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Feminists Accused Of Violence And Sedition After Being Gassed
While the Black Lives Matter social movement has gained controversial notoriety this year in the U.S., a similar situation has happened with the feminist protests in Mexico. And the government from that country and its capital city are now accusing the protesters of violence and sedition.
Oct. 1, 2020
Wells In The Rio Sonora Valley Still Contaminated With Arsenic, Lead
Residents of the Sonora River Valley have heard nothing from authorities since they were told last December wells in the area show signs of contamination. Now, they’re renewing calls for access to clean water.
Oct. 1, 2020
Mexico’s Security Secretary To Resign, Seek Governorship In Sonora
Last week, Mexico’s president announced public servants aspiring to run for office in the coming year must resign by the end of October, to avoid the appearance that their position is benefitting them in the election. Now, Mexico’s Security Secretary has announced his plans to resign.
Oct. 1, 2020
NPS Blocks Border Wall Protesters From Sacred Spring
Indigenous protesters continue to clash with federal authorities as construction of the Trump administration’s border wall carries on. This week, the National Parks Service announced a road closure at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that would cut off access to a rare spring that’s sacred to many tribes. And the move is prompting Indigenous organizers to return to the construction line in defiance of the closure.
Oct. 1, 2020
Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure Fails In Vote
The reform's sponsor is confident that the measure could be brought back soon and would likely pass.
Sep. 30, 2020
NPS Closes Route To Quitobaquito Springs
Officials at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument announced a road closure that will block access to Quitobaquito Springs, citing public safety concerns during ongoing border wall construction. In an email, an NPS spokesperson said they acted at the request of Customs and Border Protection.
Sep. 30, 2020
Sonoran Marriage Equality Measure To Get Hearing
More than a year since being presented, a Sonoran marriage equality measure is slated to be heard by the state congress. A similar hearing was scheduled back in February, but not enough members came to meet quorum requirements.
Sep. 29, 2020
Feminist Activists: More Than 2,000 Sonorans Have Received Abortions Since March
Hundreds of feminist activists took to the streets of the Sonoran capital Hermosillo on Monday to demand the right to safe, legal and free abortions. Criminalizing abortions in Sonora, they say, has made them less safe, but it hasn’t stopped them from happening.
Sep. 29, 2020
Sonoran Activists To March For Abortion Rights
For the last 30 years, Sept. 28 has been celebrated as a day of action for the decriminalization of abortion in Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. And despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, activists in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are among those taking to the streets today.
Sep. 28, 2020
Mexican President Apologizes For State Crime Against Missing Students
The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico six years ago is still unclear, yet it has become a symbol in the fight for justice, as some theories say the government is behind it. Now, the Mexican president blames his predecessor and promises new arrests.
Sep. 28, 2020
Mexico Evaluating Drought Emergency Declaration In Sonora
Over 70% of municipalities in the state are experiencing at least moderate drought, with nearly 30% in a severe or extreme drought.
Sep. 26, 2020
Hermosillo Bars Reopen As Sonoran COVID-19 Cases Continue Decline
A city official said recently that it would be up to bar and nightclub employees to ensure compliance with safety measures.
Sep. 26, 2020
Fishermen Push Back On New Restrictions In Mexicos Sea Of Cortez
Shrimp season starts in the uppermost part of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez this weekend. And with it hundreds of fishermen plan to return to the water. But that could cause conflict with Mexican authorities over new fishing restrictions in the area.
Sep. 25, 2020
Mexican President Faces Backlash After Mussolini Reference
Some opponents of President Trump have accused him of using fascist references in his speeches. And Mexico’s president is also receiving similar accusations after mentioning one of the most notorious dictators in history.
Sep. 25, 2020
Its Like A Scorched Earth: Photographer Documents Border Wall Construction, Impact
John Kurc’s wheelhouse normally is rock stars, concerts or a bride and groom. But, when COVID-19 hit and all of those events stopped, he came to southern Arizona to document the construction of the Trump administration’s wall along our southern border.
Sep. 25, 2020
Head Of One Of Mexico’s Anti-Corruption Office Resigns
Mexico’s current administration created an institute to sell and auction seized goods tied to tax fraud, organized crime and corruption. But the head of this office resigned after detecting internal corruption and clashing with the president.
Sep. 24, 2020
Sonora Bars, Clubs Prepare To Reopen Starting This Week
Bars and nightclubs in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have been closed for more than six months now because of the coronavirus. But that could soon change in at least some parts of the state.
Sep. 24, 2020
Nogalenses Take Care Of Each Other During Border Shutdown
With heavy restrictions in place for now more than six months, Nogales residents on both sides of the border have had to find ways to adapt to the difficult new reality. But many have the support of their binational families and friend groups.
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Sep. 24, 2020
Indigenous Groups Protest Border Wall Construction
Construction pushes forward on President Donald Trump's border wall in southern Arizona, despite a cascade of lawsuits over the environmental impacts and considerations, and after a brutal battle in Washington over how to fund it. But a small group of indigenous protesters, some from tribes not even recognized by the federal government, are not giving up.
Sep. 24, 2020
Schools South Of The Border: Some Sonoran Students, Families Struggle For Education
Like parents, teachers and students everywhere, many people are struggling to adapt to new distance learning in Mexico, where going to class now means watching TV — for those who have access to one. We check in on how schooling is going south of the border.
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Sep. 23, 2020

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