AlonzoOf the three candidates running for the Texas House District 37 primary race, only one is opposed to the proposed Port of Brownsville LNG export terminals. Arturo Alonzo recognizes that the massive industrial facilities could be a blow to our tourism and real estate industries because they depend on clean air and clean water. He understands that the unsightly tanks and flares and the unhealthy pollution that the LNG companies will bring to our coastline could actually cost us jobs and decrease property values.

Although incumbent Rene Oliveira is placing ads touting his strong environmental voting record, he was an early supporter of LNG and has accepted at least one campaign contribution from Annova LNG. For these reasons we do not recommend voting for Oliveira.

Nor do we recommend casting a vote for Alex Dominguez. As county commissioner, Dominguez voted in favor of giving huge tax breaks to Rio Grande LNG.

While the Sierra Club is not endorsing any of the candidates, the Save RGV from LNG campaign does support Arturo Alonzo, as he is unequivocally opposed to LNG in the RGV.

Early voting ends Friday, March 2 and election day is Tuesday, March 6.


save santa ana bumpersticker

On Saturday, January 27th people from all over the country will gather in the field outside Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, which is threatened by Trump’s border wall. They will be joining South Texans in taking a stand against the terrible damage that border walls will cause to border communities and the borderlands.

If you are not able to get to Santa Ana for the rally, please commit to participate in one or more of the following solidarity actions this week. Click on the links for details:

Spreading the word on social media

Making calls to Congress

Writing a letter to the editor

Santa Ana Solidarity postcard party

There are lots of talking points available in this toolkit. You can also direct questions to dan.millis@sierraclub.org. Thank you very much for standing in solidarity with Santa Ana and with South Texans in opposition to the border wall.

Krista Santa Ana

The fight to stop Trump’s damaging border wall is starting in Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and local organizers are asking people around the country to come to South Texas to join in a rally and concert immediately next to the refuge entrance on Saturday, January 27 from 11 am to 2 pm.

The Trump Administration has announced that if Congress allocates funding for the border wall, the first wall will be built through Santa Ana, flattening acres of habitat, degrading its value to wildlife and ecotourism, and possibly even leading to the closure of the refuge.

Home to more than 400 species of birds and located within the territory of endangered cats like the ocelot and jaguarundi, Santa Ana has been called the “jewel” of the National Wildlife Refuge System because of its stunning diversity. For 75 years it has protected some of the last remaining riparian habitat along the lower Rio Grande River.  Walling through it would be a national tragedy.

The event is being organized in an effort to raise awareness of the imminent threat to Santa Ana and the devastating impacts of any border walls and other security measures on the natural environment in the borderlands, on people’s private property, on important cultural and historical sites, and on border communities. Local organizers want to send the message that border communities are among the safest in the nation and that the push for more border security is based on xenophobic fear rather than reality. They believe that DACA recipients, 1 out of 5 of whom live in the border region, deserve a Clean Dream Act to protect them from deportation and offer them a stable future.

The rally is being held in conjunction with Santa Ana NWR’s 75th anniversary celebration and will feature speakers, musicians, and food, as well as ways to take action. There will also be organized activities in the refuge next door, which is offering free admission for the day.

Please help us distribute flyers for the event: Santa Ana Rally Poster English / handbill version and Santa Ana Rally Poster Spanish/ handbill version Spanish

The event is also listed here on Facebook.

Thank you to our supporting organizations:

ACLU Texas
Action South Texas
Aqui Estamos RGV
Border Action Network
bridges across borders
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley
Center for Biological Diversity
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Conservationist Wild Rivers Commottee
Defenders of Wildlife
Friends of Friendship Park
Friends of Laguna Atascosa NWR
Frontera Audubon
Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law
Humane Borders
La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
PFLAG Harlingen
Proyecto Azteca
Resist the Wall
Sierra Club
Sierra Club Borderlands
Southwest Environmental Center
Texas Civil Rights Project
Wildlands Network

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ACLU Texas
Action South Texas
Aqui Estamos RGV
Border Action Network
bridges across borders
Call to Action-Rio Grande Valley
Center for Biological Diversity
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Conservationist Wild Rivers Commottee
Defenders of Wildlife
Friends of Friendship Park
FRiends of Laguna Atascosa NWR
Frontera Audubon
Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law
Humane Borders
La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
PFLAG Harlingen
Proyecto Azteca
Resist the Wall Community Coalition                                                                                                Sierra Club
Sierra Club Borderlands Team
Southwest Environmental Center
Texas Civil Rights Project
Wildlands Network                                                                                                       #PoetsAgainstWalls

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The Trump administration’s plan for the border wall is extreme and would be disastrous. Here are  ways you can help stop it:

