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VOLUME 10 NO. 13 JANUARY 2019 SEIZING THIS MOMENT: OUR HOPES FOR NEW MEXICO’S PROMISING FUTURE – MIGUEL ANGEL ACOSTA, NICHOLE JARAMILLO, BIANCA SOPOCI-BELKNAP / 6 OP-ED: NEW MEXICO WINS WHEN HER PEOPLE VOTE – JAVIER BENAVIDEZ / 7 STAY INFORMED ON BILLS PENDING IN THE 2019 NM LEGISLATURE / 8 THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER’S TOP-10 ISSUES TO WATCH IN 2019 – DOUGLAS MEIKLEJOHN / 9 OP-ED: CURRENT STATUS OF FRACKING THREATS IN THE CHACO REGION AND SANDOVAL COUNTY – REYES DEVORE / 12 PROTECTING THE ALBUQUERQUE BASIN’S WATER / 13 CITIES JOIN FORCES TO PUSH NM TRANSITION TO RENEWABLES – LISA LAROCQUE / 15 TRANSFORMING NEW MEXICO’S PUBLIC EDUCATION / 16 OP-ED: THE YAZZIE/MARTINEZ SCHOOL SUFFICIENCY DECISION IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN MONEY – EDWARD TABET–CUBERO OP-ED: THE YAZZIE/MARTINEZ LAWSUIT IS AN ONGOING SOCIAL MOVEMENT – JESSICA HELEN LOPEZ OP-ED: OUR SCHOOLS, OUR WAY: UTILIZING NEW MEXICAN STORIES FOR EDUCATION TRANSFORMATION – EMMA JONES PUEBLOG – CARNELL CHOSA, PH.D.; AUTUMN BILLIE, ALIYAH CHAVEZ. KYLE MARTINEZ, SHAYNA NARANJO / 19 OP-ED: TOGETHER, WE CAN KEEP ABORTION SAFE AND LEGAL IN NM – MARY ANN MAESTAS / 23 OP-ED: THE TIME IS NOW – MIRANDA VISCOLI / 27 NEWSBITES / 14, 28, 29 WHAT’S GOING ON / 30
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In July 2018 in Santa Fe, more than 30 New Mexico organizations marched to the National Governors Association meeting to protest growing inequality, environmental degradation, private prisons, the defunding of health and education, increasing violations of human, civil, immigrant and voting rights.
SEIZING THIS MOMENT: Our Hopes for New Mexico’s Promising Future BY MIGUEL ANGEL ACOSTA, NICHOLE JARAMILLO AND BIANCA SOPOCI-BELKNAP
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”– Assata Shakur To kick off the new year, Earth Care is excited to partner with Green Fire Times to bring you the third annual activism-focused edition. Two years ago, we proposed partnering with GFT to elevate voices of New Mexicans working in the trenches on diverse social and environmental issues so they could share their insights about how the changing political
landscape threatened their work, created new needs and opportunities, and required new levels of action, solidarity and commitment to transformative change. Once again, we’ve invited leaders of social and environmental justice movements in New Mexico to present their perspectives. This year, however, the tone has changed. Given the amazingly strong turnout in the 2018 midterm election and the historic engagement of our brothers and sisters across the state, New Mexico’s democracy has been re-enlivened. We have an incredible opportunity to seize the moment and make impactful strides to invest deeply in our children, youth, families and communities by rectifying chronic injustices in our education system, energy system, economy and environment. New Mexicans are ready for change! From women’s reproductive health rights to climate legislation, to immigrant rights, to sane gun laws, we’ve tapped established and emerging movement leaders to discuss their work and the actions we can all take to get involved. Our organization has shifted a great deal over these last two years to meet the needs of our community and rise to the challenges we face as a country. Our youth and parent leaders are more active than ever on issues of equitable community development and representation, education as a force for positive social change, and climate justice. Translating our urgent concern for our future and dreams for a better world into institutional change requires that we get active in public-policy-making during this year’s state legislative session. WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US.
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Left: Newly elected Congresswoman Deb Haaland (center, D-NM), one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, with New Energy Economy’s “Just Transition” leaders
have dealt with far more than their fair share of drilling and mining, pollution and contamination of our most treasured resources. This has resulted in disparate health impacts, unsustainable resource extraction and countless missed opportunities for a robust buildout of a renewable-energy economy. In one of the more fascinating and unexpected outcomes, in State House District 4 (the Four Corners), grassroots leader Anthony Allison won by advocating for renewable-energy development, marking a promising shift for an area long overrun by mega-coal-fired power plants. Grassroots organizations such as Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLE), and the New Mexico Working Families Party have learned over many years that “civic engagement” cannot just be undertaken months before an election. They have dedicated themselves to year-round canvassing, building relationships with communities and engaging new voters, including naturalized citizens and young people. Organizers have harnessed the power of a social justice narrative. Especially given the national political scene, many unlikely voters are becoming intrigued and engaged.
Significant efforts went into engaging underrepresented voters across the state.
