Social Justice

Social Justice

GIMME A BRAKE (LIGHT): MUTUAL AID AS SOLIDARITY

In Hidalgo County, the average fine for a violation cited for a broken brake light or tail light varies. After calling several city municipal courts to inquire about the average cost of this type of violation, we found out it costs $120 to $130 in McAllen, $218 in Weslaco, $177 to $190 in Harlingen, and $180 in Brownsville. Minor traffic violations can lead to suspension of your driver’s license, resulting in more fines or even jail time. This is just one way poverty is criminalized at the hands of the police, making it expensive to be poor.The criminalization of poverty happens at the expense of working-class communities living paycheck to paycheck. When juggling multiple jobs, bills, and rent payments, the poor and working class receive a punitive response from the state instead of much-needed assistance.

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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.

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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.

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LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day

October 19th is the national day of awareness for LGBTQ Centers that provide vital resources for our communities. Locally, the Rio Grande Valley is lucky to have groups and organizations that cater to the social services, youth support, medical treatment and entertainment of LGBTQIA individuals.

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EXIGE A LA FAA QUE FACILITE EL ACCESO A LAS AUDIENCIAS DE SPACEX EN ESPAÑOL

En enero, se presentaron más de 65 comentarios públicos a la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA, por sus siglas en inglés) exigiendo el acceso al idioma en las audiencias públicas y las evaluaciones de la expansión del proyecto SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy en la playa de Boca Chica. La FAA está ignorando descaradamente la petición de los residentes afectados del Valle del Río Grande de contar con interpretación en español y subtítulos para las audiencias públicas en línea del 18 y 20 de octubre.

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DEMAND THE FAA PROVIDE ACCESS TO SPACEX HEARINGS IN SPANISH

In January, more than 65 public comments were submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demanding language access to public hearings and assessments of the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy project expansion on Boca Chica Beach. The FAA is blatantly ignoring the request by affected Rio Grande Valley residents for Spanish interpretation and closed captioning for the October 18 and 20 online public hearings.

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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.

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Advocating for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

With the help of Volunteer Child Advocates, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children facing deportation proceedings. To become a Volunteer Child Advocate, visit TheYoungCenter.org/Volunteer

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Overworked and underpaid

As Texas opted out of receiving benefits for federal unemployed workers, wage shortages and job openings continue to cause uncertainty.

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