Anti-border wall street mural in Laredo reconsidered, but upheld

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Grandmas in coalition baked 'thank you' cakes and cookies to city council members

The Laredo City Council has given permission for a street mural reading “DEFUND THE WALL” to be painted in front of the federal courthouse. The council took up the measure again on Aug. 3, 2020. (Courtesy graphic.)

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — After unanimously allowing an anti-border wall street mural to be painted in front of the federal courthouse, the Laredo City Council earlier this week reconsidered the measure.

On Monday, however, leaders of the South Texas town again voted to approve a giant “Defund the Wall” street mural to be painted in bright yellow words downtown. This time around, though, two council members voted against the mural.

The grassroots No Border Wall Coalition has asked that the mural be painted on Victoria Street in front of the federal courthouse in what they are touting as the first street mural of its kind approved for a border city. The street art is in line with several Black Lives Matter street murals that have been painted across the country, such as in Washington, D.C., across from the White House.

Reconsideration of the mural came on the same day that U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that a company that built a controversial private border wall in South Texas and near El Paso had been awarded a $289.5 million contract to build 17 miles of new border wall in South Laredo.

Despite the additional discussion, members of the growing grassroots coalition praised Monday’s vote. And they said that afterwards a faction of the coalition, called the Mothers And Grandma’s Against the Wall (MAGAW) sent home-baked cookies and cakes to every council member “thanking them for taking courageous stance in defense of children, families and future generations,” a coalition statement said.

Sandra Sanchez can be reached at Ssanchez@borderreport.com.

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