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July 24, 2016

Social Justice & Peace Conference 2014

Mission Statement

The UTPA Department of Criminal Justice is sponsoring an event to promote human rights, social justice and peace. The goal of this conference/exhibition is to engage the students, the community, and the faculty in a dialogue about social problems which affect our lives here on the border, physically and metaphorically.  Not only do we want to raise social consciousness, we want to provide an avenue for discussing solutions to these problems. The purpose of this conference is to provide a safe space for dialogue and protest. Activists, scholars and campus organizations are invited to share their struggles, as well as their visions for a better future, including solutions we can implement as individuals.


Social Justice & Peace Conference

The [Real] Border Wards

April 23, 2014
@ the UTPA Ballroom

Free & Open to the Public

Welcome to the Social Justice & Peace Conference 2014. This year the conference focuses on the Real Border Wars, the daily struggles which our community encounters as victims, activists and crusaders. We have speakers from the community recounting the stories of children who are subjected to violence and trauma, research on organized crime, security issues, environmental injustice, and the politics of corruption. We also welcome this year two comic book artists who feature Hispanic Superheroes from the Rio Grande Valley: El Gato Negro and The Opossum.

Richard Dominguez is the creator, writer and illustrator of El Gato Negro (the Black Cat) comic book series set in the border. He calls his superhero the “Hispanic answer to Batman.” In 1993, Dominguez received major media attention with his Hispanic comic book superhero, which is published independently by his publishing company, Azteca Productions.

Aaron Moses Hernandez is an artist and composer from Brownsville Texas, as well as the creator and writer of the comic book series, The Opossum. In the spring of 2007, The Opossum made its debut, foregrounding the RGV in the imagination of the comic book community. The Opossum chronicles the exploits of Aaron as a masked vigilante, turned superhero. Aaron as the Opossum becomes a white beast fighting against crime and corruption in the city of Brownsville.

Conference Schedule (Pdf)

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