El Paso’s Day of the Dead Poster Shows Washington that Border Wall is Not a Dead Issue

LatinaLista — Today most Latino families are celebrating a very special observance: Day of the Dead.
It is a celebration where families come together to remember their loved ones who have passed away with special homemade altars, traditional foods and family picnics at the family cemetery.
This year, one Texas border city wanted to show Homeland Security that no border wall will come between two sister cities who proclaim they will stand together — Forever.

(Source: The Forma Group)


The bond between the two sister border cities of El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico goes waaaay back.
The stories of how the lives of each city’s residents intertwine with some working and going to school in one city and living across the border in the other is representative of what happens all along the Texas-Mexico border.
Whereas our federal government is just now striking up partnerships with Mexico to help in combatting crime and drug trafficking, the city governments of El Paso and Juarez have always been there to support one another in times of crisis and celebration.
This time is no different.
From a “culture cruise” which is an organized tour of museums in El Paso to the creation of the “bones market” that serves as an opportunity for artisans from both sides of the border to showcase and sell their handiworks to a film fest and cultural festival, the three-day celebration is being used by city government officials to make a statement to Washington that a border wall is not needed nor wanted.
El Paso business owner, Roberto Reyes, the creator of the poster for the event, told Latina Lista that when city officials described what they were looking for in the depiction of the poster, the words “sister cities” were repeated throughout the conversaton.
“The image of the sister skeletons immediately came into my mind,” said Roberto.
Though the concept is a way of life for El Paso and Juarez and countless other cities and towns along the U.S.- Mexico border, Washington still has a hard time wrapping their minds around that relationship.
But it doesn’t matter to border residents. They’ll keep the issue alive and not bury it until Washington understands that sisters are family and families don’t build walls between each other.

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  1. Frank said:

    I have the solution. Lets annex El Paso to Mexico then. If the citizens of El Paso are more concerned about their “sister” across the border, then the national security of their own country, then lets not keep the sisters separated anymore. Let them join forever together. I hope the store does hit them in behind when they leave us.

  2. Frank said:

    Typo, I hope the door doesn’t hit them in the behind when they leave us. Adios amigos.

  3. diana joe said:

    The only thing frank about this idiot, that thinks he’s frank, is clearly his ignorance.
    Get over it already frankoff we all see that you have the rule of law imbedded in your sphincter,and it could be a long time before you make room for your next bowel movement…*lmao

  4. sick-freak said:

    Another clearly stated argument from diana joe. What a mental giant.
    By the way…I wonder if Loredo residents would like a wall between them and thier lovely sister city,that drug runner’s sanctuary known as Nuevo Loredo?
    Please…Boarder towns are a far cry from the utopian paradise you would have us believe they are.

  5. diana joe said:

    the frank sick freak..knows what I’m saying- verrrrrry interesting…
    go back to washin-em’by the ton, and spill your spent energies on your types there… where you are all clearly-and frankly sick freaks.
    there will be subjects you might not agree with here in margaritaville ,frankly sicko freaks. Why don’t y’all just pack up the boy scout troops, and head for the hills where you can confederate anew.
    And maybe y’all can come up with a merit badge that credits the boys that get the most undocumented!And even call it patriotism.errrrrrrrrrrrrr*boom!

  6. diana joe said:

    Buenas noches to all the dead!
    Long live the sisters everywhere!
    press one for spanish and two for spanish again!
    If you would like to continue this argument in spanish please press the sick freaks buttons then press frank’s…

