Sentient: adj., able to perceive or feel things
In late September 2019, I organized a group of human animals to bring attention to new construction of border wall, just south of Lukeville, Arizona and east of Sonoyta, Mexico.
The wall is a project of the Trump administration. On the US side of this section of wall is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a federally protected wilderness area and a UNESCO-recognized international biosphere reserve. The administration has waived state and federal laws—including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act—to build here and within other protected areas of border states.
The new wall will cut off countless Sonoran Desert animals from migratory routes and water sources. It will uproot miles of desert vegetation. It puts at risk 22 significant archeological sites — ancient trails, tools, ceramics, and shrines dating back 15,000 years. Its construction will draw down groundwater sources, including Quitobaquito Spring, part of the sacred homeland of the Hia C-ed O’odham and the Tohono O’odham people and the only site in the United States where the endangered Quitobaquito pupfish, the Quitobaquito spring snail, the Sonoyta mud turtle, and the desert caper plant (the only plant that supports the caper butterfly) occur naturally. New roads, surveillance cameras, and bright lights will accompany the wall, each with its own deleterious consequences for land, water, and sky.
Videography & editing: Julius Schlosburg
Direction & concept: Kimi Eisele
Animals: Joanna Carichner, Eb Eberline, Kimi Eisele, Ruth Marblestone, Erika O’Dowd, Kate Ramlow-Meyer
Special thanks: Greg Colburn, Laiken Jordahl
If you care about animals; plants; indigenous people, heritage, and land; and humans seeking better opportunities, you can support environmental and immigration rights groups working to halt border wall construction and uphold justice in the borderlands.
Center for Biological Diversity: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org
Sky Island Alliance: https://www.skyislandalliance.org/
Indivisible Tohono: https://www.facebook.com/indivisiblet…
No More Deaths * No Más Muertes: http://nomoredeaths.org
Colibrí Center for Human Rights: https://www.colibricenter.org
Humane Borders: https://humaneborders.org/
Coalición de Derechos Humanos: https://derechoshumanosaz.net/