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The Great Wall of Los Angeles

(From the Editor: Below you will find two videos on Judy Baca's mural project which is about
the history of California, and to some extent, the history of the United States. The first YouTube video captures the entire length of the half-mile wall.
 The second video describes the why and how in the making of the mural.  The videos are several years old but they still hold up over time.)

YouTube Video

"The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a mural project designed by Judith Baca and executed 
with the help of over 400 community youth and artists coordinated 
by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). 
With a length of 2,754 feet (covering over 6 city blocks), it is credited as one of the longest murals in the world.
  It was Baca's first mural and SPARC's first public art project.  Its official title is The History of California." Wikipedia 

To get a good idea of Baca's philosophy about the art on 'The Great Wall' and with working
with young artists, I highly recommend the next video.

YouTube Video

Who's Missing in this 1939 government poster?

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Published on Thursday, April 04, 2019 by Common Dreams 
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

Visionary Study Shows How 30 Percent of World's Ocean 
Could Be Made Sanctuaries by 2030

"It is entirely feasible to design an ecologically representative, planet-wide network of high seas protected areas to address the crisis facing our oceans and enable their recovery. All that is required is the political will."

by Julia Conley, staff writer

Greenpeace joined with researchers at the Universities of Oxford and York to compile a new study showing how 30 percent of the world's oceans could be protected by 2030. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library/Flickr/cc)

The climate action group Greenpeace released a report Thursday which lays out a plan for how world leaders can protect more than 30 percent of the world's oceans in the next decade—as world governments meet at United Nations to create a historic Global Oceans Treaty aimed at strictly regulating activities which have damaged marine life.

In the report—titled "30x30: A Blueprint for Ocean Protection" (pdf)—researchers from the Universities of York and Oxford divided the world's oceans into 25,000 62-square mile sections, mapping out a network of "ocean sanctuaries" which could be created to help recover lost biodiversity.

"The findings in this report show that it is entirely feasible to design an ecologically representative, planet-wide network of high seas protected areas to address the crisis facing our oceans and enable their recovery," reads the report. "The need is immediate and the means readily available. All that is required is the political will."

    "The speed at which the high seas have been depleted 
of some of their most spectacular and iconic wildlife has taken
 the world by surprise." 
—Callum Roberts, marine conservation biologist

The sanctuaries, which Greenpeace says could be established by 2030, would protect species from the damages of over fishing, fossil fuel drilling projects, and pollution.

"The '30x30' report puts forward a credible design for a global network of marine protected areas in the high seas based on knowledge accumulated over years by marine ecologists on the distribution of species, including those threatened with extinction, habitats known to be hotspots of biodiversity and unique ecosystems," said Alex Rogers, a professor at Oxford who co-authored the report.

Greenpeace published an interactive map as a companion to the study, showing how little ocean life is currently protected compared with the wide swaths of ocean that could be protected with its proposed network of protected areas.

Current protected area of world's oceans. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Projected protection zones in world's oceans by 2030. 
(Photo: Greenpeace)

Oceans cover 70 percent of the planet's living space and include 89 million square miles which are completely unprotected because they lie outside of national borders—currently, just two percent of the world's oceans are protected. Greenpeace's plan to establish conservation zones in 30 to 50 percent of the oceans would help ocean ecosystems recover from decades of worsening plastic pollution, overfishing, fossil fuel drilling, and acidification brought on by increased carbon in the world's atmosphere.

"The speed at which the high seas have been depleted of some of their most spectacular and iconic wildlife has taken the world by surprise," said Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York. "Extraordinary losses of seabirds, turtles, sharks, and marine mammals reveal a broken governance system that governments at the United Nations must urgently fix."

The study took into account the socio-economic impact the sanctuaries would have on global fishing industries, showing that "networks representative of biodiversity can be built with limited economic impact."

As delegations gathered in New York to discuss a treaty aimed at protecting oceans, Greenpeace urged world leaders to consider the groundbreaking "30x30" study as a guide for how to ensure a healthy future for marine life as well as the entire planet.

“The negotiations taking place here at the UN are crucial because, if they get it right, governments around the world could secure a Global Ocean Treaty by 2020 which has the teeth to realize a network of ocean sanctuaries, off-limits from harmful human activities," said Dr. Sandra Schoettner of Greenpeace. "This would give wildlife and habitats space not only to recover, but to flourish. Our oceans are in crisis, but all we need is the political will to protect them before it's too


More Food for Thought

California faces a doctor shortage. But doctors just
derailed a plan to fix it, Los Angeles Times, May 17, Click here

Governments are planning for climate-driven migration
in the worst way possible, Canada's National Observer,
 Opinion by Toula Drimonis with Tucson's Todd Miller interview, May 14, Click here

Over 6 years and 100,000 miles, this photographer sought out
America's 'humor, pathos, and humanity' 
Washington Post, In Sight, May 15, Click here

Poetry meets Politics in photos of China, NY Times Lens,
May 15, Click here"Between violent flash points in history, Liu Heung Shing 
saw tenderness and subversive humor in societies saturated with propaganda."

