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El libro de las Memorias Artísticas de Joséles

Chica Regia: Una chica regia - Sat, 11/21/2020 - 12:30am

En el 2009, escribí un post acerca de la canción “Espérame” interpretada por Joséles en este link. Tiempo después, me alegré mucho que el mismo Joséles me contactó y así me mantuve en comunicación con él desde entonces. En el año 2011, escribí otro post hablando de cómo se podían

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All Mayoral Candidates Endorse Oscar Leeser

El Paso Politics - Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:05am
This morning Oscar Lesser, who is facing a runoff election against Dee Margo announced that all the mayoral candidates from November 3 have endorsed him for mayor. Carlos Gallinar issued the following […]
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Veronica Carbajal Endorses Oscar Lesser for Mayor

El Paso Politics - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 5:05pm
This afternoon, mayoral candidate Oscar Leeser announced that Veronica Carbajal, who finished third in the recent mayoral election, has endorsed Leeser for mayor. Oscar Leeser issued the following statement: “I am honored […]
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Another Complaint Filed Against El Paso Children’s Hospital By Parents Of Daughter Who Died

El Paso Politics - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 2:50pm
The El Paso Politics received an email news blast from David Saucedo announcing that he has filed a federal complaint against El Paso Children’s Hospital with the Office of the Inspector General […]
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El Paso News - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 1:13pm
El Paso, Texas, November 17, 2020: We are pleased to announce our project to restore Sacred Heart Church in the Segundo Barrio, along with the adjoining ex-Sacred Heart School building and the building housing the Jesuit residence and parish offices. We will hold a press conference this Thursday, November 19 at 11:00am at the Father… Read More NEWS RELEASE, RESTORATION OF SACRED HEART CHURCH IN THE SEGUNDO BARRIO PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT 11:00AM
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UMC Nurse Responds To The Pit And UMC Admits To Rationing Care

El Paso Politics - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 8:12am
An El Paso nurse responded to El Paso Politics’ request for more information regarding the Lawanna Rivers viral video about the healthcare being delivered at the University Medical Center of El Paso […]
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Innovating journalism education during a pandemic with a little help from our news network and donors

Borderzine - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:57pm

When COVID-19 first swept across the country this spring, news organizations began canceling internships for college students. That was devastating news for students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions like the University of Texas at El Paso who are trying to stand out in the media job market. Strong internships are needed for professional experience and important networking opportunities that can lead to better prospects at graduation.

Fortunately, thanks to Borderzine’s dues-paying membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News, we were able to reach out to a wide network of digital media organizations around the country. The UTEP multimedia journalism program was able to place seven of our students in remote summer internships with INN members. It was an informal effort, set up at the last minute. Going forward, we are talking with INN staff now about standing up a more formal arrangement for 2021.

The professional journalists who worked with our students came away impressed, and in some cases asked the students to continue a professional relationship beyond the summer.

Claudia Hernandez

Claudia (Hernandez) has been stellar and we plan on working with her on a freelance basis after her internship ends on Aug. 31,” said Nissa Rhee, executive director of Borderless Magazine based in Chicago. Hernandez worked on a series of interviews with immigrants for Borderless Magazine’s Postcards from the Border feature.

“I think I fell in love with journalism even more,” said Hernandez, who is graduating in December. 

Frank Hernandez

Pam Dempsey, executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, said student reporter Frank Hernandez was invaluable on an investigation they published on coronavirus in the meatpacking industry. The project, done in collaboration with USA Today, looked at how meatpacking executives sacrificed worker safety for profits. extended the internship for Frank Hernandez into the fall semester.

Our multimedia journalism students showed the resilience that is a UTEP hallmark, adapting quickly to work with editors and sources miles away. 

Exodis Ward

“There’s something about being in a professional space where they trust you to do your work. I was greatly supported and challenged so I know that my writing and research can go further in depth. It’s a great feeling! I feel like I can bring even more to the table!” said Exodis Ward, who did her internship with New Mexico In-Depth.

Under the Borderzine umbrella, UTEP’s journalism program promotes the advantages of our pipeline of talented multicultural students – many of whom are bilingual – who are training in the largest binational community on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Anahy Diaz

“The skills I acquired during my semester in the audio and video production course allowed me to have a better understanding of how to navigate through the assignments required from me during my internship. These assignments involved skills like editing for radio, writing scripts, producing stories, among other things,” said Anahy Diaz, who interned for KTEP public radio on campus.