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New Mexico Wins When Her People Vote For those fighting to address countless longstanding inequities and environmental injustices in New Mexico, 2018’s midterm elections yielded many remarkably positive shifts. After eight years of the extractive industry-friendly Martínez administration, this election resulted in the rise of the nation’s first Democratic Latina governor, our state’s first female land commissioner, our first all people-of-color federal House of Representatives delegation (28 of 46 majority caucus representatives that are people-of-color), and our first Muslim state representative. New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission flipped to “progressive,” as did our most populous county’s (Bernalillo) commission.
New Mexico looks like the United States of the future.
Defeated gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce achieved approximately the same number of votes (294K) that Susana Martínez won with in 2014 (293K), suggesting that a dramatically increased turnout (for a midterm election) made all the difference. Rather than just focusing on the likely voter universe, significant efforts went into engaging underrepresented voters across the state; voices that historically have been marginalized or disenfranchised (“low-propensity” voters). But that’s not the whole story. Pro-environment candidates had to contend with outrageous spending by extractive industries, including a record-setting $2.5 million in a single contribution by the Chevron Corporation in an effort to defeat land commissioner candidate Stephanie García Richard. In northern New Mexico, in the primary, voters also rebuked pro-industry candidates by electing new progressives Susan Herrera and Andrea Romero. Four thousand non-partisan voter guides were translated and distributed across the Navajo Nation. Tribal turnout there increased dramatically. Overall, the 2018 election represented an exercise in engaging the power of New Mexico’s diverse population over that of corporate extractive industries, which have historically thrown their weight around New Mexico politics, often onto the backs of our people and our future. Whether in oil and gas development, coal or uranium mining, New Mexicans
Additional lessons learned include the need to engage with rural New Mexico regions where many of the state’s legislative leaders come from. Therein lies what promises to be an ongoing struggle—an entrenched state Senate that was not up for election in 2018 and has recently been run by a small cohort of conservative Democrats who align with Republicans to block most progressive legislation from seeing the light of day. Significant organizing needs to happen in rural areas like Deming, Gallup, Grants and Doña Ana County. Because New Mexico is home to such a large segment of people-of-color voters, our state looks like the United States of the future. That helps shape our state’s proNewly elected Congresswoman Xochitl Torres gressivity. With such a Small (D-NM) has been an attorney specializing remarkable turnout in in water issues. Photo © Seth Roffman the 2018 midterms, New Mexico has crossed a tipping point. Presidential elections such as in 2020 will see an even greater trend toward politics that truly represent our relatively young, progressive and diverse population. We hope that elected officials will honor that enthusiasm, move forward transformative policy and investments, and begin to position our state for a much stronger and more promising future in the Southwest. ¢ Javier Benavidez, a community organizer with Albuquerque Interfaith, previously served as executive director of the SouthWest Organizing Project and as a speechwriter for then-Congressman Martin Heinrich.
STAY INFORMED ON BILLS PENDING IN THE 2019 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE Are you interested in energy solutions such as community solar? A just transition to renewables, climate change, the Health Security Act, increasing the minimum wage, getting money out of politics or protecting a woman’s right to choose? Retake Our Democracy, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, was founded in 2016 to make it easier for citizens to become informed and to advocate effectively for social, racial, economic, gender and climate justice legislation in New Mexico.
Retake Our Democracy’s statewide alert system helps you advocate from your couch, every day, in minutes.
For those who can’t get to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe or sort through the estimated 3,000 to 6,000 bills being introduced, Retake Our Democracy offers some convenient options. RoD has developed an app that allows every bill introduced to be instantly uploaded to a database, with bill number, title, sponsor and the bill’s wording. RoD’s team organizes bills into 13 issue areas and develops summaries of those they consider “must pass” and “priority.” Committees are where good bills die and where citizens can have impact. Legislators care about the views of their constituents. RoD has created a “Statewide Roundhouse Rapid Response Network,” an alert system that enables members of RoD’s team, sitting in committee hearings, to send action alerts to anyone signed up on the network. The alerts are targeted to members whose representative will be in a committee hearing that is considering a bill. Each alert also includes a three-sentence summary about why it is important, speaking/ writing points to consider and contact information for legislators. In two or three minutes, from your couch, you will be able to tell your legislator what you think, at precisely the most important moment: when a bill is being considered in committee. Retake will also see if your legislator leaves the room when a vote is being taken, or if by voice vote, she or he votes to table the bill. Those are the subtle ways that bills die, and those votes are not recorded.
To sign up for the Response Network, go to RetakeOurDemocracy.org, click on the red Response Network Signup, and you are on your way to being a part of the team that is working to help ensure that community-driven bills become good laws. Top: Speaker of the NM House of Representatives Brian Egolf and other legislators Bottom: Paul Gibson, co-founder of Retake Our Democracy, Photos © Seth Roffman
HERE ARE SOME 2019 BILLS THAT RETAKE OUR DEMOCRACY CONSIDERS MUST PASS. IMAGINE MARCH 16, THESE BILLS BECOME LAW, AND YOU CAN SIT BACK AND TAKE PRIDE IN HAVING BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF IT.
