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Education Success Happens When Parents Come Together

Education Success Happens When Parents Come Together

Lourdes Flores is the executive director of ARISE, a grassroots organization in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She knows that education is key to a community’s development. Her son is a bright, hard-working student who, last year, was in the eighth grade. Lourdes is a mother who understood the recent changes in Texas’ graduation requirements, and, […]

What Would Jesus Say About How We Treat Families?

What Would Jesus Say About How We Treat Families?

About a year ago, things had begun to settle down for the federal government. Nearly 60,000 Central American children and parents, fleeing rape, torture and death from the drug wars in their countries, had come to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last spring and summer. The children and their moms had come to surrender themselves […]

At the U.S.-Mexico Border, It’s Time for Deeper Thinking

At the U.S.-Mexico Border, It’s Time for Deeper Thinking

The auditorium was packed at the human trafficking conference in March at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. Most of the audience were students; most of the presentations were by academics. The PowerPoint presentations and the discourse tended to be long on statistics. While the earnest professors kept the jargon to a minimum, the language […]

Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome Everyone

Texas Residents Paint a Mural – to Welcome Everyone

Early on an evening at the end of July, dozens of community members from Brownsville, Texas came together to begin to design a mural for the community clinic’s wall. The clinic’s pediatrician laid out the evening’s task. “We want to create a mural that says ‘welcome’ to everyone. What things should we think about painting?” […]

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