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 â€” 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.