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.

LGBTQ+ Center Awareness Day

October 19th is the national day of awareness for LGBTQ Centers that provide vital resources for our communities. Locally, the Rio Grande Valley is lucky to have groups and organizations that cater to the social services, youth support, medical treatment and entertainment of LGBTQIA individuals.

OPINION: MURAL MADNESS

A millennial pink mural and colorful geometric shapes by L.A. based artist Ted Kelly went up on the Capitol Theatre Building in Downtown Brownsville. It is one of three murals to be created from Elon Musk’s donation to the City. The selection of a non-local artist to paint one of the largest murals in the Rio Grande Valley has not boded well among many locals as it is seen as an example of the local inequity in the arts. Read our Cultural Organizer’s Opinion Editorial on the situation.

EXIGE A LA FAA QUE FACILITE EL ACCESO A LAS AUDIENCIAS DE SPACEX EN ESPAÑOL

En enero, se presentaron más de 65 comentarios públicos a la Administración Federal de Aviación (FAA, por sus siglas en inglés) exigiendo el acceso al idioma en las audiencias públicas y las evaluaciones de la expansión del proyecto SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy en la playa de Boca Chica. La FAA está ignorando descaradamente la petición de los residentes afectados del Valle del Río Grande de contar con interpretación en español y subtítulos para las audiencias públicas en línea del 18 y 20 de octubre.

DEMAND THE FAA PROVIDE ACCESS TO SPACEX HEARINGS IN SPANISH

In January, more than 65 public comments were submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demanding language access to public hearings and assessments of the SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy project expansion on Boca Chica Beach. The FAA is blatantly ignoring the request by affected Rio Grande Valley residents for Spanish interpretation and closed captioning for the October 18 and 20 online public hearings.

EL RITMO FRONTERIZO: MOBILIZING THROUGH MUSIC

El Ritmo Fronterizo is a free virtual concert featuring Rio Grande Valley musicians put together by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). Read our interview with LUPE Organizer, event host and member of the Skags, Marco Lopez to get more insight on the event.

Advocating for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

With the help of Volunteer Child Advocates, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children facing deportation proceedings. To become a Volunteer Child Advocate, visit TheYoungCenter.org/Volunteer

Reframing Access to Art in the Colonias

This summer, ARISE Adelante and Trucha collaborated through a Creative Support Project to provide arts programming to colonia youth during their 2021 Summer Sessions. Read more about Trucha Cultural Organizer Josue Ramirez’s experience with access to creative resources growing up in a rural colonia, and the inspiration to challenge the narrative that art is inaccessible.