Happy new year!
I am throwing a benefit workout on Sunday 1/6 for Diversidad Sin Fronteras (a queer and trans contingent of the Tijuana asylum) in inner SE Portland. I really want you to email me to sign up (email@example.com),come, bring your friends. Here’s why:
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the rad shit I want to do in 2019, and at the top of my list is 1) getting more people talking about what’s going on with the border and 2) giving money to POC lead groups that are on the front lines of mutual and humanitarian aid.
What’s happening at the border is a crisis. People are dying, and it’s in the news a lot more now, but calculated and purposeful death has always happened since the border’s inception.
Imagine: a country stolen, its borders militarized. Imagine needing to leave your country, deciding that it is important to go by any means necessary because your physical or mental health is at risk. Imagine needing to cross a weaponized border, and knowing that as soon as you try you will be treated not only as if you are a criminal, but as if it’s fine if you actually die. Imagine being forced into an unforgiving and brutal dessert, watching friends and family get hurt and separated and killed. Imagine if this felt like the only option.
Last week I went to Mexico to get my teeth worked on because I cannot afford dental care in the US. My white ass just trotted over the border with nary a passport (a state ID worked just fine), I got my teeth cleaned, and I came home. Meanwhile, the caravan heads to the US/mexico border to seek asylum because their situation is brutal and unsafe (a circumstance sometimes directly caused by US interventions in trade and global politics) and they are attacked, turned away, arrested, injured.
Sorry to be a buzz kill over here, but this is fucked. I know you agree.
I am lucky enough to have a skill (being a lifting coach!) that people enjoy and can easily raise money. In 2019, I am committed to putting that money toward the border. I am committed to talking about the border. I am committed to acknowledging and confronting what my whiteness says about me and the border and doing something. As a new resident of Tucson, this feels like the least I can do– but I want to encourage ALL of us to think more about the border. It is a hoax, a crime, an excuse of white supremacy. Now let’s raise some money in opposition.
(Again! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!)