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Who is Writing EPT Endorsements?

Max Powers - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 8:25am
Besides the non-endorsement it gave for the Tomatillo-Ordaz race, the El Paso Times endorsement of Pete Buttigieg...what can I say? I'll just share the highlights: "... well-read that he is wise beyond his years." "He is a good listener." "Buttigieg has packed a lot of life into 38 years." "Buttigieg... Max Powers
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The BRIO is being used

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:37am

The other day I rode the Mesa BRIO from west El Paso to the downtown transfer station.

I then took the new Alameda BRIO over to University Medical Center.

Next I went from UMC to the downtown transfer station and then back out to west El Paso.

The buses were heavily used.  Most legs of the journey the buses were almost full.

I also saw that the riders were required to pay their fares.

Other than the fact that the ride was rough I was impressed.

This is better

Brutus

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I'll be back - Soon

Refuse the Juice - Thu, 02/27/2020 - 7:28am
Sorry folks, but I have been knee deep in other projects and real jobs. I was planning on taking a break until the primary is over anyhow, so it all kind of worked out. We'll talk after the primary and... Brad Kanus
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Taco Truck Economy Creates Fear For Xenophobes

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 02/26/2020 - 11:00pm
Don’t look now, but the taco truck economy proves that Latinos are taking control of America. This is […]
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elpasomatters.org

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 02/26/2020 - 6:00am

elpasomatters.org is up and running.

The organization is led by the former executive editor of The El Paso Times.

It will be interesting to see if his editorial slant remains the same or if the El Paso Community Foundation will influence his writing.

Hopefully he will write as an objective journalist and clearly label his writing as opinion when he takes sides.

We welcome the new organization.  Look to Mr.  Moore to be effective in getting information through open records requests.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Understanding the US-Mexico Relationship

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:00pm
There exists a disconnect about the relationship between México and the United States. In México, the U.S. is […]
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Early Voting

Max Powers - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 9:16am
How's early voting going in El Paso County? If a facebook post by your CongressX, Veronica Escobar, is any indication of how it is going, it must going "bad". She said something about more 80-years old voting than under folks under 30. I know it is not exactly unusual for... Max Powers
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EPISD feathering their nest

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 02/25/2020 - 6:00am

Item J on the EPISD February 18, 2020 board of trustees meeting consent agenda reads:

Approval of Change Order No. 05 for EPISD Downtown Administration Building 1100 N. Stanton, CMAR #18-030, Project No, 17.634A, to HB Construction, for $428,537.00 (177X Maintenance Tax Notes)

The backup material explains:

The change order is for an Owner-initiated request for modifications to the floor plans on the second through the eighth floor. These modifications are a result of changes in the District’s organizational structure.  This change order, if approved, will increase the contract sum by $428,537.00, or 1.9%, bringing the contract amount to $21,914,439.  Prior change orders to date total $151,323, and are included in the contract amount of $21,914,439.  Board Policy CV (Local) requires administration to present any changes for an adjustment of cost greater  than or equal to $50,000.00 or changes in the aggregate above fifteen percent (15%) of the original contract value be taken to the Board for approval.  The project includes a contingency of $794,852.09 of which $210,954 has already been used leaving a balance of $585,898.09.  Staff is recommending this change order be funded from other project funding and not the contingency account as doing so would leave a balance of $155,361.09 in contingency for any potential change orders.  Given that the project is approximately 28% complete, reducing the contingency to that amount is not recommended.

Organizational structure

We haven’t heard anything from the district about changes to their organizational structure.  Yet they want to make changes on the second through the eighth floor.

It is in particular troubling to see that they don’t want to take the money out of the contingency fund out of fear that they will not have enough money left to make any more changes.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Bernie Sanders And Immigration

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 11:00pm
Now that it seems that Bernie Sanders may become the Democrat nominee for the 2020 presidential elections it […]
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Bernie Sanders Is Not A Friend to Immigrants

El Paso News - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 6:45am
Bernie Sanders was in El Paso this past weekend trying to rally further support for his nomination for the Democrat ticket. Like El Paso, Sanders talks about supporting the immigration plight when looking for votes. But when it mattered, Bernie Sanders voted against immigration reform. In 2007, a Republican president, George W. Bush, signaled to […]
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Question about election of judges

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 6:00am

In past years the candidates for the various judge positions pretty much relied on word of mouth and familiarity with the local lawyers.

This year we are seeing candidates featured on expensive billboards.

That means that they are spending more money to get elected than they used to.

Does anyone know why?

