San Diego, USA against Trump’s xenophobia


United States border patrol

From the World Socialist Web Site in California, USA:

San Diego workers and youth speak out in defense of refugees at US-Mexico border

By our reporters

4 December 2018

The San Ysidro port, the busiest in the world, with 63,000 people crossing every day, has been closed after migrants were tear gassed by the Border Patrol and US military. The border itself has been fortified with barbed wire, military grade vehicles line the wall, and CBP officers armed in riot gear at all times patrol the perimeter side-by-side with US troops.

Migrants have been faced with repression by US security forces, and the Mexican government is collaborating with the Trump administration in bolstering its police on the border and creating deportation centers. The mayor of Tijuana echoes Trump’s xenophobia, calling the caravan an “invasion” and leading on fascistic protests in high end areas of Tijuana that call for the removal of “unwanted foreigners”.

The working class tells a very different story of sympathy for the migrants and anger over the government response. WSWS reporters spoke to workers passing through to the US at the San Ysidro port of entry.

Danielle has lived her whole life in San Diego and has witnessed the increasing militarization of the border. “It’s a shame that we have two sister cities that are so stressed out,” she said.” I turned 18 in 2000 and I’ve seen the transition since 9/11. The border resembles a prison more and more. When they shut the border, I don’t think it’s to keep people out, but to keep people in.”

She continued: “Our government says it defends human rights but they clearly don’t care about the 85,000 children who died in Yemen. They want us fighting each other so we don’t unite against the real enemy.”

In passing, many workers said they never knew when the border was being closed and would be afraid to cross. One woman noted that when the border does close it is left inaccessible for seven to eight hours at a time.

Alan

Alan, a resident of Tijuana told reporters: “I work at a dental clinic. Most of our patients come from the US, the UK, Africa and different places around the world. When the border is closed, we go from 20 patients to six or four. People call and say that they’re scared—and rightly so—that it looks like a war zone.”

Jacqueline, who works for the Immigration Center for Women and Children in San Diego denounced the scapegoating of Central American migrants and the crackdown by the Trump administration.

“I was in Tijuana last weekend, and the San Ysidro port of entry is covered in barbed wire, Mexican federal police are constantly patrolling the entry with riot gear. On the US side you have highly armed officers asking people to ‘show their papers’ before they even speak with a customs agent. This is ridiculous.”

Mexican police

“Many of the migrants coming to the US are fleeing organized crime, state violence, threats against their lives; fleeing conditions of poverty, insecurity and lack of opportunities. I believe they do have a legitimate claim to asylum. The governments of Honduras and El Salvador are incapable of protecting them from these dangers. Prolonged US involvement in elections, CIA backed coups and military training have single handedly destabilized the region. If they are facing persecution, and the government is not fit to protect them, they have a legitimate claim to asylum here in the US.”

Jacqueline’s recent visit to Tijuana was to assist in translating for a group of medical students who volunteered to help sick migrants.

An immigrant tent encampment

“I have seen doctors from the US band together and go over to the Tijuana side to provide free medical care. I have also seen a huge amount of support from the youth, providing donations and being vocal on social media. However, the media has focused on the negative reactions to the caravan—[anti-immigrant] protests from the most well-off layers of Tijuanenses who do not at all represent the Tijuana population adequately.

“I believe the Democratic Party profits from allowing the Trump administration to scapegoat the caravan. If they were pro-immigrant, they would actively condemn the recent actions on the border, and they would push for legislation that directly funds USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services), judges, and asylum officers and would push for a path towards citizenship. They care so little for the American working class, and even less for the international working class.”

Homelessness in San Diego, USA


This 8 January 2018 video from the USA is called Homeless couple discusses life on the streets of San Diego, California.

By Emanuele Saccarelli in the USA:

San Diego homelessness crisis remains after hepatitis A outbreak

9 January 2018

In spite of a series of initiatives carried out by the local political establishment in response to a recent public health crisis, the city of San Diego continues to remain in the grips of a homelessness crisis.

Official reports indicate that more than 9,000 homeless people live on the streets of San Diego, with over a thousand of them being concentrated in the downtown area. According to these latest figures, which are widely believed to underestimate the problem, San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the country.

California city arrests a dozen people for passing out food and toiletries to homeless people. El Cajon made it illegal to pass out food on city property last fall: here.

