Social Justice

Social Justice

“Smart” but Harmful: The Risks and Implications of Surveillance Technologies in the U.S.-Mexico Border

For the past 16 years, federal border authorities have deployed surveillance and policing technologies along the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to “strengthen” border security. Nicknamed the “smart wall”, this digital barrier is composed of a variety of experimental tools including robot dogs, aerial drones, sensors, surveillance towers…

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The Fine Print: Exploring Musk’s Impact, Local Leaders’ Complacency, and the Community’s Struggle

One day, it was just there: Elon Musk’s face set against the planet Mars, looking out over downtown Brownsville like a cowboy ready to lift the Rio Grande Valley up by its bootstraps. The original commission had only asked for the red planet emblazoned with the name of the SpaceX photography show, “Boca Chica to Mars,” at the Livery Gallery next door, but adding Musk was all Pop Culture.

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COMMENTARY: DELIVER MELISSA LUCIO FROM DEATH

Most of us know the bible story: an innocent person sentenced to death by the state and crucified for crimes that didn’t occur. Melissa Lucio, an innocent Harlingen mother, will be executed by the state in 10 days– even with lots of questions about her open case.

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SEVEN MONTHS IN, THIS IS HOW SB8 IS AFFECTING THE RGV

SB8 has been in effect since Sept. 1, which is a six-week abortion ban in Texas. Before the bill, it was difficult to get an abortion in the state but not impossible. After the ban, more and more uncertainty followed those who sought one.

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COMMENTARY: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Juan Trey Mendez III is setting precedence. The Brownsville mayor currently faces criticism from the community for his recent distorted bully pulpit methods against local activist Rebekah (Bekah) Hinojosa, but the question remains, was this personal?

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BORDERS REOPENING, TRAVELERS RETURN TWO YEARS LATER

In November of 2021 the U.S.-Mexico border reopened its doors to non essential travelers, an important element of border culture, which had been missing for almost two years. Read more from Elsa Cavazos about what that means for local families.

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