Method 43 / Construction begins on Border Wall

Method 43 / Construction begins on Border Wall

In early August, my essay “The Borderland” was published at The Rumpus. The piece describes life in the border town my parents have called home for the past seventeen years. They moved to the Arizona/Mexico border to work as volunteer park rangers at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a protected biosphere and home to many Native American sacred sites.

Yesterday morning, this happened:

Quitobaquito springs is a sacred site of the Hia C’ed Oodham people. Federal laws waived by DHS for the construction of new border wall include:

From No More Deaths/No Más Muertes:

  1. National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA] 
  2. Endangered Species Act 
  3. Clean Water Act 
  4. National Historic Preservation Act 
  5. Migratory Bird Treaty Act 
  6. Clean Air Act 
  7. Archeological Resources Protection Act 
  8. Safe Drinking Water Act 
  9. Noise Control Act 
  10. Solid Waste Disposal Act 
  11. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
  12. Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act 
  13. Antiquities Act 
  14. Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act 
  15. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act 
  16. Farmland Protection Policy Act 
  17. Coastal Zone Management Act 
  18. Wilderness Act
  19. Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
  20. National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act 
  21. Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 
  22. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act 
  23. Administrative Procedure Act 
  24. Otay Mountain Wilderness Act of 1999 
  25. California Desert Protection Act [Sections 102(29) and 103 of Title I] 
  26. National Park Service Organic Act 
  27. National Park Service General Authorities Act 
  28. National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 [Sections 401(7), 403, and 404] 
  29. Arizona Desert Wilderness Act [Sections 301(a)-(f)] 30.Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 
  30. Eagle Protection Act 
  31. Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 
  32. American Indian Religious Freedom Act 
  33. Religious Freedom Restoration Act 
  34. National Forest Management Act of 1976 
  35. Multiple Use and Sustained Yield Act of 1960 
  36. Military Lands Withdrawal Act of 1999
  37. Sikes Act 
  38. Arizona-Idaho Conservation Act of 1988 
  39. Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977 
  40. Migratory Bird Conservation Act 
  41. Paleontological Resources Preservation Act 
  42. Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988 
  43. National Trails System Act 
  44. National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 
  45. Reclamation Project Act of 1939 [Section 10] 
  46. Wild Horse and Burro Act 
  47. An Act of Oct 30, 2000, Pub. L. 106-398, 1, 114 Stat. 1654

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In springtime, the arroyos fill with water and the desert floor swells with green. By July, the saguaros bloom red with fruit. Ha:sañ is the O’odham word for saguaro cactus, and Ha:sañ Bak means “the saguaro is ready.”

Before the first harvest, Tohono O’odham rub the meat of a fallen saguaro fruit on the body near the heart. When you enter the desert, you must have a clear mind and a good heart.

In Tohono Oʼodham there is no word for wall.

“The Borderland,” The Rumpus

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Method 42: Motorcades

Method 42: Motorcades

In the midst of Denmark laughing off Trump’s hints to buy Greenland, the Amazon is on fire. Brazil’s Bolsonaro claims “hoax,” saying that NGOs are setting the rainforest on fire in order to make him look bad. Another way of looking at it? Watch the rainforest burn, buy Greenland before it melts, and run away with your new BFF. The new normal sucks so bad it’s tempting to cover myself with couch cushions, but instead, I’ll offer you this little slice of joy:

What does this mean? GAME ON, sisters.

To understand the power of Method 42 (Motorcades), imagine what would happen if every Sunday morning for the next 440 days, all of us got in our cars and drove around our neighborhoods at 5 mph passing out voter registration and election information.

Imagine it from drone perspective.

The whole point of the 198 Methods is to be a consistent, unified presence – to be a recognizable FORCE. What that means is that wherever and wherever you see one of these methods in action, let as many people know it’s happening as you can as fast as you can, join in if you can, and keep doing it until November 3, 2020.

Ready to act now?

If you like to talk, go to 5 Calls, and if you like to write, try Postcards to Voters. Both are fantastic organizations consistently doing the work.

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New column at The Rumpus!

New column at The Rumpus!

I’m excited to share that the first installment of my new political column, TURNING PURPLE, is up at The Rumpus! I’m a longtime fan of The Rumpus and thrilled to be a part of the team. The Borderland is the first of many hot button election issues that I’ll cover between now and November 2020.

