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Women’s empowerment group – Mija, Yes you can – spreads kindness during pandemic

Borderzine - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 5:53pm

EL PASO, Texas – Maria Contreras sits inside a dark room with a news channel on the TV in the background. The 92-year-old mother of three and resident of SunRidge at Cielo Vista sits in her wheelchair with her orange cat, Tiger.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, she hasn’t seen her children for the past 11 months except for her son Raul Contreras. Contreras parks his black pickup truck outside her window, sits in a comfortable folding chair with an umbrella and chats with her using a monitor similar to a walkie talkie.

Maria Contreras sees her son, Raul Contreras, through the window of her assisting-living quarters at SunRidge Senior Living. The two are able to talk using an intercom device. This photo was taken following social distance guidelines and other CDC safety protocol under the guidance of SunRidge staff. Photo credit: Karina Arguelles

As she was with her son’s visit, the facility’s staff, Ricky Posada, surprised her with her with care package from the organization Mija, Yes you can. The packages lifts her spirits and shows someone cares. She smiles when Ricky walks in.

“Me siento muy feliz. Gracias a todos por contribuir” (“I feel really happy, thank you to everyone who contributed”), Maria said about receiving the unexpected care package.

Maria suffers from a recent hip fracture where she fell. She was hospitalized for three months. Without a chance of being in the comfort of her room or be allowed to have visitors, Maria has had to experience these challenging times alone. Because of her and other seniors, organizers of a new community group called “Mija, Yes you can” thought these residents would benefit the most with a warm and cozy care package.

“We realized that the most affected and vulnerable population throughout this pandemic were the elderly, specifically the elderly in assisted-living facilities and nursing homes,” said Melissa Rivas, events chair for the organization.

Mija, Yes you can is a local nonprofit organization funded by Iris Lopez, with the goal to empower women and their community. During the course of the pandemic, the organization has helped El Paso residents by donating food to families in need, school supplies to children, and raising funds to help other organizations.

“Because of the pandemic, many of them have gone without any sort of social interaction or visits from their families. And although the intention is to keep them safe, the isolation is devastating and lonely. As humans, the majority of our life purpose is through the relationships and interactions we have with others,” Rivas said.

Despite launching the project, called “Un abrazo” or a hug in Spanish, organization leaders hope it becomes an annual event.

“We decided to start small just to see what our turnout would be, and we got a pretty good response. With more time next year, maybe we could adopt more assisted living facilities or nursing homes,” Rivas said.

With the participation of the community along with other donations, such as blankets and socks, the organization was able to create 72 care packages to cover all of the senior residents at the SunRidge facility.

“With the chaos of the pandemic and everyday life, it is so easy to be consumed in all of it, but also easy to forget how important it is to slow down and be mindful of those who may have no support system or access to connect with their loved ones,” Rivas said.

The care packages include a ‘Mas Amor Por Favor’ T-shirt, blankets, socks, and a Valentine’s Day Card. Seniors were surprised with the care packages delivered by the staff.

“Oh, my goodness you have made my Valentine’s Day!” said 82-year-old Sheila Katz, a SunRidge resident turned off the TV to welcome the staff walking toward her with the care package. As Sheila pulled out piece by piece, she smiled as she touched the safety patches below a pair of socks, “These are lovely gifts, and I’ll put them to good use.”

Oscar Hernandez hugs his Mija, Yes you can care package. Photo credit: Karina Arguelles

Oscar Hernandez, 86-year-old, originally from Havana, said he is proud of being part of an environment that nurtures seniors with with love: “Estoy muy contento de estar en este lugar donde veo que nos cuidan cada dia, cada segundo,” or in English, “I’m really happy of being in a place where I see that they take care of us every day every second.”

 

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Latino Art: A Visibility Issue

El Paso News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 2:00pm
By Ricardo Romo, PhD For border artists, many who incorporate imagery related to immigration, there has never been a more urgent time for artistic expression than now. El Paso has been one of the busiest immigration centers on the 2,000 mile international border as thousands of refugees arrive daily at this West Texas border station.… Read More Latino Art: A Visibility Issue
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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Arts: Will Creatives Receive the “Once-in-a-lifetime-funding?”

