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American Riots

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:00pm
The first sign that a dictator is losing his grip on his nation is when he deploys the military to hold the line. North Korea has its military on the streets. Iran has its military patrolling their streets. In countries where the people want a change in their government, the military is deployed to the… Read More American Riots
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Remote Working Post Covid-19

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:00pm
Author’s note: This is the first in a new series I am starting on Life after Covid-19 for Small Businesses. As companies begin to slowly reopen in anticipation of getting back to work many new challenges await business owners. The way we used to work is no longer possible. The business climate has changed along… Read More Remote Working Post Covid-19
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Thank You Young People & Debbie Nathan has Written an Open Letter to “Progressive” Politicians.

El Paso News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 9:16pm
A friend told me that no politicians have said anything good about the protest at Memorial Park. Afterwards, congresswoman Escobar told people to “Did you protest? Please get tested.” Did she that congresswoman tell people visiting their mothers: “Did you visit your mother? Please get tested?” Perhaps she could have thanked the young people, many… Read More Thank You Young People & Debbie Nathan has Written an Open Letter to “Progressive” Politicians.
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MCC El Paso Pride During the Time of Pandemic

El Paso News - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 6:00am
By Brian Antonio Sieve, Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of El Paso. Stonewall was a riot!  It was led by gender Queer people of color in response to police abuse and harassment.  Bricks were thrown, fires were set, and property was destroyed in the uprising to gain liberation for the lives of what we would… Read More MCC El Paso Pride During the Time of Pandemic
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Hispanic SpaceX Space Suits

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:00pm
In 2016, Elon Musk selected Jose Fernandez to create the space suits used in the Dragon capsule that docked with the ISS on Sunday. The Dragon launch is the first American manned space launch in almost a decade. It signal’s America’s return to space. Whenever space travel and Mexicans are mentioned in one sentence many… Read More Hispanic SpaceX Space Suits
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Celebrate Pride Virtually!

El Paso News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:10pm
Make plans to attend El Paso Community College’s Virtual Celebration of “Pride Out and About: LGBTQ Life on the Border,” from June 8th at 7 PM to Jun 13th at 9 PM.  Celebrate Pride Week Virtually! Hear Coming Out Stories, Drag Queens Shows, Health & Resources, Ally Day and Karaoke and a Discussion Panel (see… Read More Celebrate Pride Virtually!
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Updated: How Do We Celebrate Pride in the Time of Black Lives Matter and COVID-19?

El Paso News - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 7:45am
I have teamed up with my colleague Diana Martinez to invite articles in celebration of El Paso Pride Month. This year Pride takes an even more important reason amid the new Civil Rights period in support of Black Lives Matter Movement. In this time at El Paso News, we invited various individuals to submit articles… Read More Updated: How Do We Celebrate Pride in the Time of Black Lives Matter and COVID-19?
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Another amendment to the UPDATE of The revolution came to my front door

El Paso News - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:48pm
Another amendment: The more I read articles and see photographs from the continued demonstrations of protest of the asphyxiation and other killings, I feel compelled to amend my hopeful writing below.  Sadly, the effort to completely dominate our community and discouragement, if not suppression, of our rights to assemble and seek redress includes all the… Read More Another amendment to the UPDATE of The revolution came to my front door
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Riots: Either Everyone Is An America, or No One Is

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 10:00pm
Many are shocked with what is happening in America today. Maybe it is because of the realization that 100,000 Americans are dead due to Covid-19 the latest American divide scares many Americans. It should, but it isn’t new. The riots are a manifestation of America’s dirty secret. The secret that not all Americans are equal.… Read More Riots: Either Everyone Is An America, or No One Is
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“Forgotten: Women of Juarez” Podcast Launches On iHeartRadio on June 1, 2020

El Paso News - Sun, 05/31/2020 - 8:00pm
“Forgotten: Women of Juarez,” recounts the murders of women on the U.S./Mexican border.  The new podcast will premiere on June 1st.   There have been numerous books, films and news and magazine articles on the topic since the 1990s.  Murders of women continue to this day. The news release for the series states: This series… Read More “Forgotten: Women of Juarez” Podcast Launches On iHeartRadio on June 1, 2020
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RumpToons No: 187

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 05/30/2020 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 187!
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5 books featuring La Frontera to read during the pandemic

Borderzine - Sat, 05/30/2020 - 4:42pm

One thing that the coronavirus pandemic has allowed me to do is read. I’ve been able to connect with many stories, characters and settings through the turning of pages. But no matter how connected I can feel to any story, it is deeper with those that feature my homeland on the U.S., Mexico border.

What all these books have in common is an understanding of what it is to be somewhere in between two countries – sometimes lost, sometimes more aware than ever. From an odyssey to an identity crisis, from an individual struggle to political battles, these books situate us in the middle of La Frontera and help us understand our history while informing our present.

In times of COVID-19, what better way to pass our days than getting to know ourselves and our heritage?

1. The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú

This book is a memoir from a third generation Mexican-American who is a former Border Patrol agent from Arizona. He narrates his experiences in the agency, including finding dead bodies across the desert and detaining those who intended to cross the border illegally. Cantú’s book tells the story of someone who left La Frontera only to discover that it had migrated with him.

