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ABQ ‘White Lives Matter’ rally flops, dominated by counter-protesters By John Scott
@JScott050901 On Sunday, protesters gathered at Civic Plaza in Downtown Albuquerque with plans to counter a “White Lives Matter” protest scheduled to take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Fight For Our Lives (FFOL), a self-described non-violent student activist organization, arranged the event, which lasted about two hours and was attended by close to 120 people. No one directly affiliated with the Proud Boys attended the protest, despite a Facebook messenger screenshot that said members of the organization would arrive at 11 a.m. The Proud Boys are a designated hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center and described as a white nationalist group with “anti-Muslim and mysoginistic” ideology. Zoey Craft, a FFOL cofounder, said the turnout for the counterprotest demonstrated the community’s dedication to anti-racism. “It’s really great to see this show of unity,” Zoey Craft, FFOL cofounder, said. “It’s great to see everyone coming together against this planned action that we know is going to further embolden white supremacists in the future.” FFOL wasn’t the only organization present. ABQ Street Action Coalition also hosted a dance party to protest the Proud Boys in another area of Civic Plaza. The gathering mainly consisted of a group of around 30 individuals, most of which were older than the FFOL crowd. Besides the ABQ Street Action Coalition, the Black New Mexico Movement and the Brown Berets were also in attendance. The Brown Berets are a national organization with different chapters across the country, and were also listed as co-hosts for the original Facebook event posted by FFOL. A member of the Brown Berets, who asked to be referred to as “X,” said it’s important for Chicanos to be at the protest to stand in solidarity and protect other communities
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A man carries an assault rifle and a sign and stands with his family at the Albuquerque Convention Center on April 11, 2021 near a counter-protest against a planned “White Lives Matter” rally. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, denied any involvement with the Proud Boys, an extremist group whose attendance was expected at the rally.
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LEFT: APD officers in riot gear head to intervene between a protester and counter-protesters in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 11, 2021 at a counter-protest to a planned “White Lives Matter” rally. RIGHT: A brawl involving a man of unknown affiliation and a group of counter-protesters ensues at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza.
from racist violence. “White supremacy perpetuates violence in every direction but its own,” X said. “(The Brown Berets are) not so blind to think we’re the only people being persecuted and have people suffering.” Around the time that the Proud Boys were scheduled to appear, a man outfitted in tactical gear arrived
with an AR-15 style rifle and a sign that read, “#Save Our Children.” The man was accompanied by a woman and two small children. “#SavetheChildren” is a popular hashtag promoted by QAnon, an online conspiracy group. The hashtag refers to a theory that former President Donald Trump was “secretly fighting a supposed network of celeb-
rities and government officials who are running a child trafficking ring,” according to AP News. The armed man, who wanted to remain anonymous, denied any affiliation with the Proud Boys and said, “I’m very passionate about wanting to help people and spread the message that guns can be used to save people.” The arrival of the armed man
caused a small number of protesters to cross the street from Civic Plaza to the Convention Center. The rest of the demonstrators followed, moving from the Al Hurricane Pavilion and other parts of Civic Plaza to the curb along Third Street directly across from the Convention Center. After some demonstrators began circling the man, waving signs in his face and yelling, a group of Albuquerque riot police made their way towards the protest. The riot police were quickly surrounded by the demonstrators as they led the family into the Convention Center. According to a tweet from the Albuquerque Police Department, the man was detained and will be cited. It’s unclear at this time what the man was cited for. At the time of publication, APD could not be reached for comment. Soon after, as demonstrators began to make their way back to Civic Plaza, a small fight broke out between a few protesters and a man who appeared to be recording the protest. According to witnesses, the man refused to identify himself or why he was recording. White Lives Matter rallies took place across the nation on April 11, according to NBC, but turnout was dismal. These protests were arranged via Telegram, a widely used networking app that became popular among white supremacists, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League. Even without the Proud Boys, the event’s organizers still wanted to emphasize the importance of combating white supremacy. A FFOL member, who requested to be referred to as “Johnny,” described the importance of being anti-racist outside of protests and demonstrations. “When you actively live in a racist society, it’s not just enough to be against racism,” Johnny said. “You have to be actively anti-racist every single day.” John Scott is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JScott050901
Gov. Lujan Grisham signs off on NM paid sick leave bill By Madeline Pukite @madelinepukite On Thursday, April 8, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed HB 20, the Healthy Workplaces Act, making paid sick leave a reality in New Mexico. The bill will allow employees to accrue one hour of paid time off for every 30 hours worked, which can be used for their own illness, whether mental or physical, or to care for a family member who is sick. In addition, employees have
the ability to accrue paid time off for future use. The bill defines “family” as, “an individual whose close association with the employee or the employee's spouse or domestic partner is the equivalent of a family relationship.” Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, one of the bill’s cosponsors, worked closely with grassroots organizers on this legislation and was excited to finally see the bill get signed into law. “I was constantly reminded that there was no way that our
legislature would ever do something like this, and so I was glad that we were able to prove a lot of people wrong,” Rubio said. Not everyone in the state is celebrating the passage of HB 20, however. Some in the local business community were worried about the effects it might have on the economy. John Garcia, the executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, argued that the passage of HB 20
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The New Mexico state capitol building, as known as “the Roundhouse.”