El Paso News - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 2:17am
By Miguel Juárez, PhD On March 11, 2021, the third major pandemic aid law titled the “American Rescue Plan,” was signed into law by President Joe Biden.  This pandemic aid law aims to be different.  It hopes to have “more accountability, eligibility and reporting requirements than previous aid packages.”  The first pandemic aid law, the… Read More The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the Arts: Will Creatives Receive the “Once-in-a-lifetime-funding?”
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Familias fronterizas continúan lidiando con la ansiedad de que surja una emergencia cuando los cruces siguen limitados

Borderzine - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 1:31pm

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Desde el 21 de Marzo, 2020, los cruces en la frontera de Estados Unidos y México han sido limitados para viajes esenciales por la pandemia.

Esto ha prevenido que la gente que solía cruzar en algunos casos diariamente visite a su familia, creando preocupaciones cuando surgen emergencias.

Mario Eduardo Morales, 44, se encontró en un predicamento cuando los doctores encontraron un brote en el párpado de su hijo de un año y le informaron que tendrían que operarlo.

“Fue la razón por la que yo intente solicitar el pase de humanidad, para ir a estar con él,” dijo Morales.

El único problema es que su esposa vive en El Paso y el en Ciudad Juárez, ya que cada uno trabaja en su respectiva ciudad. Aunque trató de pedir permiso en los puentes fronterizos, no pudo cruzar para acompañar a su hijo o ayudar a su esposa a cuidar a sus otras dos hijas.

Los agentes de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza, U.S. Customs and Border Protection en inglés, dijeron que pidiera permiso para cruzar la frontera el mismo día que operarían a su hijo, solo para después negarle la entrada, diciéndole que no era urgencia ya que su esposa podría asistir la operación.

“Dijo, no pues, no es una razón de urgencia y no me dejaron. No me dejaron pasar”, dijo Morales.

Marta Rivera, 48, se tomo una foto con su madre de 78 años cuando la visito en Febrero, 2020. Un mes después, la administración de Presidente Trump puso restricciones en la frontera de Estados Unidos y México. Photo credit: Cortesia

Para personas como Morales y Marta Rivera, 48, esta espera es causa de mucha ansiedad e incertidumbre.

Rivera, quien vive en Ciudad Juárez, intentó varias veces pedir permiso para cruzar la frontera en Julio para volar hacia Los Ángeles, California, ya que su madre de 78 años, la cual tiene cáncer, iba a tener cirugía cardiaca. Después de alrededor de dos días, los agentes de CBP le otorgaron el permiso en el Puente Internacional Córdova-Las Américas.

“Para ese entonces ya me habían hablado en la noche y me decían que mi mama ya no era, no iba a ser muy seguro que yo la alcanzara”, dijo Rivera. “Fue una noticia que me tenía más preocupada”.

Llegó justo después de la operación de su madre y los doctores le informaron que estaba estable, pero que también se había contagiado de COVID-19. No pudo ver a su mamá y tuvo que regresar a México.

Hasta que se vuelvan a abrir las fronteras, Morales y Rivera dicen que tendrán la preocupación de que vuelva a suceder una emergencia y batallen de nuevo en conseguir entrar a los Estados Unidos.

“Esperamos ya que en este mes que viene puedan abrir los puentes para los que estamos viviendo en Juárez y tenemos familiares en El Paso poder verlos, estar con ellos”, dijo Morales.

 

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The Strange Story of Richard Nagell, John F. Kennedy and the State National Bank of El Paso

El Paso Politics - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 11:11am
“Bank robber, ‘Manchurian Candidate’ linked to JFK assassination probe” read the headline. The Los Angeles Free Press article describes how “a rangy man with a vertical scar on his forehead strode into […]
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Cissy Lizarraga And Campaign Financing in El Paso

El Paso Politics - Tue, 04/13/2021 - 1:08pm
The current city representative for District 8, Cecilia “Cissy” Lizarraga, is having a fundraiser and reception on April 28. Lizarraga’s term ends on January 3, 2023. According to the latest financial reports […]
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Vendedores de El Bronco Swap Meet y Ascarate Flea Market tratan de sobrevivir la pandemia y la crisis económica

Borderzine - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 2:03pm

Dos de los mercados más populares en El Paso tratan de mantenerse a flote durante la pandemia.