Making visible the spirit world of  Mexico's
 Indigenous communities
NY Times, Lens, May 7, Click here

San Antonio professor teaches border history through
textbooks and hip-hop, San Antonio Express News, May 13, Click here

"Resistir calls for resistance against injustice and signals the power of ancestral knowledge, indigenous spirituality, and cultural memory in the face of militarized border violence, racial profiling, and drug wars. The album breaks down histories of colonialism in Texas and beyond and pushes education and awareness in these current times of continued occupation and violence."  Click here for more information about the album

This 86-Year-old Radical may save (or sink) the Democrats,
NY Times, May 10, Click here

Harvest of Pain (a pistol-packing contractor lured workers from Mexico...)
San Antonio Express News, May 9, Click here

Israel plans to deport a U.S. human rights expert, Democrats
are pushing back, Washington Post, May 7, Click here

Movie Review, The River and the Wall explores
Rio Grande's border world, AP, May 4, Click here

Fitz: On mines, roads, power companies and power
Opinion David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star, May 4, Click here

Want to build a far-right party? Spain's Vox party shows how
"Once on the fringes, Vox blazed across the Internet, dividing its country 
while uniting with the far right in many others. Now it’s in parliament."
Washington Post, May 2, Click here

World Press Freedom Day, Why the Times is taking down
its paywall for 3 days, NY Times, May 2, Click here

Indigenous Educators fight for an accurate history
of California, High Country News, April 29, Click here

The Betrayal: How a lawyer, a lobbyist, and a legislator
  waged war on a Alabama superfund site
Washington Post, April 24, Click here

James Comey: How Trump Co-opts 
leaders like Bill Barr, by James Comey
Accomplished people lacking inner strength can't resist the compromises
necessary to survive this president, Opinion, NY Times, May 1, Click here

Trump Administration pushed to strip mention of
climate change from Arctic climate statement
Washington Post, May 2, Click here

Noah Rothman on the "unjustice" 
of social justice politics
Click here to listen to the interview

"I'm Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox with a focus on conservatism and the GOP.
For the last three years or so, there has been an ongoing discussion among conservatives about identity politics and what many view as the corrosive use of identity politics in the pursuit of "social justice." As they argue, "social justice warriors" are using so-called "identity politics" -- debates around race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity -- as cudgels, often against the Right. In general, to put it mildly, I disagree." Listen to the full interview with Noah Rothman

The Privacy Project
"...The boundaries of privacy are in dispute, and its future is in doubt. Citizens, politicians and business leaders are asking if societies are making the wisest tradeoffs. The Times is embarking on this months long project to explore the technology and where it’s taking us, and to convene debate about how it can best help realize human potential."
Read all about in the NY Times, Click here

Will a call for decency in public life
work for the Democrats?
Read this Opinion piece in the Washington Post, April 8th
A person as awful as Trump shouldn't be president

What do you think about the above articles? Send your thoughts to by April 24.

Sign up for Southwest borderlands news coverage 
from the New York Times, 

Interpretive Photo Exhibit in NY Times

What if Mexico still included California,
Nevada and Texas

Recent News Stories
(continued from page one)

As immigrants are packed into encampments, Border Patrol struggles with overcrowding,
NY Times 'Crossing the Border' May 15, Click here

San Francisco bans facial recognition technology, NY Times, May 14, Click here

It's John Bolton's world, Trump is just living in it, (Opinion), LA Times, May 14, Click here

Chinese railroad workers were almost written out of history, Now they are getting their due, NY Times, May 14, Click here

150 years after the transcontinental railroad, indigenous activists continue to battle corporate overreach, 
Washington Post, May 10, , Click here

Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia, BBC, May 12, Click here
(UN Report says six migrants died every day in 2018 trying to cross Mediterranean)

Border detention cells in Texas are so overcrowded that U.S. is using  aircraft to move migrants,  
Washington Post, May 11, Click here

Arizona Tribe refuses Trump's wall but agrees to let Border Patrol build virtual barrier, San Diego Union Trib, May 9, Click here

Restrictive Mexican Visas keep Central American migrants away from U.S. border, UPI, May 9, Click here

Waiting at the Whataburger, (Hildago TX,) NY Times, May 9, Click here

Border Patrol will screen asylum requests in new push to restrict claims.. San Diego Union Trib, May 9, Click here

More than 100 civil rights groups demand DHS stop targeting activists, journalists, and lawyers, San Diego Union Tribune, May 8, Click here

Trump Administration can keep sending asylum seekers to Mexico, Court rules, NY Times, May 7, Click here

U.S. asylum screeners to take a more confrontational approach...", NY Times, May 7, Click here

Pima County oks Stonegarden border funding on 3-2 vote, Tucson Sentinel, May 7, Click here
(Supes nix license-plate readers; Bronson conditions ok on humanitarian aid, limits on cooperation with feds)

BP plans 63 miles of new border wall, up to 30 ft high, in 3 protected AZ wilderness areas, 
Tucson Sentinel, May 7, Click here

Nature is in the worst shape in history (extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals),
U.N. reports, AP, May 6, Click here

Trump picks former Border Patrol chief to lead ICE, Vox, May 6, Click here

How some online communities are fomenting hate, San Diego Union Tribune, May 5, Click here

Trump gaining political ground on immigration battle, (Opinion) San Diego Union Tribune 5, Click here

Faith groups, Tucson city officials asking for help housing migrant families, Arizona Daily Star, May 4, Click here

Inside gang territory in Honduras, either 'they kill us or we kill them,' NY Times, May 4, Click here 

Can the United States retain its humanity even in crisis, Washington Post, May 3, Click here
The U.S. is taking in fewer refugees than ever, and it's our lost, LA Times, May 2, Click here

The Green New Deal isn't big enough, it caps American emissions, but it won't persuade 
developing nations to do the same, Washington Post, May 2, Click here

DHS will begin 'pilot' next week to collect DNA from immigrant children, parents, Tucson Sentinel, May 1, Click here

See word document attached at bottom of this page for news links Feb 29 to April 30


Craig Rock,
May 15, 2019, 9:37 AM