News On The Line is a new, independent journalism project to document life and reality along the U.S./Mexico border, using text, photos, video, and more.

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Project Developments

This morning I am in El Paso, Texas as I continue my quick survey of the U.S./Mexico border, the "Transition in the Borderlands" project I have been working on for over a week now.

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Video From Friendship Park

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First Video Report For "Transition in the Borderlands": Chertoff Retirement Party


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Friendship Park Communion Continues

Yesterday I drove from midtown San Diego a half an hour south to Border Field State Park to observe an activist and community ritual that has been happening every Sunday for the last 6 months. John Fanestil and other San Diegans meet in a parking lot a mile north of the Mexican/U.S. border and then walk to the beach, then down it to the sand-embedded border wall, and then up a short hill to the top of a mesa where the historic Friendship Park has been located as a monument to international relations since the early 70s.

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In San Diego

As I write this I sit in a house in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, charging batteries and otherwise preparing for shooting at Friendship Park this afternoon. I've also been continuing to configure this web site, which I think will be a slowly evolving process.

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Hitting the Road

Today the "Transition in the Borderlands?" project (working title) will officially get rolling as I head from Tucson to San Diego. Tomorrow I plan to be at the weekly interfaith communion at Friendship Park that John Fanestil and other clergy have been doing. Since the Border Patrol and wall construction contractors have started to demolish the park a couple of weeks ago, there's no telling when this will be cut short.

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