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.

SPACE EXED, A FORCED REBRANDING

The Rio Grande region experienced a forced rebranding through the myth of the Magic Valley. Despite demographic and political changes, market forces like SpaceX continue to dictate the regional identity through arts and culture.

Ponte Trucha, A Recap of 2021

It has been a whirlwind since the Trucha launch in February 2021, when the country was reeling from an attempted insurrection and the rising COVID-19 related deaths. It is clear that now more than ever, we must be hyper-aware of our surroundings for the safety and benefit of the people in the Rio Grande Valley. Tenemos que ponernos Trucha!

Blue Lives Don’t Exist: Chipping Away At Pro-Police Culture

The Blue Lives/Thin Blue Line flag, which has been turned into stickers on cars, or even decals on actual police cruisers, was born in direct racist and anti-Black response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more about how it started in late 2014, just months after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

GIMME A BRAKE (LIGHT): MUTUAL AID AS SOLIDARITY

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. Learn more about how we can break down barriers to criminalization by helping each other through mutual aid.

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.

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.

DIY: Papel Picado

The craft of Papel Picado consists of delicate designs cut from tissue to create bright and fragile patterns that celebrate life and tell the story of the dead. To keep the Dia de los Muertos tradition alive through art, Trucha made some RGV inspired Papel Picado templates for you to cut out and use to decorate your altar.