#RGV4Choice: 42 Years of Roe V. Wade Rally

Sat. Jan 24th at 8:30 AM - Whole Women’s Health Clinic (802 South Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501) 

Jan 22nd will be the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision and local Catholic parishes plan to hold an antichoice march on the 24th which will go by Whole Women’s Health on its route. We are calling on all pro-choice RGV’ers to stand in solidarity with the clinic on this day, to ensure it operates smoothly, and the participants of the antichoice parade witness the support for choice in the Valley. 

Please wear pink or orange, please no blue shirts. We will have free pins for the first 100 attendees, there will be a ride for choice, and many roles need to be filled! We will need a full staff of volunteer escorts to ensure patients enter and leave the clinic undisturbed, folks willing to document through film/photos both our rally and the antichoice march, and then general participants who can surround the front of the clinic so when the march comes by they get a big eyeful/earful. 

We will be using a local hashtag #rgv4choice and the national hashtag #roevwade. 

There will also be a donation drive. For every antichoice participant we count, we will ask for a certain amount from donors, to be put into a fund which will help pay for procedures for patients who are able to pay entirely for their abortion. 

Remember RGV, our clinic’s future is currently uncertain. If Whole Women’s Health is shut down, RGV folks will be forced to go to San An, which automatically means undocumented people in the RGV will not have access to safe abortion. For those who are documented, this means paying for gas, at least one overnight stay due to the Texas law requiring a waiting period of 24 hrs between consultation and procedure, and medical costs. This will force many people to turn to unsafe means for abortion. It’s up to us to stand for choice and make our voices heard right here in the RGV!

Please Read Y'all...

My name is Rosa Escobedo. You may be familiar with the sudden flow of immigrants coming to the US including the Valley from places like Honduras and El Salvador. These people are coming with permission from the US due to their lives being in danger in their country. The border patrol is buying them a ticket to go and meet their family relatives in different parts of the US. These families including babies have been detained in border patrol rooms for days and finally get to travel. They arrive at McAllen bus station and from there volunteers invite them to hydrate, eat and for first time after days to bathe and change clothes before they continue on their trips. Sister Norma from Sacred Heart Church opened the church which is near the bus station and started offering these people something to drink and eat. It is amazing what is happening in this place. Through word of mouth, face book and other media people from all over the valley from different denominations have come together to make donations: food, clothes, hygiene products, diapers, baby products. There have been different reporters covering the story from New York Times to our local valley.

At this time our biggest need is volunteers to serve these families. They are very humble people who are intimidated to ask for anything even if they are starving. Families can come in every hour from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm. We never know when they will arrive but when they do they come in large numbers. The city of McAllen is helping out by directing traffic of people who come to drop off donations. They provided portable showers for people to bathe in and currently a Dr. will be on site in a portable. Some of these babies are coming in dehydrated and the gift to see the before and after is PRICELESS. This is a great opportunity to serve others and to learn about their experiences.

I’m asking if you are willing to help these are some of the duties you will helping out with:
- serving plates of food
- organizing items that come in to be donated: categorize shoes, pants, shirts, baby food and would be in charge of a family as they come in.
- making sure that the families have something to eat, were able to bathe and change clothes, they have extra food to take on their trip.

As I mentioned before if we don’t offer these things to them, they will not ask. There have been situations when people leave without eating because they don’t ask and we are so short in volunteers that it is hard to keep track of everybody.

If you are interested in volunteering all you have to do is show up and ask for Sister Norma who will direct you to where the help is needed.

The address is 306 S. 15th St McAllen. This hall is open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. all week long including weekends Saturdays and Sundays.

Thank you very much for your attention to this invitation. We look forward to hearing from you all.


If you need further information or clarification please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone to 956-533-1672 or Sister Norma, 956-455-1484.

Thank you and GOD Bless you,

Rosa Escobedo J

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The hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas, is normally the setting for weddings and group dinners. But since June, the hall has been transformed into a makeshift crisis centre to meet the needs of some of the thousands of Central American immigrants pouring across the US border.

After processing by Border Patrol, immigrants from places other than Mexico are released into the US and given a notice to appear in an immigration court.

They are usually transported on federal government buses to the McAllen Central Bus Station just a few blocks up the road — the first stop on their journey into the rest of America.

