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V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Adrian Esparza, Superstructure, from installation Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, serape, plywood, nails, 18 x 16 feet

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

The fine unline

This week in Culture Shock, grab your straight razors, climb a mountain and confront your fluid borders.
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Hope and Faith in Ciudad Juárez

Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.
Margaret Wright
Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.

Writer Charles Bowden said in the May 2009 edition of Harper’s magazine that he “cannot explain the draw of the city that gives death but makes everyone feel life.”

The city he referred to was Cuidad Juárez. I was drawn there too, in search of forces of creation amidst much destruction. In a place so rocked by violence, militarization and economic hardship, it can be hard to believe that—like any other big city—there are many determined individuals striving for more than mere survival. The women I met during my research for this piece have banded together to forge a hopeful vision for themselves, their families and their community.

Values, faith and life on the border

V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Sister Rene Weeks (left) says she is motivated by the hard work of Centro Santa Catalina’s members, several of whom tend a community garden in their spare time.
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Valores, Fe y Vida

Values, faith and life on the border

By Margaret Wright
A nun crosses the border into Juárez every day despite the risks to run a women’s work cooperative.

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V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
The Tijuana / San Diego border

Neverending Stories

“Please Save Us”

Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory

By Andrew Beale
Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.

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V.19 No.29 | 7/22/2010

News Feature

The Secret School

A teacher struggles to educate in Juárez, where extortion is the cost of doing business

By Patrick Lohmann

A small paper sign posted near the door is all that signals there's a school inside this small, yellowed house in south Juárez. Trinidad Vasquez teaches English here with the shades drawn. Inside, he leads four of his youngest students through a scenario involving paying the phone bill in English. Vasquez’ eyes dart to the door when he hears a car horn, a siren, a shout. “OK, on to the next one,” he says to his class, “calling the utility company.”

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V.19 No.28 | 7/15/2010
A woman serenades the border patrol agents.
David Taylor

News Feature

Port of Entry

From right and left, two men find their way to the real immigration story

By Marisa Demarco

When Paul Wells started working as a border patrol agent in Las Cruces 30 years ago, his station had a two-way radio and a telephone. "That was it," he says, and there were less than 2,000 agents nationwide.

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