Evictions: What happens if you have not been able to pay your rent during the pandemic? (Updated)

By Verónica Carbajal Beginning in March, a number of orders were passed to protect tenants from becoming homeless during the pandemic.  Some of those orders have expired.  Below is an explanation of the eviction process during the pandemic. Evictions Self-help evictions are not allowed in Texas, even if you only have a verbal agreement to… Read More Evictions: What happens if you have not been able to pay your rent during the pandemic? (Updated)

Media Release: El Paso advocates, community organizations form coalition and request urgent support from City, County to provide critical relief to those impacted by COVID-19 crisis

MEDIA RELEASE, MAY 10, 2020 Contact: Hannah Hollandbyrd, hhollandbyrd@hopeborder.org El Paso advocates, community organizations form coalition and request urgent support from City, County to provide critical relief to those impacted by COVID-19 crisis EL PASO, TX – A coalition of service organizations and community advocates are asking City and County leaders in El Paso to… Read More Media Release: El Paso advocates, community organizations form coalition and request urgent support from City, County to provide critical relief to those impacted by COVID-19 crisis

Opinion Editorial: “Parents, students, and teachers must be included in the design of a post-pandemic education system,” by Xavier Miranda

The COVID-19 Pandemic has revealed how corporate influence on our education system has sorely failed our students. Rather than relying on the expertise of educators, who best know the individual needs of our students, district administrators have been scrambling to replace their experimental technology initiatives which have little pedagogical value. (Prior to the outbreak, our… Read More Opinion Editorial: “Parents, students, and teachers must be included in the design of a post-pandemic education system,” by Xavier Miranda

Online petition: “TERMINATE THE EL PASO SPORTS ARENA PROJECT”

The Community First Coalition El Paso, has created a petition to terminate “The El Paso Sports Arena Project.” In the petition, the organization writes: “In response to the worst health and economic crisis in El Paso’s history, the City has implemented austerity measures, but the costliest tax-funded project—the proposed sports arena—has not yet been eliminated.”… Read More Online petition: “TERMINATE THE EL PASO SPORTS ARENA PROJECT”

El Paso, TX City budget hemorrhaging – city had projected a $6 million surplus for fy2020 (ending Sept. 1), City projecting a $26M deficit. City manager states “Nothing will be open this summer, possible layoffs and furloughs.”

Source: Anonymous Whistleblower: April 13, 2020 City Team Members:  As we are all aware, the current COVID-19 health crisis is causing negative economic and financial impacts for every City and State across the nation. Although, we have strengthened our financial position over the years, we are not immune to this crisis. As a nimble and… Read More El Paso, TX City budget hemorrhaging – city had projected a $6 million surplus for fy2020 (ending Sept. 1), City projecting a $26M deficit. City manager states “Nothing will be open this summer, possible layoffs and furloughs.”

TRACEY JEROME AND THE DEBACLE THAT IS THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER [MACC] By Mark Pumphrey, former Director of Libraries for the City of El Paso

The following article written by Mark Pumphrey, originally ran in El Paso Porkfest on Facebook. Before his retirement, Pumphrey was Director of Libraries for the City of El Paso.  The article has been edited for length.  Posted with permission of the author . El Paso News Team Part One: The new Mexican American Cultural Center… Read More TRACEY JEROME AND THE DEBACLE THAT IS THE MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER [MACC] By Mark Pumphrey, former Director of Libraries for the City of El Paso

Two poems on child detention at the Border and la cultura fronteriza

On Sunday May 12, 2019 I was honored to present these two poems at the El Paso Mother’s Day Rally to End Family Separation and Child Detention.  Donna Snyder Tornillo Life is short for children detained in cages. Just like livestock was one ill-considered defense. Children housed in tents under a fierce desert sun, small… Read More Two poems on child detention at the Border and la cultura fronteriza