Las puertas de El Bronco Swap Meet se encuentran cerradas y vendedores esperan la noticia por parte de los dueños de cuando podrán volver a operar. Por otro lado, Ascarate Flea Market abrió de nuevo después de dos meses de no operar al inicio de la pandemia.

Ropa semi nueva, juguetes, verduras, antigüedades, artículos de limpieza, cubre bocas y comida son solo algunas de las cosas que los paseños pueden encontrar en dos de los mercados.

No hay una respuesta concreta de cuando el Bronco volver a abrir sus puertas para compradores y vendedores. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

El Bronco tiene sus puertas cerradas debido a falta de autorización de la ciudad para operar.

“Nos ha afectado bastante, como mucha gente venia de Juárez y hacían aquí sus compras, pues ya no vienen, también como la gente no se quiere juntar, porque no quieren agarrar el virus, todo esto afecta mucho”, dice David Muñoz.

Muñoz trabaja en construcción entre semana y los fines de semana dedica su tiempo a manejar el negocio de ropa a su mamá que se encuentra al costado derecho de El Bronco. El negocio de la familia Muñoz se ha visto drásticamente afectado desde que El Bronco cerro.

David Muñoz y su hijo atiende el negocio de su mamá los fines de semana, este se encuentra a un lado de el Bronco. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

El cierre parcial de la frontera que se estableció en marzo del 2020, limitando el acceso a personas de Ciudad Juárez ha tenido un impacto en la economía de El Paso. Esta ley continua en efecto y los comerciantes se han visto afectado por esta orden del gobierno federal en los Estados Unidos.

Para poder continuar obteniendo un ingreso, algunos vendedores optaron por colocar su mercancía en el estacionamiento de la plaza donde se encuentra El Bronco. Muñoz comento que esto solo sucedió un par de fines de semana, hasta que la ciudad no les permitió vender más en el estacionamiento.

“La ciudad esta exigiendo que saquen permisos, y van (los dueños de el Bronco) y se los niegan, así que a como veo las cosas, no veo nada cerca”, Muñoz dice.

Rafael Alarcón, tiene más de 30 años vendiendo cosas nuevas y semi nuevas en su local que se encuentra a unos 200 metros de El Bronco.

“A todos nos afecta, porque es una forma de distraerse, de quitarse el estrés, y a toda la gente le ha afectado que este cerrado El Bronco”, Alarcón dice. “Con la pandemia, la gente no trae dinero y pues no vienen a comprar.”

No hay planes concretos de fecha de reapertura de El Bronco. Los vendedores piden que la ciudad los apoye y les de una fecha para volver a trabajar.

“La ciudad no ayuda a los negocios, son pocos los negocios que hay y luego los están cerrando, depende uno del negocio. Dependemos de que la ciudad deje a la gente que se pongan a vender”, Alarcón dice.

Rotulo en la entrada principal de Ascarate Market, sin embargo no hay alguna autoridad o persona que se encargue que todo el que entre use cubre bocas. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

Ascarate Market

Mientras las puertas de El Bronco se encuentran cerradas, el Ascarate Market recibe compradores los fines de semana. En marzo y abril del 2020 el mercado estuvo cerrado, fue hasta mayo que se abrieron de nuevo las puertas para los vendedores y compradores.

Francisco González, vendedor de inciensos y porta inciensos que el mismo hace solía vender en El Bronco, sin embargo desde enero vende sus productos en Ascarate Market.

“Me vine para acá, por que el Bronco esta cerrado y aquí hay mucha gente, aquí si puedo vender mis cosas”, González dice.

