Texas got ready to execute a woman, its 500th execution since 1982.


We stood with signs on a busy Brownsville rush-hour corner, proclaiming our opposition to the death penalty.

Brownsville priest Father Armand Matthew had died earlier in the week.

He always came to the death penalty protests, 100-degree heat, 40-degree cold.

He went to numerous peace marches, anti-Border Wall and affirmative immigration demonstrations, rallies to reform campaign spending and pro-single payer healthcare gatherings.

A driver stopped at a light.

He yelled, while drawing a finger across his throat,

“Kill the b—-!”

Father Matthew would have urged patience towards the angry motorist.

He was optimistic the man could change, and then he’d say:

“Poco a poco, the struggle for social change.”

I hope to carry Father Matthew’s work for a more just society to my end,

just as he did.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky


Editor: Here are some opinions from Laredo. Hopefully the Pro 8 news team didn’t cherry pick the results. Anti-Death people seem to be scarcer than snow balls in Laredo (in July).




Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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