Yesterday, the Oceti Sakowin camp closed as the Army Corps of Engineers ordered it evacuated by yesterday afternoon. Water protectors ceremonially burned the camp the night before so that law enforcement could not destroy it. Last evening, some water protectors were arrested. Over 40 have been arrested since then, arrested for protecting the land and the water all humanity needs for life.
Yesterday was the memorial mass for Juan Patricio Peraza Quijada, a 19 year old guest at Anunciation House in El Paso, who was killed in 2003 by the Border Patrol while taking out the trash at the shelter for migrants.
Yesterday, a local municipal government employee bragged that the city was close to demolishing a historic neighborhood filled with long-time residents, elders on very limited incomes. They are being displaced for an arena.
This morning I woke up with a broken heart. Sometimes it gets to be too much. Too much pain. Too much injustice. Too much.
Indigenous teachings throughout the Americas tell us that we are all connected. The only way to survive is to remember that we ARE all connected. To know this means we have to fight a system that lives off of dividing us into "them" and "us." It is a system that uses schooling, the media, political rhetoric, and popular culture to divide us.
In the video below, the women of Standing Rock tell us, "We are here for everybody." "We are here for our grandchildren. We are here for you." Their work in the face of militarized violence, an administration that favors profits over the future of our children, and even the unbearable weather is a testament to that connection.
Today, I woke up with a broken heart so I will light sage and copal and pray. I will strengthen myself and tomorrow I will be ready to get back to the work on connecting and protecting.
My father used to tell me about sneaking into this theater to watch movies as a kid in the 1910s. It showed Spanish language films. In the 1940s, it was transformed into a "whites only" theater but that didn't last long. By the 1950s, it was headquarters to the Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers Union, a radical labor organization. Before it closed, it housed the Mine and Mill Bar.
This message is painted on the east side of the old Mission movie theater.
The bell tower of Guardian Angel Catholic Church, built in the 1910s to serve the growing Mexican immigrant community in what was then the "east side" of El Paso.
This pinata shop caught my attention as I was driving west on Alameda Street on my way to work.
Hawaiian dancer, Alameda Street.
Unicorn pinata on Alameda Street.
Proud graduate pinata.
Love message on the east side exterior wall of the old Mission Theater.
Segundo Barrio Father Rahm Street July 2022
Looking into Padre Pinto Plaza, Sagrado Corazon Catholic Church.
Treasures on the window sill.
Esperando el bus.
La Virgensita en la frontera
Woman reflected on la Virgencita, Segundo Barrio, 2021.
La Virgen de Guadalupe, 12 de diciembre 2017, Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas, El Paso
Protecting Barrio Duranguito 2019
Cd Juarez downtown December 2017
Raramuri father and son musicians, downtown Juarez, 2017.
The smell of copal, downtown Juarez, December 2017.
Ciudad Juarez limpia, downtown, December 2017.
Selling at the mercado, downtown Juarez, December 2017
Telcel payaso, downtown Juarez, December 2017
La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, 2017
Dos perros, La Mariscal, December 2017
Mujer con cabello verde, La Mariscal, Juarez, December 2017.
Beautiful death, La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, December 2017.
Tin Tan, La Mariscal, Ciudad Juarez, December 2017.
Montana Vista 2019
Red high heels in the desert 2019
El Centro July 2022
A tree reaches out to Oscar Zeta Acosta (mural by Lxs Dos), El Paso, Texas July 2022