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On Fronteras: Fair Trade Coffee Farming Facing Dilemma, Latino Victory Project

Lorne Matalon
Marfa Public Radio
Paulino Agustín and Sinael Altamirano prepare ground in the mountains of Chiapas state, a prime coffee growing region in Mexico. They are digging before planting coffee trees which typically don't produce coffee beans for three years after planting."

This week on Fronteras:   

-Crooked middlemen are just one of three threats facing fair trade coffee farmers in Latin America.

-While attention centers on police shootings of African Americans, Native Americans actually have a higher rate of being killed by law enforcement.

-How the Latino Victory Project is building political power to ensure Hispanic voices are reflected in all levels of government.

- Sobriety goes hi-tech.  Can an app help you determine a drinking problem?

-A new Texas Taqueria earns a huge like from a renowned culinary magazine.


Fair Trade Coffee Farming Success In Danger

The lives of thousands of small-scale coffee growers in Latin America and Mexico are better off because of fair trade. But the system that’s helped their success is in danger.

One of the world's most important coffee-growing regions is in the middle of a perfect storm that can destroy business—low prices, a damaging fungus and unscrupulous middlemen. The story from Marfa Public Radio’s Lorne Matalon.

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Native Americans More Likely To Be Shot By Police

Police violence against African Americans and violence against police made major headlines last month.  But statistically, Native Americans are actually more likely to be killed by police according to a study by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Native Americans make up only point eight percent of the population but account for almost 2-percent of police killings.  In New Mexico, a group advocating for indigenous concerns called the Red Nation has been active on this issue. KUNM’s Marisa Demarco talked with one of their organizers, Jennifer Marley about why Native Americans have not been included in the mainstream conversation about police violence.  

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The CJCJ study used statistics from 1999 to 2011. After Native Americans, the study indicates the racial groups most likely to be killed by law enforcement are African Americans, then Latinos, Whites and Asian Americans. Latinos are victimized by police killings at a level 30 percent above average and two times the rate of White, non-Latinos.

Latino Victory Project Supporting Latino Candidates

Latinos make up 17 percent of the U.S. population but hold just one percent of elected offices.  That’s according to the Latino Victory Project, which is raising millions of dollars to change that.  

Texas Public Radio's Ryan Poppe reports Two San Antonians behind the effort were front and center at the Democratic National Convention ....making connections for the project.  

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Can An App Identify A Drinking Problem?

Lots of people enjoy a beer or a glass of wine after work. Or maybe two glasses, or three...but at what point do everyday drinking habits become a drinking problem? That’s a question a lot of people have, and one a growing number of websites and smartphone apps claim to help people answer.  KUNM’sEd Williams decided to try one of these programs out on himself.

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Bon Appétit Rates Dallas Taqueira Among America's Best

Street tacos are a staple in Texas and a new in Dallas is celebrating like it’s taco Tuesday due to a special recognition it received.  Trompo – opened just this spring but it just made Bon Appétit’s list of 50 nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants. Gus Contreras of KERA had the tough assignment of checking the place out.

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Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules