crisis.
Climate Parents, Sierra Student Coalition, and the Sierra Club are in solidarity with US Youth Climate Strike. Find out where your local strike is and get out to raise your voice! --> sc.org/climatestrike ...