Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Univ. Arizona Students Build Nation's Longest Fake Border Wall

Angus Johnston, of the Student Activism blog, recently wrote about a protest at the University of Arizona, in which students installed a fake border fence in the middle of the campus, seven feet high and topped with barbed wire. The action was taken by a group called No More Deaths, which fights “to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative.” They built the wall to draw attention to the deaths resulting from the militarization of the U.S.-Mexican border, as well as the suffering and violence caused by the Israeli Apartheid wall.

According to Curtis Prendergast, of The Sonoran Chronicle, the mock border wall runs down the middle of the UA mall for four hundred feet, the longest fake border wall in the country, according to No More Deaths activists. They also postered their wall with a sign saying “One World Unbordered.”

No More Deaths was joined by numerous other organizations in constructing the wall, according to Prendergast, including Social Justice League, UA for Border Justice, JUNTOS UNIDOS, Women’s Resource Center, Vagina Warriors, AZ Jewish Voice for Peace, and Students for Justice in Palestine. They also posted signs drawing attention to how the border wall impacts the environment and prevents migration and foraging by animals such as jaguars.

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