Walls, Wildlife, Watersheds and Wisdom public forum

“FREE BI-NATIONAL PUBLIC FORUM:

WALLS, WILDLIFE, WATERSHEDS, AND WISDOM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
YWCA 525 N. BONITA AVE.
6:30 PM Refreshments on the Patio
7:00-8:30 PM Forum

Presenters include:

Dinah Bear, Humane Borders

Juan Carlos Bravo, Wildlands Network

Dan Millis, Sierra Club

Jan Schipper, Friends of the Sonoran Desert

Mike Wilson, Tohono O’odham Nation

Moderator: Diana Hadley, Northern Jaguar Project

THE ISSUE OF THE BORDER WALL REQUIRES LOTS OF VERY LOUD SINGING BY THE CHOIR!
PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WIDLELY.
AMPLE INFORMATION ON HOW AND WHERE TO SING WILL BE PROVIDED AT THIS EVENT.”

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One response to “Walls, Wildlife, Watersheds and Wisdom public forum

  1. Ambitious panel presentations, moderated by Diana Hadley at YWCA. Dan Millis spoke first about US/Mexico border wall – 654 miles of wall, 340 vehicle barriers which block wildlife, water. Trump Adm. proposing construction of more wall in TX and CA; also spoke of Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Tx, with 3 more miles of proposed wall.He encouraged activism via Sierra Club lobbying. Dinah (former D.C. atty). spoke of largest # in US history of laws waived by Sec. of Homeland Security, first began in San Diego w/ Friendship Park on the border, now with a double wall due to waiver passed after 9/11/01, plus efforts to expand more waivers, perhaps 100 to 300 miles inland from border. Jan (AZ Center for Nature Conservation) spoke of science of crossings, unknown impacts on species dispersal, habitat disruption, the connectivity between US & Mexico for animal migration/movement. Mike informed the audience that Border Patrol has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on T.O. reservation, with vehicle barriers along 75 miles. Trump Adm. wants “Super wall” now, with 9 crossings before 9/11/01 reduced to only one now, controlled by Border Patrol, with tribal members in Mexico refused entry for medical treatment in US. T.O. members fearful of Border Patrol, with their Nation’s government complicitity. He encouraged coalition building. Juan Carlos (via skype from Mexico) gave background of Sky Islands/Mexican Natural Protected Areas on both sides of the border for Pronghorn sheep, Jaguar, Black Bears & Mexican wolves, to be presented to U. S. Senators shortly by Miles Traphaven of same project (who also announced it in person). Finally Lauren Strohacker, artist showed video of her May 12, 2017 installation of large photo images of jaguar, fox, mt. lion on the border wall at Douglas/Agua Prieta. Video film called “Un-fragmented”. Did not stay for audience Q & A. Ruben Reyes from CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva’ office present tonight.

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