Monday, February 15, 2016

The Story of the Reyes Salazar Family From Mexico's Death Valley: Guadalupe, Chihuahua, in the Juarez Valley (PART 1 OF 3: POOR JUAREZ: SO FAR FROM GOD, SO CLOSE TO THE UNITED STATES


    Last family portrait taken of the entire Reyes Salazar family Christmas 2009, a few days later Josefina (in the middle) was    murdered. (photo from the video linked below)
FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH The Reyes Salazar family buried their last three family members to die in Mexico; Siblings Magdalena and Elías Reyes and Elías's wife Luisa Ornelas were kidnapped in the Juárez Valley on Feb. 7, 2011 and their bodies dumped on the highway two weeks later. For the remaining family members this was the last straw, not only did they decide to all vacate their homes in the town of Guadalupe but after having six relatives murdered they knew they had to leave Mexico. The Reyes Salazar were, and still are, good friends of mine. I got to know them well from my participation in a long struggle to defeat a proposed nuclear waste dump on the Texas border--they helped lead the opposition to the dump in the Juárez Valley-- This is the second Hobo Dispatch report about them, including video footage of my first return to Guadalupe in seventeen years in Sept. 2015.
Watch this 15 minute video "We Bake Bread With Our Hands; We Denounce Injustice With Our Words: The Story of the Reyes Salazar Family" and travel to Guadalupe to see what has become of their beloved hometown.



Click here to read Melissa del Bosque's great 2012 article "The Deadliest Place in Mexico" written after she visited Guadalupe


CLICK HERE TO READ 2011 HOBO DISPATCH POST ABOUT THE REYES SALAZAR FAMILY AND THE CARAVAN FOR PEACE WITH JAVIER SICILIA

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

More from Sonora, Mexico: Quince Time, A Classic Printing Press, and the Singing Beekeeper

Each fall brings the quince harvest (membrillo) in northern Sonora. Membrillo is perhaps the state's official fruit. The Magdalena baseball team is even named the Membrilleros. Check out this video of a family in San Ignacio making the cajeta de membrillo (quince jelly bricks):
 
Check out this historic machinery still in use at a print business in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora!
      Impresos @ssi       @ssi Print Shop

And listen to Freddie Terry, the singing beekeeper from Oracle, AZ, perform his original music about Sonora to the folks at the Asilo San Antonio in Magdalena (community home for seniors and those with disabilities)
  
 and here's Freddie performing at Magdalena's first Festival of Books held in November 2015

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Doña Olga Cañez of Imuris, Sonora, MX: Medicinal Plants, Cabezas, and the Best Beans in Mexico

Doña Olga is one of my favorite people in the whole world. I stop by her place in Imuris, Sonora every chance I get to enjoy a fabulous plate of beans and tortillas and a hot cup of coffee. She has had a great life, though hard at times, and can share about the days her family traveled around in a wagon from town to town. She was part of the pajarero culture in her youth (a mix of indigenous and gypsy traditions). She is a wealth of information on medicinal plants and other things. Here are a couple of recent videos of her so meet Doña Olga. You will even be served a plate of hot beans--ENJOY!

 
In the video below Doña Olga shows some of the medicinal plants she sells and explains what they can be used for.

Here's a Hobo Dispatch post from 2013 which also featured Doña Olga and her brother Genio and others plus beautiful reflections on Mexico from the diary of Anais Nin:

Click here to read more about Doña Olga in the Hobo Dispatch 

IN MEMORY OF KIKO AND CHAVITO, DONA OLGA'S LOYAL COMPANIONS WHO HAVE PASSED ON SINCE THIS VIDEO WAS MADE. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

The End of Snow? The Sad Saga of Downhill Skiing on Mt. Lemmon, AZ

Scientists are saying that 2015 is on pace to become the warmest year on record, surpassing the record set in 2014. The winters in Arizona are seeing far less snow with the warmer temperatures. Mt. Lemmon is a 9,000 ft. peak north of Tucson, AZ and has a small downhill ski area. 2013-2014 was the first year in 50 years it didn't open at all due to lack of snow. 2014-15 wasn't much better, only opening for 3 days. I happened to be on the mountain during that new year's eve storm that dumped about a foot of snow on the mountain. I had gone up for winter camping and cross-country skiing. But that turned out be the first and last hurrah of the winter. And we can't end without a mention of California's record drought 5 years running with catastrophic wildfires (some presidential candidates think all CA needed to do was build more reservoirs)

  VIDEO OF A NOW UNCOMMON SNOWSTORM ON MT. LEMMON-- XX SKIING, WINTER CAMPING

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A VISIT TO BHUTAN IN EL PASO, TX---BHUTANESE ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TX-EL PASO


A BUDDHIST TEMPLE FROM THE KINGDOM OF BHUTAN WAS RECENTLY INAUGURATED ON CAMPUS--(Will not be a practicing temple, more of an exhibit)


 A Hobo Dispatch Video Slideshow of the Campus Buildings, Temple, Prayer Flags, Prayer Wheel,  and Contemplative Garden, from a visit to the UTEP campus in Aug. 2015.

The following article gives an interesting overview of UTEP's Bhutan connection and related exhibits/activities--be sure and watch the amazing time-lapse video of the creation of the sand painting (link in the article) 

LINK TO ARTICLE ABOUT CAMPUS BHUTAN CONNECTIONS 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TIME LAPSE OF SAND PAINTING ON CAMPUS 



Here's a link to a video about the construction of the Buddhist Temple on the UTEP campus when it was originally constructed at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.---from there it was moved to El Paso

Watch the construction of the Temple at the Smithsonian 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Snapshots From Colombia; 2014 Los Recuerdos de Colombia; 2014


 This short video includes scenes from a recent visit (2014) to Bogota, Villa de Leyva and Tunja (Boyacá) and also a visit to National Park Lake Iguague. Este video corto incluye escenas de Bogota, Villa de Leyva (Boyacá) y una visita al parque nacional Laguna de Iguague.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

JUSTICE FOR SHENA AND JOSE GUTIERREZ; AUG. 5-6; TUCSON, AZ

JUSTICE FOR SHENA AND JOSE GUTIERREZ!--TUCSON, AZ AUG. 5-6

First Shena's husband Jose was nearly beaten to death in 2011 by Customs and Border Protection Agents in AZ. Then Shena herself was unjustly arrested and abused by CBP agents last May in Nogales, AZ. Now Shena, a founder of the Border Patrol Victims Network, returns to AZ to face federal charges with two BPVN volunteers. Instead let's put the government on trial and demand accountability for CBP and Border Patrol agents! Please support Shena at these times!


TUES. AUG. 5, 7 PM--Shena will speak at the Tucson Samaritans meeting at Southside Presbyterian Church (317 W. 23rd St) Tucson, AZ

WED. AUG. 6, 12 PM--Shena and supporters will speak at a press conference/rally following her court appearance outside the DeConcini U.S. Courthouse downtown Tucson (405 W. Congress)

For more information contact: Border Patrol Victims Network (520) 226-7523; BorderPatrolVictimsNetwork@gmail.com