For our second week we explored 2nd Ward and a little bit of Eastwood. Throughout our walk we encountered a man named Leo, he is a 52 year old and is one of the neighborhood’s paletero. He allowed us to take his picture, although at first he shied away from the photoshoot, and after the first flash he bursted into a model, naturally changing into different poses. Our adventure ended at the “The Aztec Market” off of I-10 and Wayside, as soon as we set foot into the market we were hit with vibrant colors, there were stands of spices, fruits, and cultural crafts everywhere. The following day we headed off to the Community Garden at Herman Brown Park, where we conducted interviews with SCA staff. As the lead photographers I captured their portraits as the rest of the crew conducted the interviews. Mid way through our session it started to pour, forcing us to pack our equipment and calling it a day. We headed back to the TEJAS office and started to edit our content from the past two days. We went back to the community Garden on Wednesday to finish our remaining interviews with SCA, thankfully the day was bright and sunny.
The case of Vanessa Guillen was not often talked about when it first developed and thanks to her family and group of girls her story made national headlines. They used the power of social media to help them amplify their voices. They did not wait for higher authorities to investigate; they mobilized and quickly brought attention to her case. I'm certain her family would not have answers if they solely depended on the Army Base to take action. It is disappointing to see they failed to protect Private First Class Vanessa Guillen while she served our country. My cousin recently joined the army, I am proud of her but I'm also scared not knowing what she may be going through. I may not have sisters, but she’s the closest thing to one and I do not know how I would react if something like this were to happen to her. The pain Vanessa’s family is enduring, is something nobody deserves to feel. I would not want to see my aunt torn down like Vannessa’s mom or my cousins in the same pain as Vannessa’s sisters, which is why I am drawn towards this case. Anyone who with a heart and love for human life would not wish this pain on family. Since Vanessa was a native Houstonian, artists all around the Houston area have risen up and have portrayed Vanessa’s story through what they do best, through art. Media has more influence now than what it did thirty to fifty years ago. Now we can reach every corner of the world, everyone can hear our troubles, and everyone can rise and make a change together.