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Deported Veterans

Deported Veterans: Hector Barajas Tells His Story of Service, Deportation

Hector Barajas-Varele is a banished veteran who comes to the Mexican side of Friendship Park every week. Here, he spends time with acquaintances and friends at Boundary Monument #258. He often wears his old army uniform. Hector’s Story Hector lived in the United States from the time he was seven years old. He grew up in Compton, […]

Border Angels

Border Angels

Border Angels is an organization that advocates for migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border seeking better lives. Volunteers have placed water in the desert where migrants might collapse from dehydration, they hold tours of the Holtville Cemetery where more than 600 nameless migrants are buried, and they organize awareness events. Enrique Morones founded the non-profit organization in 1986. Since then, he […]

ARTS A Reason To Survive

ARTS A Reason To Survive

If you haven’t discovered THE Arts Corridor of the Southwest, you should make the trek. From the pasajaes on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana and the boundary monuments to The Front in San Ysidro and the studios in National City and Barrio Logan, the entire South Bay is filled with artistic gems. These are not upscale galleries that […]

Lady Janice Martinelli

Lady Janice Martinelli

Eye On The Locals: While Mike McCoy saved the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, Janice Martinelli reduced crime by 29% in National City when she bought and turned the Heritage Square buildings into a nationally acclaimed historic site. I interviewed Lady Janice, a charming visionary, who explained, with a touch of laughter, Lady Janice Martinelli’s Victorian Heritage Lady Martinelli  is half-Cherokee, half-East […]

City College

Binational Conference on Border Issues

For the last five years, San Diego City College has hosted the Binational Conference on Border Issues. One day of lectures are held at the college in downtown San Diego, another day of lectures are held at Tijuana’s downtown CECUT Cultural Center. This year the theme was: Activism and Academia: Perspectives and Challenges Topics this […]

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