Salvador Guadarrama carries a box with handmade protective masks in a field were farmworkers prepare watermelons for harvest in Hidalgo County Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Edinburg. (Joel Martinez |

East Texas teen shields farmworkers from COVID-19

By Naxiely Lopez-Puente, The Monitor, May 13, 2020

Salvador Guadarrama and his mom learned how to use a sewing machine by watching YouTube videos a couple of months ago — all in an effort to fulfill the 16-year-old’s goal of delivering 500 masks to farmworkers in Texas and California.

“They’re the ones that deliver the food to our tables,” the 16-year-old said Tuesday in San Juan. “(They’re) the ones that provide fresh resources for us to eat.”


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Nonprofit Group Delivers PPE To Rio Grande Valley Farmworkers

By Joy Diaz, Texas Standard, May 13, 2020

Deep in the Rio Grande Valley, the onion harvest is in full swing, even as the state fights COVID-19 with restrictions and lockdowns elsewhere.

Each year an estimated 300,000 migratory and seasonal agricultural workers pass through Texas around Pharr, San Juan and Alamo, according to the National Center for Farmworker Health. But advocates for those workers say most don’t have access to personal protective equipment, or PPE, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


How The Census Is Promoting The Count At A Distance During The Epidemic

By Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, April 1, 2020

Stay-at-home orders have upended plans by community groups to promote the 2020 census at in-person events. Census advocates are now trying out creative but socially distant ways to promote the count.


El compromiso de esta líder en Texas: que todos se cuenten

By Ana M Rodriguez, Univision, April 1, 2020

“¿Cómo quieres que nos arreglen el drenaje, que nos pongan luz pública si no nos contamos?”, dice María Romero quien ha sido voluntaria por más de 10 años. Junto a la organización La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), ella consiguió que su comunidad tuviera servicio de alcantarillado. Hoy su meta es asegurarse de que toda la comunidad participe en el censo.


Hidalgo County breaks out the megaphones in scramble to salvage census push

By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune, March 26, 2020

Coaxing census participation was going to be hard enough in some of Texas’ poorest communities. With coronavirus restrictions, organizers turned to driving sound trucks around colonias on the border, but now even that won’t be possible.


The New York Times on LUPE's Census 2020 Outreach Efforts in Rio Grande Valley ColoniasIn 2020 Census, Big Efforts in Some States. In Others, Not So Much.

By Michael Wines and Jose A. Del Real, The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2019

California is spending $187 million to try to ensure an accurate count of its population. The Texas Legislature decided not to devote any money to the job. Why?


MSNBC on LUPE's Census 2020 outreachAmerican Swamp Episode 3: Voting Rights and Wrongs

Katy Tur and Jacob Soboroff, MSNBC,Aired Sunday, August 11th, at 9pm ET


NBC News on LUPE's legal challenge to inclusion of Citizenship question on 2020 Census

Texas community union takes on Trump on census citizenship question

Raul A. Reyes, NBC News, Feb. 19, 2019, 11:48 AM CST

“I know the citizenship question could harm many states, but we will really feel it in South Texas,” said LUPE’s Juanita Valdez-Cox.

For Juanita Valdez-Cox, asking all 2020 census respondents whether they are U.S. citizens would mean less food on families’ tables and more people unable to pay their rent.