Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ciudad Juárez: Bad day or a new bloodbath?

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In one of the bloodiest days in the last year or more, nine people were murdered Monday, May 26, in the northern Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez. In separate incidents, guns, knives, hammers and possibly bare hands were the instruments of homicide.

Police shootings fire California crisis

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A May 20 police shooting has plunged the California city of Salinas into crisis. A small riot, multiple protests and calls for outside intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice have all riveted the mainly Latino community within the past week.

Like a similar episode in New Mexico earlier this year, a video of the police shooting has gone “viral” on the Internet, transforming a local issue of police violence into a larger controversy with national and international implications.

A big showdown over Lincoln Park

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Artwork is on display during the 2013 Lincoln Park Day and Car Show in Central El Paso on Sept. 22, 2013. [Photo courtesy of Visit El Paso under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Artwork is on display during the 2013 Lincoln Park Day and Car Show in Central El Paso on Sept. 22, 2013. [Photo courtesy of Visit El Paso under Creative Commons license. Terms below.]

Community activists and elected officials in El Paso have bought more time in their fight to save a historic Chicano and border cultural center from demolition. El Paso Judge Thomas Spieczny issued a temporary restraining order May 21 that prevents the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) from moving forward with demolishing the Lincoln Center in south central El Paso, until a hearing on the matter is held on May 29.

Pro-Lincoln Center activists have organized a 24-hour encampment outside the more than 100-year-old building and are planning a large rally for late Sunday afternoon, May 25, Hector Gonzales, Lincoln Park Conservation Committee member, told FNS.  “Everybody is working on trying to save the center,” Gonzales said.

New pesticide rules for farmworkers

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a 60-day extension for public comment on upcoming rule changes related to farmworker exposure to pesticides. Running through August 18, 2014, the comment period is aimed at gathering public input for the updating of federal regulations governing the use of pesticides in the fields.

Border farmers’ market a year-round hit  

Kent Paterson

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Estela Flores is an earth artist. On Saturday mornings, you can find her work, courtesy of Mother Earth, on display at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmers’ Market in Sunland Park.

A mother’s international quest for justice

Kent Paterson

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In September 1998, the van Nierop family of Holland was enjoying a family vacation in the mountains of northern Mexico. Oldest daughter Hester had just graduated with a degree in architecture and was on her way to the United States to seek employment or an internship.

Studying a map, the family determined that the easiest way to cross the border from their vantage point in Chihuahua state’s Sierra Tarahumara would be a “little” place named Ciudad Juárez. Bidding goodbye to Hester, parents Arsene and Roeland van Nierop then headed to Mexico City for the flight back to the Netherlands. But Hester never made it to the United States or fulfilled her dream of becoming a professional architect.

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