Dallas News Commentary by US Representative Beto O'Rourke

"Sure, Mexico will always physically be there.  But the close cooperation that we've built with our neighbor, which underpins our economic and security interests, is not a given. And after the first few weeks of the Trump presidency, we might be on the verge of losing it.  Maybe that's not such a big deal. America first, right?  But a quick look at the relationship shows us that America can't be first without Mexico."  Read more:

Trump's attacks on Mexico harm both it and the US

Author in front of school in Colonia La Chaveña

Author in front of school in Colonia La Chaveña

Op-ed piece from the El Paso Times takes on Trump's attacks on Mexico: "Donald Trump’s incessant bashing of Mexico reminds me of past eras when U.S. presidents shamelessly took advantage of that country’s weaknesses to promote racist, imperialistic, and greedy policies."

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What Trump Can and Cannot Do to Immigrants by David Bacon

Photo thanks to The Catholic Sun

"While the government officials developing and enforcing U.S. immigration policy will change on January 20, the economic system in which they make that policy will not. As fear sweeps through immigrant communities in the United States, understanding that system helps us anticipate what a Trump administration can and can’t do in regard to immigrants, and what immigrants themselves can do about it." Read More:

These are our marching orders for 2017

Photo thanks to SirHow

Photo thanks to SirHow

Tweak the first stanza a bit and this poem gives all of us directions towards making the world a better place.

Mood of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among people,
To make music in the heart.
-- Howard Thurman

More voters will have access to non-English ballots in the next election cycle

Thanks to San Diego Union Tribune

Thanks to San Diego Union Tribune

"New data from the Census Bureau show that 263 counties, cities and other jurisdictions in 29 states will now be required to print election ballots in languages other than English in future elections, a slight increase from five years ago."  Read the complete article from the Pew Research Center by D'Vera Cohn. 

 

Information about 2017 Postings

With the impending assumption of power by the Trump administration, threats to social justice issues will escalate significantlyThe border will be one of his target areas, and border people will need to stay well informed and respond appropriately.  EPSJ will regularly post articles and other materials on both our Facebook and website pages to increase awareness of policies that will impact our area.

Food Justice: High school students transform school bus into food truck

A Bowie student drew a rendering of what the OSO Good food truck might look like when finished. (Photo: RUDY GUTIERREZ/EL PASO TIMES)

A Bowie student drew a rendering of what the OSO Good food truck might look like when finished. (Photo: RUDY GUTIERREZ/EL PASO TIMES)

From Lindsey Anderson of the El Paso Times:  

"A new year is just around the corner, and for a group of Bowie High School seniors, it will forever be the year they made their mark.  The six seniors are launching the Oso Good Food Truck, transforming an old school bus into a mobile restaurant they hope will hit the road early next spring."  Read More

Can you prove that you are a US citizen?

Lorenzo Palma (center) reviews family documents with his brother and mother in their home in El Paso, Texas. Palma served time for a parole violation and, just as he was being released, was sent before an immigration court to prove his U.S. citizenship.  Photo by Bree Lamb

Lorenzo Palma (center) reviews family documents with his brother and mother in their home in El Paso, Texas. Palma served time for a parole violation and, just as he was being released, was sent before an immigration court to prove his U.S. citizenship.  Photo by Bree Lamb

This thoughtful article discusses another aspect of our binational identity in the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez community.  Read the NPR investigative report: 

Bilingual Education: The Spanish Lesson I Never Got at School

Illustration by Edward Ubiera

Illustration by Edward Ubiera

This is a beautiful essay about growing up in LA as the child of Guatemalan immigrants.  

"In the deepest reaches of my brain, there is a boy who speaks Spanish.

He calls his mother and father “Mamá” and “Papá.” One of his favorite expressions is “qué lindo” (how nice, or how sweet). He’s proud of the Mexican slang he’s learned: for instance, “no hay pedo,” which means “no problem,” though its literal translation is “there is no fart.”

California nearly killed that boy."  Read More

 

Farm Workers need our support

At the forum on farm workers, Carlos Marentes provided a very interesting and informative overview of the conditions that these workers face as they pick our food every day.  Marentes emphasized that unlike other members of the labor force, farm workers do not have bargaining rights, a situation that has made it very difficult for them to organize unions and press for higher wages.