TUCSON -- This Saturday, go see 'Wild versus Wall', an important new film that details the unique and diverse imperiled natural areas along the southern borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It shows how wildlife and the borderland habitat they depend on is harmed by the feds' current and planned border walls.
The film also directly challenges the unprecedented and sweeping powers given to the Department of Homeland Security to construct walls and other infrastructure without regard to local, state and federal laws. The Bush/Cheney DHS has already invoked this dangerous waiver for over 500 miles of borderlands, and has dispensed with over 30 public-health and environmental laws in the process, including the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Archeological and Historical Preservation Act, and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, among others.
Watch the short intro version here.
Activists have been engaged in this issue for a number of years and will use this film to raise national awareness of this dire situation. "This is an issue that many individuals and groups have been reluctant to address," said Sean Sullivan, Chair of the Sierra Club Borderlands Committee, which produced 'Wild versus Wall'. "Unless we bring attention to the destruction happening on our southern border and change public sentiment, wildlife and their habitat which often lies on both sides of the border will be forever marred by a reckless and irresponsible border policy."
'Wild versus Wall', with special guest Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ7). Saturday, Sept 20, 10am-noon. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson. Admission: $10-20 (suggested donation). Proceeds will support the Sierra Club Borderlands Protection Campaign.