  7. miguel said:

    sick-freak wrote:
    By the way…I wonder if Loredo residents would like a wall between them and thier lovely sister city,that drug runner’s sanctuary known as Nuevo Loredo?
    Please…Boarder towns are a far cry from the utopian paradise you would have us believe they are.
    sick, you are correct. Your example is one where all the criminal element plus all the crooked police should be lined up and shot. They have victims on both sides of the border and are scum. The failed ‘war on drugs’ that we have spent so much hard earned money on has done nothing to stop the market in the US for these criminals. A few years ago, it was nice to go dancing and dinner in Nuevo Laredo. The criminals just became bold as the drug routes further north and west were curtailed and the worse of the criminal element came togeter in south Texas to supply the growing US market. Supply and demand economics rearing their ugly side.
    El Paso and Juarez have drug problems but for the most part hey kill their own there. Not like Nuevo Laredo where the public is fair game.
    freak, I am with you on this one, shoot them all. Enforce the anti-drug laws in the US and dry up this black eye of American life.

  8. Frank said:

    Diana, instead of talking like a potty mouth, why didn’t you address my idea of annexing El Paso? Do you kiss your mother with that filthy mouth? How immature and juvenile.

  9. miguel said:

    frank posted:
    I have the solution. Lets annex El Paso to Mexico then. If the citizens of El Paso are more concerned about their “sister” across the border, then the national security of their own country, then lets not keep the sisters separated anymore. Let them join forever together. I hope the store does hit them in behind when they leave us.
    frank you normally post some pretty stupid ideas so you were bound to get one right. I like your idea of keeping the sisters together but I would like to see us annex Juarez into the US. We did once in LBJ days when we poured a new river and exchanged land with Mexico. Let us just redirect the river further south this time and take in Juarez. Problem solved.
    Way to go frank.

  10. diana joe said:

    Frank-off scribbles=
    “Diana, instead of talking like a potty mouth, why didn’t you address my idea of annexing El Paso? Do you kiss your mother with that filthy mouth? How immature and juvenile.”
    ————–>
    theres days when I wake up and I just don’t feel like “ADDRESSING”-your IDEALISMS frankie. I dunno franksum it feels so how shall I say?-hmmm American!..oddly todays’ no different than yesterday when I am forced to watch you scribble random isolated thoughts on this wonderful blog-where you know you have no bussiness.
    Im having a chit load of fun with you! I can’t even imagine trying to behave maturely for you! C’mon frankly..ease up ol’ mate..it werks wonders on the cardio.

  11. diana joe said:

    Marisa and all the wonderful perfessionals at Latina Lista,tlazocamatls for posting on our sacred and ancient observation to our gone aheads! Dia De Los Santisimos Muertos is definately TOP of the line in contrast to Hollow-ween’em.. i mean like of course thats my grassrooted observation. With dia De Los Muertos we even pray for the gone aheads of those that dump their family memebers and buy a massive chunk of granite outta indin land -put some fancy angel on it with a slogan like”never forgotten”..collect the will monies…and they never come back to even thank that ol’ soul for winning the United States from the indins and such?
    I dunno i’m just kindda reminded here about what some certain groups take for granted …hmmm -wee’s prayin’ fer yous too master! wee’s prayin’ fer all yous.

  12. sick-freak said:

    Once again diana joe, you have made my day. I get a laugh from your rambling incoherant posts. The more I read from you, the more I am beginning to see who the true racist is. Keep it up I need the comic relief.
    I may not agree with all the postings on this site but I respect those who can intelligently state thier opinion for all to consider.
    Too bad you can’t or won’t do that.

  13. diana joe said:

    -sicko freako scribbles=
    “The more I read from you, the more I am beginning to see who the true racist is. Keep it up I need the comic relief.”
    -As for “reading me’ sick freak, pretty soon now yer’ bound to crash, and burn…keep readin’! By the way keep laughing…and if you like callin’ me a racist well-whats new huh?! You have to be one to know one…isn’t that the attitude with the guys in the “white coats, and pointy hats”- the kluless klaks =}

  14. EYES OF TEXAS said:

    diana, please get back on your meds. You can be a great contributor to this blog if you were not so intent on taking issues so personally. We, all on this blog, want your opinions and ideas on solving the very important issues at hand. Be nice.
    THANK YOU

  15. Horace said:

    Diana Joe believes in the hermaphrodism, the worship of bi-sexed humans. What can you expect from such a person.