We deserve better

Brutus

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POSTPONED – Applications open for 2020 multimedia training academy for Hispanic-Serving Institution college faculty and students

Borderzine - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:09pm

Due to safety concerns and travel limitations related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy in El Paso is being postponed. We are considering options for later in the summer. The dates are still TBD as we monitor the situation.

Borderzine is now accepting applications from college journalism instructors and students for full scholarships to attend its 11th annual Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy at the University of Texas at El Paso from May 29 to June 4.

The workshop has trained more than 100 educators from Hispanic-serving institutions who brought back digital reporting skills to their classrooms. This year the program is expanding to include some college students as well as previous faculty participants who are interested in working on next-level skills.  In an effort to encourage more schools to cultivate students for the Dow Jones News Fund College Internship Program, previous Multimedia Training Academy attendees are welcome to apply if their institutions have had students accepted into the internship program.

“It is incredibly rewarding to hear how much participants say their skills and confidence are boosted through this training,” said Kate Gannon, Borderzine’s digital content manager, who is director of the academy.

“Instructors are incorporating a lot of what they learned here in their journalism courses. They are sharing their training with other faculty and, in some cases, have introduced new courses and changes to update their schools’ curriculum.”

Participants in the academy go out on assignment in the El Paso community and work in teams to produce multimedia stories that are published in Borderzine.com. The workshop simulates a deadline-oriented, real world newsroom where attendees gain hands-on experience in how to use video, audio and digital photography in news gathering and then how to use the latest editing software in story production. Trainers assign story topics based on border-life issues and topics. Trainers act as “fixers” for the teams, helping to set up interviews and providing transportation and coaching in the field. You may take a look at some of the most recent stories produced in past sessions under the Multimedia Training Academy section here on Borderzine.

This fast-paced, hands-on academy has a proven track record of helping journalism educators develop their skills and confidence in multimedia journalism production.

“Instructors have told us how much they appreciate getting out into the community and doing real stories with the support of a dedicated trainer,” Gannon said. “They say it helps them have empathy for what their students are going through and gives them the confidence to make their courses challenging because they can draw from their own experience in the field.”

The team of trainers includes nationally-known multimedia consultant and NPR Next Generation Project Founder/Director, Doug Mitchell; Borderzine Digital Content Editor and former Digital Content Manager for The Coloradoan Media Group, Kate Gannon; Radio journalist, Monica Ortiz Uribe; former Borderzine Webmaster, Lourdes Cueva Chacon, a PhD candidate in journalism at UT Austin; and broadcast TV veteran Andrew Valencia.

The Dow Jones News Fund provides the funding for full scholarships to 8 journalism instructors and 8 college students from across the country to attend the academy at the University of Texas at El Paso, May 29 – June 4, 2020. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, March 27.

Click on the appropriate link below to apply:

For questions about the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, contact program director, Kate Gannon at kagannon at utep.edu.

Borderzine is an innovative journalism education initiative and online publishing platform that prepares minority journalists for jobs in 21st century news media, addressing the urgent need for diverse newsrooms that reflect our nation’s complex identity. Since 2008, Borderzine.com has published rich, relevant content about the borderlands produced by multicultural student journalists at UT El Paso and partner schools across the U.S. and Mexico.

The Dow Jones News Fund is a national foundation supported by Dow Jones, Dow Jones Foundation and others within the news industry. The organization’s emphasis is on education for students and educators as part of its mission to promote careers in journalism.

 

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Application for returning professors for the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy

Borderzine - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:03pm

Journalism college instructors and students, please fill out the appropriate form to apply for the 2020 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, which runs from May 29 – June 4, 2020 on the UT El Paso campus.

In an effort to encourage more schools to cultivate students for the Dow Jones News Fund College Internship Program, college faculty who have previously attended the Multimedia Training Academy are welcome to apply to attend again if their institutions have had students accepted into the Dow Jones News Fund internship program.

The Dow Jones News Fund is providing the funding for full scholarships to attend this fast-paced, hands-on multimedia training academy. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, March 27. For more information: Multimedia journalism training academy for college faculty accepting applications for 2020

For questions about the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy, please contact program director, Kate Gannon,  at kagannon at utep.edu.

