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It’s time for corporate America to put their money where their mouth is

Saryvette Morales Cadiz

September 4, 2020

During recent years, it’s become increasingly popular to show support for social justice movements, and it’s reached the point of hitting the mainstream. Besides our family members, friends and colleagues, corporations have started taking space in these social movements. As a result of today’s...

Clout-driven activism is not real activism

Photo by Tiffany Hererra

Marina Cruz, Contributing Writer

September 1, 2020

​Performative activism is defined as activism done to increase one’s social capital rather than out of devotion to the cause. It is used in a number of ways to support movements such as LGBTQ+ rights, political events, and most notably, the Black Lives Matter movement. Recent incidents of police brut...

Marching On

UTSA students carry a banner during the 31st annual San Antonio MLK March.
Courtesy of Alejandro Lopez/The Paisano

Alejandro Lopez

January 18, 2018

‘Runners participate in the 31st San Antonio MLK March   The city of San Antonio commemorated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting its annual march on Monday. This year’s MLK March also celebrated the 50th anniversary of San Antonio’s first March for Justice, organized by the ...

The Rules of Assembly

A Black Lives Matters protest marches through downtown St. Louis. Enrique Bonilla/The Paisano

Enrique Bonilla and Heather Montoya

October 12, 2017

Last week, UTSA’s main campus was a robust example of what the American college experience should be: a place where discussion is welcome, didactic and communal. UTSA National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) members and other students demonstrated against injustices regarding t...

Write anyway

Write anyway

Ben Shirani

September 7, 2017

As often as civil rights issues make headlines, they still tend to affect our daily lives in ways that are difficult to explain in the news. The constant media attention focused on Muslim bans and violent non-state actors (terrorists) changes the way people think about Arab Americans in general. My best a...

Community garden promotes sustainability and health

Seedlings began to sprout in the UTSA Community Garden.
Tristan Ipock, The Paisano

Danielle Throneberry

March 8, 2017

In virtue of the determination and diligence of several UTSA students and faculty and staff, the grand opening of the UTSA Community Garden took place on March 4 at 11:30 a.m. Student group applications for plots were accepted up until March 1. The UTSA Community Garden has a story that dates back to ...

#BeyondtheHashtag: silent protest in the Sombrilla

#BeyondtheHashtag: silent protest in the Sombrilla

Isaac Serna

October 12, 2016

On Oct. 6, UTSA students and local activists converged in the Sombrilla with duct tape over their mouths and brandished signs with photos of black Americans who lost their lives in episodes of police brutality throughout the country. The UTSA chapter of NAACP organized a silent protest at the Somb...

Local activists engage, register voters at hip-hop show

Sterling Green performs as the headliner for the event he helped organize to encourage political participation. Photos by Brady Phelps

Brady T. Phelps

September 21, 2016

“I don’t vote,” said one uninterested passerby. “It doesn’t matter anyways, right?” This is the type of attitude that representatives of local community-based organizations like MOVE San Antonio–and other individuals committed to increasing political participation–are trying to change as they en...



Adriene Goodwin

March 29, 2016

  UTSA junior James Ghiden remembers the first time he became aware of race:  “I was in the third grade,” he said, “I was    playing basketball at a Boys and Girls Club, and some kid called me a  ‘nigger.’”  The talk with Ghiden’s parents came soon afterward. He thinks...

Black history, heritage: more than a name or month

Black history, heritage: more than a name or month

Editorial Board

March 29, 2016

Names make a difference. Words matter. On the Internet, some words have mattered more. Social media and online forums  have brought serious topics of social  concern to the general consciousness.  The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag can attest to that statement. As one of the most popular hashtags...

Because Black Lives Matter

Jade Cuevas

December 10, 2015

Curiosity, intrigue, confusion and shock: these are the characteristics of one UTSA student’s video — a cypher to be more specific. The “more specific” is important. Usually, a cypher can be defined as the product of rappers cyclically rhyming or freestyling to a beat. But this video is different. ...