Monthly Archives: October 2012

The fabulous, frightening fall of 2012

Fall on the Rio Grande. (Photo courtesy of Mike Tungate via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Silence greets climate-change report

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur, Commentary

High fall is a glorious time in New Mexico. As farmers’ markets unload the last batches of home-grown produce, the lingering aromas of fresh, roasting green chile stimulate the senses. Pumpkins, soon transformed into scary faces, hop from the farm to haunt homes. Running down the Middle Rio Grande Valley, the bosque, or river forest, dazzles like a drooping ribbon of green, yellow and orange, nudging the big Elephant Butte Reservoir that supplies water to New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.

New project promotes shared open Wi-Fi

Electronic Frontier Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of nine other groups launched the Open Wireless Movement today – a new project to promote a landscape of shared, wireless Internet.

Arizona campaign builds against ‘America’s toughest sheriff’

Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. (Photo courtesy of New America Media)

Valeria Fernández

New America Media

PHOENIX, Ariz.–A movement to oust Joe Arpaio, America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff,” from office continues to gain momentum in Arizona. Actions range from a Latino voter mobilization to an infusion of support from out-of-state groups helping run anti-Joe Arpaio radio ads on Spanish radio.

Group calls for border security oversight

Frontera NorteSur

An El Paso-based immigrant advocacy and human rights organization has renewed a demand for Washington to establish an independent oversight and review commission tasked with examining transparency, institutional violence and “the overall border enforcement strategy and its impact on border communities and families.”

NM immigrant advocates hail court action

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Immigrant advocates in New Mexico praised a court settlement announced last week that effectively laid to rest a controversial driver’s license certification program  implemented by the state Motor Vehicle Division last year.

Coffee, culture and recovery in Ciudad Juárez

Open since August, Bumps Café Trilce proposes to be a center for creative connection, cultural revival and collective healing in a city traumatized by multiple crises.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

As Ciudad Juárez lurches ahead in an uncertain recovery from years of extreme violence and economic decline, signs of renewed night life are stirring in the northern Mexican border city.

My safety or my family — immigrant women seek voice in debate

(Image courtesy of New America Media)

Norma Ortiz

New America Media, Op-ed

Imagine having to make a choice between your personal safety, or keeping your family together. Too many immigrant women, forced into the shadows of society, have had to make that choice. I have had to make that choice. 

Mexico remembers 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre

Frontera NorteSur

For the first time, the Mexican flag at the Chamber of Deputies building in Mexico City flew at half mast Oct. 2 in commemoration of the students gunned down by Mexican security forces in the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968. 

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