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Heartbreaking photos show hundreds of undocumented immigrant children crammed into Texas air base

A half-century-old section of a U.S. Air Force base in Texas has been transformed into a holding and processing center for thousands of undocumented children crossing the border from Central and South America without adults.

Leaked photos from the base, which were obtained by the news blog show hundreds of children holed up in crowded concrete rooms, many of them sleeping on the bare floor without blankets or pillows.

Among those children are Jose Maquez Soto, 12, who came from Honduras to the United States and now rests on a bunk at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio under a hand-drawn flag of his native country and a message cheering the Honduran squad in the upcoming soccer World Cup.

Jose is one of the 60,000 ‘unaccompanied minors’ - children under 18 - that the Obama administration estimates will enter the United States this year. 

It projects that number to grow to nearly 130,000 next year, creating what the White House describes as an ‘urgent humanitarian situation’.

Nearly 1,000 of the minors at a time are being sheltered at a facility built about 50 years ago to house new recruits for basic training. 

The boys and girls will pass along corridors with faded Air Force pictures and new signs written in Spanish that point the way to the dining hall and bathrooms. 

Since the facility opened three weeks ago, 1,820 children have passed through the center.

About 850 have been released to a vetted family member or a sponsor, said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jesus Garcia.

The person who takes the child, Garcia says, has to agree to bring the child to an immigration hearing.

The minors flooding over the border are often teenagers leaving behind poverty or violence in Mexico and other parts of Central America such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

They are sometimes seeking to reunite with a parent who is already in the United States, also without documentation.

Another facility for minors will open at Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California that will hold a maximum of 600 children.

At Lackland, the children between the ages of 12 and 17 are handed several sheets and towels when they arrive and checked for lice and scabies.

They then undergo physical and mental health evaluations, and are assigned a metal bunk from among the rows that line the walls of large barracks-style rooms.   

There is little need for storage because, as social workers put it, few of these children arrived with anything other than the clothes they wore on their journey north. 

'The reasons, as we understand them, that contribute to this dramatic increase have to do with economic conditions in those countries, sustained violence in these countries, and the desire of these children to be reunited with family members in the United States,' Celia Munoz, the White House Domestic Policy Adviser said.

(via liberationxfrequency)

Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement: An Overview



Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement and Sexual Assault Awareness Month: An Overview

Here is a review and recap of all of the readings, resources, chats, and interviews from Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a compilation of the resource lists and Storify’s of Twitter teach-ins:

On Writing


"Writing produces anxiety. Looking inside myself and my experience, looking at my conflicts, engenders anxiety in me. Being a writer feels very much like being a Chicana, or being queer – a lot of squirming, coming up against all sorts of walls. Or its opposite: nothing defined or definite, a boundless, floating state of limbo where I kick my heels, brood, percolate, hibernate and wait for something to happen."

- Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands


"Being black is not a crime." South Sudanese and Eritrean refugees protest against prosecution in Tel Aviv, Israel 


"Being black is not a crime." South Sudanese and Eritrean refugees protest against prosecution in Tel Aviv, Israel 

(via gradientlair)

Candles and whatnot


So I went to the gym, and realized I didn’t have enough time for a worthwhile workout, so here I am. On the internet.


So I’m quitting my magical job with wonderful benefits and understanding bosses to heal my brain and not be stressed out, because…

Yes yes, good stuff coming in the future. Excited to create and sustain with my bestie!

a lost connection


they say that we re-grow our skin every seven years
so by my calculations my body will forget the places
you touched me in approximately twenty two months which
is about a thousand times as long as the distance
between your bed and mine which is another way of
saying that i am moving on from…

(Source: returnthegayze)



A woman’s work is never done (2011) by Eliza Bennett | Flesh, thread

"Using my own hand as a base material, I considered it a canvas upon which I stitched into the top layer of skin using thread to create the appearance of an incredibly work worn hand. By using the technique of embroidery, traditionally employed to represent femininity and applying it to the expression of it’s opposite, I hope to challenge the pre-conceived notion that ‘women’s work’ is light and easy. Aiming to represent the effects of hard work arising from employment in low paid ancillary jobs such as cleaning, caring, and catering, all traditionally considered to be ‘women’s work’"

Damn!!!!!!! I continue to admire the way women tell our narratives. Narratives of how we confront our reality, and do so in a way that is so beautiful that if brings the brutality of our experiences into focus. 

We don’t want to survive; we want to live. 

We don’t want to survive; we want to live. 

(via merrydeath86)