Flipping the Script About the Rio Grande Valley and the Border During Turbulent Times
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This chapter concludes the book with attention to how Rio Grande Valley organizations and individuals continue to push for a productive, forward-thinking vision of the region and U.S.–Mexico borderlands. From a region-wide lobbying effort in the state capitol to national speeches and open letters to President Trump to grassroots social media campaigns, borderlanders tell a different story. Their discursive practice of debordering extends the term to encompass strategic place-making from within borderlands. Production of knowledge about the border should be a conversation with borderland communities, especially when national policies and politics about our borderlands and its communities exacerbate racial violence and suffering, such as unequipped and overcrowded detention centers and declining funding for public services for the disenfranchised.
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