Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Brownsville, Texas — On Saturday, residents of the Rio Grande Valley area and several social justice organizations will speak out about the dangers of SpaceX in the community. The demonstrators will create a mock sketch show as a response to Elon Musk’s appearance on the nationally syndicated Saturday Night Live.
Communities/organizations: Another Gulf is Possible, Las Imaginistas, Rio Grande Valley Democratic Socialists of America – RGV DSA, and Trucha RGV
Background: The “world’s richest man,” billionaire Elon Musk, wants to expand his private SpaceX facility at Boca Chica Beach in Brownsville, TX. Nearby residents have been speaking out against the destructive operations of the SpaceX facility for years.
Since the facility began operations in 2019, Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket testing has caused numerous fires and explosions that threatened the people of Brownsville’s safety and has caused a dangerous grassfire. Operations have also displaced people from their homes at Boca Chica Village, and every month has stripped locals’ access to the pristine beach. If the expansion goes forward, the gentrification and damages will only increase in size and scale.
Facing the direct threats of this facility’s operations are many low-income communities of color, national wildlife refuges with endangered species like the Aplomado falcon and ocelot, and two proposed fracked gas (LNG) plants that would pose extreme safety risks on their own. The SpaceX facility is currently located and planning to expand on sacred land to the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of South Texas and is being built without their consent.