Personas de todas las edades acuden los fines de semana a Ascarate Market. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

Vendedores de Ascarate Market sienten que las ventas están subiendo poco a poco pero aun así aseguran que no será igual hasta que se abra la frontera.

“Al principio nos afecto porque la gente no quería salir, ya ahora se ve mas gente. Duro dos meses cerrado el mercado”, dice María Mata, vendedora en Ascarate Market. “Cuando lo abrieron la gente no quería venir, estaba muy solo, ya ahorita se ve normal pero hacen falta los de Juárez.”

Venta de frutas y verduras en Ascarate Market son unas de los productos populares. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

Mata, tiene 10 años vendiendo en este mercado. Antes de la pandemia vendía ropa nueva y semi nueva. Desde que comenzó la pandemia le dio un giro a sus ventas, ahora vende productos de limpieza, vitaminas y cubre bocas.

En las entradas de Ascarate Market, se encuentran rótulos que dicen “cubre bocas requerido antes de entrar”, sin embargo no hay nadie en las puertas asegurándose que los compradores y vendedores hagan uso de las mascarillas.

Compradores pueden encontrar todo tipo de artículos en Ascarate Market. Photo credit: Maria Ramos Pacheco

Dora García, vendedora por cinco años en Ascarate Market de productos de belleza y vitaminas, no esta de acuerdo en que el uso de cubre bocas no sea cumpla. García dice que no toda la gente usa la mascarilla mientras visitan el mercado.

“No realmente, mucha gente anda sin mascara, y mucha gente tose y estornuda para todos lados, creo que la gente no tiene conciencia”, García dice.

Los dueños de Ascarate Market fueron contactados varias veces por Borderzine para ser entrevistados, no se obtuvo respuesta.

El Bronco y Ascarate Market son la fuente principal de ingresos de muchos de los vendedores. Como cualquier otro negocio en El Paso afectado por la pandemia y la crisis económica vendedores de Ascarate Market esperan que las cosas vuelvas a la normalidad pronto para fortalecer sus ventas de una forma que no comprometa su salud.

 

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Why You Should Be Worried About The Facebook Leak

El Paso Politics - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 1:21pm
A few days ago, the personal information of 533 million Facebook users was made freely available on the Internet. The Facebook data breach is from an August 2019 incident where hackers were […]
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Artists reflect Segundo Barrio pride in south El Paso mural

Borderzine - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 12:23pm

EL PASO — Three artists who grew up in the Segundo Barrio collaborated to create the mural “Quinto Sol- The Rebirth,” in south El Paso.

Francisco Delgado, Francisco Camacho, and Bobby Lerma united to paint the mural to inspire children from the neighborhood with memorable artwork.

“I believe that it was destined to be on that wall. Everything felt in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, with people who have a good heart, with people that care about the community, and with people who have a strong incomparable love to the neighborhood,” Lerma said.

Delgado calls himself a “bordeño,” an artist whose artwork is a mashup of being a Chicano and a “fronterizo.” It focuses on social and political issues in the borderland. He has painted numerous murals, including the popular “Sagrado Corazón,” or Sacred Heart which is also located in the Segundo Barrio neighborhood.

Camacho’s artwork is influenced by graffiti and hip pop and he incorporates it with Chicano and pop art.

The design features an Aztec with bright jade-colored feathers and Segundo Barrio written in big white letters. According to the artists, the mural is designed to inspire pride, hope, and “ganas,” or drive, to the people of the Segundo during these difficult pandemic times.

The mural at Seventh Ave. and Florence St. reflects neighborhoods roots. The Aztec figure’s skin color is light brown to represent the people of the barrio. The ear spools represent a child’s progression in the community. The tongue’s piercings and tattoos honor the elderly and their families according to the artists.

The jade colored feathers represent the brightly colored headdresses made from the Quetzal bird ‘s feathers and worn by Aztec leaders, like Moctezuma. “Of course, the feathers mean a little more because the neighborhood is where you develop,” Lerma said.

The artists finished the mural in December 2020 and it was a Christmas gift for the people of the Segundo Barrio.

