Social Justice

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Toxic Behavioral Patterns In Queer Relationships

Marchismo and marianismo are a toxic set of expectations and behaviors that negatively affect people in cis and queer relationships. This article discusses how these roles and expectations adapt differently when presented in queer relationships.

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Latino Men at Higher Risk of Suicide

Elevated suicide rates among Latino men in the United States are having a profound impact on the RGV due to Machismo Culture and the lack of mental health access. Many men are finding themselves unemployed, anxious, and depressed.

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Op-Ed: Let’s Burn Together (or Save The Planet)

Nature is vital in everything we do. Yet, at times, we ignore the many issues plaguing our communities within the Rio Grande Valley. Although Earth Day/Month has come and gone, these issues remain. Learn about the local environmental issues that continue to affect the RGV and the organizations and groups that keep fighting for our environmental rights.

Supporting Survivors in the RGV

While declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month was a big step towards ending gender-based violence, it is crucial to fight against sexual violence within the community and support survivors year-round by fighting against machismo and sharing vital resources with those in need in the Rio Grande Valley.

Rio Grande Valley Community React Ahead of SpaceX Rocket Launch Blast on the South Texas Coastline

SpaceX routine operations and testing are already destroying wildlife refuges and sacred lands of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas and are threatening Rio Grande Valley communities with explosion risks. In addition to these accumulating impacts, the launch of the new massive Starship Super Heavy itself will increase the size and scale of SpaceX’s already damaging impacts on nearby communities, wildlife, and the environment.

RGV Cities Can Reduce Illegal Dumping

There is a serious lack of transparency and access to recycling and disposal services throughout Mission, Palmview, Penitas, and La Joya. As a result, our Valley landscapes are littered with illegally dumped tires, mattresses, and other bulky items. We’ve included a list of (limited) services provided by these cities.

Drag the Legislature; The Right Targets Drag Performers

Drag can be so much; entertainment, educational, political, a form of gender expression, and an artistic celebration of one’s community. Unfortunately, legislation regarding drag performance has been introduced at the Texas State Capitol, and miles away at home in the Rio Grande Valley, anti-drag sentiments have shown up in insidious and dangerous ways.

956 Voters Deserve Better

May 6th, 2023, elections will look wildly different based on where you live. Nonetheless, ensuring that all loved ones, friends, family, and colleagues are registered and enthusiastic about voting for representatives that reflect their values is one step you can take regardless of if your community is hosting an election.

Roots Break Walls Part II: Rooting Abundance

The second Roots Break Walls workshop will continue the conversation on interdependence at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands on April 8th from 5:30 – 8 pm. Participants will learn a brief history of the native environment and learn to identify plants in our region.