  16. sick-freak said:

    Nice try diana but as white guy married to a hispanic I hardly think I would be welcome at a triple K meeting. Try making a point without all the venom.

  17. Frank said:

    No, actually miguel I like my idea better. Any whole city whose culture and allegience is to another country should be annexed to that country, not ours.

  18. miguel said:

    frank said:
    No, actually miguel I like my idea better. Any whole city whose culture and allegience is to another country should be annexed to that country, not ours.
    frank, I like my idea better. Juarez is so far from Chihuahua that it is more American than Mexican, so I say bring them into the US.
    I live here, so I know.

  19. Horace said:

    I just love El Paso. Isn’t that where Mexicans cross the border and sponge off U.S. hospitals for obstetrics and birthing care, all the while gleefully proclaiming that its so nice of the U.S. to foot the bill? Isn’t that where the hospitals are under a threat of going bankrupt due to this free care? Yeah, such a nice sister, Juarez! With relatives like that, El Paso would have been better off to have been an only child.

  20. miguel said:

    horace said:
    I just love El Paso. Isn’t that where Mexicans cross the border and sponge off U.S. hospitals for obstetrics and birthing care, all the while gleefully proclaiming that its so nice of the U.S. to foot the bill? Isn’t that where the hospitals are under a threat of going bankrupt due to this free care? Yeah, such a nice sister, Juarez! With relatives like that, El Paso would have been better off to have been an only child.
    You got it right Horace. Ain’t it a bitch? Keep it up and make me an automatic citizen. You probably know or believe that Hispanic women can give birth up to three times a year. That’s why the numbers keep changing almost on a 3 month cycle.

  21. Horace said:

    “You got it right Horace. Ain’t it a bitch? Keep it up and make me an automatic citizen. You probably know or believe that Hispanic women can give birth up to three times a year. That’s why the numbers keep changing almost on a 3 month cycle.
    Someday Mexican women may figure out where to put that diaphragm or which orifice to put that birth control pill in.
    Is pointing out the bankruptsy of El Paso’s health care givers scapegoating, Marisa?

  22. miguel said:

    horace said:
    Someday Mexican women may figure out where to put that diaphragm or which orifice to put that birth control pill in.
    Is pointing out the bankruptsy of El Paso’s health care givers scapegoating, Marisa?
    Horace, you finally made the jump to single out Mexican women. I am glad that you are not racist or hateful Horace because you could really become an ass. As long as your deep pockets are supporting the hospital, there is no need to worry. Right?
    scapegoating is the topic one item up.

  23. diana joe said:

    WHORE_US=
    “Someday Mexican women may figure out where to put that diaphragm or which orifice to put that birth control pill in.”
    Hay Horace you low life imbecile-yeah I said that!-you facking cheap wasted sperm!
    Get your brown-nosed tact outta the latina blog and strap your cellulited old ass to the pentagon and cry for mercy where you’ll get heard!
    If this blog touched on the subject of all the women and girls that have been assasinated in the Juarez /El Paso Area you probably would also say they deserved to die huh?! You sorry-ass scum bag-your mother must’ve dropped your nasty face on the slimey floor of your ob-gyn wing…where you probably lost the lack of human dignity, and human sensitiveness! You and the rest of your goons need to go to bed ,and count stocks-now-or whatever the hell comforts y’all bithches!You will never own up to anything good-other than that which jingles in your own bottomless pit pockets!

  24. Horace said:

    Now, now, Miguel, Diana Joe, tell me how you really feel. Don’t hold back. DJ, put your head in a paper sack and breath slowly, you’re hyperventilating. Don’t forget to pull it out before you suffocate. Do you have Prozac handy? Got some weed? For a “keep-em-barefoot and pregnant crowd” you macho type hypocrites are a bit sensitive.

  25. diana joe said:

    whore-us and frankycranky and eyesblindshutoftexas and sickofreak you nitwits aren’t hard to figure out!-y’all are just simply shallow, white, and right…in fact the best that one of yous did was marry one of the illegals-poor soul she’s probably pretending to look a litle doll in her blonde-colored hair and blue like the skies contact lens?! oh and she probably goes to praise your lord on sunday..hmm wheres her opinion on all these subjects-frank horace eyes of stolen texas and sick freak who are all the same perros wheres the one married to the latino/hispanic?! wheres her opin on here?-ah ha this MEXICAN latino hispanic taco burrito enchiladas..is probably just another messicant…the only reason y’all marry the darkies is coz they obey and they make pretty babies oh-don’t forget-she puts the cha* in the cha cha!

  26. diana joe said:

    How i really feel-I feel like a whole lot of us should report your ass to the FBI-unless you are one of them already and then we’d all be doomed-anyway a whole bunch of us should get together and report your lame brain to the authorities coz u sound very much like a man or a sick freak that would MURDER mexican women over (three hundred) in Juarez/ElPaso just coz you hate em’ for not takin’ your pills!or stickin a diaphram when you want em’ too!
    there thats how i think we all should feel at this point.
    Marisa I really think you’ve washed-out the sewer rat of the border-keep an eye on im’ fer us!
    and he goes by several names too-not uncommon for a serial killer.
    in the past i’ve challenged his skin in a sweat-lodge very typical of a coward to refuse-just some nice red hot rocks..makes one wonder.
    who needs prozac ?

  27. miguel said:

    Horace wrote:
    Someday Mexican women may figure out where to put that diaphragm or which orifice to put that birth control pill in.
    On his concerns of overloading the hospital services in El Paso.
    then followed up with For a “keep-em-barefoot and pregnant crowd” you macho type hypocrites are a bit sensitive.
    as his shot at Mexican men.
    Horace you are one ignorant person. Your mother missed her pill and your macho dad didn’t miss his target since you showed up. Your obvious hate of Mexicans and women in general is all over these forums Horace. Say it is not so.

  28. Frank said:

    If anyone needs to be investigated by the FBI it is those with a reconquista agenda in this country. Or who call law abiding Americans, racists.

  29. miguel said:

    frank wrote:
    If anyone needs to be investigated by the FBI it is those with a reconquista agenda in this country. Or who call law abiding Americans, racists.
    frank, you got a couple of words out of place. It should read “Or racists who call themselves law abiding Americans,”

  30. Frank said:

    Miguel, there are some like that but not most law abiding Americans and that is the key here. Besides if I had to choose between just plain old racists and racists with a reconquista agenda, who do you think is the bigger threat to this country?

  31. miguel said:

    frank wrote:
    if I had to choose between just plain old racists and racists with a reconquista agenda, who do you think is the bigger threat to this country?
    frank, both are the same in my book. Neither does anything to better life for anybody. Some might ‘feel’ better for a bit but the need to hate keeps coming back. hate is hate is hate,…….

  32. Horace said:

    Don’t sweat it Frank. By the time the primaries are over, the Republican and Democratic candidates will be trying to outdo each other on how tough each can be on illegal aliens. Hispanic advocacy groups will be hyperbolic in their rhetoric in decrying how racist the entire country has become, but no one will be listening. Diana Joe will be totally incoherent by then, and miguel will sulk and disappear from view.

  33. miguel said:

    Horace wrote:
    and miguel will sulk and disappear from view.
    Not one to sulk. Call the time and the place for a discussion. Balls in your court Horace.