“It’s something that is going to outlive us, way beyond our time. This project was more than just us. It’s for the community. It was for them to walk by, to take pictures, and to admire it,” Camacho said.

“Quinto Sol-The Rebirth” mural is located at Florence St. and Seventh Ave. in front of the Marcos B. Armijo Community Center building. Photo by Victoria Rivas, Borderzine.com

The pandemic has also allowed the artists to focus and spend more time on their individual artwork after their gallery exhibitions and other projects were canceled.

“I could either be sad about it, or I could just keep creating. I think this slowed down everything for me so that I could continue creating. I still did some things in my studio. This was possible because of it, the mural,” Delgado said.

Both Delgado and Camacho also sell their pieces to anyone interested in collecting their designs. “Anything and everything is for sale. I love creating artwork for myself, to begin with, but I love it when somebody else likes that art and if they are willing to buy it or willing to ask for a print. Everything is available,” Camacho said.

Lerma had to shut down the Segundo Barrio Apparel Company he runs for a couple of months because of the pandemic. During that time, he digitized his designs and created more items to sell featuring artwork. It’s now reopened on Saturdays.

The artists see the mural as their gift to the neighborhood. “Now it belongs to the people,” Delgado said. “They own it, and it’s posted right there, Segundo Barrio.

Rich in culture, history, and tradition, the mural also represents the hope of a new generation.

“We’re still here, times have changed, but the community and the barrio still continue to flourish. So, the rebirth is there, and it’s part of what the mural stands for,” Camacho said.

 

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Dolores Huerta: La reina del campo

Diana Washington Valdez - Sat, 04/10/2021 - 10:15am

 

Poster del documental
"Dolores"
La reina del campo
Ahí viene la guerrillera morena,La reina del campoCon su maleta viajadaCargada de esperanzas;Viene a convertir todos tus doloresen una fuerza implacable;Viene a levantar tu animoPara luchar contra la injusticia;Viene a darle un nuevo alientoA tus sueños adormecidos;El sol brilla alrededor deEsta guerrillera morenaQue trae luz y alegría a tu alma;Va a transformar tus tristes lagrimasEn abono para una grandiosaCosecha de milagros.
Diana Washington Valdez15 de octubre de 2017
[Para Dolores Huerta,la reina del campo.]

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‘Pasadores’ serve as personal shoppers for border dwellers who can’t cross amid pandemic

Borderzine - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:22am

CIUDAD JUAREZ — Before border pandemic travel restrictions, shoppers from Mexico crossed daily. But during the pandemic more been forced to turn to others to get the products they want or need from the U.S. side of the border.

For more than a year, the border between the U.S. and Mexico has been closed to all non-essential travel in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. Some U.S. citizens and legal residents are still going back and forth because the authorities can’t keep them from returning home from Mexico.

Mexican citizens with border crossing cards or visas though are only allowed to visit the U.S. for reasons that are essential including work, school or medical appointments. Shopping is not considered on the essential list.

Those who can rely on friends or relatives to but others are turning to passadores or cruzadores, U.S. citizens or legal residents who can cross back and forth and will shop for others in Juarez for a fee.

“A month after crossings were restricted I began crossing again and doing favors for friends,” said Samantha Camacho. She’s a U.S. citizen and University of Texas at El Paso student.

Camacho saw a business opportunity and after making several trips for her friends, she realized a lot of people needed someone who could buy groceries from stores like Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Hot Cheetos, sweets, cereal, laundry detergent, and milk are among the items that shoppers insist on buying in El Paso through “pasadores” not only because certain items are only available in the U.S., but also because some things are cheaper and, according to Mexican shoppers better quality and taste.

Even though it all started as favors from one friend to another, she later began to charge a fee for every trip. The fee, she says, depends on the number of products she picks up and their size, but it’s usually around five and 15 dollars.

“I was spending on gas and sometimes I would only cross for that, so I told them the fee was to cover gas and for doing them the favor, because I was using my time,” Camacho said.

