As Water Levels Drop, the Risk of Arsenic Rises
By Melissa Bailey When John Mestas’ ancestors moved to Colorado over 100 years ago to raise sheep in the San Luis Valley, they “hit paradise,” he said. …
Boarding School Survivor Anita Yellowhair Shares Her Story, Over 60 Years Later
By Sierra Álvarez “Where are my people?” The mountains cry out. “I’ve seen them play and live in my hands, And I’ve felt them run the trail of…
Mothers on Six Continents Demand Action to Protect Children From Climate Crisis
By Kenny Stancil From Australia to Zimbabwe, mothers on Saturday peacefully occupied public spaces and called for urgent societal transformation to avert the worst impacts of the fossil…
Dominican Republic Border Wall Deepens Tensions Over Haitian Immigration
It’s a breezy, partially cloudy day in March as Mayor Santiago Riverón puffs on a cigar while sitting outside his home on his sprawling ranch in Dajabón, Dominican Republic, not far from the controversial border wall being built between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Border Mayor Declares State of Emergency Regarding Migrant Arrivals
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser on Sunday issued a disaster declaration over the recent influx of migrants into the city – with many more expected in the days leading up to the lifting of Title 42 at midnight on May 11.
Are the Challenges of Puerto Rico’s Schools a Preview of What Other Districts Will Face?
There was little her family could salvage. Just a few plastic chairs, some photos, her school uniform.
The flooding last fall that devastated the home of Deishangelxa Nuez Galarza, a fifth grader in this coastal area of southern Puerto Rico, also closed her elementary school, El Coquí, for three days while staff cleaned out a foot of muddy water from every first floor room. Deishangelxa missed two weeks of classes, which upset her.
Legislator Pushing for Equitable Water Standards in Mobile Home Parks
By David O. Williams When Elizabeth Velasco first moved to Colorado from San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico, she was a teenager living in a series of aging mobile…
Students Take Action for Environmental Justice and School Safety
Youth from high schools all around the Denver metro area gathered last week at the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU) Protect Our Future! event, a student environmental justice advocacy day designed to educate youth on climate activism.
Families Seek Answers, Justice Following Deadly Juárez Migrant Detention Center Fire
“¡Justicia! Justicia! Justicia!” shouted a group of about 50 migrants and members of several human rights groups outside the Mexican National Institute of Migration in Juárez on March 28, demanding justice a day after dozens of people were killed in a fire in the institute’s detention center at the foot of the Stanton Street international bridge.
The Vision and Honor of César Chávez Continues
“Many of us were afraid and many of us didn’t know what to do, but we were just waiting,” said Eliseo Medina, national labor union leader and immigrant rights advocate in an interview in the monumental documentary Chicano!, directed by Hector Galán. “We were just waiting for somebody to throw the match and that’s what César did.”
Memories of César Chávez, a humble man still remain in our hearts. A man who dared to not only speak his mind, but to act on it. March 31st, marks what would have been César Chávez’ ninety-sixth birthday. The Weekly Issue/El Semanario dedicates this issue to a man who generated a national and international movement for dignity and human rights of farmworkers.