Re-trial Begins for Border Patrol Agent Charged in Cross-border Killing of Teen

Painting showing Jose Antonio Rodriguez on a mule and Death

October 26, 2018 Sitting in the courtroom on the afternoon of the first day of proceedings in border agent Lonnie Swartz’ second trial left the distinct impression on most in the courtroom that we had been here before. Swartz was acquitted of the most serious charge of 2nd degree murder in his first trial. This …

Read moreRe-trial Begins for Border Patrol Agent Charged in Cross-border Killing of Teen

Violeta Luna: Parting Memories (review)

This review of Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations, performed on October 13, 2018, at the Whistle Stop Depot in Tucson, Arizona, is particular to artist Violeta Luna. Two other strong performances that evening were “Fierce Femmes with the Audacity to Survive” by spoken word artist Leilani Clark, and “Visceral Permeability,” danced by M. Jenea Sanchez and …

Read moreVioleta Luna: Parting Memories (review)

Encuentro Binacional: Migraciones Femeninas (una entrevista con Violeta Luna)

Picture of Violeta Luna in performance

Encuentro Binacional: Migraciones Femeninas “inicia una conversación entre artistas, académicos y líderes de la comunidad que reflexionan sobre los conceptos de frontera, territorio, migración, desplazamiento y movimiento a través de las lentes de género y sexualidad”. Participantes de Tucson, Phoenix, Douglas y La Ciudad de México se reunirá en Tucson y Douglas, Arizona, del 11 …

Read moreEncuentro Binacional: Migraciones Femeninas (una entrevista con Violeta Luna)

Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations (an interview with Violeta Luna)

Picture of Violeta Luna in performance

Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations “initiates a conversation among collaborating artists, scholars, and community leaders reflecting on the concepts of border, territory, migration, displacement, and movement through the lenses of gender and sexuality.” Participants from Tucson, Phoenix, Douglas and Mexico City will gather in Tucson and Douglas, Arizona, from October 11-19 for this multi-cultural event. Details …

Read moreBinational Encuentro: Female Migrations (an interview with Violeta Luna)

Motion Hearing in Nogales Border Shooter Retrial: Fairness Questioned

Picture of images of burning candles that were painted onto the border wall in Nogales

A federal court convened again over the cross-border shooting death of Jose Antonio Rodriguez by Border Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz. The hearing was held in Tucson on Monday morning, August 13, 2018. Both sides presented motions to be ruled on by Judge Raner Collins. Defense wants the two charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter dismissed–which …

Read moreMotion Hearing in Nogales Border Shooter Retrial: Fairness Questioned