Half a year since the City of Brownsville announced the SpaceX funded mural program a local Rio Grande Valley artist has yet to be named. It begs the question, “How long does it take to find a “worthy” artist in the RGV to paint the last mural funded by Elon Musk?”
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?
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.
Read life-long resident of Brownsville and member of the South Texas Environmental Justice Network, Emma Guevara’s commentary on how the majority of journalists paint an unrealistic and unfamiliar picture of our home when covering SpaceX Boca Chica. Learn more about her thoughts on how journalists can stop being so problematic when discussing our home.
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.
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.
Criticisms against SpaceX have increased online as residents of Boca Chica and the surrounding area are raising concerns about the environmental impact and political issues such as economic inequity and gentrification.