The Unresolved Case in the Pre-trial Hearing for Amethyst Sistine Silva

In a pre-trial hearing on June 5th, Judge David Klein presided over the State of Texas vs. Jacob Joseph Leal, a case that has left the Silva family yearning for closure. The proceedings, held in the shadow of tragedy, mark a crucial step in their quest for justice. As 2023 New Year approached, the Silva family gathered to capture the moment in a photograph. Little did they know, this innocent act would forever alter the fabric of their lives. As 11-year-old Amethyst Silva stood alongside her father, a stray bullet cruelly cut short her aspirations and dreams. Every New Year…

Running Turtle Salazar’s Speech Sparks Community Engagement

On May 09, Larry Running Turtle Salazar, a prominent figure in the Indigenous rights movement, delivered a stirring speech at the YWCA in Corpus Christi. With a focus on his own background and the often-overlooked history of the city’s original inhabitants, the Karankawa people, Running Turtle mesmerize the audience with his sincere advocacy. Salazar, who’s name his people received in 1836 during the Indian Removal Act, began by sharing personal anecdotes, detailing his upbringing. “My first indication that there was a problem with who I am was in the first grade when the teachers cut my hair and took my…

Corpus Christi neighborhood under attack

“We don’t allow other people to speak to who we are. We speak, we define who we are, and we are a neighborhood.” Longtime Hillcrest resident Henry Williams Hillcrest, a historically African American neighborhood first established in the Jim Crow-era, is no stranger to the industrialization of Corpus Christi, with refineries prominently located in their backyards.   It’s an ongoing issue, accounting for the dwindling number of residents in the neighborhood over the years, and one the remaining residents figured had been settled when the federal government stepped in and offered a housing buyout back in 2015, after a Title VI…

Elevate361 now officially open

City of Corpus Christi officials celebrated the opening of a new West Side community center for a program aimed at empowering young people through mentorship, education resources, and career development opportunities. The new building for the program, Elevate 361, which first had its ‘soft opening’ in Oct 2023, located on Morgan Avenue and will serve young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years old who want to finish their education or finding employment. “When it comes to the future, for any community, especially for Corpus Christi, it is all about our youths.” Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo said…