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Empieza el Programa de Salud Familiar Mayapan / The Mayapan Family Wellness Program Begins

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2012 at 6:38 am


El Programa de Salud Familiar Mayapán, una iniciativa de La Mujer Obrera, empieza este sábado 13 de octubre a las 11 a.m. en el Mercado Mayapán (2101 Myrtle Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901). El programa gratuito consiste de 9 talleres mensuales sobre prácticas de salud preventivas, culturales, y naturales para mejorar la salud de la familia. El tema del primer taller es ‘Alimentación y cuidado del cuerpo para el sistema inmune.’

Todos pueden atender los talleres, pero aquellas familias que inscriban al menos dos personas para participar en todas las sesiones y se comprometan a llenar una encuesta y monitoreo de salud periódicamente, podrán recibir cupones para verdura y fruta del Mayapan Farmers Market, regalos, boletines de información, y participar en rifas de objetos relacionados a los talleres.

Para más información, favor de comunicarse con: Rubi Orozco, Educadora de Salud,


The Mayapán Family Wellness Program, a project of La Mujer Obrera, begins this Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. at Mercado Mayapán, (2101 Myrtle Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901). The free program consists of nine monthly workshops featuring preventive, cultural, and natural health practices. The topic of the first workshop is ‘Nutrition and health tips for the immune system.’

Anyone can participate in the workshop, but families in which at least two family members register to participate in all nine sessions and periodically fill out a survey and participate in free health screenings will receive coupons for fruits and vegetables at the Mayapán Farmers Market, gifts, newsletters, and the opportunity to participate in raffles of objects related to the workshops.

For more information, contact: Rubi Orozco, Public Health Specialist,







Roots of Our Health, 2012

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

La Mujer Obrera & Mercado Mayapan hosted their second annual health fair, highlighting the assets of culturally-based health practices including food and nutrition, dance and movement, and arts.


Mercado Mayapan Summer Calendar

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Mercado Mayapan Summer Calendar

See you at 2101 Myrtle, El Paso, TX 79901!

Mayapan Farmers Market, Roots of Our Health Fair, and More!

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Mayapan Farmers Market, Roots of Our Health Fair, and More!

La Mujer Obrera Launches Mobile Market in San Elizario, TX

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

La Mujer Obrera Launches Mobile Market in San Elizario, TX

Librotraficante Caravan in El Paso

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2012 at 8:01 am



BorderSenses, a literary nonprofit organization, in collaboration with Cinco Puntos Press, Mercado Mayapán, and local writers and activists, invites the public to a Book Bash to welcome the Librotraficante Caravan passing through El Paso, TX en route to Tucson, AZ. The event will feature writers and activists that are joining the Caravan from different parts of the country, as well as some local artists. 
The Librotraficante Caravan is a movement that started in Houston, TX and that is responding to the book ban in Tucson United School District after the disintegration of the Mexican American ethnic studies program. The objective of the caravan will be to take banned books into Tucson and bring awareness to Arizona’s unconstitutional law that prohibits Mexican American ethnic studies in schools. Headed by Tony Diaz, the caravan is set to pass through San Antonio, El Paso, TX, Mesilla, Albuquerque, NM, and will finally end in Tucson, AZ.

“The caravan is intended to raise awareness of the prohibition of the Mexican American Studies Program and the removal of books from classrooms, to promote banned authors and their contributions to American Literature and celebrate diversity. Children of the American Dream must unite to preserve the civil rights of all Americans and create a network of resources for art, literature and activism.” 
– Tony Diaz (founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers having their say)

To learn more about the Librotraficante Caravan visit:
Also, please visit to learn more about participating organizations.

La Mujer Obrera Awards to Honor Three Local Women Leaders

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

On International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012 – La Mujer Obrera will be honoring notable women leaders in the community who have dedicated their lives to promoting and upholding the rights of women on the border.

Our 2012 honorees include:
Jo Anne Bernal: On November 2009, Jo Anne Bernal became the first female County Attorney in El Paso County’s history. Before Commissioners Court appointed her, Ms. Bernal had been working with the County Attorney’s Office for 16 years, 14 years as First Assistant County Attorney. Jo Anne Bernal was born and raised in El Paso, and received her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Since then, Ms. Bernal has been a practicing attorney representing elected and appointed officials in litigation in state and federal courts. As County Attorney, Bernal has worked to address domestic violence through prevention campaigns targeting youth as well as the establishment of a Protective Order Court.

