Glistening Brooks

 

water scarcity, water rights, water democracy

When I was a kid, my friends and I could hop on our bikes, ped­al a mile or so and cup our hands to fetch and drink deli­cious, clean, ice-cold, fresh spring water. We knew the water was safe and nev­er dreamed that it would dis­ap­pear or that oth­ers could not have what we did. When I hear of the phe­nom­e­nal num­bers of peo­ple in the world with­out access to clean water, I am stunned. When I find myself not trust­ing the water flow­ing out of my tap or hear about impend­ing and already occur­ring scarci­ty, I am stunned. Water and humans go togeth­er. There should be no assign­ing of priv­i­lege with access to this basic ele­men­tal right. Nor should there be cor­po­rate prac­tices that hoard, mis­use, or defile our water. If you’d like some facts on water, check out this Unit­ed Nations fact sheet. Stag­ger­ing.

La Bestia

La Bestia

Imag­ine being 7 or 12 or 15 and being afraid to leave your house for school, play, errands, life. Imag­ine your par­ents equal­ly fright­ened, des­per­ate, being forced to leave you or send you away in a scram­ble to help you sur­vive. No par­ent, no child would under­take the very dan­ger­ous jour­ney across bor­ders to an unknown, haz­ard­ly mount­ing a train called la bes­tia — the beast. Eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal injus­tice push­es chil­dren out. Injus­tice sends them back.