“The personal is political” is a phrase that was popularized by feminist Carol Hanisch in 1969, and this first installment is a walk through my own story as a border-dweller and the deep roots of this country’s dehumanizing immigration policies. Artist Dara Herman Zierlein’s vivid artwork captures the energy of the border crisis and the beauty of the desert.

Read it at The Rumpus.

“I just poured myself a big mug of mofo…” Read it on Instagram.

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GUN REFORM NOW

GUN REFORM NOW

As of this morning, the US has been home to 255 mass shootings in 2019. Private guns have killed more people since 1960 than in all of our wars combined.

2 days, 2 cities, 2 mass shootings in the US. How long will it take Congress to stop this? In the words of Dr. King: “How long? Not long, because no lie can live forever.”

This is not hopeless. We are not helpless.

How long does it take to walk from the NRA to GOP headquarters? 90 seconds. How long does it take to march from the NRA to the Capital Building to The White House? 61 minutes.

What can we do?

  1. We can call.
  2. We can write. (Inform yourself of the facts, invite your friends to meet you at a coffee shop, and send a postcard.)
  3. We can take turns. Pick any one of these 198 Methods and do one a day. Share them with your friends, and ask them to do one thing a day. Ask your friends to ask their friends to do one of these methods a day. When you see any of these methods in action, share it with everyone you know, and participate if you can.
  4. We can march.

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Research has shown that no repressive regime has survived the active sustained participation of just 3.5 percent of the population. There’s a playbook to fix this, and every week, I’m blogging a new method. Subscribe to receive your weekly method.

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What’s on my Nightstand: July 2019

What’s on my Nightstand: July 2019

Nonfiction

From Dictatorship to Democracy / Gene Sharp 

The Politics of Nonviolent Action / Gene Sharp

The Climate Report: National Climate Assessment-Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States / U.S. Global Change Research Program 

Essay / Memoir

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating / Elisabeth Tova Bailey

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel / Alexander Chee

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History / Camille T. Dungy

Heavy / Kiese Laymon

The Benevolent Bee / Stephanie Bruneau

“Capture the Bounty of the Hive through Science, History, Home Remedies, and Craft

Fiction

Green Girl / Kate Zambreno

Short Fiction

Cougar, Maria Anderson / The Iowa Review

Boys Go to Jupiter / Danielle Evans / The Sewanee Review

Child’s Play / Gloria Mwaniga Minage / Johannesburg Review of Books

What Terrible Thing it Was / Esmé Weijun Wang / Granta

She Said, He Said / By Hanif Kureishi / The New Yorker

Poetry

Sentence /  Tadeusz Dąbrowski, The New Yorker (listen)

Split / Teow Lim Goh / Rigorous

To Tell of Bodies Changed / Jana Prikryl / The Poetry Foundation

Be Free / Barbara Eikner Thompson / A Room of Her Own Foundation

For My Daughter / Mark Yakich / Literary Hub

Essay (Selected)

Between Four and Six / Katharine Coldiron / Rhythm and Bone

On Eve’s Temptation and the Monsters We Make of Hungry Women / Nina Coomes

I’m Done With Cautionary Tales About Women and Power / Lilly Dancyger / Catapult

Art Monsters (The Thread) / Marissa Korbel / The Rumpus

The Sorrowful Mysteries, or, Reasons I’m No Longer Catholic / Kathleen McKitty Harris / Longreads

The Tree With Matchmaking Powers / Jeff Maysh / The Atlantic

Whole 60 / Laura Lippman / Longreads

Trudging Down Death Road / Tega Oghenechovwen / The Rumpus

The Way Home / Jane Ratfliffe / The Sun Magazine

What It Was Like to Recover in the 1980s — And Now / Kelly Thompson / The Temper

The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes

Leigh Hopkins / Longreads

Interview / OpEd / Review

Voices on Addiction: A Conversation with Amber van de Bunt / Kristen Casey / The Rumpus

Trump campaign plunges into brawl to control Pennsylvania GOP / Holly Otterbein / POLITICO

Elizabeth Warren on a Wealth Tax / Matt Stevens / The New York Times

Magazine / Newspaper

Lesbian Connection: free to lesbians worldwide, but the suggested donation is $7/issue (more if you can, less if you can’t), May/June 2019 issue

The New Yorker

The Week

TIME

Vanity Fair

Random

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Non-Nano Zinc SPF 40 Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen

Booda Butter lipbalm

Pixel glasses

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Method 40: Religious Processions

Method 40: Religious Processions

I went to bed furious and woke up afraid. Now that I’ve had my coffee, I’m back to rage. The footage of the crowd shouting “Send her back” at last night’s campaign rally has brought back the fear I felt in November 2016. We have every reason to be afraid. And we must fight this.