DJMTA Previous Attendees Application 2020 Application form for Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy 2020

  • Name* First Last
  • Email*
  • Work Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Twitter Handle
  • University or College Name*
  • Department or Program*
  • You are a*
    • Tenured or tenure-track professor
    • Professor of practice
    • Senior or full-time lecturer
    • Part-time lecturer
  • Supervisor's name and title*
  • Supervisor's email address*
  • Does your institution offer Journalism as a major or concentration?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • Does your institution provide instruction in Multimedia Journalism?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • List any form of student-organized media at your institution
  • Do you teach in a computer lab?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • What types of digital technology do your students have access to?*
  • Are your students able to publish their class-produced stories online?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • If yes, what is the url to publication's website?
  • What courses do you plan to teach during the 2020-2021 academic year?*
  • Video editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in video editing programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut and iMovie
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Audio editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in audio editing programs like Adobe Audition, Audacity, ProTools and Hindenburg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Photo editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in professional photo editing programs like Photoshop or Lightroom
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Content management systems (CMS)*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in blogging or website content systems like Wordpress
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Mobile Reporting*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in using mobile tools for reporting, such as livestreaming, audio recording apps, video apps and live coverage on social media.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Social Media Tools*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for journalism
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Data visualization*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about creating graphics and interactives using tools like Google Maps, Flourish and Tableau to go with digital stories.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Digital media Entrepreneurship*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about digital media innovation and new business models during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • 360 video and photo*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about 360 video and photo storytelling during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • *When did you attend the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy in El Paso?
  • *What skills have you acquired or expanded on since attending the academy?
  • *Which of your students from your institution have been accepted into the Dow Jones News Fund internship program? (Must include at least one. Can be just the most recent you know of)
  • *What are your interests for this year's training? What next-level skills do you want to return to the academy to work on?
  • *What are some non-technical challenges you currently face?
  • *How do you plan on applying what you learn at the Multimedia Academy at your institution?
  • *Do you have any special requests or concerns regarding your attendance at the Multimedia Academy?
  • Please upload your Resume*
  • Please upload your multimedia course syllabus
  • If chosen, can you commit to mentor two students from your school to apply for the Dow Jones internship next school year?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Application for college journalism instructors for the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy (first-time attendees)

Borderzine - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:00pm

Journalism college instructors and students, please fill out the appropriate form to apply for the 2020 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, which runs from May 29 – June 4, 2020 on the UT El Paso campus.

The Dow Jones News Fund is providing the funding for full scholarships to attend this fast-paced, hands-on multimedia training academy. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, March 27. For more information: Multimedia journalism training academy for college faculty accepting applications for 2020

For questions about the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy, please contact program director, Kate Gannon,  via email at kagannon at utep.edu.

DJMTA Application 2020 for first-time attendees Application form for Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy 2020

  • Name* First Last
  • Email*
  • Work Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Twitter Handle
  • University or College Name*
  • Department or Program*
  • You are a*
    • Tenured or tenure-track professor
    • Professor of practice
    • Senior or full-time lecturer
    • Part-time lecturer
  • Supervisor's name and title*
  • Supervisor's email address*
  • Does your institution offer Journalism as a major or concentration?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • Does your institution provide instruction in Multimedia Journalism?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • List any form of student-organized media at your institution
  • Do you teach in a computer lab?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • What types of digital technology do your students have access to?*
  • Are your students able to publish their class-produced stories online?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • If yes, what is the url to publication's website?
  • What courses do you plan to teach during the 2020-2021 academic year?*
  • Video editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in video editing programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut and iMovie
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Audio editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in audio editing programs like Adobe Audition, Audacity, ProTools and Hindenburg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Photo editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in professional photo editing programs like Photoshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Content management systems (CMS)*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in blogging or website content systems like Wordpress, Tumblr, Squarespace
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Mobile Reporting*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in using mobile tools for reporting, such as livestreaming, audio recording apps, video apps and live coverage on social media.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Social Media Tools*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for journalism
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Data visualization*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about creating graphics and interactives using tools like Google Maps, Flourish and Tableau to go with digital stories.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Digital media Entrepreneurship*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about digital media innovation and new business models during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • 360 video and photo*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) RATE YOUR INTEREST in learning more about 360 video and photo storytelling during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • *What other software have you tried or are interested in learning more about? Please explain
  • *What apps or techniques have you tried or are interested in learning more about like Snapchat, Facebook Live, etc.? Please explain
  • *What are some non-technical challenges you currently face?
  • *What are your expectations of this year's multimedia training?
  • *What type of projects are you expecting to produce at the training?
  • *How do you plan on applying what you learn at the Multimedia Academy in your classroom?
  • *What is your motivation for applying to the Academy?
  • *Do you have any special requests or concerns regarding your attendance at the Multimedia Academy?
  • *Are you interested in co-publishing or publishing your students’ stories on Borderzine?
  • *Have you been to the El Paso border region before?
  • *Lastly, tell us about a difficult situation in a group setting and how you dealt with it:
  • Please upload your Resume*
  • Please upload your multimedia course syllabus
  • If chosen, can you commit to mentor two students from your school to apply for the Dow Jones internship next school year?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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The American Dirty Secret

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:00pm
Donald Trump told America that it was “full”. Anti-immigrants argue that American does not need any more immigrants. […]
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Application for college journalism students for the 2020 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy

Borderzine - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 10:59pm

Journalism college instructors and students, please fill out the appropriate form to apply for the 2020 Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, which runs from May 29 – June 4, 2020 on the UT El Paso campus.