1. HB 338 (2017) Community Solar Gardens Act, would
allow individuals to buy energy from locally developed solar gardens, enabling renters and homeowners to purchase solar power without the cost of installation. HB 338 was killed in the House in 2017 because three Democrats missed the vote. 2. HB 82/HB 193 (2017) Solar Market Tax Credit Permanent /Make Permanent Solar Market Tax Credit. These are two very similar bills from 2017, one extending the Solar Tax Credit and the other making it permanent. 3. HB 77 (2017) Energy Storage Tax Credit. This bill would provide a tax credit to residents and business for installation of renewable energy storage systems. Another such bill may be added to this list. 4. HB (2018) Abortion Decriminalization, would rescind a 1969 statute making abortion illegal in N.M. in most instances. 5. HB 101/SB 72 (2017) Health Security Act. Passing this would have huge implications, making New Mexico one of the first states on the path for Medicare for All. 6. SB 259 (2017) No Firearms for Persons Under Protective Order. Prohibits those involved in domestic violence disputes from having firearms. 7. HB 67 (2017) Minimum Wage. Raises the state minimum wage to $10 immediately and to $12 in 2020, with a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). 8. HB 26/SB 15 (2017) Small Lending Interest Caps, aka predatory lending limit. This is an economic and racial justice issue. In 2017, the limit was reduced to 175 percent, which some consider “legislative malpractice.” This bill would set the rate at 36 percent. 9. HJR 1 (2017) Permanent Funds for Early Childhood; 1 percent from the Permanent Fund for Early Childhood Education. 10. HB 28 (2017) Driver’s License Automatic Voter Registration 11. HB 312 (2018). Cannabis Taxation and Regulation. Sponsored by Javier Martínez and Bill McCamley, this bill would create the legal and regulatory framework for legalizing and taxing the sale of recreational marijuana. 12. SJR 7 (2017). Elect President by Popular Vote. Once enough states pass this bill so that the collective number of electoral votes reaches 270, enough to elect a president, the bill would require those states to cast all of their electoral votes for the candidate with the most popular votes, effectively eliminating the electoral college as a basis for selecting our president. 13. Comprehensive Tax Reform. With Sen. Smith and Sen. Sánchez still in place, RoD thinks that this ambitious goal may not pass but is worth fighting for. New Mexico’s poorest pay almost three times the percentage of their income in state and local taxes as the state’s wealthiest. The bill also addresses a myriad of corporate tax giveaways such as those ushered in over the past 12 years.
T h e N M En vi r o n m enta l L a w C en te r ’ s T o p-1 0 Issues t o Watc h i n 2019 BY DOUGLAS MEIKLEJOHN
Last January, half the stories we highlighted were about the Trump administration. Unfortunately, they all came true. However, we also noted that there could be a bright side. There was, although not quite as bright as we had hoped. The midterm election in 2018 did bring significant change to the demographics of the House but left the Senate in even tighter control of an obstructionist Republican Party. With that went one of our hopes, that appointees to federal judgeships would bring more balance to the federal court system. As we said last year, elections matter. There is still a bright spot in New Mexico, with a new governor and the expectation that for the first time in eight years we will have environmental agencies, policies and rules that actually protect the air, land and water where our communities live, work and play. Here is what we are looking at in 2019.
The Trump administration and the Republicans have single-mindedly waged a war to obliterate the Obama legacy. On the environmental frontlines, this includes eliminating monument status for most of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante and opening them to mining and oil and gas extraction, along with the Chaco and Grand Canyon areas. While Interior Secretary Zinke has left, the interim secretary and possi-
With the election of Michelle Lujan Grisham, expectations are high for rolling back the effects of eight years of assault and neglect on the state’s air, land and water. There will be a flood of progressive bills brought to the Legislature. Some likely to get a hearing will deal with energy efficiency in building codes, restoration of the Richardson-era cap-and-trade rules for greenhouse gas emissions, clearer definitions for certain provisions of the Mining Act, elimination or significant amendment of the Copper Rule, and a first-ever-in-New-Mexico environmental review act. The governor’s appointees to the Environment Department and Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department and other agencies could significantly improve the environmental friendliness of those agencies and of the NM Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Water Quality Control Commission, and the Environmental Improvement Board where they have seats. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center worked with other environmental and public health organizations to provide information to the governor’s transition teams and legislators regarding improvements to policies and statutory changes. Trump announced that the United States would leave the Paris Climate Agreement, but the recent talks in Poland presented a sharp contrast to the U.S. position. While the official U.S. delegation held a sideshow touting the continued benefits of carbon extraction, hundreds of representatives from states, municipalities, corporations and community organizations made it clear that the real momentum in the U.S. is for aggressive action on climate change. The years of the Martínez administration systematically undercutting efforts to address climate change in New Mexico are also over. We expect that New Mexico will join with other states to press the Trump administration and Congress to take decisive and significant action to build a new renewable energy economy, end unnecessary and counterproductive subsidies to carbon-extractive industries, and put the state on a sustainable path forward. Graphic: EPA National Assessment 2018
Better times: Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke (r) left the EPA and Interior Dept. ble replacement is a former lobbyist for the industries Interior regulates and is committed to drastically weakening the agency. In other support for the oil and gas industry, the administration proposed weaker auto emission standards and rolled back the Methane Rule, which would have significantly reduced leakage and flaring of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations. In December, the administration proposed sweeping changes to the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS), removing protections for ephemeral and some intermittent streams, as well as for wetlands that have only a subsurface connection to a WOTUS. In New Mexico, this could affect at least 60 percent of wetlands and streams in the state.
NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AND LANL CLEANUP
New Mexico is ground-zero as a repository for low- and high-level radioactive waste from across the country. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) closed down for three years after two accidents in February 2014. Despite another accident in the same section of the facility in November 2018, a scheme is under conHoltec International’s proposed interim storage facility for high-level sideration to radioactive waste Graphic: Holtec International increase storage by changing how waste containers are measured, circumventing the federal 6.2 million cubic-feet storage limit. Holtec International has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to “temporarily” store up to 100,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel rods from across the country. Attorney General Hector Balderas has said that the state has limited ability to oppose the license if the NRC grants it. A similar repository has been proposed in west Texas through a French joint venture with Waste Control Specialists (WCS). The N.M. Environment Department (NMED) has issued a draft permit for the discharge of up to 170,500,000 gallons of wastewater per day from the facility, with the main outfall located approximately 100 yards from the New Mexico state line. Congress mandated drastically increased annual plutonium pit production, with 30 pits per year allocated to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL has significant contamination issues from its decades of nuclear weapons work. A plan to characterize and clean up the accumulated waste at the Lab, the 2005 Consent Order, was killed by the Martínez administration. The Law Center has been working with Nuclear Watch New Mexico on Consent Order issues. We have been representing Communities for Clean Water (CCW) on the draft groundwater discharge permit for the Lab’s treatment program for a toxic chromium plume in an aquifer under the Lab that threatens drinking water. We also represent CCW on the Lab’s draft groundwater discharge permit for its Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility. The Lab is seeking a discharge permit, even though there will not be a groundwater discharge, in an effort to avoid having to comply with the more stringent Hazardous Waste Act rules.
The Law Center has been working for many years with the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE), a collaboration of uranium mining-impacted communities on Navajo land and in the Grants Mining District. We appealed the recent decision by the Mining and Minerals Division to issue a “return to active status” permit for the Mount Taylor Mine, even though the mine’s experts said the mine would not produce marketable uranium during the permit period. We have been talking with McKinley County Commissioners about establishing a Working Group to study a temporary moratorium on uranium mining. The importance of addressing the impacts of uranium mining are even greater now that the EPA has Warning sign at Churchrock announced it will “modify” the cleanup requiremill tailings site © Michael Jensen
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ments at Church Rock, site of the largest release of radioactive wastes in the U.S. during the 1979 uranium mill tailings pond collapse.
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE JET FUEL PLUME
SOUTH VALLEY AIR QUALITY
The toxic plume created by decades of jet fuel leaking into the aquifer at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) must be addressed promptly. There are serious doubts about the Air Force’s assessment, backed by the Martínez-administration NMED, that the plume is somehow under control and that attenuation is a viable response. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), whose highly productive Ridgecrest drinking water wells are threatened by the plume, also has concerns. The Law Center has been working with the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) and other organizations and individuals to develop an effective strategy to force KAFB to take decisive effective action. Protecting New Mexico’s water represents about 80 percent of the Law Center’s work. Agustín Plains Ranch is still trying to win approval for its application to mine 17 billion gallons of groundwater annually from San Agustin Plains, despite two state engineer decisions and one district court ruling against it. Our clients, including the Gila Conservation Coalition and numerous ranchers and other residents, are in district court again arguing against the ranch’s appeal. The Catron County Board of County Commissioners is also opposed to the ranch’s application. In the East Mountains, our clients (a large number of individuals living in the vicinity) are waiting for a decision on the application of Aquifer Science to pump San Agustin Plains, Courtesy, New Mexico groundwater from an aquifer Environmental Law Center that the state engineer had previously said had no more additional water. The oil and gas industry has been pushing a proposal to study the treatment and use of “produced” water—water that comes up because of fracking and other activities. The industry, which uses and contaminates massive amounts of water in its operations, wants permission to treat and sell this water for non-potable (and perhaps potable) uses. The Law Center’s air quality work centers on Albuquerque’s South Valley, site of a heavy concentration of air quality permits for facilities scattered
among residential areas, schools and community centers. Our clients, SWOP and Esther and Steven Abeyta, are waiting to see what the next step will be for the Honstein oil facility, after it moved a couple miles farther south, away from the Abeytas’ neighborhood. Terminal Services has a draft air quality permit for an asphalt batching plant near I-25 and Isleta Pueblo at a site not zoned for that activity. Our clients appealed the permit. It has been sent back for a new hearing because of Open Meeting Act violations. Bernalillo County is moving ahead with plans to extend Sunport Boulevard across I-25 and down Woodward Street to 2nd Street. The Sunport/Woodward project will take place primarily within the city of Albuquerque, even though Mayor Tim Keller withdrew city participation in the project. The project would greatly increase traffic in the area and encourage more polluting industry to move in. Because of the constant flow of new air quality permit approvals in the South Valley, our clients filed a Title VI complaint under the Civil Rights Act. This is an environmental justice complaint because communities in the South Valley are disproportionately burdened by air pollution. The Bernalillo County Air Quality Board and Albuquerque Environmental Health Department have refused to address the cumulative impact from the many air quality permits they routinely issue. Our clients are in discussions with the city to try to resolve the complaint, now that there is a more receptive mayor and administration.