With the influx of people into the relatively small bus station, the city and have worked together to set up this shelter as a temporary stop-over for new immigrants before they begin their bus journeys.  For many immigrants, this is the first warm shower and hot meal they have had in days.

Volunteers have organised the stacks of clothing into chest high piles with signs poking out of the top designating whether the clothing is for niñas or niños — girls or boys.  

In the rear of the room, other volunteers are stirring soup and preparing simple sandwiches.

 “It’s become one those issues where there’s a crisis in the community and the church is responding,” said Pastor Mark Gonzales of Dallas, Texas, who has partnered with the conservative radio host Glenn Beck to provide aid to churches in this region.

“We’ve just got word that there’s a few families that we’re expecting,” an announcement declares over the intercom.

A few minutes later a small group of immigrants walks through the double doors in the front corner of the room, and appear to be taken aback by the army of volunteers welcoming them to the church.

In the opposite corner, my colleague Thomas Sparrow, of BBC Mundo, is talking to 18-year-old Aidé. She made the journey from El-Salvador while pregnant, and went into labour while being held at a US detention centre.  

Later that morning, the young mother and four-day-old child began a more than 50-hour bus journey to New York.

We spent hours at this shelter during our trip, and spoke to many people. While there are many ideas about how to address the humanitarian crisis, there is little consensus. 

It’s at places like this that people are casting aside their political differences and rallying around a shared sympathy for the perilous journey that these immigrants are making to get here.

- Paul Blake in McAllen, Texas in July

"Wow, I’ve never been to a place that’s sooo dirty and with soo many mexicans. what’s sad is they think its nice. #ghetto #mcallen"

This is a blurry picture of a tweet that has been deleted from Justin Bieber’s account.

So, I just got that tweet of Justin Bieber in McAllen, Texas.

I live nearby (as in the border, in the side of Mexico), and he said stupid things about immigrants,and Mexicans.

EXCUSE ME, YOU JERK. I’M A MEXICAN, AND PROUD.

AT LEAST, I’M NOT A JUDGING ASSHOLE LIKE YOU.

I hope you realize that Selena IS PART MEXICAN, YOU IDIOT.

LIKE 50%. 

SO, GUESS WHO’S LAUGHING NOW. 

ME, HAHA.

people like him make me sick.

I had to rant this, sorry, because it gets me on my nerves that someone can be that racist. UGH.

!!! McAllen/Edinburg/Weslaco Warning !!!

If a guy named Greg from McAllen comes up to you at a library or you find an ad of his on craigslist for babysitting his young daughter, watch out! He has history of harassing girls and not paying them, along with a lot of other not cool behavior. He targets young women who may be strapped for cash so be on the look out folks! 

It is with great pleasure to announce that English legends of 1960s psychedelia and pop, the Zombies, have confirmed to perform in McAllen on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. This is an impossibly meaningful show for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to have this booked at the Historic Cine El Rey for a very special, intimate performance.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31st at Melhart’s Music Center in McAllen and online at ticketfly.com. For those who may not be familiar with the sounds of these legends, please sample their amazing catalogue here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc7b62El_fk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezSMbQKQEJI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5IRI4oHKNU

The legendary psychedelic pop group are often seen as being the widely overlooked, and definitely the darkest, of the British Invasion acts of the 1960s that included the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks, amongst others. Led by pianist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, the Zombies have maintained a massive cultural presence, not only amongst a generation of ecstatic fans in the 1960s with their Billboard topping hits, “Time of the Season” and “Tell Her No”, but also with  a generation of younger audiences and musicians. Younger fans may even remember having first heard their re-birthed  music in Wes Anderson's cult masterpiece, the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. But regardless of how fans may have discovered the Zombies, one thing is certain: their influence has been deep and strong on an international, generation spanning realm.

Please stay tuned for more updates such as supporting groups. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 31st via ticketfly.com and at Melhart’s Music in McAllen.

From the FB event page:

In September 2014, 43 student-teachers from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa were disappeared at the hands of police and crime syndicates after being attacked on their way to protest Mexican education policy.

The families of the 43 are planning a nationwide US tour (first stop McAllen) in order to draw more pressure and attention to the case of the mass kidnapping.