On January 14, 12 members of the activist group “Break the Ban” were arrested in the city of El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, California, for providing food to a homeless community at Wells Park. Among those detained by the police was a 14-year-old boy. The volunteers were part of a larger group of around 50, who were handing out food as an act of civil disobedience against the city of El Cajon’s ban on food sharing, enacted last November: here.

San Diego mayor outlines impending crackdown on homeless: here.

Authorities in Anaheim, California have begun clearing out homeless encampments along the Santa Ana river where as many as 1,000 people live in tents and makeshift shelters. The largest encampment, a three-mile long tent city, is located near Angel Stadium, the home field of the Los Angeles Angels major league baseball team. The camp has attracted many for whom rent is too high in Orange and Los Angeles Counties: here.

Anaheim, California: Homeless encampment residents speak on their conditions: here.

100,000 dolphins off California, video


Wildlife Extra writes about this video:

As many as 100,000 dolphins in one vast pod spotted off San Diego

March 2013. Joe Dutra, captain of a whale watching boat in San Diego, reported in February that he had seen a vast ‘super-mega pod’ of dolphins covering an area 7.5 miles long and almost 6 miles wide and containing an estimated 100,000 dolphins. The entire group of dolphins appeared to be common dolphins.

Several thousand birds, seagulls, pelicans and others, were also in the area and there was a huge amount of bait activity which assisted in this feeding frenzy!

Captain Dutra said: “In my past years in the fishing industry, years ago, I used to see massive schools of dolphins off the coast of Central and South America, but nothing like this. This was a once in a life time experience. Truly Amazing!”

Wildlife art festival in California


MIKE DOWELL holds a finished Shoveler (type of duck) he made earlier with extreme fine detail. U/T photo CHARLIE NEUMAN

From the San Diego Union-Tribune in the USA:

Wildlife art festival in Point Loma this weekend

By NTC Promenade Corky McMillin Events Center 12:01 a.m.Feb. 14, 2013

Duck-carvers, wildlife painters and animal enthusiasts will gather this weekend for the 40th annual California Open. The two-day festival showcases the work of as many as 150 artists and fish and duck decoy carvers from the U.S. and abroad. There will be a carving competition (wildfowl, fish and birds), an exhibit of antique decoys, a palm frond-carving contest, live auctions, art exhibits and vendor booths. This year’s featured artist is Dehesa resident Gloria Chadwick, a retired psychiatric nurse who enjoys painting and sketching wildlife at the San Diego Zoo. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, artists ages 16 and under are invited to take part in the Al Deddens Memorial Youth Painting Event. Children can try their hand at painting a wooden silhouette. All materials will be provided for the take-home art project.

The festival frons from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at NTC Promenade, Corky McMillin Events Center, Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma. Adult weekend pass, $5. Children 11 and under, free. Visit pswa.net.

– Pam Kragen

3-Million-Year-Old Whale Discovered at the San Diego Zoo, USA


This video is called Whale evolution.

From Discovery News in the USA:

3-Million-Year-Old Whale Unearthed at the San Diego Zoo

Analysis by Jennifer Viegas

Fri Sep 17, 2010 08:05 PM ET

Workmen constructing a storm water equalization tank this week at the San Diego Zoo dug up a surprising find: a 3-million-year-old whale.

The construction crew was using an excavotor to dig through fine grain sand, when suddenly the machine struck a solid item. Further investigation revealed that this obstacle was an enormous prehistoric whale.

Our genus, Homo, wasn’t even around 3 million years ago, so this wasn’t some sort of super prehistoric zoo. The site then, during the Pliocene, was under water.

The 24-foot baleen whale appears to be very well preserved, with much of the fossilized skeleton present. Finding an intact skull, along with the vertebrae and flippers, is quite rare, according to Sarah Siren, San Diego Natural History Museum paleontological field manager.

The skull and other large pieces will be encapsulated in plaster jackets while smaller pieces, including vertebrae, are being cleaned with brushes and boxed up to be moved to the museum’s laboratory for analysis of the finds.

The age of this whale is interesting, as it coincides with what’s known as The Great American Interchange, where various land and freshwater faunas migrated between North and South America. Many species went extinct then. But armadillos, opposums, hummingbirds and vampire bats all traveled to North America, while horses, tapirs, saber-toothed cats and deer entered South America. The first short-faced bears also appeared at this time.

See also here.

Sperm whales: a long and vicious history: here.

Researchers have found that Sperm whales communicate with other members of their pod using a handful of patterned clicks which all individuals in the group share: here.