to see how it might apply to them. Another critical issue is the WQCC’s new variance rule, which permits regulated facilities to pollute our precious groundwater above standards, in perpetuity, without public notice, comment and hearing. Our clients, Amigos Bravos and the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), have appealed the new rule to the N.M.? Court of Appeals on the grounds that it violates the Water Quality Act’s purpose of preventing and mitigating groundwater pollution and the Act’s public participation requirements. As we noted last year, the Trump and Martínez administrations’ environmentally destructive policies and actions have motivated individuals and community groups to organize and resist. This made a tangible difference during the elections in 2018. We are hopeful it can begin to result in tangible changes on the ground (and in the air and water) as we move forward into a new year and beyond. ¢ Douglas Meiklejohn is founder and executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC). He has spent more than 40 years as an attorney working for the public interest, with a focus on representing New Mexicans whose communities are impacted by environmental injustice.
Santolina is a 13,000-acre Master Planned Community proposed by Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH). Our clients include SWOP, the Center for Social Sustainable Systems, the NM Health Equity Working Group, the South Valley Regional Association of Acequias, the South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Pajarito Village Association and several individuals. We are in the Court of Appeals regarding Santolina site looking southeast from I-40 the district court’s decision on © Michael Jensen the Level A Master Plan (overall site concept). We are in district court appealing the Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners’ approvals of the Level B1 Master Plan and Development Agreement. Hanging over the Level A and B1 approvals, which our clients are appealing, is the fact that the required Zone Map amendment for the site from “Rural Agricultural” to “Planned Community” was thrown out in June 2017, making the Level A and B1 decisions void. We are also participating in proceedings with the ABCWUA regarding a potential development agreement between WALH and the ABCWUA for water and sewer service provision. In October, ABCWUA Executive Director Mark Sánchez sent a “Water and Sewer Serviceability Letter” to the developer, laying out ABCWUA’s proposal for providing these services.
The new administration can have a tremendous impact on the regulatory landscape depending on the appointees to agencies and regulatory boards and commissions and how those people interpret their mandate to protect the environment and public health. Under the Copper Rule, it is acceptable that mining companies violate the N.M. Water Quality Act by creating “sacrifice zones” in the waters beneath them because copper mines “inevitably” pollute the groundwater. This dangerous precedent is being applied to the mining permit for the Copper Flat Mine near Hillsboro. Coreslab precast concrete facility Other industries are looking in Albuquerque’s South Valley
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NMELC TOXIC TURKEY AWARDS The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s 2018 Toxic Turkey Awards went to the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD) and the Oil Conservation Commission (OCD). The “winners” were designated as a result of their “failure to adequately regulate the oil and gas industry.” Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the Law Center, said, “It is telling that the only two-time winner of the Toxic Turkey Award is Ryan Flynn, who is now head of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA). We hope that giving the award to the OCD and OCC will help persuade the new administration that its OCD and OCC should become independent regulators and cease being servants of the NMOGA and other members of the oil and gas industry.” The NMELC also has high hopes for newly appointed Secretary of Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Sarah Cottrell Propst. Propst will appoint a new executive director of the OCD. That person and Propst will appoint designees to OCC. Along with newly elected State Land Office Commissioner Stephanie García Richard, the three could improve oil and gas oversight and overturn the double-drilling decision that passed in November 2018, stop venting and flaring, increase inspections, collect on fines for bad actors and expedite the state’s transition to renewables.
an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company, applied for a special-use permit to drill in the area. Local organizations put much effort into opposing the ordinance. PPA teamed up with The Red Nation to host demonstration rallies. We demanded that Sandoval County commissioners recognize the harmful effects it would have on both indigenous and non-indigenous land. The ordinance did not have adequate emergency response plans, and there had not been meaningful consultation and consent from tribal communities.
