Recommended Reading: Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border
Part 1: Along the U.S.-Mexico border, in an area called Mexicali, the air is killing people.
Part 2: This is how a river along the U.S.-Mexico border became a toxic waste dumping ground.
Part 3: This city’s factories make stuff Americans buy. But its people pay a heavy price.
Part 4: A toxic wasteland festers on the border, putting people’s health at risk.
A must read for all interested in the Mexico/USA Borderlands
Desert Sun: In 2016, Desert Sun reporter Ian James and photographer Zoë Meyers ventured from Palm Springs 100 miles south to the California-Mexico border to look into the toxic New River, which flows from the Mexican city of Mexicali north into the California town of Calexico. They spent the next two years looking not only at the New River, but also contaminated air and soil, uncovering a pattern of unchecked pollution leading to illness and death in both countries.
On Friday, April 5, The Desert Sun and Comite Civico Del Valle have teamed up to present a visually dynamic, interactive event that will help you understand the crisis of polluted air and water affecting communities on both sides of the California-Mexico border — and what is at stake through the eyes of journalists, lawmakers, experts and activists. The presentation takes place from 5-830pm at The Desert Sun, 750 N. Gene Autry Trail, in Palm Springs. Tickets are $10 and include light refreshments. Purchase tickets online at tickets.desertsun.com.
- Will the presentation have live and recorded video?
- Are there recommended websites / Twitter accounts / Facebook pages focusing on environmental concerns in these borderlands?
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#Editorial: The "Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border" investigation is sounding the alarm about pollution causing broad public harm in plain view and raising concerns about health issues that aren’t yet fully understood. https://t.co/p8cVpi33xL
— The Desert Sun (@MyDesert) December 21, 2018
With a story about the New River and the pollution crisis on the border in the @nytimes this weekend, I'd like to take the opportunity to re-share our recent series 'Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border.' Here's the project intro, w/ videos, interactives and VR: https://t.co/9JSczLBfsL
— Ian James (@ByIanJames) February 10, 2019
We’re holding two events in the coming weeks to discuss our Poisoned Cities, Deadly Border series. The first event is this Friday at the @CollegeofDesert library from 3-4 p.m. Come say hi! https://t.co/rHt3X6ZU2G @ByIanJames @MyDesert
— Zoë Meyers (@ZoeKMeyers) March 20, 2019
— Ron Mader (@ronmader) April 2, 2019
NBC/Univision will be in house during the event
— Julie Makinen (@Julie_Makinen) April 2, 2019
— Sam Metz (@metzsam) April 5, 2019
Thanks to all who made the Desert Sun Studio's inaugural event a big success–looking for solutions to the pollution woes on the Calif-Mexico border! @shhs_principal @AsmEGarciaAD56 @ByIanJames @ZoeKMeyers @KateFranco9 @SouthCoastAQMD @MojaveDesertLT @EvanWyloge @vickieaconnor pic.twitter.com/i5lcnjgPBl
— Julie Makinen (@Julie_Makinen) April 6, 2019
Michelle Dugan told her story: “This is time for change. I want change for my kids. … I want my kids to live in an environment where there is no pollution. I don’t want them to have to worry about their health like I have been doing for 27 years.” https://t.co/1diNRkYHSj pic.twitter.com/wg8ExR84Xf
— Ian James (@ByIanJames) April 6, 2019