But for COVID-19, today, Americans normally gather far and wide at neighborhood bars, backyard barbeques and all points in between to celebrate an important Mexican holiday – well, kinda. The date does indeed have historical relevance in México (more on that later) but the reason it’s become the iconic U.S. celebration of all things Mexican… Read More How A Beer Made A Holiday
We have to remember that the labor movement in Mexico is bigger than any one politician, whether U.S. or Mexican. The Lexmark workers plight has ignited a labor struggle that is 50 years old, ever since NAFTA was signed into law. The Mexican workers are sick and tired of being exploited and paid starvation wages… Read More Stories from the history vault (January 29, 2016)
Reprinted. First published in Mujeres Talk, (2014), and in the Women in Library history blog (2019). By Miguel Juárez These days we take e-mail and electronic lists for granted, but imagine a world where there is no e-mail or exchange of information like we have now? That was the world for Humanities Librarian María Teresa… Read More María Teresa Márquez and CHICLE: The First Chicana/o Electronic Mailing List
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”
By Miguel Juárez On Monday, April 13 at 9:05am, there was a Special City Council Meeting with six agenda items. Item 6 on the Agenda reads as follows: “Discussion on renovating the Abraham Chavez Theater and/or the civic center with funds authorized by the ‘Museum, Cultural, Performing Arts, and Library Facilities’ ballot proposition of the 2012… Read More Let’s do this right El Paso!
Remembering the late Jaime O. Perez. By Miguel Juárez Jaime was an Author/Writer Jaime was the author of Traditional Ceremonial Pathways: A Pilgrim’s Journey (2003, Sun Circle Press) and was the translator for Tzol Ek: Mayan Astrology (1991, Communidad Indigena Maya). He was fluent (reading and writing) in Spanish and English. On January 26, 2017,… Read More Eulogy: Things You Didn’t Know About Jaime O. Perez, 1954–2017, QDEP
Due to allergies and a respiratory infection, my social distancing began last month on March 12, (a little before the City of El Paso issued its order to stay at home,) with only a few brief excursions to the pharmacy, the veterinary E.R., and to pick up food. During this period I have suffered nightly… Read More How I Spent my Pandemic Vacation
American history usually glosses over many historical details especially when it does not fit the Anglo-centric worldview of what is real. The issue of Duranguito and the ongoing de-Mexicanization of El Paso is not new. Rather it has been ongoing since Texas revolted from México. Most El Paso residents do not know, or have forgotten… Read More How El Paso Became The County Seat & Ft. Bliss Was Reopened