Originally published for Texas Observer on November 20, 2016
About four dozen people stood in a row holding hands as a symbol of camaraderie Saturday morning at the international bridge that divides Presidio, Texas, and Ojinaga, Mexico. West Texas residents from Terlingua, Marfa, Marathon and Alpine drove an hour or more to join the sister cities’ residents and city officials.
Presidio High School art teacher Laurie Holman organized the event, saying she felt Donald Trump’s presidential win will negatively affect the region’s primarily Hispanic community and wanted to do something to show unity.
“I just wanted to do something positive,” Holman said. “I know there’s a lot of angry demonstrations. People are mad. People are angry. They’re frustrated and I do not blame them at all. I think it was important to show the world and show the area that we live in peace.”