Hundreds of miles of fencing already wall off the U.S. / Mexico border, and the professors who chose to protest it have taken a very creative solution.
Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello came up with the idea for a “teeter-totter” wall addition back in 2009, and ten years later, they’ve made it a reality. As of an event held Monday, the UC Berkeley and University of San Jose professors have added three bright pink seesaws to the giant steel fence. All three seesaws stretch from California to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
This unity-based event comes just days after President Trump was cleared to tap into the Defense Department’s budget in order to build 100 miles of his proposed concrete border wall.
On his Instagram, Rael, an architecture professor, calls the event “one of the most incredible experiences” of his career. He says that the seesaws have made a connection between children and adults on both sides of the fence, who understand that “the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”
In one of the videos he posts, several children are seen playing happily on the seesaws, while in another people wave to children in Cuidad Juarez.
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