Connie Martinez

“Without learning (Adobe) Premier or utilizing the writing skills taught within the communication department I would not have been able to successfully publish stories for the Traveler,” said Consuelo Martinez, whose internship was with National Parks Traveler, which does in-depth reporting on U.S. national parks.

Kurt Repanshek, the editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler, said Martinez did a great job, particularly given the constraints of a remote internship.

“Consuelo has been great to work with. She’s responsive, a quick learner, and comes with a nice skillset (photography, writing, video construction, bilingual). She tackles her assignments constructively and quickly, and takes instruction well,” he said.

UTEP students also worked with member organizations NOWCastSA in San Antonio and the Tucson Sentinel.

Thanks to the support of our donors in building up Borderzine and the MMJ program, more media organizations are taking an interest in the work we are doing here – reporting on the borderland and preparing a diverse, well-rounded field of candidates with the skills to tell the stories that matter to our communities.

And right now, we have another opportunity to grow, also thanks to our membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News. During the 2020 national NewsMatch campaign, all donations to support Borderzine will be doubled! You can make your gift now and sign up as a recurring donor to continue to sustain our program as we go forward. 

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Hispanic, Latino … a single word is too small to capture who we are

Borderzine - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:56am

In the leadup to the Nov. 3 election and in its aftermath, there’s been a lot of talk about how Latinos aren’t a monolith, and the messiness of trying to lump so many different people into one group.

It’s also something Brandy Ruiz has been thinking about. She’s a journalism student at the University of Texas at El Paso. What, she wondered, does it even mean to be Latino or Hispanic?

Ruiz set out to explore that question in this report.

When Gabriel Renifo was 12-years-old, his family moved from Venezuela to Denton, Texas. That’s where he first learned about Hispanic Heritage Month.

“That wasn’t a thing growing up,” he said. “I’m Hispanic every month.”

In Denton, most of his classmates were Mexican-American. But every fall, during Hispanic Heritage Month, he was the one selected to pick decorations for the school’s announcement board.

While his teachers singled him out, his classmates assumed he was like them.

“Eventually, they were like, ‘You’re Mexican right?’ And I would tell them, I’m not Mexican. If you say I’m Hispanic then I’ll tell you where I’m from,” Renifo recalled.

“I was like, how do you not know that? Then I started realizing that people just think of Latinos — Mexico. Because it’s just the nearest thing here, right? And there’s just so much more.”

I have to admit, as a kid, I was that person — the one to think that every Latino was Mexican.

I grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border, raised by a Mexican mom, surrounded by other Mexican-Americans.

But we never really learned about other Latin American countries and their cultures.

We barely even learned about our own. We just received a few lessons about Día de los Muertos, maybe Cesar Chavez and then the Mexican-American War (taught from the U.S.’ point of view, of course).

“You would think in El Paso, you would learn so much more about Hispanic culture, but you really don’t,” said Kyra Lewis, a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Lewis has always felt connected to her Mexican roots. Not because of what she learned in school but through her grandmother.

“My grandma is a very traditional Mexican woman,” she said. “She cooks and cooks and cooks and is offended when you don’t eat her food, and she’s very stereotypical.”

Her grandma instilled a love of Mexican music and dance, and taught her to make dishes like fideo and albondigas.

Yet Lewis has often had the opposite experience of Gabriel Renifo. Because she’s Afro-Latina — Mexican and Black — many people don’t assume she’s Mexican.

They’re especially shocked when they see her dance to Spanish music with her grandma.

“Because of course they see a big Black woman walk in with her afro out and then she starts dancing,” Lewis said. “They’re like, ‘Oh my god, are you Cuban?’ No. ‘Are you Colombian?’ No, no, no. ‘You’re- you’re Dominican?’ Like I’m just Black and Mexican, I don’t know what to tell you.”

Kyra Lewis with her mom and grandmother. She credits her grandmother with instilling a strong sense of pride in her Mexican roots.

There’s no color barrier on being Hispanic, Lewis said, but sometimes Afro-Latinos are erased.

She remembers watching the 2019 Emmy Awards and feeling excited when Jharrel Jerome, an Afro-Latino actor, won an award for outstanding lead actor for his role in the series “When They See Us.”

Then she read some of the reactions on social media, where many people didn’t recognize this achievement.

