Check out photographs from along the U.S./Mexico border on the New York Times’ website. Contributions from myself and colleagues, including an award-winning shot taken by collaborator Murphy Woodhouse. Most of mine are from my Instagram feed, which you can see now on the left-hand side of my blog.
Originally published on Truth-out The US is breaking deportation records, despite cost overruns, judicial inefficiency, due process and human rights violations and a Democrat in the White House. Will four more years of Obama change the immigration system built to jail or deport first, ask questions never? Rivas Aguilar stood in the federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, hands and feet shackled to waist, his belt and shoelaces confiscated. “With all due respect, your honor,” he said, “I don’t know where to [...]
“No, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our live as water and good bread.” Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (1968). I was given a dogged-eared and earthy book days before I boarded a flying metal tube. The skymachine left my bags, the book, seven Chico sticks, and me in another damned desert. From one wasteland to another, the Sonoran to the Jordanian, following fortune, chasing a dream, escaping fate in a [...]
Categories: Americas, Book Reviews, Jordan, Mexico, Middle East, PalestineIsrael, USA • Tags: astrophotography, Desert Solitude, Edward Abbey, Grand Canyon, Mormons, palestine, Utah, Wadi Rum, Zionism
First published at Truthout and losdeportados.arizona.edu By Murphy Woodhouse and ST McNeil Alberto Laborin Villa got to Mexico with what he had on: a pair of slacks and a gray dress shirt. His pockets were empty: no money and no identification. He had no phone numbers either because his phone was back home in Pasco, Washington. Alberto was in Nogales, Sonora, now, and home was about as far away as a place could be for Alberto that night, his first after [...]
It is finally complete: a 12-minute documentary about people deported from around the United States to Nogales, Mexico. The process was arduous, shocking, and illuminating. Please, watch the video and hear voices of the voiceless, read the narrative story at deportados.arizona.edu, and comment on anything – this is an important issue was well as a learning opportunity for the public and us as filmmakers. This was made by me and Murphy Woodhouse, with some excellent videographic help from Josh Morgan, [...]
Working with Murphy Woodhouse, Josh Morgan, Corey Ramirez and Nigar Fatali, I’ve been busy putting together a new multimedia platform for our Los Deportados project. Featuring small video-biographies of most of our interviewees, a long-form article, and our trailer, we hope to build deportados.arizona.edu into a powerful medium to broadcast the voices of deportees caught in a pitiless political and economic system. Thanks for your support and listening – and let’s keep talking.
Using Google Fusion, I graphically rendered data from the impressively open and accessible records of the President of Mexico’s office. This is the beginning of a data visualization and journalistic project coordinated with Murphy Woodhouse, Jeremy Slack, Josh Morgan, and Corey Ramirez.