BUILD THAT PARK on the US-MEXICO BORDER

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The U.S.-Mexico border is often portrayed as a dangerous place defined by crime and violence … and so some people like to say, “Build That Wall!”

In fact, the border is a place characterized overwhelmingly by peaceful, productive relationships, a place where friendship, family ties, art, and culture transcend division. Join us in saying:

“Build That Park!”

Imagine a bi-national park where people from both nations unite to learn from one another and to create enduring friendships. Imagine a beautiful park that attracts visitors from around the world, who come to explore new ways of collaborating across borders. Imagine a park where friends and families can happily reunite, relieving the stress and desperation that often leads to dangerous unauthorized crossings. Imagine a park that inspires a new way of thinking about international peace and security, one not so different from the “peace parks” that exist on the border between the US and Canada. Join us in saying:

“Build That Park!”

International Friendship Park is a bi-national area located at the westernmost end of the U.S./Mexico border. At its center sits a bi-national plaza and monument marking the end of the US-Mexico War. The park is home to a bi-national garden of native plants and a cross-border beach, where California meets Baja California on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

For millennia first peoples living in the surrounding region migrated as freely as the ocean currents. On August 18, 1971, then-First Lady Pat Nixon inaugurated the first phase of “International Friendship Park” at this location, and declared, “I hope there won’t be a fence too long here.” Join us in saying:

“Build That Park!”

In more recent years, Friendship Park has been marred by walls, and ever more enforcement at the border has made peaceful gatherings almost impossible. Human contact is now severely restricted and the construction of border walls has damaged the delicate ecosystem. The current policy of separation, instead of protecting us, perpetuates a dangerous climate of fear that can provoke mistrust, animosity, even violence. Join us in saying:

“Build That Park!”

By re-establishing a truly bi-national park at this historic location, we can launch a new era of international peace and friendship. We are asking Presidential candidate Joe Biden to embrace this alternate vision for the future of the US-Mexico border, and for the future of international relations.

Joe Biden, join us in saying:

“Build That Park!”

LEARN MORE AT www.buildthatpark.org/