Steller’s jay in Arizona, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

1 May 2017

Steller’s Jay scavenging food from a wildlife refuge parking lot near Flagstaff, Arizona. A stunning bird very similar to the Blue Jay, but with black head and white eye lines. I was surprised to encounter this bird primarily as a scavenger hanging around public areas of western national parks. I have not seen Blue Jays back east exhibit this type of behavior that is more often seen with Grackles.

The Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is a jay native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent, but with a black head and upper body.

Mother deer saves fawn from bear


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bear vs. Elk

21 May 2017

Captured at “The end of the world” in Flagstaff, Arizona.

By Ed Mazza in the USA:

05/30/2017 04:46 am ET

WATCH: Mama Elk Fights Off A Bear To Save Her Calf

The rare battle is caught on video in Arizona.

Never get between a mama elk and her calf.

A black bear in Arizona learned that lesson the hard way in a scene caught on video.

Footage that Shannon Seville of Flagstaff filmed and posted on Facebook and YouTube last week shows the bear taking a swipe at the calf when its mother isn’t looking in East Pocket, aka “The End of the World”.

The calf’s cries alert its mother, who comes running to the scene. The bear first climbs a tree, then comes down and takes another shot at the calf with its mother watching.

That wasn’t a good idea:

The calf runs off, and its mother follows. Seville said they didn’t seem injured, but she didn’t know what happened next.

“The animals left our line of vision and we weren’t about to get out of the vehicle to follow,” she told the Republic. “I imagine nature took its course, however, it was meant to.”

Stop Trump’s deportation raids, petition


This video from the USA says about itself:

ICE Raids Speed into Overdrive: Advocates Say Obama’s Deportations Reaching “100 MPH” Under Trump

10 February 2017

We are joined from Phoenix by Aarón Rayos, the husband of a mother of two U.S.-born children who is at the center of an immigration fight in Arizona and has been deported to Mexico. Guadalupe García de Rayos was arrested and detained Wednesday during a routine check-in with immigration officials. She had been living in the United States for the past 21 years, but had been arrested in 2008 during a raid on a water park in Maricopa County and convicted of a felony for using forged documents in order to get a job. Advocates say her arrest signals a clear shift by the Trump administration to deport people considered a “low priority” for removal under President Obama. We also speak with Francisca Porchas, organizing director of Puente Arizona.

From Our Revolution in the USA today:

Donald Trump’s attack on immigrants has taken a frightening turn. I’m writing you from Phoenix, one of the dozens of cities under attack from Trump’s Gestapo-style raids targeting immigrant families.

Since Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have detained and deported hundreds of undocumented Americans, including the parents of U.S. citizen children. There have even been reports of ICE agents following Latino children home from school in hopes of arresting undocumented parents and demanding documents from citizens and immigrants alike.

These raids targeting people based on where they live and the color of their skin have already happened at homes, stores and workplaces in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Will you help stop the attacks on immigrant families? Sign up now to let us know we can count on you to protect victims of ICE raids in your community.

Donald Trump claims that millions of “criminal” immigrants live among us — but this is a lie, designed to give him cover for his racist plan. The immigrants Trump is targeting aren’t “rapists” or “bringing drugs” — they are people like my friend Lupita, who was separated from her citizen children this week after living in Arizona for 20 years.

Families and communities across America are being torn apart by Trump’s xenophobic raids. This is not who we are. The raids must stop.

I am a proud and unafraid Dreamer, an undocumented immigrant who came here as a child. Through my years working with the immigrant rights’ community, I know first-hand that we build power through organizing. Through that power we have been able to reunite thousands of immigrant families. We have the power to stop these unjust deportations — but we must act fast and take action locally.

If you marched for women’s rights in January and let Donald Trump know that “immigrants are welcome here”, your voice voice is needed once again. Demand decency and justice for the undocumented community. Sign up to if you’re willing to take action locally to protect immigrant families and stop the raids.

In solidarity,

Erika Andiola
Our Revolution

SIGN UP to stand with immigrant families in your community.

P.S.: Want to do more? Please download and share this critical “know your rights” infographics from our friends at United We Dream.

Demonstrations in the US continued over the weekend against last week’s mass roundup of immigrants, the first “surge” in deportations since President Donald Trump signed a January 25 executive order dramatically expanding the purview of anti-immigrant police actions. An annual march for civil rights in Raleigh, North Carolina, held Saturday, drew a record crowd of over 20,000. The turnout was fueled by opposition to Trump’s brutal policies against both Hispanic and Muslim immigrants: here.

ICE AGENTS REPORTEDLY ARREST FIRST DACA-RECIPIENT “The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. ” [HuffPost]

ICE Reportedly Detained A Domestic Violence Victim Who Sought Court Protection. The arrest could discourage other undocumented immigrants from reporting abuse: here.