The Dow Jones News Fund is providing the funding for full scholarships to attend this fast-paced, hands-on multimedia training academy. The fellowship covers airfare (up to $500) to and from El Paso, lodging near campus with breakfast every day, four lunches and two dinners during the workshop.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Friday, March 27. For more information: Multimedia journalism training academy for accepting applications for 2020

For questions about the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy, please contact program director, Kate Gannon,  via email at kagannon at utep.edu.

Eligibility

College students and graduate students are eligible to apply for the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy as long as they are currently enrolled during the application period and not graduating before December. Recent graduates are not eligible.

DJMTA STUDENT Application 2020 Application form for Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy 2020

  • Name* First Last
  • Email*
  • Cell Phone
  • Twitter Handle
  • University or College Name*
  • Department or Program*
  • Your classification (Junior, Senior, etc.)
  • When to you expect to graduate?*
  • Does your institution offer Journalism as a major or concentration?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • Does your institution provide instruction in Multimedia Journalism?*
    • Yes
    • No
  • Briefly tell a bit about yourself and your goals*
  • Do you have any video, audio editing or writing experience? What kind of work have you done?*
  • Do you have any web content management experience (blogs, etc?) Please describe*
  • Video editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in video editing programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut and iMovie
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Audio editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in audio editing programs like Adobe Audition, Audacity, ProTools and Hindenburg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Photo editing*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in professional photo editing programs like Photoshop or Lightroom
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Content management systems (CMS)*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in blogging or website content systems like Wordpress
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Mobile Reporting*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your level of experience in using mobile tools for reporting, such as livestreaming, audio recording apps, video apps and live coverage on social media.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Social Media Tools*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your interest in learning more about using social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for journalism
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Data visualization*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your interest in learning more about creating graphics and interactives using tools like Google Maps, Flourish and Tableau to go with digital stories.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Digital media Entrepreneurship*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your interest in learning more about digital media innovation and new business models during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • 360 video and photo*Using a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the lowest) rate your interest in learning more about 360 video and photo storytelling during this workshop
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • *Please share a recent accomplishment (personal or professional) that you are proud of
  • *Do you have any special requests or concerns regarding your attendance at the Multimedia Academy?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Please upload your Resume*
  • Upload a letter of recommendation from your professor*
  • Upload your essay here*Upload a short essay telling us about yourself, your motivation for attending the academy and why you are a good candidate to be selected for the project. File should be a Word document.
  • EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Inaccurate reporting

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 8:10am

We saw another unfortunate example of the effects of cost cutting the other day.  It seems that our news outlets do not have controls in place to see to it that what they report is correct.

KTSM Television reported this in a piece about the new William Beaumont hospital recently:

The hospital is expected to be up and running by September 2020. However, that depends on how much time it takes to move all the patients from the original location to the new one.

Actually

In 1893 the original hospital was at what is now building 8 on Fort Bliss.

It expanded to a new facility in 1916 and in 1921 to the one that subsequently grew massively to handle the effects of World War II.

The current facility was opened in 1972.

Be careful in believing what you are told by these news outlets.

We deserve better

Brutus

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RumpToons No: 173

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 11:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 173!
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Sanders wows crowd during El Paso stop amid Texas early voting

Borderzine - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 8:32pm

EL PASO – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders fired up a nearly full Abraham Chavez theater Saturday while also heading to victory in the Nevada caucuses, hitting all the high notes and exciting his fans.

Vowing to “end the hatred,” Sanders promised to change current immigration policy and no longer “snatch a baby from her mother” if people are crossing illegally and end ICE raids. The highly supportive crowd of nearly 2,500 cheered.

Sanders has been critical of Trump’s policies and rhetoric, which he’s repeatedly referred to as racist and xenophobic.

Before attending the rally, Sanders visited the memorial for the Aug. 3 mass shooting, where 22 people were killed by a white supremacist who targeted Hispanics at a central El Paso Walmart.

His support has increased in Texas since the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, placing him as the front-runner in the state, according to two polls from early February.

Mary Silva, 32, and Bernadette Silva, 28, went to the event excited about Sanders’ chances of winning the nomination and the presidency.

“If we can win here in Texas, Trump is finished,” Sanders said about incumbent President Donald J. Trump.

