Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Casa Segura Project

Leaving supplies out in the desert for all those who happen to brave the U.S.-Mexico border isn't a new concept. There are a few groups that go out and leave gallons of water and first aid supplies for immigrants but not nearly enough because, every year, people are still dying out in the deserts.

Robert Ransick created the Casa Segura project as an alternative to the situation that exists today. "Casa Segura" means "safe house" in Spanish. These safe houses contain water and food and something that differentiates it from other desert way-stations. Inside Casa Segura, the travelers will find a touch screen that will allow them to leave a message for the homeowner or the next person who reaches it. These messages are then recorded and downloaded to the Casa Segura website.

Here's the article where I first read about it:
Casa Segura article on We Make Money Not Art

And here is the Casa Segura website:
Home of the Casa Segura project

4 comments:

Lisa Harney said...

Thank you for posting this. America is truly awful toward these people, and trying to police the border and send them home just plain misses why they're coming here in the first place - and now, because of that, men and women are dying just because they need to make a living.

I didn't really grasp how bad it was until a restaurant I ate at several years ago was inspected by INS while I was present. The next day, the owner was gone, most of the employees were gone, and as far as I could tell, the restaurant itself may as well have been gone. Sure, everyone was replaced with properly caucasian employees and a manager (it was a chain, but not a big one, and not fast food). It was shocking to see all these people removed for the simple crime of trying to find a job that pays enough for them to live (and "enough" is definitely a relative term here).

I'm still angry about it.

Another Conflict Theorist said...

This is such a fantastic, humane idea. Thanks for sharing it. Admittedly, the cynic in me can't help but wonder when the inevitable backlash will begin. I've recently learned just how much animosity many border state Americans have for those who are simply trying to improve their lives and those of their children (at CONSIDERABLE risk, nonetheless).

Thanks again.

Cero said...

What a great project - thanks for the info!

bint alshamsa said...

Lisa,

The next day, the owner was gone, most of the employees were gone, and as far as I could tell, the restaurant itself may as well have been gone. Sure, everyone was replaced with properly caucasian employees and a manager

This reminds me of the way that Nazis replaced outsiders and installed "real" Germans in their place. Unfortunately, just like then, many people were perfectly willing to accept these substitutions as long as the flow of goods and services continued.

And, yeah, what you said about what's "enough" to live off of is definitely relative.