- "Show me a thirty foot high wall and I'll show you a thirty-one foot long ladder." --Molly Ivins
- Part 1: Immigrant families demand an immediate end to deportations
- Part 2: Fortress America: How Walling Ourselves Off Can Kill
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Part 1: Immigrant families demand an immediate end to deportations
John Bachtell, People's World
Photo: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
April 9 2014 | Fed up with seeing loved ones deported and families and communities broken up, 11 undocumented immigrants and their supporters were arrested after blocking an intersection near the Broadview Detention Center on Apr. 8.
The action capped a two-day walk by 100 marchers from the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to Broadview, a 13-mile trek. They were warmly welcomed at churches and community centers along the way.
John Bachtell is Illinois organizer for the Communist Party USA and a member of its National Board. He is active in labor, peace and justice struggles.
Part 2: Fortress America: How Walling Ourselves Off Can Kill
Trayvon Martin died inside a gated community; thousands of migrants have died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Is there a correlation between these deaths inside walls?
Alana de Hinojosa, AlterNet
August 8, 2013 | It seems ironic that 23 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 21 years after the dismantling of South Africa’s white-enclave apartheid fences, walls have become a political staple for a growing number of nation-states. Walls have popped up just about everywhere, erected along national borders, within national boundaries, encircling both democratic and authoritarian states.
South Africa is now home to an increasing number of gated communities, even since the end of apartheid rule. It seems like the world is humming the old adage “Good fences make good neighbors.”
But it’s time we ask ourselves, as Robert Frost did in his poem “Mending Wall,” if fences really do make good neighbors—especially in light of the lethal shooting of Trayvon Martin inside a gated community, and the ongoing proposals to beef up the death-zone of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Alana de Hinojosa is an intern at AlterNet.