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Car Wash Boom in the RGV

Cruising through the RGV, you may notice new businesses springing up, but there is one industry that is taking the lead in these developments: car washes. Explore the unexpected rise of these facilities in our small towns, their impact on urban development, and the questions they raise about sustainability and community space.

Mr. Amigo 2024 Denounced for Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

The Charro Days Celebration is a popular festivity commemorating the friendship of Brownsville and Matamoros, MX. However, this year’s festivities have sparked controversy due to Eduardo Verastegui’s various anti-LGBTQIA+ comments and his pick to represent Mr. Amigo.

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The Consequences of SB 4

Texas Senate Bill 4 raises alarms for the Rio Grande Valley community, potentially exposing them to racial profiling and increased policing. Check out the full article for an in-depth analysis and ramifications of SB 4.

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Being Loud and Queer

Volume Cinco of Trucha’s queer advice column, Consejitos Con Santana, answers questions exploring gender exploration, coming out to family, and dealing with biphobia.

RGV History & Culture

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Massacre of Border Rage: A History of Racial Violence in the RGV

The Rio Grande Valley’s complex identity is shaped by events like La Matanza of 1915, a period characterized by racial violence against Mexican-Americans and Hispanics. This was a period of persecution, brutality, and discrimination, leaving a legacy that still echoes to this day.

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Environment

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Op-Ed: Let’s Burn Together (or Save The Planet)

Nature is vital in everything we do. Yet, at times, we ignore the many issues plaguing our communities within the Rio Grande Valley. Although Earth Day/Month has come and gone, these issues remain. Learn about the local environmental issues that continue to affect the RGV and the organizations and groups that keep fighting for our environmental rights.

RGV Cities Can Reduce Illegal Dumping

There is a serious lack of transparency and access to recycling and disposal services throughout Mission, Palmview, Penitas, and La Joya. As a result, our Valley landscapes are littered with illegally dumped tires, mattresses, and other bulky items. We’ve included a list of (limited) services provided by these cities.

What journalists should know before reporting on the SpaceX at Boca Chica Beach

Read life-long resident of Brownsville and member of the South Texas Environmental Justice Network, Emma Guevara’s commentary on how the majority of journalists paint an unrealistic and unfamiliar picture of our home when covering SpaceX Boca Chica. Learn more about her thoughts on how journalists can stop being so problematic when discussing our home.

Social Justice

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The Organizers in the RGV

The RGV is home to many grassroots and nonprofit organizations that have led the fight against the social issues we face in our communities. Learn more about some of these organizations and how you can get involved!