  1. Reach out to your members of Congress! The Trump administration cannot build the border wall if Congress doesn’t vote to fund it. As you will learn from the Border Wall Toolkit booklet, the best ways to ensure that your No Border Wall message gets to your member of Congress are phone calls to staff in congressional offices, tweets at them, and in-person in-district constituent visits. The Toolkit has a call script, sample tweets and tips for organizing  an in-district meeting.
  2.  Host a postcard party!  Invite friends, neighbors, and coworkers or make arrangements with a club you are a member of. You can host at your home, at a coffee shop, a restaurant during happy hour, or at another community gathering place. Print out Save Santa Ana postcards on heavy-duty cardstock and cut them out. Or have people make their own cards out of 4X6 index cards. Collect donations for postage and send them to each of your Congressional representatives.
  3. Get an anti-border wall resolution passed in your community! Communities all along the southern border are passing resolutions rejecting border walls because of the damage they will bring to their communities, farms, and natural areas. We would like to see cities all over the country pass anti-wall resolutions in solidarity with border cities. Please see the How to Pass a Resolution sheet to learn how to go about asking your city or county government to pass a resolution against the wall.
  4. Stay updated and spread the message through social media! Check out our Save Santa Ana facebook page, as well as the Sierra Club Borderlands Team group page. Follow SC Borderlands on Twitter.
  5. Donate to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Sierra Club! Your donation will help us host events, create content, spread the word, and stop the border wall. You can donate online through our PayPal account here.
  6. Please let us know what actions you take! You can email us at lrgvsierraclub@gmail.com and tell us what you did. We can also help point you to any other resources you might need.



Levee-border wall under construction in Hidalgo county 10-12-08

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting comments about their extreme border wall plans in South Texas which include

  • Concrete levee-border walls topped with 18-feet-tall steel bollards which will wall off all of Hidalgo County from the Rio Grande.
  • Border walls built in the Rio Grande floodplain in Starr County that will be 20 to 30-feet-tall.
  • A 150-foot wide enforcement zone on the south/river side of all these walls where they will rip out trees and keep all vegetation from growing.

You can read about their destructive plans in the letter they sent to a handful of organizations.

Please cut and paste the following email addresses  and send a comment in order to express your outrage about this drastic action to both CBP and to Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz:

commentsenv@cbp.dhs.gov, Ana_Garcia@Cornyn.senate.gov, Casandra_Garcia@cruz.senate.gov

Email Subject: RGV Wall and Gates Construction

Comments are due October 20, 2017.

Sample letter you can copy and paste from:

I am opposed to the construction of the Trump administration’s border walls. I am also opposed to the construction of levee-border walls, bollard walls, 150-ft enforcement zones, border wall gates, massive industrial lighting, and all-weather roads.

These border wall structures are symbols of racism and xenophobia, they involve the condemnation of farms and ancestral lands, and they destroy wildlife habitat and refuges. This border wall project would also violate the treaty that establishes the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo as the United States- Mexico border which forbids either nation from building structures in the floodplain that would worsen flooding.

Levee-border walls would cut off thousands of acres of farmland, put the historic La Lomita Chapel in no-man’s-land between the border wall and the border, and would restrict access to trails at the Bentsen Rio Grande State Park and World Birding Center, the National Butterfly Center, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Bollard walls can act as dams and would worsen flooding conditions in communities on both sides of the river such as Roma and Ciudad Alemán.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) should release more information about its border wall plans immediately. They should also host multiple public meetings in the Rio Grande Valley communities that will be impacted by border walls. Undocumented residents attending these public meetings should be assured that they can participate without fear of arrest and deportation. CBP should also comply with all of our nation’s laws, not waive those that it sees as inconvenient.

The Sierra Club has submitted an extensive comment you can read it here.

Brownsville resolution

Residents of Brownsville who helped pass an anti-border wall resolution

  1. Have an initial planning meeting. Find like-minded fellow residents who can help you. You can recruit people to a meeting by talking to your friends and neighbors or by putting out an announcement on social media.
  2. Plan a strategy.
  • Identify your targets. Which commissioner or councilperson would be most likely to support the resolution? Who might oppose it? Is there anyone who may be undecided?
  • Identify allies. Who has influence over city officials that might help you? What organizations or individuals could you reach out to and ask for support?
  • Determine what resources each person on your team brings. Do they know a commissioner personally? Are they willing to write a version of the sample resolution adapted to your community? Are they able to help recruit people to attend City or County meetings?
  • Map out a timeline. Consider when the next commission or council meetings will be held. Set goals around those meetings.
  1. Draft a resolution. Adapt your resolution from Sample Draft Anti-Border Wall Resolution. You may want to do a little research to determine some specific statistics about your community.
  2. Find a sponsor member. Identify a potential sponsor of the resolution, and have a meeting to ask them to introduce it. Bring along supporters who have some power in the member’s district, leaders of an influential organization. If you have collected petitions, or a sign-on letter from organizations who support you, bring that as well. Get feedback on the language of your draft resolution.
  3. Meet with other members. When you have a committed sponsor, you will want to meet with other members. Again, you should bring along the member’s constituents and community leaders, as well as petition signatures and letters from organizations who support you. Ask the official for a commitment to support the resolution. If they do not commit, you may want to use additional tactics to pressure them, such calls from constituents or letters to the editor.
  4. Make a show of force at the hearing. In most cases, when a resolution is placed on the agenda, there is a hearing in the council or commission meeting. It is important to get many supporters to the meeting at which the resolution will be considered and to find a way to be visible—sit up front, bring signs or wear t-shirts or stickers, and sign up to talk about the border wall during the public comment period. You might also ask people to call or write their commissioner and the mayor in the days leading up to the hearing. Make sure local press will be at the hearing and arrange for spokespeople to give statements to them that incorporate your group’s main talking points. (See No Border Wall Talking Points and Draft Resolution.)

