Ponte Trucha, A Recap of 2021

It has been a whirlwind since the Trucha launch in February 2021, when the country was reeling from an attempted insurrection and the rising COVID-19 related deaths. It is clear that now more than ever, we must be hyper-aware of our surroundings for the safety and benefit of the people in the Rio Grande Valley. Tenemos que ponernos Trucha!

Blue Lives Don’t Exist: Chipping Away At Pro-Police Culture

The Blue Lives/Thin Blue Line flag, which has been turned into stickers on cars, or even decals on actual police cruisers, was born in direct racist and anti-Black response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more about how it started in late 2014, just months after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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.

CRT: The National “Debate” and a Chicano View of It

The national debate surrounding Critical Race Theory (CRT), as much as vehement opposition to a vague concept could be called a “debate,” is intense. It is troubling when considering the incorrect definition of Critical Race Theory as used by those who oppose it. Read more from Rene Rocha about how CRT is and can be implemented in the RGV and its implications.

Commentary: Police Budgets Are Strangling Our Communities

This month, Rio Grande Valley (RGV) municipality and county leaders are implementing new yearly budgets. Despite last summer’s nationwide awakening to racial police violence, these new budgets spend more on police than programs and services that keep us safe and healthy. Read more from Divest/Invest on what truly keeps communities safe.

DIY: Papel Picado

The craft of Papel Picado consists of delicate designs cut from tissue to create bright and fragile patterns that celebrate life and tell the story of the dead. To keep the Dia de los Muertos tradition alive through art, Trucha made some RGV inspired Papel Picado templates for you to cut out and use to decorate your altar.

OPINION: MURAL MADNESS

A millennial pink mural and colorful geometric shapes by L.A. based artist Ted Kelly went up on the Capitol Theatre Building in Downtown Brownsville. It is one of three murals to be created from Elon Musk’s donation to the City. The selection of a non-local artist to paint one of the largest murals in the Rio Grande Valley has not boded well among many locals as it is seen as an example of the local inequity in the arts. Read our Cultural Organizer’s Opinion Editorial on the situation.

EL RITMO FRONTERIZO: MOBILIZING THROUGH MUSIC

El Ritmo Fronterizo is a free virtual concert featuring Rio Grande Valley musicians put together by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). Read our interview with LUPE Organizer, event host and member of the Skags, Marco Lopez to get more insight on the event.

Reframing Access to Art in the Colonias

This summer, ARISE Adelante and Trucha collaborated through a Creative Support Project to provide arts programming to colonia youth during their 2021 Summer Sessions. Read more about Trucha Cultural Organizer Josue Ramirez’s experience with access to creative resources growing up in a rural colonia, and the inspiration to challenge the narrative that art is inaccessible.