OP-ED: REYES DEVORE
Current Status of Fracking Threats in the Chaco Region and Sandoval County Ninety-four percent of public lands in the greater Chaco Canyon region have already been sold to extractive industries. Despite opposition from the public and local indigenous communities, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has continued to auction parcels of land utilizing an outdated Resource Management Plan. On Dec. 6, 2018, the BLM’s Farmington, New Mexico field office started another auction of 46,000 acres in the San Juan Basin. Some parcels were deferred, but not enough. We are demanding no new leases. Leaders and community members from the Diné (Navajo) and Pueblo tribes traveled to Washington, D.C., to voice their concerns, but the BLM continues business as usual. It is extremely frustrating when indigenous people exhaust every bit of ourselves and then watch entities that don't respect us move forward with online lease sales that start at $2 an acre. Diné from Tri-Chapter House communities in the Chaco area are faced with serious impacts from horizontal fracking. Chaco Canyon is a World Heritage site that has a small buffer zone protecting ancestral sites. It is actually much more than that. Communities live within the Greater Chaco region. This is where our ancestors lived. The Pueblo Action Alliance is doing everything we can to ensure that the region is protected. A Victory in Sandoval County On Nov. 29, 2018, tribal leaders and community members defeated a weak oil and gas ordinance. The ordinance process began in 2015 when SandRidge Energy Inc.,
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The government is still selling off leases to fossil fuel developers. We know that other ordinances like this may yet be proposed. The BLM continues to disregard tribal concerns from leaders and community members. The BLM continues to discourage and exclude public input. The agency has moved sales from offices to online, denied requests for public comment periods and recently shortened the protest period from 30 to 10 days. Money is their priority. Safeguards and protection of communities and resources come last. What are the Pueblo Action Alliance and coalition partners calling for? We’re demanding there be no new leases until a new resource management plan is completed. We are demanding that there be meaningful tribal consultation and consent. Proposals in This Year's Legislature and Another Policy Opportunity
As of this writing, there is no state legislation pending. A federal proposal, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Protection Act, is pending. However, this does not include protection of the area’s living communities. How can folks become allies and provide support? People can stay up to date on this issue by viewing our pages on Facebook and Instagram. PAA wholeheartedly believes in community education. Our mission is to promote cultural sustainability by addressing environmental and social impacts of indigenous communities. We provide our community members with information that will empower them to take action with us. We have organized Greater Chaco Daniel Tso (Diné) has spoken out about the negative impacts community forums and of fracking and resource extraction. workshops on the history of fracking in New Mexico and have offered indigenized non-violent direct-action training. These opportunities are created to be inclusive and intergenerational. What is the appropriate role for non-Native allies in this struggle? The work the Pueblo Action Alliance does cannot be boxed into environmental justice. For indigenous people, it goes deeper than that. We are protecting what hasn’t yet been taken from us. We want non-indigenous people to recognize that, to us, we are not only facing environmental injustice; it is actually modern day genocide. We see the ongoing land grab by extractive industries as an extension of settler colonialism. If folks want to support the life work we do, we ask that you start there, along with land acknowledgement. It is very important that we pay respect to our ancestors who lived on what is now called “Public Land.” Indigenous people today are literally doing exactly what our ancestors did. We’re trying to stop the erasure of our people. For folks who want to support us, respect that this work must be indigenous-led and respect the fact that we are preserving our lifeways for future generations. ¢ Reyes Devore (Jemez/Laguna/Diné) is co-director and community outreach manager for the Pueblo Action Alliance.
For more information: Chaco: https://www.frackoffchaco.org/ Sandoval: http://commongroundrising.org/ Pueblo Action Alliance: https://puebloactionalliance.org/about/ https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/ videos/2208049169215437/
PROTECTING THE ALBUQUERQUE BASIN'S WATER Working groups and Sandoval County staff drafting an oil and gas ordinance consulted with geologists and oil and gas industry professionals. Nevertheless, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA) threatened to sue if county commissioners passed the ordinance, which the group had already approved for publishing. A NMOGA spokesman stated, “This ordinance would in effect ban oil and gas development in an area where NMOGA has purview.” In November 2018, the commissioners, as a result of a tie vote, put the ordinance on hold. “But what about the purview of local government to protect the land and their constituents through regulations?” asked Placitas resident Mike Neas. “The industry despoils huge quantities of New Mexico’s water. What are the long-term effects of that? Other states are banning fracking for health, safety and environmental reasons. New Mexico is held hostage by a severance tax system that the industry contributes to. We must all consider changes in our thinking and lawmaking in order to better prepare for the future,” Neas said. There are approximately 48 local governments in the Albuquerque Basin, as well as 12 tribal governments. Eight-hundred-thousand people—40 percent of the state’s population—live in the basin. As explained in the film Sacred Land, Sacred Water (sacredlandsacredwater.com), the basin and Río Grand Rift are of a unique geological makeup which make horizontal drilling and fracking techniques a serious hazard to drinking water. The NMOGA has said that the industry has protections in place to protect the environment and that it does not impact the health and well-being of nearby residents. Citing Section 21 of the state Constitution [Pollution Control], Neas wonders if it is possible to create an Albuquerque Basin Protection Ordinance or state statute. He thinks the state should adopt a “Precautionary Principle,” which outlines five basic elements: Anticipatory Action, Right to Know, Alternatives Assessment, Full Cost Accounting and Participatory Decision Process. The Precautionary Principle Neas advocates reads, in part: Where threats of serious or irreversible damage to people or water exist, lack of full scientific certainty about cause and effect shall not be viewed as sufficient reason for local government to postpone cost-effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment or protect the health of its citizens. “There currently is no oil and gas development in the Albuquerque Basin, and so there should be no problem creating law beforehand to protect the water, the environment and the public,” Neas says. “Regulation is possible; remediation of polluted water is not.”
