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How You Can Help

REGISTER TO VOTE

More than anything else, we need to make the 2020 elections about climate change.

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YOUR ACTIONS COUNT

Be conscious in your home. Eat the food you buy. Be smart when you shop. Here are a few individual actions you can change that help: HOW YOU CAN HELP

GIVE

Make direct donations to organizations fighting for a solution.

THE ILEGAL SHOP

Profits in April and May 2019 go to C2ES — the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions — an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forget practical solutions to climate change.

THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH

Watch David Wallace-Wells discuss his book, “The Uninhabitable Earth”, at Politics and Prose on March 12, 2019. WATCH THE VIDEO

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, SPREAD THE MESSAGE, TAG @ILEGALMEZCAL

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1. When Did Ilegal Begin?

It began back in 2004ish, very imformally and almost by mistake. I was bringing mezcal down from Oaxaca for my bar, Café No Sé, in Antigua Guatemala, and the mezcal became popular very quickly. At the time, we were bringing down unbranded mezcal from a variety of villages in Oaxaca that included: Tlacolula, San Lorenzo, Sola De Vega, Santa Catarina Minas, Hierve el Agua, Santiago Matatlan, and a few others.

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2. I hear you smuggled mezcal into Guatemala?

Well, let’s just say we were a bit creative in how we brought mezcal across the border. You see back in 2004, there were very few mezcals that were certified for export, almost none. Bringing a few bottles across the border was not such a big deal, but try getting 50, 100, or 500 bottles across and things get a bit interesting. Especially at the borders we were crossing; where back then, the cops, the military, the gangs and just plain old thieves had to be eluded or navigated or co-opted, if you get my drift.