GLEASON: New Mexico COVID-19 Association club spearheads pandemic student volunteer work (pg. 5)
MATA: Antonia Anderson, Jaedyn De La Cerda to play one more year at UNM (pg. 3)
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KLEINHANS: REVIEW: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ delivers ultimate CGI battle royale and little else (pg. 4)
BUTLER: Lobo basketball adds to its coaching roster (pg. 7)
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NM Notify helps track COVID exposures By Jesus Mata
@JesusMataJr99 On March 23, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced the launch of NM Notify, an exposure notification app that alerts individuals when they’ve been in close proximity to someone that’s tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure notification apps are a form of technology-based contact tracing. Google and Apple worked together with public health departments across the country to create apps that will notify people who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if they don’t know them, according to a Google video on the topic. When an individual walks by someone else using the app, both devices will exchange the users’ randomly generated personal identification numbers via Bluetooth. Then, if someone tests positive for COVID-19 and reports it in the app, any device that exchanged numbers with them in the last two weeks will receive a notification about the potential exposure. Jim Walton, communications specialist for NMDOH, said it’s important for college students in particular to utilize the NM Notify app. “This is a 30 second download or a 30 second activation and (college students) can go about their business of the day, and if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID, then they can take the appropriate steps to stop the spread right there. That’s the whole point of this,” Walton said. Walton said Apple and Google opted to not use GPS for contact tracing because it wasn’t as private as Bluetooth, and added that the code NM Notify gives you is the only personal identifier the app utilizes. “You’re not putting your name into it, you’re not putting your gender into it, you’re not putting your age into it,” Wal-
ton said. “There is no personal information that is taken into this application.” Others that support the app are unsure if it will even be successful. “The app will only work well if most people opt-in to it,” James Wilterding, executive director for Student Health and Counseling, said. “That's what it’s going to take for it to work very well.” Natalie Rogers, records officer for the Public Health Student Association, heard about the NM Notify app through NMDOH’s social media accounts and her UNM email. The app is automatically set up through iPhone so she didn’t have to enroll in it; she only had to turn on notifications. “I enrolled (in notifications) because contact tracing is really important for tracking outbreaks, especially as we move forward with more people being vaccinated, and outbreaks are getting smaller and harder to track,” Rogers said. Rogers emphasized the importance of contact tracing to help avoid a “huge resurgence wave of infections.” “I want to be able to go out to a store or a restaurant or somewhere else in the city and feel like I will be notified if someone there was tested positive for COVID,” Rogers said. “That way I can know to quarantine and get tested and make sure that I don’t infect anybody else.” Walton said enrollment in the app is important because research findings from Oxford University suggest that exposure notifications can reduce the number of deaths and infections overall. “For every two downloads we are able to avoid one infection. So, that’s the possibility of two people saving one person’s life,” Walton said. Walton said NMDOH is pleased with the amount of New Mexicans who have already downloaded the app, and considers it to be a success. “In the two and a half days that this has been up (since March 23,) we have had 10% of
The Google Play page for the NM Notify contact tracing app.
the population of the state of New Mexico download the app,” Walton said. Deborah Brown, an officer for the undergraduate American Medical Student Association chapter at UNM, said the app can help prevent the spread of COV-
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ID-19, but individuals still need to follow CDC safety guidelines. “I think that while the application itself wouldn't be able to stand alone in fighting against COVID-19 or any pandemic for that matter … (it) can be used as a good resource especially
for those who are at higher risk,” Brown said. Jesus Mata is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contracted at email@example.com or on Twitter @JesusMataJr99
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would hurt an already struggling economy and ask even more of struggling businesses. Garcia also argued against the bill’s broader definition of family, as opposed to the phrasing within the federal Family Medical Leave Act, but Rubio saw it as a way to further promote inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. “I think our legislation is a perfect example of what inclusivity means, especially for communities that have been
marginalized for a very long time, (and) specifically for communities who represent LGBTQ+ communities,” Rubio said. “I don't know how many emails and phone calls I've received from folks saying that this is the first time that they've actually felt like they're being seen.” Carla Villa, the owner of High Noon Restaurant and Saloon in Albuquerque, was concerned about the financial impact the bill will have on her business.