Jewish girl’s birthday ruined by nazi cupcakes


This video from the USA says about itself:

Teens bring cupcakes with SWASTIKAS to Jewish girl’s birthday

30 November 2016

►Facebook post showing cupcake swastika goes viral
►Arizona woman’s friend posted the image on her Facebook page
►The girls who brought the cupcakes knew of the symbol’s meaning
►Anti-Defamation League asks parents to educate kids about Holocaust

By David Moye in the USA:

Jewish Teen’s Birthday Ruined As Friends Make Swastika Cupcakes

The girls who frosted the cupcakes said they were trying to be funny.

11/29/2016 06:34 pm ET

An Arizona mother said she hopes cruel birthday cupcakes given to her teenage daughter will become a “teachable moment” about the horrors of the Holocaust.

Deborah Muller, of Paradise Valley, said her daughter’s 14th birthday party this month included cupcakes that guests were allowed to frost. Two girls, who Muller said are friends of her daughter, decorated cupcakes with chocolate swastikas, even though the birthday girl is Jewish, according to KPNX-TV.

Muller said in a now-deleted Facebook post that the girls told her they did it to “be funny.” She said the teens all recently learned about the Holocaust in school, and were aware of the symbol’s meaning.

The girls uploaded photos of the swastika cupcake to Snapchat, according to Phoenix New Times. …

Phoenix New Times reports Muller contacted parents of the teens responsible for the tasteless frosting, then shared a photo of the cupcakes on Facebook with this comment:

I thought long and hard about writing this, but you know, it’s better to lose some aquaintences than remain silent. This is not a political post, but I believe this has EVERYTHING to do with the political environment we’re now living in. I think everyone who knows me knows i don’t “have an agenda”.

… I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that our prez elect can bring this cracked country together. Incidents of awful racist, misogynistic, anti-semitic, etc. behavior are skyrocketing — you see it in posts that have been forwarded or news stories, but it always happens “somewhere else” or “not in my backyard”.

Well how about it happening right in YOUR OWN HOUSE? By your 14 year old daughter’s “friends”. At her own birthday party last night? At what should’ve been a really happy occassion, there were charades, name that tune games, a viewing of the Princess Bride, pizza, Polaroiding, gift opening and cupcake decorating. I was upstairs hiding with the dogs b/c I believe 14 year olds don’t need to be babysat while putting sprinkles on cupcakes.

Well, this apparently happened (I only found out about it this morning). Let me tell you that I am Jewish, my daughter is Jewish, there was another Jewish girl at the party as well as many other girls of different religions who don’t have a negative bone in their bodies. But then there were the two girls who created this. Why? Is this funny? Is this right? Is this nice to do at another person’s party in another person’s house? Are the lids to human kindness and decency ripped off so permanently that this can happen to YOUR kid in YOUR house? Just something to think about and maybe have a discussion with your children about certain actions.

Sightings of swastikas and other symbols of hate have surged since Donald Trump’s election victory. On Nov. 12, someone drew a swastika on four dormitory doors at New York City’s New School. Six days later, a Brooklyn park named in honor of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch was desecrated with swastikas and pro-Trump graffiti.

The day after the election, two swastikas were spray-painted on a building in Philadelphia, according to Mic.com.

Donald Trump Is Already Having A Horrible Impact On America’s Schools, According To New Report. Educators around the country have reported extensive bullying, fear among their students and offensive graffiti: here.

An image from the new Southern Poverty Law Center report, which details school bullying after the election

American coot chicks, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

27 January 2016

American Coot chicks have yellow-orange downy feathers, a bare red and black head, and a stubby red and orange bill, and look much different from their black and white parents. Here, three chicks move about in shallow water in Arizona.

Only wild jaguar in the USA, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 February 2016

The first publicly released video of the only known wild jaguar in the United States shows the giant cat roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona.

Will this jaguar ever find a mate? The US-Mexican border wall started by George W Bush which damages wildlife will make that problematic. One should hope Donald Trump’s plan for a still bigger wall will never become reality.

Children’s story about bats


This video is called Fun Facts About Bats.

From the site of NASA in the USA, where the story continues:

THE STORY OF Echo the Bat

In the upper elevations of Arizona, there was a forest of tall Ponderosa pine trees. The forest was covered with snow and the evenings were quiet as animals slept through the cold winter nights. When spring arrived, the snow melted and a colony of female bats made their home in a hollow pine tree to raise their young.

Echo and his mom hang upside down safe in their tree. Echo is under his mom’s wings. There is a crescent moon outside.

Unlike birds who hatch from eggs, bats are mammals. The mother bats will give birth to their young and feed them mother’s milk. Because their pups are too young to fly and catch their food, Mother bats care for their pups during the first month.

As the warm days of spring led to summer, a baby bat was born. He had a tiny, furry body with awkward wings. His mother held him close to her and wrapped him in her wings. All day long, she could hear his chirping cry echo through the hollow tree. From that day on, his mother called him “Echo.”