  34. Horace said:

    Miguel and Diana Jo, I rest my case: From Hispanic Tips
    http://www.hispanictips.com/2007/11/02/battling-latino-teen-pregnancy-teen-pregnancy-rates-decreased-percent-blacks-whites-1990s-compared-just-percent-latinas-according-groups-research/
    Battling Latino Teen Pregnancy – Teen pregnancy rates decreased 29 percent for blacks and whites in the 1990s, compared to just 19 percent for Latinas, according to one group’s research
    “Along with many of her Latina friends at her middle school in Southeast Washington, D.C., three years ago Beverly Zeleya treated sex lightly. No one told her about contraception, so she didn’t use it. As a result, she wound up pregnant and had a baby boy at the age of 13. Now in high school and a good deal wiser, she observes the same reckless behavior among her peers there. Many attend “skipping parties”—as in skipping school—where they shed their inhibitions with the help of alcohol, pot and other drugs and hook up with guys who are usually older than they are. “If the girl likes the guy, they will hang out with them and they don’t think twice,” says Zeleya. “They just think once.”
    That despairing portrait is no aberration. Though teen pregnancy rates are declining generally, they remain stubbornly high for Latinas and blacks. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 51 percent of Latina teens become pregnant at least once before reaching 20—a full 20 points higher than the national average. While that figure is still lower than the 58-percent rate for African-Americans, it’s declining at a considerably slower pace: teen pregnancy rates decreased 29 percent for blacks and whites in the 1990s, compared to just 19 percent for Latinas. Part of the reason: current educational programs aimed at the Hispanic community are failing to connect culturally, say Bill Albert and Ruthie Flores of the National Campaign’s Latino Initiative, which was launched this spring. Their project seeks to bridge the divide with a recently completed educational manual—the first of its kind—that will be distributed to schools, community groups and health clinics across the country in November.”*

  35. Horace said:

    I supposed Latino men didn’t have anything to do with the high pregnancy of their women.
    Meet you at Fort MacArthur, near the Korean Peace Bell at 1400-hrs tomorrow.

  36. rica said:

    I think that poster is really great!!!
    Don’t you all think? I mean the colors, the design – just beautiful!

  37. miguel said:

    Horace wrote:
    Meet you at Fort MacArthur, near the Korean Peace Bell at 1400-hrs tomorrow.
    The flight came into LAX at 1:45 which is not to bad but the $700 plane ticket put the damper on it. Maybe at one of the rallies. Hold your thoughts. Don’t burn your gas today.

  38. EYES OF TEXAS said:

    DJ, almost forgot about your comment about my glorious state of Texas being stolen. If I recall correctly there was a war and afterwards the territory that is now Texas was purchased from Mexico for several million U.S. dollars. I know, someone, somewhere could show you a bill of sale and all legally above board; 100% legit.
    If we could get past what happened, or didn’t happen, to our ancestors over 100 years ago, we can better concentrate on how to resolve the issues that effect us today. We can’t change the past and the future depends on level headed people making the right decisions today.
    What I’ve said before is I am on this blog to observe these issues from both sides in order to better understand and try to add my opinions without attacking anyone on a personal level, except for the “toilet mouth” thing.

  39. Horace said:

    EOT,
    If Mexico still had Texas, the people who lived there would still be crossing our common border to look for work. It’s not which country owns Texas that matters, but the kind of government that rules. Who would you rather be, a Mexican under the Mexican government, or one under the U.S? The people of Mexico have voted on that issue with their feet. The difference between the U.S. and Mexico is our cultures, our governments and our sense of social justice, all of which are within the power of the people of the democracy of Mexico to do. It’ll never happen, as the people of Mexico do not have the will to make the necessary changes, and our government hasn’t the will to force the changes by closing our borders, an act that would keep the pressure on. Illegal alien advocates are the enablers that keep 80 million people in Mexico in poverty.

  40. Horace said:

    Pertinent sentence in previous posting should be changed to “….within the power of the people of the democracy of Mexico to change.”

  41. Frank said:

    miguel, nice dodge there. Anyone in their right mind would choose a plain old racist over a racist with an agenda to take over this country by their own ethnic kind. That has rings of Hitler to it, don’t you think? Are you a fan of Hitler? That was his agenda. He was a racist with an agenda to take over other countries by his own kind. Not my hero thats for sure!

