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The 20-Year Ballad of Esequiel Hernández Jr.

The tiny border town of Redford Texas is located about four hours southeast from El Paso. On May 20, 1997 an 18-year old U.S. citizen of Mexicano heritage named Esequiel Hernández Jr. was shot dead by a group of Marines deployed to intervene in the drug trafficking that was reportedly taking place in the area. […]

The Shameless Dishonesty of US Narco-Imperialism: A Timeline Of Neoliberal Death-Mongering

Deception, war, criminality, and terrorism have been used as instruments of empire for hundreds of years. US imperialism has not been an exception, fomenting political chaos and death across the globe, especially in the decades following World War II. Yet, the shamelessly ahistorical nature of trumpista fascism makes it too easy to forget the origins […]

During February of 2017, Trumpistas Sent Our Communities A Clear Message Of What They Have In Mind For Us

The real question is, what are we going to do about it? Among the generalized political division and increasing hatred that Trump has fomented during his first weeks as president, it takes a little work to discern what is now clearly a pattern of white nationalist aggression that has been unleashed against our communities. Indeed, […]

International Declaration of the 2nd Congress of the Nueva Central de Trabajadores de México

As representatives of sister organizations of various countries, continental organizations, and international delegates to the II Congress of the Nueva Central de Trabajadores de México, we declare full solidarity with the fight of the people of Mexico to defend their sovereign rights and reject the intention of Trump to construct and expand a wall long the international border. The president of […]

Compa Tommy Flanagan – ¡Presente!

We have struggled for over 35 years within the belly of the beast, and we’ve come across many allies who fight for justice along our side. Over time, there are some that truly stand out, with compa Tommy Flanagan being one of them. We honor Tommy Flanagan for standing in solidarity with the Mexicano people […]

José María Morelos y Pavón – Servant of the Motherland

José María Morelos y Pavón was an insurgent leader, follower of Miguel Hidalgo, and became one of the most important military and political leaders of the war of Mexican Independence against Spanish colonialism. He was born, very poor, on September 30, 1765 in what was at that time Valladolid, now know as Morelia, Michoacán (which […]

Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez – ¡PRESENTE!

Unión del Barrio sends our condolences to the family of compa Chunky. He was an central figure of the Chicana/o Movement for several generations; a leader of political culture and song; an icon of Chicano Park; and a representative San Diego-based raza struggle. Throughout the years he also left his mark on Unión del Barrio, […]

1994-2016: 22 Years of Operation Gatekeeper

In 1994, William Jefferson Clinton activated a new border enforcement policy, Operation Gatekeeper, that was designed to push people without papers away from large cities, to instead cross the border in the more dangerous and remote mountains and deserts of California and Arizona. Since 1994, Operation Gatekeeper and similar policies in New Mexico and Texas, […]

Unión del Barrio Denounces the Murder of Two More Normalista Students from Ayotzinapa, & We Hold the Mexican Government Responsible for This Crime.

Unión del Barrio laments the pain felt by the families of Filemón Tacuba Castro and Jonathan Hernández Morales. Furthermore, from local authorities, to the President of the republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, we hold the Mexican government responsible for this most recent crime. The Mexican government has continues to promote and maintain a policy of state […]