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Social Justice

Invisible Women: The Unseen Impact of Domestic Workers

We often overlook the crucial day-to-day tasks done by domestic workers, primarily women. This article advocates for the fair treatment and recognition of their contributions, especially for domestic workers in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Art & Culture

Op-Ed: Celebrating Storytellers of the Rio Grande Valley

In a world where major news outlets paint the Rio Grande Valley in a negative light, local storytellers are collectively fighting to showcase the voices of our community. From zines to film, there’s always something for our community to help build our narrative towards the truth and empowerment.

Four squares showing the progression of the Rio Grande over the years. The river is shrinking and vegetation is drying up and tie progresses.
Social Justice

Scorched Valley: Impacts of Climate Change in the RGV

In recent years, the RGV seems to be getting hotter. This rise in temperatures has had negative effects on our economy and is affecting our communities. Learn more about how the RGV has been affected by climate change.

Art & Culture

Overcast Recordings: An Inspirational Tale for RGV Musicians

From his roots in Brownsville, Krebs pursued his passion for music production, founding Overcast Recordings in Austin, TX. Krebs has helped in recording the music of local bands Riley! and High Regard and continues to invite other Valley bands to pursue their rockstar dreams.

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Social Justice

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.

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Art & Culture

Empowering Communities: Art & Activism in the RGV

Art is a powerful medium and can be used to aid activist movements, especially here in the RGV. Learn how community organizations are using art to explore some of the issues facing our communities.

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Social Justice

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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Social Justice

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!