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FNS: Dreamers, deportees and daredevils: Justice for migrant children and youth

 

The fence along the US-Mexico border is yet another symbol of the Unites States' broken immigration policy.

The fence along the US-Mexico border is yet another symbol of the Unites States’ broken immigration policy.

FNS Note: A review of the 11th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium held last month at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. This article is dedicated to the memory of Nohemi Alvarez Quillay.

Kent Paterson | Frontera NotrteSur

Maria Eugenia Ponce grew up in what she calls “Puebla York.” Brought to the Big Apple as a young girl in the 1990s, Ponce recalled her undocumented parents working very hard to pay for private schools so their children could get ahead in life. But as she became older, the daughter of migrants from the Mexican state of Puebla grew increasingly restive when she was told to be quiet and not draw attention to herself.

Albuquerque protesters jailed

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur | Feature

For the second time in less than one month, the regularly-scheduled  Albuquerque City Council meeting was abruptly canceled due to ongoing protests over fatal police shootings and other instances of alleged police brutality.

This reporter was barred entry into Albuquerque City Hall by two officers around 5 pm on Monday, June 2, as the meeting was set to get underway. Asked their reason for preventing entrance into a public meeting the officers only said that nobody was allowed in the building and that the meeting had been canceled.

Searching for migrants — dead or alive

Kent Paterson | Frontera NortyeSur

On the migrant roads of North America, rallies, press conferences and remembrances were held Dec. 18, the International Day of the Migrant. North and south of the border, the common themes were justice for migrants, respect for human rights, an end to deportations, and the legalization of the undocumented.

A visionary’s dream for a violence-free land

Editor’s note: In continuing our series on gender and violence issues, Frontera NorteSur offers the second of two articles on a New Mexico community organization that struggles against domestic violence in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community.

Kent Paterson | Frontera NorteSur

Claudia Medina had little inkling of how her life path would change when she came to New Mexico a quarter-century ago. An older sister who had already settled in Santa Fe told her that the University of New Mexico (UNM) down the road in Albuquerque would be a good place for a Spanish-speaker to pursue graduate studies while mastering English.

Immigrant women rise against domestic violence

Editor’s note: In continuing our series on gender violence issues, Frontera NorteSur offers the first of two articles on a New Mexico community organization that struggles against domestic violence in the Spanish-speaking immigrant community.

Kent Paterson | Frontera NorteSur

Off a busy Albuquerque boulevard, one of the city’s most vital services goes on quietly with its work. Now 13 years old, Enlace Communitario, or Community Link, works non-stop to prevent and resolve domestic violence among the Duke City’s large, Spanish-speaking immigrant population.

Land, migrants, poets: Day of the Dead 2013

Day of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of Fotos_Gratis via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Day of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of Fotos_Gratis via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

Kent PatersonFNS Feature

New Mexico and the borderland will come alive this weekend with activities related to the annual Day of the Dead celebration, which

(Photo courtesy of Bob Mical via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

(Photo courtesy of Bob Mical via flickr under Creative Commons license. Terms below.)

falls on Saturday, November 2, this year. As befits a cultural boom that is drawing in thousands and thousands of people, this year promises bigger and broader events than ever before, encompassing art, music, literature, and culinary treats.

“Without a doubt,” the growth of immigrant and Mexican populations on this side of the border is “exponentially” related to the expansion of the Day of the Dead, said Albuquerque poet and longtime community activist Jaime Chavez. The celebration honors the dearly departed through altars, music, food, and family and community gatherings.

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Hundreds turn out in Cruces

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

Supporters of immigration reform rally Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Supporters of immigration reform rally Sunday in San Francisco. (Photo courtesy of Annette Bernhardt via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Jessica Rodriguez led an enthusiastic crowd in a chant that resonated October 5 in the downtown streets of Albuquerque. “What do we want?” shouted the emcee for the National Day of Action for Dignity and Respect demonstration. “Reform! When do we want it? Now!”

Set below the stage holding the activist leader from the Albuquerque-based El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, a big banner emblazoned with the words “Let Our Dreams Soar!” expanded on the theme of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which kicked off this past weekend. Large drawings depicted hot air balloons bearing messages like “Respect” and “Path to Citizenship.”

New, old grievances rile border residents

The activists passed out literature, signed up new members and stringed rows of posters across the base of the monument to Mexico’s most revered president that assailed the policies of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his packet of labor, education, energy and tax reforms.

Kent Paterson

Frontera NorteSur

On Sundays, the Benito Juarez Monument in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is a popular community gathering spot of goods, services, culture and ideas.

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