Colonia residents worked with county officials and state legislators to pass HB 3002, a bill that gives the county additional tools and authority to install streetlights in county neighborhoods.
“We are celebrating because our colonias will finally come out of the shadows with the new streetlights bill,” said colonia resident Emma Alaniz, leader and member of LUPE from colonia Curry Estates. “My colonia is ready for when the law goes into effect. Now that we have the law on our side, we’re going to be sure that the commissioners implement it.”Read more »
LUPE is a community-based union that organizes for dignity and human rights in the colonias and low-income neighborhoods of Hidalgo County. We focus on improved housing and living conditions, health care, immigrant rights and building the political power of colonia residents. LUPE has made steady progress building grassroots power from the base of a common voice through community organizing and providing social services. Learn more.
On the 15th of June, we will celebrate the third anniversary of one of the most important achievements in the comprehensive immigration reform movement: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA, enacted into law by President Obama in 2012, has allowed approximately 700,000 young people leave the shadows of society and integrate into the political and economical life of the country in which they grew up and consider home.
Examples of success abound: César Vargas who in recent days became the first undocumented lawyer to be admitted to the New York State Bar and can now pursue his career; or Steven Arteaga from Texas, who, thanks to the job he was able to obtain with his work permit, now helps his mother pay the day to day household bills, was able to buy a car and will be the first member of his family to attend university. The contribution of these DREAMERS has not only added to the social fabric of this country, but also the economy.Read more »
April 30th is Día del Niño (Children’s Day) in Mexico, a day when we honor children and promote their well-being. Yet in the Rio Grande Valley, thousands of children face dangers caused by living in neighborhoods without streetlights.Read more »
Support our partners with the Equal Voice Network. Sign the petition for greater public transportation in the Rio Grande Valley.
There is a need for safe and reliable public transportation for students and families in rural areas trying to access higher education in Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties. That’s why the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council is proposing the creation of the RGV College/University Transportation Program.Read more »