things that matter

U.S. Beer Consumption Has Forced People In Mexicali To Fight Against A Major Brewery From Threatening Their Water Supply

CELULA 57 / YouTube / modelousa / Instagram

Residents of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico are in a battle with Constellation Brands over a strained water supply. Constellation Brands is the company that produces many recognizable brands of beer, wine and liquor, including Modelo and Corona. The problem with Constellation Brands and the residents of Mexicali centers around the construction of a new facility, according to NPR. The brewery is a $1.5 billion project and the company is already working with the local to open the facility that will bring 750 jobs tot he area. However, residents are protesting because of the company’s plan to the water in Mexicali to make beer destined for U.S. consumers, according to NPR.

“It’s a model of exploitation and capitalism where they basically come for the natural resources to exploit them and take them away to wherever the market is,” Jesus Galaz Duarte, a member of the activist group Mexicali Resiste, told NPR. “When the market grows and has to to satisfy consumers, they’re going to deplete the water here. So what’s going to happen? They’re going to go to another place where there’s more water to satisfy the same market and deplete their water. They’re going to leave this region without the resources to live a dignified life.”

Protesters have been clear in saying they are not against companies bringing jobs and opportunities to their community. They do, however, have an issue with companies coming to Mexicali to use up the resources in the area and leaving the residents to pick up the pieces when they move on. Residents have been voicing their anger with Constellation Brands and the local Mexicali government since late 2017. Some of the protests have turned violent with bloodied protesters squaring off with local police. Constellation Brands released a statement on their website on January 1, 2018 in response to the unrest in Mexicali.

“We are committed to being a good steward of the environment in areas where our employees live and work,” reads a statement titled Responsible Brewing on the Constellation Brands website. “As such, our new brewery will be built to the highest operational and environmental standards. As part of this commitment, we commissioned an independent environmental study to ensure our operations (once up and running) would not adversely impact the local environment, including the local community’s access to and use of water.”

Check back with mitú as this story develops.


READ: Here Are 11 Reasons Why People Took To The Streets For The May Day Protests In Downtown L.A.

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Paid Promoted Stories

Anthony Borges Protected 20 Classmates During The Parkland Shooting And Just Got Released From The Hospital

things that matter

Anthony Borges Protected 20 Classmates During The Parkland Shooting And Just Got Released From The Hospital

More than 50 days since Anthony Borges was shot five times by Nikolas Cruz at his school in Parkland, Florida, the teen is finally home. The 15-year-old Venezuelan-American gave his first interview on the “Today” show, but only spoke a few words.

When asked how he felt, Borges softy said: “I feel good.”

The interview took place at Borges’ new home. The “Today” show reports that his family had to move out of their apartment because it wasn’t accessible to Anthony’s wheelchair. The family is now living in a one-story home.

“Today” interviewer, Kerry Sanders asked Borges if he felt lucky to be alive. Borges just responded by nodding yes. He also said that he truly thought he was going to die.

His family showed the hundreds of letters that Borges has received from complete strangers, many of which he has yet to read. His mother got emotional reading one of the letters that described Borges as a “fighter, winner, champion.”

Carlitos Rodriguez, one of Borges’ friends, was also interviewed on the “Today” show saying: “It shouldn’t have happened on Feb. 14. It shouldn’t have happened ever, not in my school or any other school.”

Borges visited his school for the first time since he was wounded.

Principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Ty Thompson tweeted: “Great to see Anthony back on campus: a true inspiration.”

His classmate, Emma González also tweeted: “We are so thankful and happy to know Anthony is safe and back at it at the eagle’s nest.”

Borges’ family is still going forward with their lawsuit against the county public schools.

“The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” Alex Arreaza wrote in a notice of intent to sue.


READ: Anthony Borges Is Back In the ICU, A Day After His Family Said They Will Sue School and Police

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping the share button below.