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An opportunity for McAllen residents to unite and talk about the toxic plume under South 23rd past Business 83.
Time: 6 PM
When: Saturday, March 22nd 
Where: Cordoba Cafe
Email mcallenplume@gmail.com for more info. 

An opportunity for McAllen residents to unite and talk about the toxic plume under South 23rd past Business 83.

Time: 6 PM

When: Saturday, March 22nd 

Where: Cordoba Cafe

Email mcallenplume@gmail.com for more info. 

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GO VOTE TODAY

Find your voting location here: http://voterlookup.aactnow.org/lookup/voter/3876256/

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Any followers interested in volunteering for the Wendy Davis campaign?

The local Edinburg/McAllen Battleground Texas team is looking for volunteers for voter registration & phone banking. 

Hit up alexismariebay@gmail.com for more info or questions or answer this post for referral. 

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KMBH public television is being sold to a commercial buyer. Recent reports have the sale taking place within a matter of weeks. This could end public television programming in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. PBS is a crucial public resource, particularly for our region, which is one of the poorest in the country. Public TV provides critically-needed educational programming. We urge Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop the sale of KMBH-TV.

Learn more:

The Monitor: Owner Looks to Sell PBS Station

Rio Grande Guardian: Grassroots group formed to save ‘over the air PBS’ for colonia children

Please take the extra step to contact FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler directly:tom.wheeler@fcc.gov (email) or 1-888-225-5322 (phone)

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Cordoba Cafe in McAllen
1303 N. 10th Street Suite 3
McAllen, TX, United States 78501

Support these local folks!

  • Cordoba Cafe in McAllen
  • 1303 N. 10th Street Suite 3
  • McAllen, TX, United States 78501
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The U.S. Border Patrol recently released some stunning apprehension figures for the Rio Grande Valley. While the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border is still experiencing some of the lowest apprehension rates in forty years, the number of border crossers caught in the Valley has tripled since 2010.

The nexus of migration has shifted from Tucson, Arizona to South Texas. Since 1998, Tucson, Arizona, has registered the highest number of yearly apprehensions. But in 2013, the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector reported 154,453 migrant apprehensions compared to 120,939 for Tucson.

For anyone working with the immigrant community in the Rio Grande Valley, the new figures come as no surprise. There has been a huge influx of women, children and men from Central America fleeing skyrocketing violence and seeking refuge in the United States. South Texas has long been a favored route for Central Americans but the numbers of migrants in the past two years is the highest since Central America’s civil wars more than three decades ago.

Most troubling are the thousands of unaccompanied children—the majority between 7 and 18—fleeing deteriorating security conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. In April 2012, South Texas shelters for unaccompanied children reached overflow capacity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Office of Refugee Resettlement, scrambled to find emergency shelters for the children. The agency even called on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to provide shelter to more than 100 Central American kids.

The number of children pouring across the border hasn’t abated since then. And the Office of Refugee and Resettlement has had to secure more shelters across Texas to house the children.

“In Central America, organized crime and gang activity are leading to some of the highest murder rates in the world,” says Adam Isaacson, a senior associate for regional security at the non-profit Washington Office on Latin America. “What surprises me about these apprehension numbers is how fast it has grown in the past two years. The number of people has tripled.”

Because of theviolence in Central America, parents already in the United States without documents are paying smugglers to bring their children across the border. Other children threatened by growing gang violence are fleeing to the United States even if they have no relatives here. It’s a humanitarian disaster, says Isaacson. Migrants are targeted for forced labor, extortion and recruitment by the cartels. “On the route to the United States, just about everyone is either robbed, kidnapped or raped,” he says.

Once they cross the border into the United States, migrants hiking through the desert or rugged ranch lands can die from heat exposure or hypothermia. The Border Patrol reported 156 deaths in the Rio Grande Valley in 2013, second only to Tucson where 194 people died.

In June 2012, Lavinia Limon, president and CEO of the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, published an openletter to Congress asking that they address the unfolding humanitarian crisis through immigration reform. As Limon wrote in a letter published in The Texas Observer:

“The central fact of our existing immigration policies is that they keep families separated. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, passed by Congress in 1996 created the current problem. All at once it erected a major barrier for parents here illegally from ever seeing their young children again.”

One other trend that stands out for me from the latest Border Patrol report is the historically low level of apprehensions for Mexicans continues. In 2012, the Pew Research Center attributed this trend to a number of reasons including heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers of crossing the border as well as a decline in birth rates.

But the growing security crisis in Mexico is also having an impact on immigration numbers. What the Border Patrol doesn’t track is the number of political asylum requests. As noted in a recent New York Times article, political asylum requests from Mexico more than doubled from 13,800 in 2012 to 36,000 requests in 2013. Many Mexicans seeking asylum have moved to U.S. border states like Texas. And no doubt, with things deteriorating in Michoacan and other states we might see even more asylum requests in 2014.

The takeaway is that the humanitarian crisis is growing and much of it is now playing out in Texas, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.”

