• John Young

    Fight the Border Wall here and now 08-12-2017 in Mission, TX, and 07-13-2017 at the Santa National Wildlife Refuge. Over 38 groups are participating and the City of Brownsville, TX, passed a 08-02-2017 resolution against the wall and all it stands for.

    Construction could start on a three mile segment of the wall in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas-Mexico border as early as this November 2017 — funded by US Customs and Border Protection.

    See the “The Birds of South Texas” 8 minute video showing the Border Wall threat to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge at

    See the 08-09-2017 10 minute Neta video at https://www.facebook.com/netargv/videos/1249913315137806/

    To help us stop this, attend, spread the word, and help support the local South Texas 08-12-2017 and 08-13-2017 actions against the wall. Also, to make a donation, go to https://www.gofundme.com/resist-the-wall-save-santa-ana

    1) 08-12-2017 “Save the Mission! Save the River! Resist the Wall! ” march, rally and community picnic in Mission, TX:

    You do not have to walk in the procession to attend the rally. There is parking adjacent to La Lomita, so it’s just a short walk over, and we will have chairs available.

    The march starts at 7:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission (620 N Dunlap Ave)

    The rally starts at 9:00 am at the La Lomita Chapel in Mission followed by a community picnic from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.

    Check the Facebook event page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/323599784732904/

    2) 08-13-2017 Protect Santa Ana Protest Hike at the Santa Ana Refuge, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

    Please bring plenty of water, sun protection and bug repellant. Please arrive promptly at 9, as we will begin the hike at 9:15. Signs are not necessary, as we will bring a banner. We will be asking people to photograph and video the hike in order to share the experience far and wide.

    See the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/109154156373580/

    See the Refuge Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SantaAnaNWR/

    See the Refuge Internet page at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/santa_ana/

    Border Wall Resistance Weekend Logistics: The bulk of the Austin/San Antonio, TX, riders will be back home Sunday evening. The Texas Sierra Club is organizing rides from Austin and San Antonio to the Valley, but if you’re outside of these two areas and looking for a ride, contact Kristal Ibarra-Rodriguez, Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 939-216-9699 and they’ll connect you with a contact in your city. For transportation and lodging assistance, fill out the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/qvpLbCWcJE4japLp1


    IN ADDITON: We are also facing threats to our Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, our Bahia Grande (the largest wetlands restoration project in North America), our Loma Ecological Preserve, and a significant part of our Texas-Mexico wildlife corridor on our Gulf Coast (next door to South Padre Island, TX).

    Three LNG export companies are seeking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permission to build and operate at our local Port of Brownsville there. In 2015, four communities in the area unanimously passed resolutions opposing LNG: Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island, and Long Island Village. The companies and the Port have ignored this strong and continuing local opposition to their LNG plans. In addition, the 168 mile long 48-inch diameter Valley Crossing Pipeline is being built across Cameron County to go under the Port’s ship channel, 150 feet under South Bay, across Clark Island, and then out to our Gulf waters headed towards Mexico with no prior public notice or public meetings.

    Learn more at saveRGVfromLNG (RGV = Rio Grande Valley; LNG = Liquefied Natural Gas) at https://www.facebook.com/saveRGVfromLNG/