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MAP: The Keystone XL's Path of Destruction

In “The Earth is the Lord’s (and just look what we’re doing with it)” (Sojourners, June 2014), Cal DeWitt writes that “we are Earth-keepers…commissioned to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” A project that stands in the way of maintaining creation’s integrity, however, is the Keystone XL—a tar sands oil pipeline that would span the U.S from north to south. The pipeline would also drastically accelerate emissions of carbon dioxide.

Take a look at the proposed route of the pipeline, which would wind from Canada to Texas.

Map route information gathered from TransCanada.

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MAP: Detention Facilities in the U.S.

The United States currently maintains 34,000 beds and spends nearly $2 billion a year to detain immigrants, according to the ACLU and Detention Watch Network.

These individuals, like the Guatemalan grandmother described in Patty Kupfer's article “Waiting for a Miracle” (Sojourners, April 2014), are, for the most part, not criminals. Yet, 11 million immigrants in the U.S. are forced to live in the shadows and are at risk of deportation.

The following map shows the addresses of the 250 facilities and jails that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency uses to detain and deport immigrants. Many thanks to Detention Watch Network for helping us with the research of this map.

Map credits: Kara Lofton and Elaina Ramsey

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QUIRK: Is Your Town Red or Blue?

Beer and Church tweet map, FloatingSheep.org

Beer and Church tweet map, FloatingSheep.org

A new map has divided the country into red and blue ... but this one has nothing do do with politics or the upcoming election. No, we're not talking Republicans or Democrats; we're talking Church or Beer. (Do the two have to be mutually exclusive? What if you're Lutheran?)

FloatingSheep.org compiled geotagged Tweets from June 22 - 28 comparing the geographic concentration of convos regarding church and beer. 

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