Questions? Need help organizing an intial planning meeting? Contact lrgvsierraclub@gmail.com

Anti-Border Wall Resolutions Passed by Border Municipalities:

Brownsville, Texas Resolution

Hidalgo County, Texas Resolution

El Paso, Texas Resolution

San Diego, California Resolution (not yet confirmed)

La Lomita No Border Wall Festival procession - courtesy Scott Nicol

2007 La Lomita procession on the US IBWC levee


On August 12  religious leaders from different faiths will lead border residents and visitors from across the country in a sunrise procession in opposition to the proposed border wall that would slice through communities here in the Rio Grande Valley. The procession will set out at 7:00 am from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in the border town of Mission, Texas and end at Historic La Lomita Mission, the still-active Catholic shrine that gave the town of Mission its name.  The Mission is located behind the levee on which the Trump administration wants to build the levee-border wall and so would be cut off from the rest of the United States, if the wall is built.

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La Lomita chapel with the US IBWC levee behind it, where the border wall would be built


Those who make the four-mile walk will be greeted with mariachi music.  Starting at 9:00 am on the mission grounds, speakers will address the social and environmental impacts inflicted by border walls, as well as the harms inflicted by the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies.  Afterwards we will enjoy a community picnic on the mission grounds.

The goal of this event is to present to the rest of the nation the reality of life on the border.  Border communities are some of the safest in the United States, and we reject border walls, the targeting of communities of color, and the militarization of our home.

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Shrine in the La Lomita chapel with prayers


Through the procession itself and through music, speeches and poetry, we will reaffirm the culture and history of the Rio Grande Valley and highlight the ways that our communities are connected to the river itself and to our neighbors in Mexico.  We’ll also call attention to the damage that Trump’s planned border walls would do, cutting off people’s homes, stripping farmers of their land, closing our parks, and devastating our ecologically sensitive wildlife refuges. Finally, we’ll remember the plight of migrants and refugees who are funneled by walls into remote areas where they are more likely to die from dehydration and exposure.

If you go:

Dawn Procession
Begins at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
620 N Dunlap Ave, Mission, TX
Arrive at 7:00 am
Important: bring water and sun protection
***Free ‘No Border Wall’ T-shirts to all marchers while supplies last***

Morning Rally
Begins at 9:00 am
La Lomita Mission and Park
See map
***Free food and drinks, activities for kids***

Sign up and invite friends on Facebook

Event Flyers to Distribute

Save the Mission flyer English

Save the Mission Flyer Spanish

Sponsors List

A Resource in Serving Equality
Accion de Gracia Inmigracion
Action South Texas
Awesome Women in Action
Call to Action
Center for Biological Diversity
Chimney Park Resort
Church World Service
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Daughters of Charity of the U.S.A
Defenders of Wildlife
Earth Guardians-Rio Grande Valley
Earth Justice
Environmental Awareness Club at UTRGV
Friends of Estero Llano Grande State Park
Friends of Friendship Park
Friends of the Wildlife Corridor
Frontera Audubon
Fuerza del Valle Workers Center
Governing Foundation
Harlingen PFLAG
Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Hidalgo County Young Democrats
Hope Border Institute/Instituto Fronterizo Esperanza
Interfaith Welcome Coalition of San Antonio
La Union del Pueblo Entero
McAllen American Federation of Teachers
Mennonite Central Committee
Mi Familia Vota
Migrant Rights Collective of Houston
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Association of Social Workers
National Butterfly Center
National Council of Jewish Women
North American Butterfly Association
Northern Jaguar Project
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
People for Peace and Justice
Proyecto Azteca
Rio Grande Valley Texas Democratic Women
Sierra Club
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Socialist Party USA
Southwest Environmental Center
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley
Texas Civil Rights Project
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County
United for Reproductive and Gender Equity
United We Dream
West Hidalgo County Tejano Democrats
Wildlands Project