New Essay: "The People In Their Labyrinth" by Bear Guerra

“In El Hatillo, a middle-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, there is a three-story building that looks as if it’s falling apart: The cream-colored paint is peeling off the walls and the garden is overgrown, wild, a place breeding critters of all kinds. In a room on the third floor, there is a large collection of supermarket cardboard boxes piled on top of one another.”

Read the rest of the essay (subscription needed) here.

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New Opinion Piece: Police-State Tactics at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Bear Guerra

Here’s Ruxandra’s latest (and last) opinion column for High Country News for a while: "What once happened elsewhere, under faraway authoritarian regimes, is now taking place in front of us and rapidly eroding the moral core of American society... It is worth repeating these truths again and again: Illegal crossings are currently at a 46-year low. The National Guard has no business enforcing immigration laws. Asylum seekers are not criminals. And ultimately, there is no need for razor wire along the border wall in Nogales, Arizona, nor for taller concrete planks along the San Diego border."

Read the essay here.

"The Meaning of Refuge" at Fishtrap by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra is a contributing editor with High Country News, the almost-50-year-old national magazine about the West. Coming up later this month, she’ll be participating in “The Meaning of Refuge” at Winter Fishtrap in Josephy, OR, moderated by editor-in-chief, Brian Calvert:

“Is refuge for all living things something of a natural right? There are many interpretations of what "refuge" means in the West, from wildlife and plant refuge in climate change, the Malheur standoff and other threats to public lands. Join the High Country News Editorial staff for an in-depth exploration of "Refuge" in regards to the environment, our communities, and inward towards our own personal refuge.”

More on Winter Fishtrap, January 18-20, 2019, here.

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