by Vanessa Johnson
From Frank News:
In the spirit of the European Union and specifically the Schengen Agreement, I propose that the Americas enter into a similar union that enshrines the right to mobility on a hemispheric level. I propose a Pan-American response that allows for full participation in society. People may live, work, go to school, and travel freely. I propose this as a form of reparative justice, for wrongs committed to peoples across the Americas, as a way of rectifying historical moral injustices.
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Enshrining the freedom of mobility and a breaking down of punitive borders would serve as not only a form of reparative justice, but it would address other societal problems that plague late-stage capitalism in the region, including growing inequality, anti-democratic movements, lack of educational opportunity, and climate crises due to drought and more intense weather events.