Social Justice

The Outdoors Isn’t Just for White People

The peace of being surrounded by the natural world should be an experience accessible to all. Recognizing that the recreational system historically was built on oppression means there is a need to dismantle the effects of racism that have affected communities of color.

Making Life Accessible in South Texas

Juan, a VAIL board member and person with disabilities, interviewed VAIL’s Director of Programs about working for people with disabilities in a prominently Latinx community.

Texas Is Counting On You To Cast Your Vote

Vote for reproductive justice. Vote for the rights of LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, Latinx, and POC communities. Vote for affordable healthcare. Vote for a higher minimum wage. Vote for quality education. Vote for gun reform. Vote for climate justice. Vote for your friends, family, and neighbors.

Commentary: Who is threatened by critical young minds?

In the past year, Texas has become a favorite target of highly partisan, emotion-fueled school censorship and book-banning campaigns. Long assumed to be a Democrat stronghold, South Texas is now a battleground region, and youth, particularly Latina/o youth, has once again become the target of fear and concern.

Commentary: On Interable Relationships

Society’s labels for people can otherize them and be hurtful. This can be the case in the way people with a disability and their relationships are categorized as “interable relationships.” Read more about why some in the region think the term is incorrect.

No Scabs Allowed Union Basics

Welcome to No Scabs Allowed! My name is Bianca, and I’m a local union organizer, mother, and a proud VP of the Texas Staff Union, a unit of the Washington Baltimore News Guild, a local of the Communication Workers of America- 32035.

When Our Bodies Are Not Our Own, We Fight.

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade had immediate implications for our region. However, through fundraising events and protests, local and national organizations, such as Frontera Fund, South Texans for Reproductive Justice (STRJ), and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, are continuing the strenuous and ever-important fight for our reproductive rights.

The RGV’s Response to Disaster Capitalism

Impending natural disasters endanger the Lower Rio Grande due to the increasing climate crisis, which opens the door to inequity in our region during the recovery process. However, when community members and advocates are vigilant and active in the preparedness and public assistance processes, a more just recovery is possible.

Q&A – How to Register to Vote for November 8th Elections!

Your voice matters, and you can make a difference in our local and state governments by ensuring you are registered to vote. We created this simple Q&A to help clarify the voting registration process for the upcoming elections on November 8th!