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Literary readings add culture to Juárez bus rides

Literary readings add culture to Juárez bus rides

By Fredesvinda Rojas Borderzine CIUDAD JUÁREZ—Every fifteen days Edgar Rincón and his wife Verónica Martínez along with their two children Diego y Elena, walk towards the footbridge in front of Plaza Juárez Mall, to wait for the ruta, the city’s public transportation. This might seem like an everyday event in Juárez, a place where most


Latina wife, mother and Chicago police officer still searching for bone marrow donor

By Mayra Elisa Buitron Extra! Chicago Police Officer Blanca Magallon, wife and mother of four, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier in July. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and is looking for a bone marrow donor that could potentially save her life. Earlier in the summer,


Immigrant rights advocates bring protest, Aztec dance, prayer to free detainee in El Paso

By Aaron Montes Borderzine El Paso – Alexi Cruz may not have realized he had friends in this border community until he was on the verge of being deported. Cruz, 24, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. since he was 14 years old, was detained in early November by Immigration


Arizona cited as a ‘special place’ for political dark-money operations

By Laurie Liles Cronkite News WASHINGTON _ Dark money in campaigns has become an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.” The state, because of its laws or its culture, has become ground zero for a growing number of politically active tax-exempt organizations, said


What Happens in Mexico, Lives in the Mission District of San Francisco

By Lydia Chávez MissionLocal On 24th Street this morning, someone had slipped paper bags over the the parking meters between Folsom and Harrison with the photos of some of the 43 students disappeared in September in rural Mexico. “They took them alive,” was written in Spanish above each photo. It was an installation-like piece of