“It’s unfortunate that even when Afro-Latino people are winning awards or are in primetime roles, they’re not really seen through the lens of ‘Hispanic goals,’” Lewis said.

“They’re more seen in the sense of ‘Black goals’…It’s one of those things where, when Afro-Latinos are represented, it’s not really accepted as what being Hispanic is.”

The word Hispanic is meant to encompass many countries and cultures. But Frank Peréz, an associate professor of communication at UTEP, said it doesn’t always work that way.

“We tend to kind of overemphasize the Spanish side of the culture and then we downplay the mestizo or indigenous or Mexican sides of the culture or other parts of the Latinx culture,” he said.

He believes the term Hispanic, and the way Hispanic history is taught, often ignores indigenous people and crimes committed against them.

“We create this mythic ideal that the Spaniards came and indigenous fell to their knees and said, ‘thank you for bringing us science and religion,’” Peréz said.

“Then the natives would happily wake up every morning and they would just throw corn on the ground and beanstalks would jump up and at the end of the day they’d sit with the friars and learn Christianity and learn to read, and that’s ridiculous.”

Kyra Lewis believes the push for cultural assimilation in the U.S. cuts Latinos off from our roots.

“There’s really no one box to put Hispanic people in and I think that’s what’s really beautiful about having cultures outside of an American culture,” she said.

She thinks we should reclaim those roots and recognize there’s no single definition of Hispanic or Latino.

Gabriel Renifo, who moved to the U.S. in middle school, agrees.

When asked how he defines himself, he said, “I’m just Venezuelan, bro.”

Brandy Ruiz

Brandy Ruiz is a student in the Audio Journalism and Podcasting Research Course at the University of Texas at El Paso. This report was also published by public radio stations KTEP and KERA

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COVID-19 data projections: More than 1,000 El Pasoans may die before Christmas

Borderzine - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:08am

The number of new COVID-19 cases in El Paso this past week dropped for the first time in two months but remains alarmingly high.

The coming days and weeks will be among the most painful in El Paso’s history, even if the decline in new cases persists.

Hospitals continue to be overwhelmed, and the novel coronavirus is killing El Pasoans at a heartbreaking rate that will only grow worse between now and the end of the year.

Here’s the weekly COVID-19 data report from El Paso Matters.


El Pasoans are dying of COVID-19 at rates that were previously unimaginable, though it’s challenging to get precise data.

The deaths announced by El Paso health officials each day actually occurred days or weeks earlier.

A better measure of recent deaths is to look at a combination of the deaths confirmed by health officials each week and the change in deaths under investigation because they’re believed to be caused by COVID-19. Using that measure, El Paso has had more than 330 deaths in the first two weeks of November.

Over the past two weeks, El Paso has averaged more than 23 COVID-19 deaths per day. That’s how many people were killed in the Aug. 3, 2019, white supremacist terror attack in El Paso. COVID-19 has been taking a similar number of lives each day for two weeks.

The death rate almost certainly will grow higher in the coming weeks. The people dying now generally were infected in early to mid-October. The number of infections — especially among people over age 60 — has grown dramatically since then.

About 800 El Pasoans died of COVID-19 between April and October. 

Another 332 El Pasoans have died in the first two weeks of November.

Based on recent infection and mortality trends, more than 1,000 additional El Pasoans may die of the disease between now and Christmas.

For context, El Paso has averaged about 450 total deaths a month in recent years.

Focus on slowing the spread by January

El Pasoans can do little to alter this predicted number of deaths over the remaining six weeks of 2020, because it involves — for the most part — people already infected with COVID-19. Our battle now is to prevent this catastrophe from repeating in January and February.

The ways to prevent this immense tragedy from continuing into the new year are straightforward.

Leave your home as little as possible, and don’t bring people from outside your household into your home. This is especially important with upcoming holidays, starting with Thanksgiving. As difficult as it is to our family-based community, El Pasoans cannot have large Thanksgiving celebrations this year.

When you leave your home, wear a face covering and stay at least six feet away from anyone who is from outside your household. If possible, have only one family member go on errands outside the home. Wash your hands frequently, especially when you leave your home.

El Paso is in a crisis, but we all can take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable family members, neighbors and friends.

New cases

El Paso reported fewer than 10,000 new weekly COVID-19 cases for the first time in three weeks and registered the first week-over-week decline in eight weeks. But we are still averaging more than 1,200 new cases a day.

It’s difficult to say what is causing the decline, but it’s likely due to multiple factors.

