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.