(Source: patrickagarcia)

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The shooting at Gamehaus

1) For those of you not aware, there was a deadly shooting last night at Gamehaus in McAllen. Let us keep the folks hurt in our thoughts along with their loved ones and all of the people who were there last night when it happened. Imagine going out on a Thursday to spend time with your friends, having fun, and the next thing you know something like this happens. You would probably be caught off guard and terribly afraid. You may not want to go out for a while after. Our thoughts are going out to everyone who is hurting from yesterday, we hope things like this don’t happen again. 

2) Please don’t make jokes y’all, folks were injured and someone lost their life. Those folks have families & friends who care about them and more than likely are suffering greatly at this time. Is it really harder to keep something unkind to yourself as compared to saying it out loud? 

3) To the folks using this tragic incident as some kind of “ugh the Valley” deal. If you think these sort of things don’t happen in other places, than you probably need to leave the Valley and get a reality check. 

If anyone out there needs an ear after this, drop us a message. We are here for y’all. 

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!!! McAllen/Edinburg/Weslaco Warning !!!

If a guy named Greg from McAllen comes up to you at a library or you find an ad of his on craigslist for babysitting his young daughter, watch out! He has history of harassing girls and not paying them, along with a lot of other not cool behavior. He targets young women who may be strapped for cash so be on the look out folks! 

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RGV Weather Story

Oh wow look how nice is out today, I wish it were this way all year. Oh hey the sun is going down, how pretty, wait a second, why is it getting so windy? Hey it’s getting cold now, woah what’s going on? I need to get inside. Okay, I’m inside now and I’m never going out again. The end.

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Hey RGV Tumblrverse

You can submit content to this tumblr if you’d like.

You can leave an ask on this tumblr if you’d like. All asks remain private unless they are anon or you ask for it to be posted publicly. 

This tumblr is for all of you with the 956 in your phone number. Or not, we understand.  

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9th Annual Peace and Justice GatheringFEBRUARY 01, 2014; 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM South Texas College (Weslaco), Student Services Bldg. FTHE NEW FACE OF AMERICA1. Labor and Immigrant Rights 2. Stopping the Texas Death Penalty [[MORE]] Keynote Speakers:Dan La BotzProminent American labor union activist, academic, journalist, and author. He was a co-founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and has written extensively on worker rights in the United States and Mexico. A longtime organizer and author of The Crisis in Mexican Labor, Made in Indonesia, Cesar Chavez and La Causa, Rank and File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Troublemaker’s Handbook: How to Fight Back Where You Work and Win! And coming soon: The American Left and the Mexican Revolution. Gloria RubacActivist to end oppression, racism, imperialist war & LGBTQ bigotry. Abolitionist against death penalty. Lives in Houston, is a teacher and has been active in left political work for over two decades and is an important figure in Texas opposing the death penalty.ARE CHILDREN WELCOME? Yes! There is a Peace and Play Program. (This year’s theme: protecting Mother Earth.) Dr. Georgianna Duarte, and her Education students from UTB, will work their magic again. For information or suggestions, email Erik Toren (ectoren@gmail.com) or call Linda and Nick Braune (956-970-0604). This event is sponsored by People for Peace and Justice of the Rio Grande Valley, a coalition of individuals and organizations opposed to violence, lies and greed. We welcome opportunities to include others who share our commitment. You can find our web page at: http://peoplepeacejustice.blogspot.com/ PfPJ thanks all the community groups who participated last year or are participating this year:All Souls Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brownsville; Amnesty International: South Texas College chapter; ARISE; BARCA; Call to Action, RGV; Comite de Apoyo; Flor de Nopal Sangha; Food Not Bombs, South Texas College chapter; Holy Spirit Peace and Justice Community; McAllen Ministerial Alliance; Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas (Good News Mennonite Church); Islamic Society of South Texas (McAllen Mosque); La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE); Masjid Arridwan (Edinburg Mosque); MEChA/ACLU; Military Families Speak Out; Mujeres Unidas/Women Together; Partido Socialista del Valle; Pax Christi; Planned Parenthood; Proyecto Azteca; Proyecto Libertad; Rio Grande Valley Friends (Quakers); Rio Grande Valley Islamic Center (Weslaco Mosque); San Antonio Council on American-Islamic Relations; Sierra Club; Socialist Workers Party; Southwest Workers Union; South Texas Civil Rights Project; Stonewall Democrats of the Rio Grande Valley; Students for Peace, UTPA; Students for Peace and Change, UTB; Texans for Peace; Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty; Texas RioGrande Legal Aid; Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County; World Peace Alliance. Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Pan Am Students for Medical Spanish; No Border Wall, Valley Interfaith, International Socialist Organization, Students Against Sweat Shops; Pax Christi, Sierra Club, STC Latin@s, Texans for Peace, and Occupy McAllen. (PEOPLE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE APOLOGIZES IF WE HAVE LEFT OUT ANY PARTICIPATING GROUPS. PLEASE LET US KNOW; AND WE WILL ANNOUNCE YOUR PRESENCE IN THE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT.People for Peace and Justice meets monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (14th and Nebraska in San Juan) at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to all who want to help.

9th Annual Peace and Justice Gathering

FEBRUARY 01, 2014; 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM 

South Texas College (Weslaco), Student Services Bldg. F

THE NEW FACE OF AMERICA

1. Labor and Immigrant Rights 
2. Stopping the Texas Death Penalty

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