“I think he has a really good chance, a very good chance,” Mary Silva said, “I think it will be hard getting him through Texas, but I think he can do if there’s enough people that work together and stuff, yes I do think we can make a difference.”

“If the message can break through and hopefully reach people, then I think he has a chance to win in Texas,” Bernadette Silva said.

They said they supported the senator’s candidacy because of his stance on the environment and his endorsement of the Green New Deal.

“It’s exciting to hear someone so progressive, I’m really excited about the climate, like I think that’s a very big issue so it’s good to hear that he’s getting there, I think it’s a very good deal, it’s hopeful,” Mary Silva said.

“Hopefully this means that his message is resonating with people around the U.S. and again in Texas, climate change is very big deal to me, so I’m hoping he gets the nomination and it leaves me really hopeful and excited for this,” Bernadette Silva said.

“Climate change is not a hoax. It is the greatest possible threat,” Sanders said. “I kinda trust the scientist over Donald Trump.”

Tania Silva, 31, a resident of El Paso, said she has been supporting Sanders since 2015

She added that she would not support any other candidate if Sanders doesn’t secure the nomination.

“I’m here to support the best candidate that the United States has seen in a very, very long time, I’m here to show my energy and enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders,” said Ruby Montana, 38, a humanities lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College.

“Really he’s the only candidate that has such an amount of integrity, and zeal, and a moral compass, and ethics, and morals, and right now we don’t have that at the White House at all, in fact we have the complete opposite,” Montana said.

She described Trump in a similar way to how Sanders described him during his speech as a xenophobe and a liar.

Hira Ali, 23, a pre-med student at UTEP who wants to become a doctor, said she has supported Sanders since the last presidential election.

“I feel that his advocacy for healthcare for all will actually help change the healthcare system for the better, I actually think it will work, and it will benefit doctors and patients alike,” Ali said.

Rodrigo Rodriguez, 23, another UTEP student said he supports Sanders’ proposal for free college tuition because he currently struggles to pay it, and even though he doesn’t know much about his whole platform, that really resonated with him.

Some of Sanders’s messages that have excited young people are cancelling student debt and public universities and colleges tuition free.

“He’s a good man, his policies are strong and he’s always had a plan, I supported him in 2016 and I still support him now,” said Brisa Rodriguez, 18, a UTEP student from Austin.

“I’m here because I favored Bernie’s position on healthcare, and other things, comprehensive immigration reform,” Aldo Mena, 49, said.

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Sanders’ appeal to Fronterizos

In 2015, El Paso had the seventh largest percentage of foreign-born residents among 104 top U.S. metros, according to a report from El Paso Times.

Rocio Fierro Perez, 24, moved to El Paso when she was 3 years old and is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. She said she was motivated by the senator’s message, and even though she was not able to vote she wanted to participate as much as she could.

“It is particularly important to me because although I wasn’t born here, I’ve lived here my whole life,” she said.

Shedrick Allen, 35, was born in Frankfurt, Germany in a military family. He’s been a resident of El Paso for 13 years and said he supports senator Sanders because he feels that other candidates from the two larger parties have failed the average citizen.

He said he was confident that Sanders will be able to gather support from people both in the left and the right.

Valeria Terrazas, 27, who works in El Paso but lives in Juarez said she thinks that Sanders can win the nomination because he has more support than any other candidate.

Nevertheless, she said that Sanders might not be the favorite candidate for many business owners and wealthy people, but emphasized that the majority of people supported him.

During his speech, Sanders criticized the incarceration rate of people of color and proposed ending the war on drugs, while preventing corporations from monopolizing the legal market for marijuana. “There are more people in jail here than another other country,” Sanders said, noting the high numbers of Hispanic and African-Americans in prison.

Sanders also said he would end the cash bail system in the United States because many poor people are in jail and can’t make cash bail while they await trial.

“I like a lot of his ideas, I hope he keeps pushing the peace button I love that, the world can’t stand too much more,” said Thomas Valle, 69, who drove from Ruidoso with his daughter and her boyfriend.

Despite the big support for Sanders’ proposals and his rise in the polls, not everyone at the event were so confident about Sanders winning the presidency.

Debbie Nathan, 69, an anti-deportation advocate, said she has been supporting the senator for a while, but is concerned that people won’t support him because they think he’s too radical.

“I do support his platform, but probably like many many other people I’m terrified that he’s going to be red baited, and he’s going to be called a Communist, and I’m really worried about whether he could win or not,” Nathan said.

She also said that if she was not supporting Sanders, she would support candidate Elizabeth Warren, but she’s worried that people won’t vote for her either.

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