Barbara Belejack


A Lesson in Equal Protection

by | Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 12:00 am CST

One Year Bolder

They took to the streets by the tens of thousands last spring, some walking out of schools or off their jobs, to protest draconian immigration reforms under consideration by the then-Republican Congress. The sheer numbers of immigrants and immigrant-rights activists … Read More


Las Americas

The Many Mexicos de Don Felipe

Amid all the shoving, shouting, and whistling, and despite the banner proclaiming him a traitor to the Republic, on the morning of December 1, Felipe Calderón managed to enter the Mexican Congress—through the back door. He swore to uphold the … Read More



Fear Factor

On the morning of July 7, about a dozen protestors carrying American flags and wearing “Save Our Border” buttons gathered in a corner of Laredo’s San Agustín Plaza. Across the street, about a dozen protestors from the Rio Grande Valley … Read More


All the Children Left Behind

Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother Sonia Nazario’s brave and brilliant first book is a coming-of-age story for 21st century America: part Odyssey, part Grapes of Wrath, and part Children of Sanchez. … Read More


The Rich, Rich World of Political Theater

When a government substitutes propaganda for governing, the Potemkin village is all,” New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote last December. “Since we don’t get honest information from this White House we must instead, as the Soviets once did, decode … Read More


Witnesses to History

In the early 1940s, a young man from a rough Mexico City neighborhood called La Candelaria de los Patos, joined the thousands of his countrymen who were traveling north to the United States to fill jobs left vacant and jobs … Read More


Luck of the Irish

After graduating from Northeastern University Law School in Boston, Martha McCabe moved to Deep East Texas. It was the 1970s and the perfect setting for a young lawyer. Elsewhere in the South, the civil rights movement may have ebbed, but … Read More


Sweat vs. Equity

Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights Years ago when I lived in the Rio Grande Valley I used to go to a mom-and-pop café in downtown Harlingen, whose name I’ve long since forgotten, but whose menu I remember as … Read More


Keeping the Tradition Alive

The Texas Civil Rights Project turns 15. An interview with TCRP Director James Harrington.

This month the Texas Civil Rights Project, an advocate for racial, social, and economic equality, celebrates its 15th anniversary. As TCRP notes on its Web site, over the years its lawyers and legal workers in Austin and in the Valley … Read More