In the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso on Saturday, John Byrd, the publisher at Cinco Puntos Press, sent out a note that all employees and family members associated with press are safe and unharmed. Cinco Puntos is El Paso's most prominent publishing house and has been at the forefront of publishing books about the border, migration, Hispanic, Latino and other inter-cultural issues.
Byrd then expressed gratitude for the many people in the publishing community who have reached out to them for advise on how to help the recovery. "Our city is hurting," wrote Byrd. "The El Paso/Juarez community is large but also extremely interconnected. The trauma of this event will reverberate through individuals and families for years to come."
Byrd said that for those who want to offer financial support to families who lost a loved one in the shooting, money is best donated to the El Paso Community Foundation. "They've set up a special fund to help victims of this weekend's violence.. He then added, "If you have additional financial resources to send to our beloved border we suggest the Annunciation House, which offers shelter, support and advocacy for migrants and refugees."