As Lidia Yuknavitch often reminds us: “The voice is a muscle.”

The reason I started the 3.5% Project is because the 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action have been proven to work. Research has shown that no repressive regime has survived the

active

sustained

participation of just

3.5 percent of the population.

In this country, that’s 11 million people. Each of the 198 methods can be used at any time, in any order, by anyone:

writers/teachers/bartenders/nursepractitioners/softwaredevelopers/realestatebrokers/dogwalkers/undewriters/policeofficers/yogainstructors/landscapers/firefighters/hairstylists/audiologists/pharmacists/architects/chefs/prisonguards/pizzadeliverydrivers//humanresourcesmanagers/actors/scubainstructors/librarians/psychicmediums/estheticians/airlinepilots/morticians/trainconductors/accountants/personaltrainers/veterinarians/dentalhygienists/sexworkers/fulltimeparents/currentlyseekingemployment/notseekingemployment/myjobdoesnotdefineme/financialadvisors/occupationaltherapists/engineers/physicians/equestrians/bakers/opthamologists/phlebotomists/zookeepers/translators/judges

and members of the clergy.

(Method 40.)

All of us.

More than ever.

Method 40: RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS

In April 2019, more than 1,000 parishioners made a Palm Sunday procession to a century-old Catholic chapel on the U.S.-Mexico border. Father Roy Snipes, known as the “Cowboy Priest,” led the procession as he does each year, but this year, the march took on new meaning. If the border wall is built, not only will it limit La parishioners’ access to La Lomita chapel, it will also cut off access to city services like 911 for people living on the other side.

From NPR: Mary McCord is a senior litigator at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, and she’s one of the lawyers representing the diocese. She says the church argues that the wall is inconsistent with Catholic teachings, “which includes this principle of universality that all people are equal and need to be treated as such, and provided with basic necessities of life. (The Historic Chapel At The Heart Of A Legal Fight Over The Border Wall, NPR)

The next court battle will be over the government’s plan to seize the land and start building.

WHY NONVIOLENT ACTION WORKS:

Before I move onto my writing day, I want to mention a recent example of Method 39 in action. When used as a vehicle for political protest, parades call attention to a particular grievance or point of view. A week ago today, the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City to the cheers of “EQUAL PAY!”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the parade celebrating with the team, and during the festivities, he signed an equal pay bill into law. Do you see the kind of power we hold? It reminded me of the first parade for women’s suffrage in Washington, DC in 1913. There were an estimated 10,000 participants, some of them U.S. senators and representatives who marched in support of their wives.

When the people in power join together with activists, change happens.

Watch this video before moving on with your day, and then let’s turn this fear and anger into energy and action.

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New essay at Longreads: “The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes”

New essay at Longreads: “The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes”

I’m excited to share that my essay, “The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes,” has been published and featured on Longreads. This is not an easy story to tell, but it’s time. Here’s an excerpt:

The roosters started at 4:30 in the pasture behind the inn. On the second crow, I rolled onto my back and blinked at the jalousie window’s slatted light, considering my first day at The Casa. We were allowed to ask three questions, no more. A visit with the world’s most famous “spiritual surgeon” was like going to see the wizard.

Mariana was silent in the twin bed next to me, the sleep falling in loose spirals across her face. I pulled back the sheets and slipped inside. “Bom dia.”

“Bom dia, meu amor.” A soft sound from a distant place.

Seven and a half years later, I receive a text from a friend in Rio: “Did you see the news?” She links to a New York Times article: “Celebrity Healer in Brazil Is Accused of Sexually Abusing Followers.”

@Longreads.com

Read it on Longreads and if my story speaks to you, I’d be grateful if you would share it on Twitter. Thanks so much for your support all these years – I’ve got more exciting writing and publishing news coming up soon!

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