“There are several blanks and deficits and needs in things like health care and sick leave,” Villa said. “But to expect small businesses to be able to absorb that and be solely responsible for fixing it is going to create a business climate that makes it toxic for small businesses.” Sebastian Echavarria, a freshman at UNM and a food service employee, said he’s glad people will no longer have to choose between their paycheck or
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serve lots of people per day and there should be no question that it could be disastrous to the business and community for any kind of sickness to be spread … (this is only) exacerbated by the current pandemic,” Echavarria said. Madeline Pukite is a beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @madelinepukite
Antonia Anderson , Jaedyn De La Cerda to play one more year at UNM By Jesus Mata
@JesusMataJr99 On April 1, University of New Mexico women’s basketball seniors Antonia Anderson and Jaedyn De La Cerda made an official announcement that they were returning to UNM to play a second senior season. This was made possible due to the NCAA giving athletes an extra year of eligibility because the pandemic. Anderson and De La Cerda have spent the past four years of their collegiate careers at UNM, and both were selected to the All-Conference team for their performances last season.
In a press conference on April 6, Anderson and De La Cerda said they had been exploring their options before making the announcement, but ultimately decided that they would return. “For me personally, us winning the championship really sealed the deal for me,” Anderson said. “For us to be bringing back literally the same team, that’s huge and something we haven’t done since we’ve been here.” De La Cerda said that being on the road for a majority of the season was one of the contributors to her decision to come back next season. “Getting this extra year, being able to play in The Pit next
year and having the fans there is going to be like a cherry on top for our super senior year,” De La Cerda said. Anderson and De La Cerda both said that if there wasn’t an extra year of eligibility, their plans would’ve been to graduate and continue their basketball journeys overseas. With Anderson and De La Cerda officially returning, the Lobos now have all of their starters from the 2020-2021 season back in UNM colors. Jesus Mata is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @JesusMataJr99.
Lobo forward Antonia Anderson (32) attempts to block a shot at a game against San Diego State University on Feb. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of Derrick Tuskan/ San Diego State.
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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ delivers ultimate CGI battle royale and little else By Shelby Kleinhans @BirdsNotReal99 This review contains spoilers.
Eager fans of the fourth MonsterVerse installment can finally quench their anticipation now that “Godzilla vs. Kong” is available on HBO Max and in theaters as of March 31. Streaming numbers haven’t been released yet, but the performance at the box office has been absolutely astounding. The opening day domestic box office figure of $9.6 million made for “the best opening day total of the coronavirus era,” according to Variety. It’s hard to tell, though, whether people are truly enjoying the film or if they’re so starved for the movie theater experience that they’ll see the first thing showing at their newly-reopened theater. My money is on the latter. It’s no shocker that the aspect of this movie that suffers the most
is the writing, causing the human characters to fall flat and the pacing to drag in several parts. These monster movies have never been about well-written plots or transformative character arcs, but the scale of this film makes the mistakes it suffers from even more glaring. In particular, a trio of characters played by Millie Bobby Brown, Brian Tyree Henry and Julian Dennison all suffered from a lack of good writing. I appreciated the witty banter and the unlikely bond they formed, but it would’ve been better if they had their own separate detective movie. Each of these actors has proven their acting chops time and time again, but this movie never gave them a chance with its one-dimensional script. What filmmakers didn’t expect was that one of the newcomers, young Kaylee Hottle, would become the talking point of the film. Hottle is a deaf actress rising to join the ranks of Millicent Simmonds in “A Quiet Place,” and her character steals the spotlight by teaching Kong American Sign Language and ultimately ensur-
ing the survival of humankind. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie was between Hottle and the lumbering CGI Kong, which provided one of the only scenes where the audience could feel genuine human emotion onscreen. It’s Hottle’s character that helps humanize Kong and make him out to be more than a mindless titan thirsting for blood and destruction. In general, if you came into this film expecting to watch an epic CGI monster fight, then that’s what you’ll get. It takes some time to get into their massive brawls, but they’re certainly epic enough to warrant a viewing in IMAX. One highlight is how the environment plays a factor in the fights, like Godzilla using the ocean to almost drown Kong, or Kong leaping off of the top of a Hong Kong skyscraper onto Godzilla’s back. I can’t help but wonder if people who came to see two titans clash on the big screen will leave disappointed that the fight scenes are barely a fourth of the two-
