NNIRR Board Road Trip to South Texas


At the end of June, members of NNIRR’s Board of Directors traveled to South Texas to meet with partners and allies and to visit key sites along the border. We thought this shared experience and connection with border colleagues would be important as we gear up for our Just Borders initiative, to spotlight border issues nationwide…

We met up in San Antonio, where our Board chairperson, Eddie Canales, met us with a huge (air conditioned) van that we would use for our travel down to the border. Eddie and Sister Pam Buganski from the Falfurrias-based South Texas Human Rights Center served as our terrific hosts for our brief trip.

Our first night we stayed in San Antonio at, a refugee women’s shelter, where we gathered for our first day to meet. With lunch and afternoon conversation with local friends, discussion included the particular challenges of working with border communities when family members and close friends work for the Border Patrol, and in general how border enforcement is deeply embedded in the local economy and culture.

We talked about what it meant to “shift the narrative” on the border, typically portrayed as a site of danger and violence where policing is necessary for “protection.” We need to end the demonization of the border, lift up the guarantee of human rights for all, and address the human needs of the region. Action must be taken to rollback the focus on militarization...

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