Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BLACK LIVES MATTER VIGIL IN TUCSON, AZ 7-9-16: WHAT WE ALL NEED TO LEARN FROM THE BLM MOVEMENT

An amazing diversity of folks were present among the hundreds who turned out for the Black Lives Matter vigil and healing circle in Tucson, AZ. (Above immigrant rights leader Isabel Garcia addresses the crowd).)



If you didn't make it watch the video above produced by BPVN of the vigil---what everyone needs to learn from the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement!


 After the vigil a march was held through downtown Tucson and 4th Ave. bringing the chants of BLACK LIVES MATTER!
HANDS UP! DON'T SHOOT! to the crowds partying at the bars and restaurants.

While the news of the week was dominated by the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the 5 police officers in Dallas---on July 8 Tucson police killed a mentally ill man, 28 yr-old Abraham Smith, they said was threatening them with a knife. After the killing his brother told the media "We’d like to get him into a mental ward. Not the morgue. A mental ward and now that’s what they’ve done. They shot him." (link to full report below)  

Tucson Police Kill Mentally Ill Man The Day Before the Tucson BLM vigil

Friday, June 17, 2016

THE MIGRANT TRAIL WALK IN ARIZONA; WALKING TO END THE DYING: 2004-2016

June 5, 2016--The walkers arrive in Tucson; temperature 110 degrees: many migrants perished in the extreme heat during the week the walk took place

 This video gives the background of the Migrant Trail Walk and includes photos from the first walk in 2004

 Why they do it: Over 6,000 have died attempting to cross the US/MX border. Hundreds more perish in the extreme heat and winter cold every year

 This video was made of the final day of the 2016 Migrant Trail Walk



 The first group of walkers in 2004 spent the first night at a shelter for migrants in Altar, Sonora, MX. The beginning of the Migrant Trail Walk in 2004 also coincided with the start of No More Deaths (nomoredeaths.org). Daniel Strauss, kneeling second from left, was arrested with Shanti Sellz the summer of 2005 while transporting migrants in medical distress as part of their work with No More Deaths. They were criminally prosecuted with the threat of long prison sentences but charges were eventually thrown out.


 In 2008 No More Deaths volunteer Dan Millis discovered the body of 14-year-old Josseline Hernandez, from El Salvador, who had succumbed to the cold as she traveling north to reunite with her mother already in the U.S. Tucson author Margaret Regan wrote "The Death of Josseline".



Finally this excellent documentary by J.M. Aragón "Presente, Inside The Migrant Trail Walk" about the second walk in 2005.

For more info about the Migrant Trail Walk including how to join the walk:  http://azmigranttrail.com/

Here's an excerpt from Margaret Regan's book"The Death of Josseline" that was printed in the Tucson Weekly  http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-death-of-josseline/Content?oid=1816192

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Atascosa Peak: Edward Abbey's old hangout and The May Day March in Tucson, AZ


Atascosa Fire Lookout near Nogales, AZ--Destroyed by fire in 2011--Edward Abbey was the lookout in the summer of 1968





The May Day March in Tucson 2016, Taking Over the Streets!













Monday, February 15, 2016

The Story of the Reyes Salazar Family From Mexico's Death Valley: Guadalupe, Chihuahua, in the Juarez Valley (PART 1 OF 3: POOR JUAREZ: SO FAR FROM GOD, SO CLOSE TO THE UNITED STATES


    Last family portrait taken of the entire Reyes Salazar family Christmas 2009, a few days later Josefina (in the middle) was    murdered. (photo from the video linked below)
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH The Reyes Salazar family buried their last three family members to die in Mexico; Siblings Magdalena and Elías Reyes and Elías's wife Luisa Ornelas were kidnapped in the Juárez Valley on Feb. 7, 2011 and their bodies dumped on the highway two weeks later. For the remaining family members this was the last straw, not only did they decide to all vacate their homes in the town of Guadalupe but after having six relatives murdered they knew they had to leave Mexico. The Reyes Salazar were, and still are, good friends of mine. I got to know them well from my participation in a long struggle to defeat a proposed nuclear waste dump on the Texas border--they helped lead the opposition to the dump in the Juárez Valley-- This is the second Hobo Dispatch report about them, including video footage of my first return to Guadalupe in seventeen years in Sept. 2015.
Watch this 15 minute video "We Bake Bread With Our Hands; We Denounce Injustice With Our Words: The Story of the Reyes Salazar Family" and travel to Guadalupe to see what has become of their beloved hometown.



Click here to read Melissa del Bosque's great 2012 article "The Deadliest Place in Mexico" written after she visited Guadalupe


CLICK HERE TO READ 2011 HOBO DISPATCH POST ABOUT THE REYES SALAZAR FAMILY AND THE CARAVAN FOR PEACE WITH JAVIER SICILIA

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

More from Sonora, Mexico: Quince Time, A Classic Printing Press, and the Singing Beekeeper

Each fall brings the quince harvest (membrillo) in northern Sonora. Membrillo is perhaps the state's official fruit. The Magdalena baseball team is even named the Membrilleros. Check out this video of a family in San Ignacio making the cajeta de membrillo (quince jelly bricks):
 
Check out this historic machinery still in use at a print business in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora!
      Impresos @ssi       @ssi Print Shop

And listen to Freddie Terry, the singing beekeeper from Oracle, AZ, perform his original music about Sonora to the folks at the Asilo San Antonio in Magdalena (community home for seniors and those with disabilities)
  
 and here's Freddie performing at Magdalena's first Festival of Books held in November 2015

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Doña Olga Cañez of Imuris, Sonora, MX: Medicinal Plants, Cabezas, and the Best Beans in Mexico

Doña Olga is one of my favorite people in the whole world. I stop by her place in Imuris, Sonora every chance I get to enjoy a fabulous plate of beans and tortillas and a hot cup of coffee. She has had a great life, though hard at times, and can share about the days her family traveled around in a wagon from town to town. She was part of the pajarero culture in her youth (a mix of indigenous and gypsy traditions). She is a wealth of information on medicinal plants and other things. Here are a couple of recent videos of her so meet Doña Olga. You will even be served a plate of hot beans--ENJOY!

 
In the video below Doña Olga shows some of the medicinal plants she sells and explains what they can be used for.

Here's a Hobo Dispatch post from 2013 which also featured Doña Olga and her brother Genio and others plus beautiful reflections on Mexico from the diary of Anais Nin:

Click here to read more about Doña Olga in the Hobo Dispatch 

IN MEMORY OF KIKO AND CHAVITO, DONA OLGA'S LOYAL COMPANIONS WHO HAVE PASSED ON SINCE THIS VIDEO WAS MADE. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

The End of Snow? The Sad Saga of Downhill Skiing on Mt. Lemmon, AZ

Scientists are saying that 2015 is on pace to become the warmest year on record, surpassing the record set in 2014. The winters in Arizona are seeing far less snow with the warmer temperatures. Mt. Lemmon is a 9,000 ft. peak north of Tucson, AZ and has a small downhill ski area. 2013-2014 was the first year in 50 years it didn't open at all due to lack of snow. 2014-15 wasn't much better, only opening for 3 days. I happened to be on the mountain during that new year's eve storm that dumped about a foot of snow on the mountain. I had gone up for winter camping and cross-country skiing. But that turned out be the first and last hurrah of the winter. And we can't end without a mention of California's record drought 5 years running with catastrophic wildfires (some presidential candidates think all CA needed to do was build more reservoirs)

  VIDEO OF A NOW UNCOMMON SNOWSTORM ON MT. LEMMON-- XX SKIING, WINTER CAMPING