A tour of this scale (40+ cities) takes a lot of money. 

Organizers in the RGV, along with national grassroots efforts, are raising funds to help with travel costs.

We ask that you show your support by attending this show and spreading the word!

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En Septiembre del 2014, 43 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa Raúl Isidro Burgos fueron desaparecidos a manos de la policía y miembros del crimen organizado después de ser atacados cuando se dirigían a protestar el sistema de educación en México. 

Los familiares de los 43 estudiantes están planeando una gira nacional por los Estados Unidos (primera parada en Mcallen) para llamar más la atención y aumentar la presión sobre el caso de secuestro masivo.

Un tour de esta magnitud (40+ ciudades) necesita mucho dinero.

Organizadores en el Valle del Rio Grande, junto con esfuerzos nacionales de base, están recaudando fondos para ayudar con el costo del viaje.

¡Nosotros les pedimos que muestren su apoyo asistiendo a este evento y corriendo la voz!

Show para mayores de 18 años.

Comienza en punto de las 8:30 p.m

18+ Show

THE LINE-UP:

8:30: Welcome/Intro

8:45: Marlene Guerrero/Manuela Luna

9pm: The Follies

9:20 David Alejandro

9:30: La Erika

9:45: Monica Ramirez

10pm: Dezorah (Band)

10:45: Rossy Evelin

11pm: DJ Chico Ye

11:45: Edward Vidaurre

12am: Skagaler@s

12:45: PW Covington

1am: Isaac Chavarria

1:15: Edgar Durden

1:30 DJ TEK

Artists:

Kapten Sino

Tuff Town!

Monikiebam (Bamm Art)

Uriel Landeros

Mayra Lissette Martinez Torres

Sergio Garcia

Monica Ramirez Art

Community Group (Tables):

Industrial Workers of the World

People for Peace and Justice

FUERZA del Valle Centro de Trabajadores

La Union del Pueblo Entero 

Vox

NORML Alliance RGV

PFLAG

LGBT Alliance

A Note to the RGV

Yo. I don’t know if u can submit posts via mobile, but I’d like you to share this on your blog, if possible.

I just moved out from the Valley and into California, along with my parents. Not just any place in California, either, but to Los Angeles. Now, we’ve been to LA before, but not to live permanently. We’re staying at my aunt’s house right now, having sold everything back home and moving across three state lines with one POD container and two cars.

And now, all I want to do is go back home to el valle.

In these two months, I’ve applied for over a hundred and twelve jobs I qualify for (I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English from UTPA), and have snagged only seven to eight interviews, and have heard back only from a few places, saying I didn’t get past the final interview stage.

Point being, job hunting in LA is crazy. So: rule one—don’t move out of the Valley unless you have a FOR-SURE job which pays well up north.

Tip/rule two—California is fucking expensive. Gas is expensive, apartments are expensive, even fucking carrots are more expensive here. And the raise in minimum wage does NOT fit the ratio to the Valley.

Point three (or whatever)—I miss the Valley so fucking bad. Don’t get me wrong, I love the city here. In fact, I prefer the city life of downtown LA to downtown McAllen. However, I think the Valley’s a better place to live. I miss the tacos, I miss the networking I have back there, but most of all, I miss the fact that my entire project for an RGV Bookmobile (something I’ve been working on for a while) is only going to work if if go back. I feel like I owe this place a lot. I’m a poor (literally) Pakistani kid who can barely string two sentences together in Spanish, but the way the Hispanic community in the Valley has opened its arms to me ever since I’ve been in America … I’ve never seen this anywhere else. And so I want to go back, if not for myself, then for the youth of the RGV, who are gonna get a smashing bookmobile or mobile library as part of their city system if I have anything to do with it.

I don’t think I was very eloquent while saying this, but I just have a lot of thoughts, and right now my main thought is … who in their right mind would leave the Valley and set off somewhere else? En serio.

— thebookdoctor

The youngest of the Ramos brothers, from the village San José Las Flores, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, awaits the official notice of the death of his brother, Gilberto Francisco Ramos, in Texas, whose body was found on June 15, 2014 in the desert, just 32 kilometers from McAllen. It was the first case of a dead migrant child after the US went on alert from overcrowded juvenile immigrant detention centers.

(Foto: Luis Soto/AP)