Olivia Figueroa: As founder and Executive Director of Project AYUDA (Adult and Youth United Development Association, Inc), Figueroa ensures more community members living in the San Elizario colonias have access to dignified housing through the installation of septic tanks and water filtration systems. She is the head of the Paso del Norte Region Promotores Network.

Dr. Yolanda Leyva is is a Chicana historian and writer who was born and raised on the border. She is currently chair of the Department of History and an associate professor. She has spent her life listening to and now documenting the lives people who live on la frontera. She specializes in border history, public history, and Chicana history. She has directed various public history projects focusing on the US-Mexico border over the past decade. Most recently, she served guest curator for “Healing Hands, Healing Ways: Traditional Medicine in the Borderlands” and as Project Developer for “El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican Revolution,” a groundbreaking museum exhibit on El Paso’s role in the Revolution. She serves as Co-director of Museo Urbano, an indoor-outdoor museum that highlights the history of South El Paso, especially el Segundo Barrio.

For the past 30 years, La Mujer Obrera has worked to break the cycle of poverty through education and employment of displaced women workers in our community – El Paso’s Chamizal Neighborhood, one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods according to the Federal Reserve Bank. Our Café Mayapán Restaurant, Mercado Mayapán, Mayapán Farmers’ Market, Rayito de Sol Daycare, Uxmal Affordable Housing Complex, Museo Mayachén, Semillas Youth Project, and Chicanna Computer Center are vital contributions to our community. Our efforts towards sustainable community development integrating culture, health, fair trade, and community building have received attention in numerous academic books and garnered awards including “Best Practice for Access to Capital Award” by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh in 2009 and being named “Agent of Change” by the Christian Science Monitor in 2011.

The Awards Banquet, which also serves as La Mujer Obrera’s annual fundraiser, will take place at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle Avenue, El Paso Texas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.

$50 General Admission Tickets
$40 Students Tickets
$350 Tables [seats 8]

Tickets are on sale now at Mercado Mayapán, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm or call to reserve your tickets today! [915] 887-1520.

La Mujer Obrera’s Mercado Mayapan Featured on PBS Documentary, Texas Feeding Minds

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

La Mujer Obrera's Mercado Mayapan Featured on PBS Documentary, Texas Feeding Minds

Attend a free screening in El Paso February 9. The documentary airs on PBS stations across Texas on February 23 and February 26.

Community Bartering! Trueque Comunitario!

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2012 at 6:52 am


About La Mujer Obrera

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

ImageIn 1981, displaced women garment workers established La Mujer Obrera to broaden economic and educational opportunities for the South Central neighborhood of El Paso, Texas, particularly displaced women workers and Spanish-speaking community members. Our mission is to improve the economic, social, educational, health and living conditions of low-income Hispanic families, while helping revitalize the former Garment District where many women and their families worked, before global economic restructuring led to the loss of 35,000 jobs, mainly in the garment industry. 


Today, La Mujer Obrera is an internationally acclaimed community-based organization creating cultural and economic development that recognizes Mexican immigrant workers’ heritage and contributions to El Paso. Our efforts to preserve, adapt, and present the diverse historic and living traditions of the Mexican people are integral to fulfilling the most basic needs and uphold the most basic human rights: access to education, work, health, housing and nourishment, the rights to live in peace and participate fully in civil society.

ImageOur mission is thus to develop and use our creative capacity to express the dignity and diversity of our Mexican heritage, from indigenous Mesoamerican roots to contemporary expressions, and to develop and celebrate our community through economic development, community building, and civic engagement. We provide programs to address immediate needs such as English and GED classes, leadership training, and microenterprise opportunities. We also plan for long term needs including the creation of fair and sustainable economic development and strengthening of the local food system.

Our projects include cultural events programming, adult and youth education programming, museum administration, nutrition education based on ancestral knowledge, community organizing, fundraising, promotion and marketing, and more..!

If you are interested in learning more or volunteering, contact Rubi at orozco.rubi [at] To make a tax-deductable donation, click here