With their arms linked together through large PVC pipes marked with #not1more, the non-violent activists first sat, then lay down as arrest was imminent, in front of an entrance where prisoners identified for deportation are transferred to federal facilities. Before the arrests, two activists were perched on ladders holding a banner that read ‘Sheriff Hamilton: Alto a Las Deportaciones [Stop the Deportations].’
Some of the activists represented themselves while others were there on behalf of the immigrant advocacy groups Grassroots Leadership, Texans United for Families, and Presbyterians for Just Immigration.
Rocío Villalobos, of Texans United for Families, said, “The separation of families and ongoing deportations are a human rights violation. I want Sheriff Hamilton and county commissioners to reconsider the impact of S-Comm and put an end to a program destroying communities.”
Nancy Rodriguez is an immigrant with legal residency status who participated in the action. While the action brings with it a higher risk for her, she still chose to participate, saying, “I am an immigrant and even though I have legal status I know people who are undocumented. They aren’t criminals. They are hardworking individuals who have built this country. I want the deportations of innocent people to stop.”
Xochimilco: Place Where Flowers Are Cultivated
One of 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mexico, Xochimilco, which literally means ‘place where flowers are cultivated’ in Nahuatl, preserves the ancient tradition of chinampas, the floating gardens built by the Xochimilcas in the 13th century.
“The zone of Xochimilco … is the only remaining reminder of the lacustrine landscape of the Aztec capital, where the [Spanish invaders] destroyed the monuments and drained the canals. On the edge of the residual lake of Xochimilco, and in the midst of a network of small canals, are still some chinampas. This half-natural, half-artificial landscape is now an ‘ecological reserve,’” writes UNESCO.
Xochimilco bonito is a beautiful reminder of our ancestor’s ingenuity and intelligence. Authorities of Mexico City and the federal government of Mexico need to do everything in their ability to protect this ecological reserve from further erosion and contamination.
Photo via Wikipedia and Instagram user hc_87
Either you care, or you don’t. There’s no in-between.”
As the Texas Senate passed HB 2, after almost a month of protests, filibustering, and activism that brought together thousands around our state, there were a series nonviolent actions taken to show conservative legislators who have no regard for women that we will not be silenced.
The pictures above show a group of women who performed a beautiful action in protest to the most offensive and detrimental piece of legislation to affect women in Texas history.
They wore white dresses stained red to represent the women who have and will continue to hurt themselves due to the lack of access to safe, legal abortion care. One of the women successfully chained herself to the brass railing, while others were carried out singing “All we are saying is give us a choice.” The Senate stood at ease for several minutes while DPS officers had to cut the chains off.
These women remained in jail for over 24 hours, and were finally released last night. In the last picture, they’re shown with several others who had been arrested due to actions on Friday and days prior— showing Rick Perry and David Dewhurst what they think of these laws. One of these was a woman stood during the House passing of the bill who announced to legislators, "As a queer woman of color, I object to these proceedings."
I’m proud to say that I know many of these people, because this is the kind of fearlessness that should be celebrated and recognized. These are the voices that need to be heard. Many are associated with Rise Up Texas, a coalition that started in response to the complete and immense disrespect for justice that has escalated within the past month here at the Texas Capitol.
The past few days have been very difficult. But it’s the strength of people, like those who put their bodies on the line Friday night, who make me want to keep fighting.
I’m afraid I have some pretty bad news. I don’t even know how to say this really.. Are you in a safe place with emotional support readily available? Ok…MY DOG HATES YOU. Normally I wouldn’t bother telling you about what my dog thinks, but since the pro-life speaker yesterday was allowed…
TX State Capital Last Night
Photo by the Amazing Erica Nix