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Mr. Amigo 2024 Denounced for Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

The Charro Days Celebration is a popular festivity commemorating the friendship of Brownsville and Matamoros, MX. However, this year’s festivities have sparked controversy due to Eduardo Verastegui’s various anti-LGBTQIA+ comments and his pick to represent Mr. Amigo.

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RGV History & Culture

Historical black and white photo showing thousands of National Guardsmen marching in the streets of Brownsville, Texas.

Massacre of Border Rage: A History of Racial Violence in the RGV

The Rio Grande Valley’s complex identity is shaped by events like La Matanza of 1915, a period characterized by racial violence against Mexican-Americans and Hispanics. This was a period of persecution, brutality, and discrimination, leaving a legacy that still echoes to this day.

Environment

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.

Environment

Illustration of three doves with the tops of their heads burning from environmental issues, with photo background of a fishing dock at South Padre Island.

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.

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.

What journalists should know before reporting on the SpaceX at Boca Chica Beach

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.