Border Wall

Fuck Butterflies, Right?

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Happy Christmas Eve, Grabbers. The Supreme Court is going to allow the Trump Administration to plow through a butterfly sanctuary in Missions, Texas. Along with swaths of private land, The National Butterfly Center finds its conservation and community work in the way of Trump’s border wall project (for which we still cannot pay).

Your DGB for today is to share this incredibly stark example of pure good vs. heartbreaking cruelty with your circle. Of all the impacts of the wall, this one is hitting us particularly hard.

Humanity Over Walls

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Your DGB for today is to help Central American refugees.

The solution to human beings fleeing epidemics of poverty and violence isn’t to build a border wall to keep them away from us here in the United States. The solution also is not sending the U.S. military to guard our border until we figure out how to build said monolithic fantasy. These things will never stop migration, but rather channel it into more dangerous methods. For a lengthy but oh-so-important read, check out this 2016 report from the International Crisis Group outlining how inhumane response to migration endangers even more populations and encourages criminal enterprise: https://www.crisisgroup.org/latin-america-caribbean/central-america/easy-prey-criminal-violence-and-central-american-migration

We’re talking about actual human people trying to get to safety. They don’t want to steal our jobs/culture/[insert nativist paranoia] and they aren’t rapists and criminals. They literally just want to live. Those who are *really* pro-life (not fetuses; actual people) can find places to donate money, supplies, and time here: http://www.lawg.org/our-publications/79-promote-justice-for-mexico-and-the-borderlands/1352-how-to-support-humanitarian-assistance-efforts-for-central-american-refugees-in-the-border-region

No matter what steps our corrupt government takes to further victimize and traumatize refugees, we as citizens of the world can work simultaneously to help our fellow people find safety and security.

 

#DGB #TBT Dumb Border Wall

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Your DGB for this Throwback Thursday is to remind your representatives not to allow funding for a border wall into any budget.

Last May, DGB outlined some of the reasons the wall is a terrible idea here: https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2017/5/4/a-boy-and-his-wall?rq=wall

Unsurprisingly, a year later, there is no wall and Mexico is definitely not paying for it. There’s also trouble in paradise lost, with General John Kelly trying to walk back the wall promises and Stable Genius over in the Oval digging in his heels on Twitter. Trump is also insisting that any spending package from Congress that protects Dreamers under DACA must also include wall funding.

Use Resistbot to make it clear that we aren’t paying for any wall. DGB suggests budgeting a set of Legos or Lincoln Logs for the President instead, so he can work through his rudimentary problem-solving skills.

 

A Boy and his Wall

Your DGB for today is to call your representatives and object to the wall.

We all have heard that Trump is building a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it. It was one of the major campaign platforms the manchild ran on, but if anyone has ever traveled to a border state, they’d know that a wall is pretty much impossible to build, given the terrain alone. If you have never seen the border of Mexico and the US, take a Texan DGB Staffer’s word that it would be quite the feat to build a wall on our southern border, not to mention the toll it would take on our budget, now that we all know Mexico is NOT going to pay for the wall. (Like anyone believed they would in the first place.)

Building a wall is not only a 7th century solution for a 21st century “problem.” It also enacts imminent domain, which we thought republicans were against, but we know racism drives people to forget their core beliefs. Not to mention it is an ecological nightmare, not just for border states, but for flora and fauna across the globe, as well as causing problems like flooding and polluting local drinking water. Mexico also claims it breaks a 1970 Boundary Treaty, and they will go to court over it. Over 100 endangered species live along the 1300 mile expanse of border and rely on a somewhat uninhibited border crossing. Animals like deer, mountain lion, ocelot, and jaguar are already impacted by the fences currently in place. A wall would do so much more damage, but many environmental scientists are afraid to discuss it given the current anti-science climate in DC. You can read more about the impact on animals in this article.

So what can you do? We are urging you to call, visit, e-mail, tweet, or even send a carrier pigeon to your representatives and urge them to say no to Donald Trump and his boyish dreams of a wall. You may even suggest that they give him a Lego set so he can fulfill his wall-building fantasies without causing environmental devastation to the people living along the border, as well as the animals who need to pass it for their existence. If you need help finding how to contact your representatives, we have the links on our Government Resources page.

Everything isn’t awesome and we need to let them know.