Social Justice

Colorful illustration of the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTH), a building of white walls and orange rooftops, and people walking into the museum.

Archiving History: What That Means for the Valley

“Timelines from the Future” is an informative panel about the preservation efforts across the Valley that many organizations are participating in. Learn how community members and organizations are trying to get you to archive your history.

Closup of a woman’s tired brown eyes with cleaning products surrounding her.

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.

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

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.

A front view of stores along a city’s main street. A car wash, seemingly out of place, is sandwiched in between a flower shop and a bookstore.

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.

Historical black and white photo showing thousands of National Guardsmen marching in the streets of Brownsville, Texas.

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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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!