We are health and environmental workers and agriculturists who have lived and worked in the Borderlands and Central America and beyond for decades and are joining voices to halt the chaos, cruelty and destructive actions at the Mexican border. Specifically, our core themes are:
- Cultural, economic and environmental consequences of new border walls, including measures that protect US border residents without new wall construction.
- Immigration, especially public health and safety ramifications.
- How immigrants and migrants contribute to the economy and communities in the United States.
- Opportunities for the United States to support equitable prosperity, peace and social justice in Central America and Mexico in order to reduce the immigration pressures at our borders.
Our goals are a better educated citizenry and promotion of national policies that saves lives and property while conserving human and financial resources and reduction of the environmental and cultural damages caused by current government actions and policies.
Richard and Diane Collins
Diane D. and Richard C. Collins are Native Arizona residents who also lived and worked in El Salvador and Guatemala during the 1970-80s for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U. S. Embassy where they witnessed the poverty, disease, violence, and inequities that are the root...
Laurie Monti is a Cultural Ecologist at the Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies. Her research and practice focuses on bio-cultural diversity and social and ecological health, with a Ph.D from University of Arizona in Arid Lands Resource Sciences-Ethno Ecology and Medical Anthropology, and an M.S....
Elizabeth and Carlos (Kent) Campbell
The Campbell family lived for 4 years in El Salvador during the 1970s where Kent worked with the Ministry of Health on nation-wide malaria control. Following his 23 years of service with CDC, he joined the faculty of the Arizona Health Sciences Center where he led the development of the...
Gary Paul Nabhan
Gary Paul Nabhan is a grandson of undocumented Lebanese refugees who came to the United States a century ago, with many uncles and aunts coming up through Mexico to El Paso. He has written about the natural and cultural history of the borderlands for 40 years, including in depth studies...