ALL PUEBLO COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS PASSES RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOLUTION On Dec. 13, 2018, the All Pueblo Council of Governors passed a resolution in support of renewable energy systems for their sovereign nations. The council, which consists of 19 governors of pueblos in New Mexico and one in Texas, are “vested in making life better for all our Pueblo people, ensuring that those yet to be born have the same opportunity to experience our customs and traditions as previous generations.” The resolution supports policy initiatives that open up New Mexico’s renewable energy market and create local wealth through “local choice energy.” It seeks to give people access to community solar and to provide transparency and public interest protection through a competitive procurement process. The governors’ resolution also supports efforts to increase New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.
PETITION SUPPORTS RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO BY 2050 A coalition of University of New Mexico community members delivered a petition with 1,500 signatures to UNM President Garnett Stokes’ office last month in support of having the university becoming 100 percent renewable-energy-powered by 2050. Those signatures included faculty members, student government
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representatives and leaders of student groups. The student senate at UNM recently passed a resolution favoring the 100 percent renewable-energy goal. At a campus news conference, students and teachers unveiled “Renewable Energy 101,” a toolkit with fact sheets that universities can use to transition to renewables and case studies from schools that have implemented such initiatives.
MICROGRIDS COULD PROVIDE HIGH LEVEL OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY A new report funded by the Dutch government finds that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, through the decentralized sharing of energy at the local level between multiple households. The new approach could even pave the way for “100 percent self-sufficiency in power, heat and water, and 50 percent self-sufficiency in food production,” according to the author, energy systems engineer Florijn de Graaf. The report, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and published by the Netherlands-based energy systems company Metabolic, says that, If optimized properly, microgrids could play a pivotal role in supporting efforts to transition to renewable-energy systems and meet climate targets. Under the Paris Agreement, the Dutch government has pledged to lower its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 to 95 percent by 2050. Reaching that goal will require an extraordinary level of effort. But the use of microgrids—decentralized energy grids that intelligently balance the local supply and demand of distributed clean energy resources—could avoid the need for massive spending on infrastructure upgrades.
CITIES JOIN FORCES TO PUSH NEW MEXICO TRANSITION TO RENEWABLES BY LISA LAROCQUE
Las Cruces is joining Albuquerque and Santa Fe to advance a bold renewable energy (RE) platform in this year’s Legislature. The three largest cities in New Mexico have formed a coalition to align shared interests and amplify the voices of residents who want resilient and sustainable communities. Heeding the Intergovernmental Panel Council on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recent warning that we have just over a decade to reverse course and drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions, communities and tribal nations in New Mexico support legislation that favors opening up RE markets, which would allow them to purchase from RE suppliers directly, as well as to produce and sell RE. Since 2014, the City of Las Cruces has been looking for ways to implement its Sustainability Action Plan and reduce its carbon footprint. In 2017 the city council passed a resolution in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. In 2018, the city committed to derive 25 percent of its municipal electrical consumption from solar by the end of 2022; 50 percent from wind and solar by 2030; and 100 percent by 2050. The City of Santa Fe has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2040 and recently adopted a 25-year Sustainability Plan. When Albuquerque Mayor Keller took office, he signed onto the Mayoral Climate Action Plan—committing to targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.
Nineteen states have already passed laws enabling community solar programs.
The coalition sees the opportunity to transition to renewables as vast. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, New Mexico has the nation’s second-greatest solar potential, and it is the 12th windiest state. But if left up to the investor-owned utilities (see illustration), New Mexico is likely to remain heavily fossil-fueland nuclear dependent.
Solar and wind power (plus storage) are now outbidding conventional energy sources.
El Paso Electric (EPE) has expressed a commitment to support development of RE projects in west Texas and southern New Mexico. However, EPE currently has just 1 percent renewables on its system, and, according to its 20-Year Integrated Resource Plan, it will be replacing coal with natural gas. Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) has also been relatively slow to integrate RE—with only 1 percent utility-solar provided to customers other than Facebook. But solar and wind power (plus storage) are now outbidding conventional energy sources. Comparative costs show an 18 percent improvement in the last year, thanks to falling capital costs, improving efficiency and batteries, and the spread of competitive procurement, nationally and around the world. There are now funding mechanisms to support RE production such as private-public partnerships, energy bonds and other incentives. When paired with storage, RE sources offer increased electricity reliability, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and new economic opportunities. Over 5,500 New Mexicans are currently employed by the solar and wind farm industries, and that number that is growing. Producing one kilowatt-hour of energy via solar photovoltaic (PV) requires approximately one-ninth as much water compared to a combined-cycle gas plant, and 1/17th as much as a coal-fired plant. Producing a kilowatt-hour of energy via wind uses 1/250th the amount of water as a combined-cycle gas plant and 1/500th the amount coal requires. And burning fossil fuels releases carbon.
