For at least 3000 years, (or 12,000 in fact) before the arrival of missionaries, colonists and settlers, the Kumeyaay people flourished in what is now San Diego County and northern Baja California. The tribes once numbered as many as 50,000 people. After the introduction of smallpox by the European colonists (along with other colonial depredations) their population was decimated, falling as low as 1000 people at one point.
Now, amid a new epidemic, the coronavirus, and in service of his reelection campaign, President Trump has accelerated border wall construction and reiterated his promise to complete 450 miles of new border wall along the 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the year.
This wall runs directly through Kumeyaay territories and sacred areas. it will divide the community members on the US side even more from their relatives on the Mexican side. Members of the Kumeyaay tribe are strongly resisting and say they will continue to resist both blasting and the building of the wall, which will disturb and desecrate ancestral burial grounds and artifacts in the area.
About Face Veterans have been specifically invited by Kumeyaay youth leaders to join them in establishing a camp, in conducting trainings and helping with logistics.
About Face is an organization made up of Post-9/11 service members and veterans working to end a foreign policy of permanent war and the use of military weapons, tactics, and values in communities across the country. As people intimately familiar with the inner workings of the world’s largest military, we use our knowledge and experiences to expose the truth about these conflicts overseas and the growing militarization in the United States.
We are dedicated to using the skills we learned in the study of war to aid in building peaceful communities. We work in solidarity with front-line communities impacted by US militarism.
Please give generously to help us support this effort. Our goal is to bring resources and energy here and be 100% sufficient unto ourselves. We need to raise funds for travel, food, incidentals, a bail fund for the project and other needs that may arise. Members are congregating starting this weekend and will remain as long as their presence is required.
We are in this all together.
Drop the MIC! The Military Industrial Complex is poison.