Camacho has a job caring for the elderly El Pasoans, but the money she makes shopping for others has been an important source of additional income since the hours at her job were cut because of the pandemic. Although the fees she charges don’t make up for the portion of the salary she lost, the extra income helps pay for gas.

She also makes money picking up packages sent to P.O. boxes in El Paso. That remains the top errand she runs for Juarez residents.

The border pandemic travel restrictions benefited her economically, but she wants them lifted as soon as possible even if it means losing extra income.

“They were good to stop the spread of the virus, but I would definitely not want the border to be closed forever,” Camacho said.

Pamela Quevedo is another entrepreneur who started an online shop when the pandemic restricted border crossings.

The 18-year-old architecture student in Juárez created “Whim-is” using Facebook and Instagram to sells products from the U.S.

“Anything you can find in the U.S. I can bring it to Mexico,” Quevedo said.

Quevedo is not a U.S. citizen, so she cannot cross the border to buy the products available in her shop herself, but she relies on her friends and family that can cross to supply her business. She sells the products in Juárez, with available shipping for customers anywhere in Mexico.

Quevedo was inspired to create her shop after she repeatedly asked her friends for favors to get what she needed from El Paso.

Thinking there must be many like her in Juárez,who want certain products from the U.S. but cannot get them she stocked up on popular items. including snacks.

Her bestsellers are snacks, with Flaming Hot Cheetos topping the list. She showcases those snacks on on different social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and even TikTok.

Conscious that after the border reopens her online shop “Whim-is” will not be needed as much in this Mexican border city, Quevedo plans to move her business to another city.

“I hope to open a physical shop in Chihuahua and to deliver everywhere in Mexico,” Quevedo said.

With no clear answer for when the border will open to non-essential travel again, entrepreneurs and “pasadores” deliver a taste of normalcy for clients in Mexico. Even during the pandemic the fluidity of the border has not come to a halt. Borderlanders, Fronterizos, always find a way to adapt.

 

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Pandemic inspires Borderlanders to launch home-based online businesses

Borderzine - Tue, 04/06/2021 - 9:55am

Borderlanders with creative skills and a bit of time on their hands because of the pandemic have launched online businesses to sell their crafts and other creative products.

Arely Villa Reyes, a psychology student at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad of Juárez started selling skirts, handkerchiefs and berets in June on social media web such as Instagram.

“Just like little by little I’ve been progressing and adding new stuff. I feel like the business has been fruitful,” Villa Reyes said.

Her Instagram business page, Chicle y Pega, has more than 1,000 followers. Villa Reyes attributes her business growth to her dedication since promoting a business on a social media platform requires a great deal of time and commitment. She wasn’t expecting to be so successful.

Villa Reyes started her business as a distraction during the pandemic and to make an income and experience being independent. Additionally, she wanted to keep herself occupied to maintain her mental health, she said.

“The main reason I opened my business was because of the pandemic. It wasn’t something that I thought of before,” Villa Reyes said. “Everything started because I wanted to learn about being independent and because in the middle of the pandemic the fact of with mental health affects our minds was very sad.”

Reyes has learned to manage her time wisely in order to keep up the productivity of her business, she said.

“The difference with Chicle y Pega is that I get to work from home, I can take my online classes, I eat here, I get to sleep, and manage all of my time,” Villa Reyes said.

Arely Villa Reyes uses mall parking lots as pick-up spots to meet with her customers to deliver products she’s sold online. Photo credit: Valeria Armendariz

Reyes only offers delivery at no cost in certain areas in Ciudad Juárez, but is planning on adding national shipping at the request of customers.

“I don’t do shipping yet, but I’m thinking about doing it soon,” Villa Reyes said.

From hobby to small business

Samantha Gomez, a UTEP student, created Specks of Joy, her online shop, selling handmade polymer clay earrings in October through Instagram and Etsy.

Gomez started her online shop because of free time while El Paso was under restrictions due to the pandemic.

“I always was into crafting, different hobbies I would catch on to, and then with the pandemic, I had a lot of extra time so I decided to just take the lead and try to actually sell one of the crafts that I do for once,” Gomez said.

