Farm Workers on the Border: An Invisible and Exploited Labor Force

Saturday, October 22, 10-11:30 at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Culture and Tech Center, 721 S. Ochoa--USE ENTRANCE ON 6th ST.  Carlos Marentes is a well-known, long-time advocate of farm workers' rights.  He is founder of Sin Fronteras Organizing Project and serves as Ex D of the Border Farm Workers Center in El Paso.

Disabled man gets autonomous license

Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt prepares to drive his modified Corvette on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Las Vegas. Schmidt was paralyzed from the neck down in a crash 16 years ago. His car uses four cameras to monitor his head and transmit his movements to the tires. He breathes into a tube to accelerate and sucks the air out when he wants to brake. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt prepares to drive his modified Corvette on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Las Vegas. Schmidt was paralyzed from the neck down in a crash 16 years ago. His car uses four cameras to monitor his head and transmit his movements to the tires. He breathes into a tube to accelerate and sucks the air out when he wants to brake. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Voting: Judge orders Texas to rewrite Voter ID education materials

From the Texas Tribune:  

A federal judge has ordered Texas to issue new voter education materials, siding with those who accused state officials of misleading voters about identification requirements for the November elections.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Tuesday ordered changes to certain press releases, posters placed at polling locations and materials on state websites related to voting in the Nov. 8 elections. Read More

Forum Speaker: José Guadalupe Lara

Jose G. Lara is the coordinator for Independent Living Skills, peer counseling and transportation services at the Volar Center.  He has been working in El Paso since 1986, however his roots are in Ciudad Juárez where he lived and studied for a Journalism degree from UACJ.  He and Enrique Chew will be speaking at the forum, Fighting for the Rights of People with Disabilities.  Saturday, September 24, 10 am, Centro de Salud La Fe Culture and Tech Center, 721 S. Ochoa-Rear Building, El Paso.

Forum Speaker: Luis Enrique Chew

Francisco Romero and Luis Enrique Chew

Francisco Romero and Luis Enrique Chew

Enrique Chew has been the Executive Director of Volar Center for Independent Living for almost 20 years. He attended UTEP and since his graduation, Enrique Chew has served on a number of policy recommending/making boards related to his passion of working for rights of those with disabilities. 

Join us Saturday, September 24th at 10 am for a documentary screening and commentary by Enrique Chew and José Lara.  Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe Culture and Tech Center (real building), 721 S. Ochoa, El Paso 79901.

 

Voting: Now you can use one of 7 forms of ID to vote in November

Eric Gay, Associated Press

Eric Gay, Associated Press

From the El Paso Times:  

Texans will face fewer obstacles to voting this fall, thanks to a ruling last month by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But voters should still educate themselves on the process that will be used.

The 5th Circuit, one of the most conservative appellate jurisdictions in the country, ruled that the voter ID law passed in Texas in 2011 violates U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections.  Read More:

Food Justice: Urban Agriculture in Las Cruces

Image by ourkids.net

Image by ourkids.net

The Las Cruces City Council recently passed a resolution adopting an urban agriculture and food policy plan.  It is the first of its kind in New Mexico. Las Cruces is now poised to be an innovator in urban agriculture in the state, making good use of the rich agricultural, culinary and cultural heritage of the area. By supporting ag activities such as community gardens, community kitchens, farm stands and more, the city can realize the vision of its plan, that "Las Cruces has a resilient food system that fosters healthy communities & residents and contributes to the overall economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of the city."   Read More