Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Border Fence - US Mexico at Pacific Ocean - The Southwest Corner of the United States

Border Fence - US Mexico at Pacific Ocean - The Southwest Corner of the United States

Border Fence - US Mexico at Pacific Ocean - The Southwest Corner of the United States

Posted: 02 Sep 2014 09:49 AM PDT

The beginning of the 2,000 mile border with Mexico.


The border fence ends in the Pacific Ocean and you can enter the secondary fence to speak with anyone from Mexico. This happens every Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 2pm.


Check out my photos from Border Field State Park. Photo 2 is using Microsoft ICE - 100 images stitched.


More about Border State Park (via

Border Field State Park is on the very southwestern corner of the United States and 15 miles south of San Diego. Border Field is located within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, an important wildlife habitat. The sand dunes and salt marshes give refuge to critically threatened and endangered birds such as the Western Snowy Plover, the California Least Tern, and the Light-footed Clapper Rail.

The park provides restrooms, picnic areas, barbecues, horse corrals, and interpretive displays.  Visitors enjoy beach combing, hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching.  The Park does not recommend swimming or wading, due to hazardous conditions, such as inshore holes, rip currents, and the lack of lifeguard service within the Park.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was concluded on February 2, 1848, officially ending the U.S./Mexico War. In 1850, delegations from both countries began surveying the boundary at this location.  Border Monument number 258 can be viewed from Monument Mesa, however there is no close access because it is now behind two border fences.

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West Indian Parade in Brooklyn, NY

Posted: 01 Sep 2014 08:21 PM PDT

The 47th Annual West Indian Parade which always falls on Labor day drew about 1 million people. The parade takes place in the NYC borough of Brooklyn which has a large community of people from the West Indies.

Elaborate costumes and loud music filled the street as the revelers danced their way down the 2 mile route on Eastern Parkway.

This was Bill DeBlasio's first time marching as mayor with NY Governor Cuomo and local politician greeting the spectators.

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LGBT Supporters Rally Against Billboard

Posted: 31 Aug 2014 03:02 PM PDT

A gathering of local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) supporters held a rally in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday to voice their opinions against a billboard defining holy matrimony as being between one man and one woman. The rally was organized by local LGBT activist and co-founder of 'Get Equal Ohio' Tom Morgan. The billboard was brought to light in an iReport published Friday afternoon (see Ohio Billboard Stirs Marriage Debate). Morgan started a Facebook page and planned the rally after seeing the billboard when it went up last Thursday.

Supporters of marriage equality wanted to share their message that marriage should not be confined to just opposite-gender couples in Ohio. Currently, there are cases from Ohio and surrounding states working through the federal court system regarding civil marriage equality. While this billboard specifically refers to holy matrimony, some supporters see it as a direct hit against the LGBT community because some people may not see the difference between holy matrimony and civil marriage.

The weather forecast was calling for heavy rain all day, and the early part of Sunday was proving the meteorologists correct. Luckily for the group, the rain dissipated just before the rally started. Despite the potential washout, the group considered the event a huge success. "We got the word out there, that's what's important." said James Hancock who was in attendance with his partner. About 20 supporters in all made it to the billboard. Among them was renowned author and LGBT activist Stephen Snyder-Hill who was there with his husband Joshua Snyder-Hill. Stephen is the soldier who was booed by audience members during a 2011 GOP presidential debate and who went on to write about his experience as a gay member of the military in "Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement". The Snyder-Hills posted a picture of themselves in front of the billboard as a statement for their support of marriage equality.

Morgan spoke to the crowd and led them in chants demanding marriage equality for all. He was ecstatic because the weather cooperated, and they got a good turnout considering it was in the middle of a holiday weekend. Morgan feels that it is important to bring attention to the billboard's message because messages such as this can have such a negative effect on LGBT individuals and the community as a whole.

There were no counter-protesters or supporters of the billboard in attendance at the event. It proved to be a peaceful gathering with a successful outcome.

Photo Credits: James Hancock, Tom Morgan, Mark Hiser, Stephen Snyder-Hill

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