Public Meeting on Former Smelter Site

Public Meeting on Former Asarco Smelter Site Readers of Frontera NorteSur in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-New Mexico area might be interested in an upcoming public meeting on the environmental remediation project underway at the former Asarco smelter site in El Paso, Texas. Called by the Custodial Trustee in charge of the remediation, the meeting is…
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The Political Fallout from Trump’s Albuquerque Rally

The Political Fallout from Trump’s Albuquerque Rally Two weeks after Donald Trump’s rally rattled Albuquerque fallout from the explosive event drapes the local political scene. The issue dominated a good portion of the June 6 session of the Albuquerque City Council, where concerned citizens, city councilors and the administration of Mayor Richard Berry all weighed…
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Trump and Sanders Put New Mexico in the Political Spotlight

Editor’s Note: Today’s story is a first-hand account of the visits of Bernie Sanders and Donald  Trump to New Mexico in the run-up to the June 7 primary. It was written by FNS contributor Nicolás Cabrera. Nicolás graduated from New Mexico State University in 2015 with a master’s degree in Spanish. Trump and Sanders Put…
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The Border’s Flint, Michigan?

The Border’s Flint, Michigan? Paloma Rodriguez and Frank Hernandez were not shocked to hear about excessive levels of arsenic that were found in the water supply of their community. Operators of the Carousel Convenience Store on the edge of Sunland Park, New Mexico, Rodriguez and Hernandez had seen notices before from the local water utility…
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Sanders, Vado and Border History

Sanders, Vado and Border History Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ May 21 campaign stop to the small town of Vado, New Mexico, drew thousands and comments of surprise. Many asked: Why Vado? Where the heck is the place? Located right off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and El Paso, the community is also known as…
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The Old Braceros Fight On

Every Sunday morning the survivors of a profound history that forever shaped the  demographics, destinies and dreams of Mexico and the United States gather at the Benito Juarez Monument on the edge of downtown Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Now in their 70s and 80s, dozens of men assemble to remember their lives as contract guest workers…
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Death in a Shopping Aisle: Jonathan Sorensen’s Fatal Encounter with Kmart

At Carlisle and Indian School NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico, different worlds, borders and seemingly even dimensions collide, clash and literally intersect. On one side of Carlisle upscale shoppers peruse the selection of pricey delicacies at a Whole Foods store, while working-class families pulling in across the road still find meals for less than ten…
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Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail

After spending more than 32 months in jail, six members of an Indigenous community-based police force in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero bonded out of jail on Thursday, May 12. The six Mixtec men, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC), were detained in an August 2013 operation spearheaded by the Mexican…
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It’s More than a Bus: Democracy, Gentrification and Urbanicide

For the second time in two years, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a proving ground for democracy and governance. The first test came two years ago, months before the nation was shaken by the events of Ferguson, Missouri, when mass protests in Albuquerque erupted after the police shooting of homeless camper James Boyd. Finally exploding a…
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>From Vallarta with Love: A Video from Mothers of the Disappeared

In Mexico, Tuesday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. On that day, mothers from the civil society organization United Families for Our Disappeared of Jalisco will join mothers from across the country in a national demonstration in Mexico City demanding governmental action in locating their missing loved ones and calling for the passage of a national…
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