hour-long runtime bloated with unnecessary B-plots. I’m not a major fan of the franchise and even I left feeling disappointed that there wasn’t more fighting. The only good thing to come out of a kooky side plot to the Hollow Earth was the introduction of Kong’s new ax. The tie-in to his ancestry worked to humanize him further, plus the idea that the only useful weapon against Godzilla is one made from Godzilla’s own dorsal spines is genius. The weapon ultimately failed to defeat Godzilla, but it was helpful in defeating the film’s surprise appearance, Mechagodzilla. Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing aspect of the movie for me because it screamed missed potential. Mechagodzilla vs. Godzilla should’ve been its own addition to the franchise in order to allow the writers to create a more nuanced take other than “humans create Mechagodzilla and are the real bad guy.” Instead, viewers of Godzilla vs. Kong are treated to
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a Mechagodzilla that feels shoehorned in, and barely gets any screen time to show off before it’s taken down by the dynamic duo of Godzilla and Kong. Overall this movie is the definition of a popcorn flick — go into it not expecting much other than to be entertained by giant CGI monsters duking it out and you won’t be entirely disappointed. If you want plot or multi-dimensional human characters, this is not the film for you. It’s ironic that Christopher Nolan was so certain that his July release of “Tenet” was going to save the film industry, when “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which according to Deadline is “the quickest studio movie released during COVID to hit the $200M international milestone,” might just be the salvation the film industry was looking for. Quality or not, numbers don’t lie. Shelby Kleinhans is a beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @BirdsNotReal99
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New Mexico COVID-19 Association club spearheads pandemic student volunteer work By Megan Gleason @fabflutist2716 As the pandemic rages on, students at the University of New Mexico have banded together to
form the New Mexico COVID-19 Association, a volunteer club focused on helping those directly impacted by the pandemic. Cameron Moezzi, the president of the club, said that volunteers mainly assist at vaccination sites and COVID-19 hotels and deliver
vaccination supplies. “Every day there’s vaccines being given — thousands being given in New Mexico — and every time that I (volunteer), I notice that we lack help,” Moezzi said. At the beginning of the year, Moezzi worked at COVID-19 ho-
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gather more supplies. “About a couple weeks ago, (Link) received a donation of 7,200 patient gowns … We’re basically sending students all over New Mexico with these boxes and we’re specifically focused on rural areas — not federally funded clinics,” Moezzi said. The club currently has about 15 members and is still growing as Moezzi finds new volunteer opportunities for the group. After the pandemic is over, Moezzi plans to keep the club alive by refocusing efforts to different volunteer opportunities, such as helping out at senior centers, food pantries and homeless shelters. He said the club’s name will then change to the New Mexico Volunteering Association. “There’s help needed everywhere and whenever it gets closer to that time, I plan on arranging that,” Moezzi said. Megan Gleason is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @fabflutist2716
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UNM CAMPerinos hosts 9th annual Farmworker Awareness Week By Rebecca Hobart @DailyLobo
The ninth annual Farmworker Awareness Week (FAW) kicked off virtually on March 28, with each day addressing a new facet of farmworker history and the impacts of the pandemic. UNM CAMPerinos used this week to honor the essential contributions of farmworkers and highlight the injustices they face. CAMPerinos serves students with migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds at UNM by providing mentorship, community engagement opportunities and support. Farmworker Awareness Week was hosted on Facebook for the second consecutive year due to the ban on in-person gatherings. The online event consisted of a series of social media posts which featured infographics, student farmworker testimonials and information on historical figures in the farmworker rights movement. According to Diego Salcido Morales, the event’s coordinator for CAMPerinos, the overall theme this year was “Essential and Resilient,” a nod to the work and conditions farmworkers across the globe experience while supplying food during the pandemic. UNM College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) Director Ivan Olay said students want to spread awareness of what injustices farmworkers experience and how to help. “There’s a lack of awareness for farmworkers,” Olay said. “They are one of the most marginalized groups.” On March 28, the theme was “Día del Estudiante Campesino,” which focused on recognizing student farmworkers at UNM and their contributions to the Lobo Pack. Paloma Munoz-Neri, a student farmworker and senior peer leader at UNM CAMP, said living in rural agricultural communities with restricted internet access illustrates the barriers and complexities of the online learning format during the pandemic. “During the summer of 2020, with almost no work options avail-
A flyer for the 2021 Farmworker Awareness Week events hosted by CAMPerinos.