  42. miguel said:

    Frank asked:
    Are you a fan of Hitler?
    I ask. Were your dropped on your head as a baby Frank?

  43. Frank said:

    miguel, what kind of a reply was that to my question? Where in my remarks does it show I have some kind of brain damage? Is this another deversive tactic of the pro-illegals to not answer a question?
    Hitler was a racist. He thought the White race was superior, therefore he sought to invade other’s countries and take them over. I think that was appalling. The reconquistas in this country are seeking to do the same thing. Illegal immigration is helping to increase their numbers to achieve this goal. Therefore they are more dangerous than plain old racists without an agenda like that.

  44. miguel said:

    frank…If you want to make arguments against ‘reconquista’ view, go to their sites or blogs. What are you doing by bringing up your views of them here? So you think hitler was a racist. I think he was racist plus the spawn of satan over that.
    It seems that you are losing track of who or what you hate. Try ‘the rule of law’, ‘what part of illegal don’t you understand’, your old mantra. Keep your twisted logic with your hate groups but out of this blog.
    Now I probably get to hear your,”Who made you a mod…” remark.

  45. Frank said:

    Miguel, there are a couple of members in this blog that have stated that they are reconquistas by their words. I am not losing track of anything. You just don’t like it being brought up because you know it is true, thats all. I don’t “hate” anyone. But I am opposed to illegal immigration and those who support it and especially those who support it because they seek to reconquer the southwest in that manner. Twisted logic? What twisted logic? Everything I have stated is a fact and the reconquista agenda is related to illegal immigration for many who advocate it.

  46. miguel said:

    Frank, I don’t do the reconquista thing so I can not answer for them. Wait until you see a post related to it and post to them. Good day.

  47. Frank said:

    miguel, but you stated that I shouldn’t make arguments against the reconquistas in here. What I said is that there are some in here in this blog. So what is your point then?

  48. Diana Joe said:

    The REAL reconquista is occuring in Native American Lands-
    It’s called Natural Law.
    The indians in the United States cannot forget what was dealt to them with the Military tactics of the USA.(THE BLANKETS RIDDLED WITH POX AND THE LONG WALKS AND THE DESECRATION OF SACRED SITES…
    Right now in Native North America the word is out that Homeland Security is at it again with a new twist- calling IT iLLEGAL immigration! It does not take a rocket scientist to inform REAL humans of the inhumane tactics involved in the enforcement of the rule of law.
    Get a grip of yourselves upholders of the rule of law-NATURAL LAW IS GONNA WHIP YOU.
    tHE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF the aMERICAS are fed up! We are all related and therefore we agree that human movement cannot be interrupted-not with militarised tact! At the rate things are going Homeland Security needs to pull out or be faced with grave consequence for the hundreds of deaths at the border due to the stupid tactics that forced humans into death traps through the deserts.
    The border Patrol is using lame tactics instituted by Homeland Security to occupy Native American Land-again.
    Time to smell the fry-bread big wigs!

  49. Frank said:

    Uh, the blankets riddled with pox were brought here by the Spaniards. You know, those ancestors of the Mestizos of today.
    Again, I ask you why is it ok for Mexico to have immigration laws but not the U.S. These deaths are caused by those who risk their lives foolishly, not the U.S. No one is forcing the illegals to come here.
    If you have a problem with the treaties that were signed long ago, monies that passed hands to acquire certain lands and wars that were fought to gain control of certain lands, why don’t you take it up with the U.S. government and stop beating up on regular American citizens that were born here and weren’t even alive when these things occured. You weren’t alive then either so what is your beef?

  50. diana joe said:

    I have been alive for at least 500 years..through my mother, her mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother must I go on?
    The difference between linear thought processings and cyclical thoughts is for the linear theres point a to point b…and cyclical..hmmm look at the moon.

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