Gus Bova

Gus Bova writes about the Texas-Mexico border, immigration, labor, politics, and occasionally other topics. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @gusbova
 

No Place to Be

by | Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 8:00 am CST
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News

Why Does John Cornyn Tweet?

An analysis.

About midday on March 14, Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn sat down at a black laminate table, laced his fingers around the neck of a cold bottle of Corona Extra, poured half the beer into a lowball glass and thought: … Read More

** FILE ** A sign for The Dallas Morning News building is shown near the Belo Corp. headquarters building Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, in Dallas. Belo Corp. has announced Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, that it will spin off its newspaper division to create separate newspaper and television station companies. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Economy

Inside the Dallas Morning News Union Fight

North Texas journalists want to make labor history in the Lone Star State. The A. H. Belo Corporation would prefer they didn’t.

On the morning of July 20, journalists at the Dallas Morning News announced they were forming a union, a historic move in a state that hasn’t had a union newspaper in nearly 30 years. If successful, the Morning News employees … Read More

A stretch of border fencing at Laredo College.
Border

Back to the Wall

A border wall is headed for Laredo—unless opponents can run out the clock.

Back to the Wall A border wall is headed for Laredo—and the only thing likely to stop it is time. By Gus Bova July 20, 2020  It starts at sunrise. Two lines of teenagers in military garb form on … Read More

Maclola Orozco wears protective gear as a precaution against the coronavirus as she restocks shelves at El Rancho grocery store in Dallas, Monday, April 13, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Economy

‘Heroes’ No More: Grocers Are Already Clawing Back COVID-19 Worker Benefits

Kroger revoked its “Hero Pay” in May, while public health experts warn of COVID-19 surges as Texas reopens.

Appreciation Pay, Proud Pay, Service Pay. The kaleidoscope of PR names all amount to one thing: a small raise for the poorly paid food retail workers who risk their lives so the rest of us can eat during the COVID-19 … Read More

The filmmakers capture Fred Cavazos and Rey Anzaldúa at La Lomita chapel near the Mexican border in Hidalgo County.
Culture

‘The Pushback’ is an Expansive Look at the Texas Left’s Fight for Power

A new documentary on progressive politics in Texas is an ode to the growing pains of a changing state.

During my four years at the Texas Observer, I’ve scrambled after stories about the progressive movement all over the sprawling Lone Star State. So while watching The Pushback—a new documentary that chronicles the Texas left—I sometimes felt the distinct sensation … Read More

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a worker restocks products at a grocery store in Dallas, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Economy

Will Grocery Workers Still Be ‘Heroes’ When COVID-19 Subsides?

In Texas, grocery employees labor for low wages and few benefits. Now they’re part of a nationwide struggle in which workers are fighting for their lives.

For Joshua Cano, every cough “sounded like a gunshot.” Twenty-four years old, Cano works as a vitamin clerk at a Sprouts grocery store in the Texas border city of McAllen. For all of March, Cano says, he was working without … Read More

Economy

State Employees Criticize Texas’ Uneven Approach to Worker Safety Amid COVID-19

A slow, patchwork response to COVID-19 has jeopardized worker safety for some of Texas’ lowest-paid public employees.

Last week, an El Paso TV station broke the news: A longtime worker at the city’s state-run psychiatric center had died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. It was, according to the Texas State Employees Union (TSEU), the first confirmed death … Read More

Rachel Schuyler
Health Care

From Jail to the Streets: One Texan’s Story During COVID-19

The homeless are 11 times more likely to be incarcerated than the rest of the population.

With the novel coronavirus upending society, Rachel Schuyler felt like a sitting duck. At the Bexar County lockup in downtown San Antonio, she lacked supplies like hand sanitizer and cringed each time a dormmate coughed. On April 3, she was … Read More

The redevelopment of Alazán-Apache is one of multiple projects looking to land on the West Side.
News, News, The Issue

Mi Barrio No Se Vende

San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public housing project, threatening the future of a deeply historic neighborhood—one that anchors the city’s identity as the nation’s Mexican American capital.

Mi Barrio No Se Vende San Antonio is planning to demolish its oldest and largest public housing project, threatening the future of a deeply historic neighborhood—one that anchors the city’s identity as the nation’s Mexican American capital. By Gus Bova … Read More

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