First stop on the “¡YA BASTA! Latinos Rise Against Gun Violence and Hate Tour” in Texas

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Join former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the Latino Victory Project, in partnership with Telemundo and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights for a community conversation about the growing threats of gun violence and the white supremacist-based anti-Latino movement.

The town hall is the first event in a new partnership and tour in the wake of the deadliest white-supremacy motivated terrorist attack against Latinos in recent American history.

At this event you will hear from:

  • Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords

  • Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16)

  • Texas State Representative César J. Blanco

  • Mayra Macías, Latino Victory Project Executive Director

  • Peter Ambler, Giffords Executive Director

  • Vanessa Gonzalez, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Vice President of Field and Member Services

Learn more about the tour

This event will be livestreamed on Telemundo.

From Oxfam: Does the food you buy still contain human suffering?

he Behind the Barcodes campaign works to ensure supermarkets address human rights issues in their supply chain. Photo: Pixabay

he Behind the Barcodes campaign works to ensure supermarkets address human rights issues in their supply chain. Photo: Pixabay

Posted by Sarah Zoen. Co-written with Art Prapha, senior campaigns and advocacy advisor at Oxfam America. 

More than 200,000 consumers last year put top US supermarkets on notice to change their ways. Our updated scorecard reveals which companies are listening—and one healthy foods giant who still isn’t.

Here’s the truth—we didn’t know what to expect when Oxfam launched a campaign last year to spotlight the unjust treatment facing people whose hard work goes into the food on sale at US grocery stores. Would consumers care? Would supermarkets respond?

Questions aside, we did know one thing: human suffering should never be an ingredient in the food we buy. By examining the policies and practices of some of the world’s biggest supermarkets, it became clear that not one company was doing enough to protect their workers or treat women fairly, among other important concerns.

That’s why we asked you to challenge supermarket executives to change their ways and put people first. The response was tremendous—more than 200,000 consumers demanded an end to the human rights abuses taking place across their global supply chains.

So did the supermarkets listen? Some have—but many have not. Continue reading

From El Paso Inc: County looks for entrepreneurs to fight food insecurity problem

Food City owner Carlos Lowery shows off the local organic produce at the grocery store at 5400 Alameda. (Photo by El Paso Inc staff)

Food City owner Carlos Lowery shows off the local organic produce at the grocery store at 5400 Alameda. (Photo by El Paso Inc staff)

Written by Sara Sanchez

More than 160,000 people in El Paso County live out of reach of healthy foods, either physically or financially. That number, about a fifth of El Paso’s population, includes more than 52,000 children.

A new food financing initiative has been launched in El Paso to battle the food insecurity problem.

El Paso County Commissioner David Stout is spearheading the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a pool of funding that provides a combined $1 million in grants or loans to food-providing businesses to expand or create healthier options in El Paso’s food deserts and low-income neighborhoods.

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative, or HFFI, is a collaboration between the county and the Paso Del Norte Institute for Healthy Living. The initiative is the first of its kind in any Texas county, Stout said. The first HFFI was created in Pennsylvania in 2004.

The Institute for Healthy Living commissioned the Food for Every Child study, published in 2017, that examined food security in the region. The city has fewer supermarkets per capita than places of similar size, and about 20% of El Paso’s residents live out of reach of a supermarket.

Leah Whigham, the institute’s executive director, said she hopes the HFFI projects can help address the need for healthy food options in the county’s food deserts. Continue reading

August 12, Noon, UTEP: PICKETING DEMONSTRATION VS HEATHER WILSON

Professor Oscar Martinez

Professor Oscar Martinez

I am a retired, former UTEP professor appalled by the appointment of Heather Wilson as UTEP president. I am organizing a picketing demonstration in front of the UTEP administration building at 12 noon on August 15, 2019, Wilson’s first day as UTEP president. If you are interested in participating, please send me an email at this address: martineo@email.arizona.edu. Also send me the email addresses of others who you think would like to participate. To work out the details of the demonstration, I invite you to a preparatory meeting at 10 am on Saturday, August 10, at the Starbucks/Albertsons store at 3100 N. Mesa Street. Please email me if you can attend the August 10 meeting.

