Lourdes Flores is the executive director of ARISE, a community-based organization that understands education as 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...
During the 2008 general election, the Equal Voice Network convened 2,000 community members from the Valley to five town hall meetings. This group contributed to the creation of a vision, a mission, and a platform. Over the past eight years,...
AUSTIN, Texas - One of the most influential business groups in Texas has announced its support for providing undocumented immigrants an opportunity to obtain a state driver’s license. The Texas Association of Business (TAB) also wants to see the retention...
DONNA, RGV - The North Alamo Supply Corporation has received a $1.89 million grant to fund a regional treatment and wastewater collection system that will improve the quality of life for 1,600-plus colonia residents northwest of Donna. The total project...
SAN JUAN, RGV - When Juanita Valdez-Cox was growing up in South Texas there was no drinking water in her home, no paved streets in the colonia, no mail delivery and no bus service. Most of these basic amenities are...
SAN JUAN, RGV - At the conclusion of La Unión del Pueblo Entero’s latest citizenship graduation ceremony, Juanita Valdez-Cox, LUPE’s executive director, received good news from state Sen. Juan Hinojosa, who was calling from Austin. Hinojosa phoned to say LUPE’s...
The above Zoom conversation features Thomas Ray Garcia, co-founder of the College Scholarship Leadership Access Program and Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor. ALAMO, Texas - A nonprofit that was set up to help high school students prepare for college...
WESLACO, RGV - A legislative push to secure an additional $2 million to allow Valley Metro to expand bus services into the Rio Grande Valley’s largest colonias has failed. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council had made the funding...
SAN JUAN, RGV - It has been a good week and a bad week for La Unión del Pueblo Entero, a community group that helps colonia and low-income families in Hidalgo County. The bad news came when an appeals court...
Valley Interfaith leaders recognize Democratic Senators Eddie Lucio, Jr and Juan Hinojosa, and Republican Senator Charles Perry from Lubbock, for their efforts to generate investment in South Texas’ poorest families.   They authored Senate Bill 2452 and Senate Joint Resolution...

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