County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s stay-at-home order at the end of October likely had some impact, even though it was only sporadically enforced and then abandoned after restaurant owners and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton successfully challenged the order in court.

Another factor is that the virus has fewer people it can infect. More than one in every 20 El Pasoans has tested positive since the beginning of October. Wildfires begin to slow as they have less fuel to consume.

The next two weeks will be a test of whether El Paso can slow the spread of COVID-19. The most stringent of the county judge’s mobility restrictions are no longer in force. And the Thanksgiving holiday represents huge risks if El Pasoans bring together multiple households for celebrations.

Impact on older El Pasoans

Infections among El Pasoans 60 and older — the age group most at risk for complications of COVID-19 — have grown at a horrifying rate. More people in that age group were infected in the first two weeks of November than in the entire month of October.

Those October infections are what overwhelmed our hospitals and are driving up our death rate. The infection rates among older El Pasoans for the first two weeks of November indicate that our current crisis will continue a least through the end of the year.


The number of COVID-19 patients sick enough to require care in hospitals and intensive care units remains well beyond the normal capacity of our hospitals. That capacity has been boosted by an influx of more than 1,000 health-care workers by the state and federal governments.

But that influx probably isn’t sustainable as COVID-19 cases spread rapidly elsewhere in the country. Some of those extra resources will soon have to be dispatched to new hotspots.

This article first appeared on El Paso Matters and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.” 

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The Pit – In El Paso The Only Way To Leave Is Via A Body Bag

El Paso Politics - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 2:30am
Are Hispanics disproportionately dying in El Paso because of the lack of proper healthcare? This is an important question that El Pasoans should be asking themselves today. Texas was the first state […]
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RumpToons No: 211

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 11/14/2020 - 11:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 211!
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El Paso Democrats are Divided. That is a Good Thing for the Party.

El Paso Politics - Fri, 11/13/2020 - 8:09am
Editor’s note: The following is a Guest Editorial by Graciela Blandon. The El Paso Politics welcomes and encourages submissions from the community. For years, the County’s Democratic Party has existed as a […]
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Why Small Businesses Matter In Shutdown Order

El Paso Politics - Thu, 11/12/2020 - 8:13am
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego extended the non-essential business shutdown order through December 1 yesterday. Although El Paso police are now enforcing the shutdown order within the city limits there remains the unequal […]
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U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Trade And Why AMLO Hesitates On Biden

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:01pm
As some readers may have noted, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrado (AMLO) has refused to recognize Joe Biden until the court challenges are completed. Some believe that AMLO’s slight of Biden will become an issue for the rest of AMLO’s presidency. AMLO’s term ends in late 2024. The economy and Covid-19 will preoccupy both… Read More U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Trade And Why AMLO Hesitates On Biden
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Traditions and Holidays While Experiencing Quarantine

El Paso News - Wed, 11/11/2020 - 6:13pm
By Maria R. Perez, MSSW As the month of November has begun, so have many family traditions. Most of these traditions call for families to get together. We gather as family and friends for Dia de Muertos, Diwali, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and not to mention Black Friday Sales! Plus, we also gather for whatever… Read More Traditions and Holidays While Experiencing Quarantine
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The El Paso Democratic Party Brawl Between The Establishment And The Progressives

El Paso Politics - Wed, 11/11/2020 - 8:44am
Author’s note: The following is an analysis of an ongoing and developing political power readjustment in El Paso’s Democratic Party. Shortly after the election ended last week an interesting battle began to […]
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All Roads Lead To Rick Armendariz

El Paso Politics - Tue, 11/10/2020 - 8:15am
Last month, the El Paso Politics connected the secretive mailout being sent to El Paso voters in support of the incumbent candidates to a local political firm named the Forma Group. The […]
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How Poor El Pasoans Were Played By the Stay-At-Home Order

El Paso Politics - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 8:15am
This article was updated on November 9, 2020 at 11:33 a.m. to correct a typo and add a downloadable copy of the order upholding Order No. 13, signed by Judge Moody. On […]
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What Will Joe Biden Do About Immigration

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 11/08/2020 - 11:05pm
Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive winner of the 2020 presidential election it is time to start asking how will immigrants fare under his administration? The first thing we should recognize is that Kamala Harris will be the Vice-president. She is a woman of color and comes from a family of immigrants. However, at… Read More What Will Joe Biden Do About Immigration
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