From The Guardian: Central American migrants desperate to reach US risk new dangers at sea

Written by Nina Lakhani:

“As US-driven immigration crackdown forces many to find alternative routes through Mexico, activists fear an increase in trafficking and drownings.”

Fishermen in Paredón say the village is used by smugglers to transport migrants by sea. The boats come from Central America and stop here to refill petrol tanks. Photograph: Encarni Pindado for The Guardian

Fishermen in Paredón say the village is used by smugglers to transport migrants by sea. The boats come from Central America and stop here to refill petrol tanks. Photograph: Encarni Pindado for The Guardian

The highway from Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas into the neighbouring region of Oaxaca hugs the Pacific coast, cutting through dusty towns and densely forested mountains. It only takes a few hours to drive, but for migrants trying to reach the United States, it is one of the most perilous sections of the overland route. 

Undocumented travelers who take a bus or hop a freight train will almost certainly be detained by immigration agents. Those who choose to walk face a gruelling two-day journey through remote forests – and risk robbery, rape and even death at the hands of armed robbers who prey on the men, women and children heading north.

Yet, a rising number of Central American migrants are heading out to sea in small open boats to evade the immigration officials and bandits who have proliferated along Mexico’s southern border. Continue reading

Sorry Readers

The site’s amateur webmaster was cleaning up old posts, hit the wrong button, and deleted all posts in “Latest News.” I found that I could retrieve them, but the date posted would be today’s. I will just start over with the process of identifying and posting articles related to social justice issues in the Paso del Norte region. You can see similar older posts on Facebook site: “El Paso Social Justice Education Project.”

How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.

A transcript for Democracy Now!, a part of Independent Global News. Conducted by Amy Goodman

As the U.S. continues to crack down on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, we look at one of the underreported driving factors leading people to flee their home countries: the climate crisis. John Carlos Frey, author of “Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border,” spent time with Central American climate refugees traveling in a caravan toward the United States. He says, “If this drought continues, we’re looking at all-out famine from Central America. …That’s one of the major reasons why they’re coming. … The government doesn’t even acknowledge the fact that there is a climate crisis in Central America.”

How your toothbrush became a part of the plastic crisis

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Bamboo toothbrushes are affordable! This writer is going to try one.

Written by Alejandra Borunda in the National Geographic: At first, years ago, it was just an occasional piece of plastic trash that Kahi Pacarro, the founder of Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, picked up on the beach cleanups he organized around the state. A straw here, a takeout container there. But one day Pacarro spotted something particularly surprising in the beach detritus: a toothbrush.

Now, in any given Hawaii beach cleanup, he says, it’s not uncommon to pick up 20 or even 100 toothbrushes.

The reason is simple. The total number of plastic toothbrushes being produced, used, and thrown away each year has grown steadily since the first one was made in the 1930s.” Continue reading

From NPR: Trump Wants To Limit Aid For Low-Income Americans. A Look At His Proposals

From newyork.cbslocal.com

From newyork.cbslocal.com

By Pam Fessler: “If you're poor or low-income in the U.S. and use government safety net programs, you could be affected by a number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration. Most of the changes are still pending, and anti-poverty groups are trying to stop them from going into effect. Some of the proposals already face legal challenges.

President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to get more people off government aid and into the workforce so they can become self-sufficient. To help do that, he issued an executive order last year to reduce poverty "by promoting opportunity and economic mobility."

In it, Trump called on federal agencies to streamline existing welfare programs, strengthen work requirements and make sure that taxpayer money is spent on "those who are truly in need."

But anti-poverty advocates say the administration's proposals would hurt, rather than help, poor Americans. They say it will make it more difficult for those trying to become self-sufficient by denying them food, housing and medical assistance when they need it most.” Continue reading