2. En el puente con la migra by Héctor Antonio Padilla Delgado

This book is a compilation of stories from students from the University of Texas at El Paso who live in Ciudad Juarez and have to cross the border several days a week. It is something I’m quite familiar with because I live in Juarez and attend school at UTEP. These stories are there to help us become more aware and familiar with the idea that we have all at least once crossed a border – whether a physical border or otherwise.

3. Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution by C.M. Mayo

C.M. Mayo is a novelist from El Paso who has written broadly about Mexican history. This book tells the story of the secret spiritual book of Mexican revolutionary and president Francisco I. Madero. Though this book does not directly feature the border, it is a beautiful read into the metaphysical origins of the modern Mexican state.

4. The Making of a Mexican American Mayor by Mario T. García

In 1957, Raymond Telles became the first Mexican American mayor of a major U.S. city. This book features the story of Telles’s election to the El Paso mayor’s office, which “represented a major milestone in Mexican American political history.” It narrates the struggles and victories of a whole generation of Mexican Americans in the border region.

5. Adiós a Dylan by Alejandro Carrillo

This book is amazing, and I don’t say it just because I’m a Bob Dylan fan. It tells the story of a 19-year-old from Mexico City who’s obsessed with Dylan. He travels from his hometown to New York City with the intention of connecting with his idol on a spiritual level.

Carrillo writes two chapters about his experience passing through Ciudad Juarez and crossing to the U.S. to ride a Greyhound bus that will take him to New York. The first of these two chapters he names after Dylan’s song ‘Just Like a Tom Thumb’s Blues’ that narrates his alleged experience in Juarez.

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Latinos in El Paso at Risk from COVID-19

El Paso News - Sat, 05/30/2020 - 12:54pm
According to data from the Department of State Health Services, as of May 28, the state of Texas has 59,776 confirmed positive cases and 1,601 deaths due to COVID-19. Texas has the eighth highest number of cases in the country. El Paso has 2,569 positive confirmed cases and 72 deaths; El Paso ranks number five… Read More Latinos in El Paso at Risk from COVID-19
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Health Disparities and the Coronavirus and Why This Matters for El Pasoans

El Paso News - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 4:44pm
by Carina Cione, Deziree Jackson, Abby Ferdinando, Jhamiel Prince, Sarah McCarthy, Ernesto Castañeda, and Emma Vetter The coronavirus pandemic has been racialized since its emergence in the United States with some leading political figures, including the President, referring to it as the “Chinese virus.” The conversation thus far has primarily focused on African Americans, and… Read More Health Disparities and the Coronavirus and Why This Matters for El Pasoans
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Twitter, Trump and Reality

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:00pm
Unless you are living under a rock then you likely know that Donald Trump is threatening Twitter for labeling his posts as lies. Trump is obviously upset at Twitter for calling him a liar. But there is more to the story that gets lost in the noise. Twitter owes Donald Trump and they both know… Read More Twitter, Trump and Reality
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El Paso News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 8:00pm
By Cheryl Howard, Ph.D. There is a city that doesn’t love itself. To be clear, there are many ardent residents who do love the city, and many who are homesick from afar.  It is a city full of potential, but many talented people have left it because they see no opportunity for themselves here, or… Read More THERE IS A CITY
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UTEP journalism student adapts to reporting from home

Borderzine - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 11:53am

EL PASO – When health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic moved UT El Paso courses online in March, multimedia journalism major Exodis Ward wasn’t sure what to do for her next video story assignment.

People were isolated at home. The city and school required social distancing protocols be followed. How could she cover a story without being in the same room as her sources?

“It’s not very often that I draw a blank, so I pitched a very literal idea: How are reporters reporting from home? Honestly, I think my brain was fried from being at home for like a month at this point,” Ward wrote in her blog.

She focused on her own work and that of her colleagues at The Prospector, the campus student news outlet.

“I was able to show how I get interviews on Zoom. I was able to show what I meant when I discussed social media and how it can be your best ally,” Ward wrote. “I used a great deal of b-roll in this video. I had a few stand-ups that I used as a type of transition.”

She explained she had to record her on-camera reporting with her cell phone instead of her computer to get better audio quality. And, she sought advice from others.

“I’m by no-means a professional, so I reached out to my editor-in-chief Valeria Olivares, who is a fellow at the Dallas Morning News. She’s working with professionals and she provided some real insight,” Ward wrote.

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Card Tricks: How El Paso’s 2012 “Quality of Life” Bond Election Got Riddled With Flimflam

El Paso News - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 9:47am
Writer and author Debbie Nathan has published an incredible piece of history on how former City Manager Joyce Wilson engineered the creation of the arena in the Quality of Life Bond Projects. Nathan first posted her article on Chucopedia and after wide interest she posted it on her Medium account. This important piece of history… Read More Card Tricks: How El Paso’s 2012 “Quality of Life” Bond Election Got Riddled With Flimflam
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Post-Covid-19 Job Crisis

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 10:00pm
As many readers likely know, the number of unemployed workers has approached the dismal numbers of the Great Depression. Although many workers believe that their jobs are still waiting for them, the reality is that those jobs are likely not there anymore. Even if the jobs remain, many workers will be shocked to learn that… Read More Post-Covid-19 Job Crisis
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