able in New Mexico, I moved to California to work in any agricultural-related job available, knowing that farmers and farmworkers never stop working,” Brenda Ramos Villanueva, a student farmworker and CAMPerinos member, said. “If I could define resilience as a person it would be farmworkers. Regardless of the pandemic being at its peak in California, no one gave up. With the decrease of active farmworkers, spread of wildfires and the pandemic, farmworkers worked longer hours with the risk of exposing their loved ones.” The March 29 theme was “‘Día de la Mujer Campesina,” dedicated to the resilience of
female farmworkers. For many female farmworkers, childcare isn’t an expense families can afford, Madai Cisneros, student farmworker and member of UNM CAMPerinos, said. “From my personal experience, I was one of the many, many children that are taken to work on the fields from a very young age because their parents couldn’t afford a babysitter,” Cisneros said. “A lot of women put bandanas around their faces to hide that they are women,” Munoz-Neri said. Munoz-Neri said it’s common for female farmworkers to obscure their gender identity out of fear of
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privilege,” Olay said. “(Farmers) work hard but farmworkers are in the dirt, women suffer a lot from sexual assault, farmerworkers don’t get childcare and bring their kids to work. They can’t get hurt, they don’t have healthcare. Farmers may have that privilege.” “They’re feeding the world, regardless of what’s going on,” Morales said. On March 31, Cesar Chavez’s birthday and the last day of National Farmworker Awareness week, the event reflected on the past, present and future struggles and injustices endured by farmworkers. “To me, it’s bringing that awareness to people who aren’t aware or don’t care — to teach people,” Olay said. “Farmworkers don’t get paid minimum wage, they don’t get workers’ compensation. There’s all these loopholes to get someone to work more and work longer. They are the hardest workers.” CAMP and CAMPerinos work year-round to support students with seasonal and full-time farming backgrounds. CAMPerinos specifically provides “guidance, support and volunteering opportunities” for UNM students, especially those that are migrants and/or seasonal farmworkers, according to its Facebook page. According to Olay, because CAMP is a federally-funded program and only accessible to U.S. citizens, CAMPerinos is better equipped to support undocumented students. “We never turn anyone away regardless of their immigration status. Even if we don’t have the resources, specifically, we will look for the resources for them,” Munoz-Neri said. “We’ll help them look for scholarships. A lot of scholarships do look for proof of citizenship. Maybe they’re looking for a place to live but don’t have a social security number. We can help them find somewhere. Or we help them build community.”
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By Spencer Butler @SpencerButler48 On March 16, the University of New Mexico announced that it had hired Richard Pitino as the new head coach for the men’s basketball team. In the time since his introductory press conference, Pitino has begun to fill out his coaching staff for next season. While most assistant coaches’ contracts expire on April 30, Pitino said he’s “trying to take my time, hire the right guys, making sure that they all fit because the bottom line
is it’s not going to be about one guy.” With that in mind, Andy Hill and Issac Chew were the first set of assistant coaches hired onto Pitino’s staff. “I am very humbled and honored to join Coach Pitino’s staff and be a part of Lobo Nation,” Chew said. Chew’s most recent coaching job was at Grand Canyon University, which participated in this year's NCAA tournament. Hill, who helped the Utah University program go to back-to-back NCAA tournaments and three NIT appearances, said he was excited to join the Lobo team.
“I am very honored, excited and thankful to be a part of the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque community and Lobo basketball,” Hill said. Pitino also announced that Robert Edwards, the current Lobo video coordinator, will remain on staff. “I look forward to learning from Coach Pitino and the rest of the coaching staff,” Edwards said. Pitino added that the assistant coaches are “well rounded,” and that, “both of those guys have got great experience. They’ve worked for terrific coaches. They’ve recruited very good players. They know what
winning looks like.” In addition to these hires, several Lobos have been seen at the Rudy Davalos practice facility, including senior Makuach Maluach, who could return next season due to NCAA COVID rules that granted players an extra year of eligibility. Pitino didn’t elaborate on whether Maluach would come back next season, but said he’s trying to persuade the senior to return. “I’m slowly but surely trying to tell him, ‘Hey, you can come back,’” Pitino said. Pitino had to deal with player turnover early on, as three Lobos
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