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Do Mexico's Journalists want a Safe House?

BY PATRICK TIMMONS
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Mexico is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist. Freelance human rights investigator and journalist Patrick Timmons shares the staggering statistics: 130 journalists dead or disappeared since 2000. Official protection mechanisms do not work so what informal methods do journalists need to keep themselves safe? Patrick proposes a refuge that may be part of the answer.

 

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So You Created A City, Now What?

BY MAYA SANCHEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

The honorable Mayor of the City of San Elizario, Maya Sanchez tells the story of a group of determined individuals worked tirelessly to save their community by creating a new city in 2013. As president of this group, it was assumed that Maya would run for mayor, but she almost did not. However, having birthed this new entity, she quickly realized that she and the group of community organizers that made it happen must not stop with it’s creation and ensure that the young City was set on the right path. Maya shares how the oldest community in Texas became its newest city with the story of the City of San Elizario from 1598 to 2017.

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Desolate Beauty: A Contemplation of the Desert

BY DAVID MORRISON
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Contemplative writer David Morrison and Monk Drums (El Paso vol.11) creator Jacob Neria takes us on a journey of of sound, image, and spoken word celebrates a vision of desert spirituality.

As David explains, there is a beauty that can be experienced in the scarcity of desert if we come to it with contemplative eyes. The word, “contemplation,” in Latin, means to “gaze intently upon.” It’s possible to walk in desert landscapes and witness its emptiness until a stunning beauty arises. And further, this beauty begins to gaze into the beholder, and one is transformed forever. In the Irish language, “to contemplate,” means to place oneself at the “edge of waiting.” The desert is a liminal space on the edge of what’s familiar, and it draws and enchants those who dare to walk in its kenotic embrace.

The images are not professionally shot nature photos, but rather the simple snapshots of a lifelong desert walker. The haikus are not literary as much as they are experiential. Mary Oliver sums it up perfectly: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

David Morrison and Jacob Neria are members of Desert Rain Community, a contemporary community of Christian contemplative monks located outside El Paso in Chaparral, NM.

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Finding My Cultural Voice in Comics

BY RUDY VASQUEZ
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

By day Rudy Vasquez is the mild mannered Marketing and Communications Manager for El Paso’s Downtown Management District (DMD)…but by night Rudy pursues his amazing passion for comic animation artistry.

Rudy has worked for independent comic book publishers as a work-for-hire sequential artist for years, but has not published any creator owned work. Now, the artist is laying the foundation for a creator owned project that is an expression of his own voice. In this journey, he has discovered a culturally rich context that reflects life on the border more so, than life in a completely make believe world. 

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It's Your World

BY CANDIE PRINTZ
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

With the It’s Your World project, Candace Printz and her students aim to challenge how people think about their environment, art, and the individuals in their community. Chelsea Clinton wrote a book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” that focuses on positive impacts within your community. In the spirit of this book, Candace and other teachers across the country submitted projects which would improve their community.

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Active Mobility with Velo Paso

BY VICTOR CORDERO
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Victor Cordero, Scott White & Melissa Lugo share their passion for making active transportation accessible to everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach. Velo Paso works toward a Paso del Norte region where active mobility is safe, easy, and an economical means of transportation and recreation for everyone.

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Achieving Sustainability by Adaptive Reuse

BY FREDERIC DALBIN
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Projections show that 50% of architectural design in the next 20+ years and beyond will be for renovating and re-purposing existing buildings.  This represents an historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to reverse the most significant crisis of modern time:  energy depletion and environmental degradation.  Fred Dalbin demonstrate approaches and practices for conservation and adaptive re-use of the existing built environment through projects completed by this firm.

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Futbol in the Barrio

BY SIMON CHANDLER
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

El Segundo Barrio (Second Ward) is one of the oldest neighborhoods in El Paso and is also known as the “other Ellis Island” because it has been the starting point for thousands of families immigrating from Mexico since the 1880’s.  As an outreach Simon Chandler’s group began the Segundo Barrio Futbol Club to give the kids of the impoverished neighborhood an organized activity to participate in.  An all volunteer staff now run five teams in the neighborhood in addition to after school programs to bring together physical activity and intellectual development.

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Urban Interventions on the Border

BY ANS BORDER GALLERY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Evelyn Oz presents the work of ANS Border Gallery, a group of urban artists from Ciudad Juarez making artistic interventions in the fabric of their border city.

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Violence, Gender and Identity

BY ALEJANDRA ARAGON
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Visual artist, filmmaker and photographer Alejandra Aragon explores the relationship between violence, gender and identity through her work.  Based in Juarez, Mexico, Alejandra's exploration of gender through her photography begins with a series of autobiographic work before revealing the exploitation of women and victims of femicide in the border region.

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From Thread to Cloth – From Stitch to Style

BY ZAYRA ESTRADA
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

As a designer, Zayra Estrada gets inspired by everything that surrounds her. She like to challenge herself and create garments with the least thing you could ever imagine using.  She likes for her designs to have an extra meaning, to have a history behind them, and to help women love their second skin (clothing) and use them as a tool to conquer the world.

“Enhancing Women’s Inner Beauty “ 

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Life as we know it: a project of Vision del Norte

BY REBECCA WILSON
IN EL PASO

Vision del Norte is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to make photography accessible to under-resourced communities along the border region in Mexico. In June, they partnered with Hoger de Niños Emmanuel, a children’s home in Juarez, putting on a workshop for some of the kids there. The presentation is about this project, including some images that the children captured. Rebecca Wilson shares.

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