Gomez sets aside time for merchandise updates on her Instagram page once a month because of the time constraints of going to school.

“It definitely does get difficult if you’re a student for sure, and you also have another job,” Gomez said. “But I do… like I have two days off, so one of those two days I specifically will make myself time to play around with clay and make the earrings, and then in the rest of my spare time that’s when I’ll assemble them, send them down, and box them, and stuff like that.”

Gomez’s business has slowly started to pay off, and she is planning to incorporate new items, like soy candles, into her online shop.

Gomez advises anyone interested in opening an online business to take the risk and express themselves through their products.

“Open an online business, but don’t rush into it,” Gomez said. “I would say, set up a budget and don’t make, kind of unrealistic goals. So, don’t feel like you have to have official labeling, business cards, as long as you’re showing that you care about what you’re selling, people will buy it.”

 

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School Board Races

Max Powers - Sun, 04/04/2021 - 7:28pm
Hi. If there is one area of electoral politics I do not care for it is for school board races. For starters...the children. To hell with them. Teachers? Same. And Trustees? Hell isn't severe enough. "I serve on the school board." Yeah, tough gig, bro. But I am rambling now.... Max Powers
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What Is Going On At The Border?

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 03/31/2021 - 9:22pm
Author’s note: the issue of immigration is complex and does not fit into nice little sound bites. This article is necessarily long so that the reader can gain a clearer understanding of what is going on at the southern border today. Rather than break it up into smaller articles, I have decided to publish it… Read More What Is Going On At The Border?
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PEOPLE OF COLOR – MATICES DE MI RAZA

El Paso News - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 5:12pm
By Maria R Perez, MSSW I recently tuned in to the PBS program Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (S7E6 Country Roots). In this episode Dr. Gates had researched the ancestral histories of singers, Rosanne Cash and Clint Black. I enjoy this program for the authenticity it portrays. I’ve enjoyed other productions by… Read More PEOPLE OF COLOR – MATICES DE MI RAZA
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How Soon America Forgets: Operation Pedro Pan And Unaccompanied Child Migrants

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 1:57pm
Today, the ongoing debate on immigration is led by images of migrant children in cages or pods with politicians on both sides either calling it a “surge,” a “crisis” or part of regular migration patterns. The Democrats are blaming the Trump administration and the Republicans are blaming Biden. However, all seem to believe that unaccompanied… Read More How Soon America Forgets: Operation Pedro Pan And Unaccompanied Child Migrants
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Immigration Reform – The Choice of Words To Create Fear: What the Numbers Say About The So-Called Border Surge

EPN - Border Analysis - Fri, 03/26/2021 - 8:57am
Words are chosen to frame an argument. It is a mistake to assume that it is the Republicans or the Trump supporters that are the only ones against immigration reform. In immigration there are many competing forces working against reform. Some oppose parts of it while others oppose immigration in general. The reasons vary from… Read More Immigration Reform – The Choice of Words To Create Fear: What the Numbers Say About The So-Called Border Surge
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The Nazis in El Paso: Why White Supremacy Is Engrained in El Paso

El Paso Politics - Wed, 03/24/2021 - 4:10pm
“The message of El Paso, historic and present, is this: In America constructed by some as ‘great,’ if you are a white man there is almost nothing – whether it’s inventing weapons […]
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Dateline El Paso Texas … Home of the Amigo Man!

El Paso News - Tue, 03/23/2021 - 9:55am
The 23rd Day 0f the 3rd month, in the second year of the C-19 era. Dateline El Paso Texas … Home of the Amigo Man! H. W. “Bill” Sparks The world was already awake and a half-step ahead of me when I awoke this morning. The air outside was crisp and the skies were clear… Read More Dateline El Paso Texas … Home of the Amigo Man!
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El Paso Nazis and The Immigration ‘Crisis’

El Paso Politics - Tue, 03/23/2021 - 8:55am
World War II was far from El Paso many tend to believe. Extremist and radicalized political views do not exist in El Paso. Except for the domestic terrorist – Patrick Crusius – […]
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