All Against the Wall rally to protest border wall construction in NM

Join SWEC and other conservation and human rights groups Saturday, June 2, 5-8 pm to protest new border wall construction near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, west of El Paso, Texas.

The rally will feature speakers, musicians, faith leaders and a sunset vigil in the path of the border wall’s construction. Local and regional residents will join artists and organizers to decry Trump’s wall and highlight the human suffering and environmental devastation caused by border militarization.

The event will be held in Santa Teresa near the site where the wall is being constructed, about 2 miles west of the port-of-entry. The exact location has yet to be determined. Please check the SWEC website or Facebook page for updates.

Two buses have been charted to bring people to the event from Las Cruces. Contact sonya@wildmesquite.org or call (575) 522-5552 to reserve a space.

Groups organizing and participating in the rally include the Southwest Environmental Center, the Center for Biological Diversity, the American Civil Liberties Union, CAFé NM, Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife.

Background

In January 2018 the Trump administration waived more than 25 laws to speed construction of 20 miles of border wall near Santa Teresa, N.M., an area that’s home to rare wildlife in one of the world’s most biodiverse deserts. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Southwest Environmental Center and conservation partners filed suit in March to challenge the New Mexico waiver.

Last month, the Trump Administration broke ground on a 20-mile section of wall, converting existing vehicle barriers to 18-foot high steel bollard walls. Bollard-style walls obstruct the natural migration of wildlife, including birds and insects. Species potentially harmed include mule deer, Mexican wolves, javelina, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and others. The area is also within historic jaguar habitat.

Beyond jeopardizing wildlife, endangered species and public lands, the U.S.-Mexico border wall is part of a larger strategy of ongoing border militarization that damages human rights, civil liberties, native lands, local businesses and international relations.



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