Community Solar Gardens Legislation
Local community solar allows multiple participants to share the cost-savings of a single installation. It is a simple tool that provides everyone an opportunity to choose reliable, clean energy. Nineteen states have already passed laws enabling community solar programs. Private businesses, tribal or local governments can build these facilities. Utility companies purchase the energy and transmit it on the grid. Residents and businesses can subscribe or purchase shares. The value of electricity generated from those shares is credited to their electric bill. Community solar also opens up the market to competition. Renters, low-income utility customers and people without suitable locations for solar generation on their premises can benefit from locally sited facilities. A rea sonably designed community solar garden would allow a city to own and operate, or to contract with a third party to own and operate the system for the benefit of the city and subscribers. Competitive Procurement for All New Energy Supplies A legislative bill requiring competitive procurement for all new energy supplies for New Mexico investor-owned-utility electric companies mandates a thorough, all-source, open, transparent and competitive bidding process. These bids, obtained through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, would be analyzed by an independent evaluator. This bill offers sustainable energy technologies a level playing field on
Solar array in Albuquerque with the Sandia Mountains, Photo courtesy New Energy Economy GREENFIRETIMES.COM
TRANSFORMING NM’S PUBLIC EDUCATION
OP-ED: Edward Tabet- Cubero
The Yazzie/Martinez School Sufficiency Decision Is About Way More than Money
Booth at the 2018 Sustainability Expo at the University of New Mexico, © Seth Roffman Graphic Below: New Mexico’s current energy sources which to compete with legacy energy interests. Passage of the bill will result in cost-saving benefits for consumers. More than 40 percent of U.S. states (or jurisdictions) have regulations that require or encourage utilities to use competitive processes.
In order to fully grasp the unprecedented opportunity the 2018 decision in the Yazzie/Martinez vs. the State of New Mexico lawsuit offers New Mexicans to reset the trajectory of our state’s public education, it is essential to develop an understanding of exactly what was decided and why. As a community, we must not let the court’s landmark decision become politicized and reduced to an overly-simplistic debate about dollars and cents.
With New Mexico’s demographics come very distinct learning needs.
LOCAL CHOICE ENERGY
Local Choice Energy (LCE) is a policy tool that would allow sovereign tribal nations and local governments within New Mexico to aggregate their energy needs for the purpose of procuring and/or producing electricity. LCE allows individual pueblos or a group of pueblos to buy or generate electricity from service providers that best meet their environmental and financial needs and goals. LCE leverages the market power of group purchasing, consumer choice and local decision-making. It enables municipalities and tribes to create a functional partnership with existing utilities. The municipalities and tribes can sell surplus electricity on the market. Investor-owned-utilities (IOUs) or co-ops maintain transmission lines and are paid for their use. LCE removes the monopoly control of investor-owned utilities and allows for competition. Partnership with existing IOCs are maintained as the IOUs continue to deliver power, maintain the grid, provide consolidated billing and other customer services. LCE has the proven ability to lower electricity rates and provide a stable form of self-sufficient local wealth creation. Seven additional states—California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island—have adopted LCE. Adoption of LCE in these states has allowed for collective ownership, surplus profits to be redirected into pressing community needs, lower rates, cleaner energy supply, local control, local job creation and self-sufficiency. This legislation will only require the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to develop LCE-enabling rules and a timetable for implementation. ¢ Lisa Larocque is the City of Las Cruces sustainability officer.
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After years of reports ranking New Mexico’s education system at the bottom, with dismal results for all students and unfathomable achievement gaps for Native American students, English language learners, the economically disadvantaged and those with a learning disability, dozens of families said, “ya basta!” “Enough already!” These families and their attorney teams from the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) asserted that it doesn’t have to be this way, that our children possess as much potential as their peers across the country, and that our teachers are just as capable. The primary argument in the plaintiffs’ complaint was that the state has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to provide these specific “at-risk” students “a uniform system of free public schools sufficient for the education of all children of school age in the state. When the case was announced, it was quickly dubbed a “sufficiency” or “adequacy” case, drawing comparisons to dozens of other school funding cases across the country. However, like most things in New Mexico, this case is actually quite unique, as it should be. Our student demographics are simply different. Seventy-six percent of children are culturally and/ or linguistically diverse and over 70 percent are identified as economically disadvantaged. With those demographics come very distinct learning needs. Far beyond the basic funding arguments they made, what the plaintiffs in this case did was put New Mexico’s entire K-12 educational system on trial, arguing that the state has failed to provide our most at-risk students with all of the programs and supports they need to succeed. And the State District Court judge agreed, declaring: “1. The Defendants have violated the Education Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Due Process Clause of the New Mexico Constitution.
ence make it abundantly clear that there are multiple programs, supports and ways of educating children from diverse and impoverished backgrounds that actually help close the achievement (opportunity) gap. Examples from right here in New Mexico include the call for a bilingual teaching force in our New Mexico Constitution, the nation’s first funded Bilingual/Multicultural Education Act, and the nation’s first Indian and Hispanic Education Acts. The problem is that the Public Education Department (NMPED) has failed to effectively support, monitor and hold local districts accountable for the implementation of these approaches, which are required by statute.
English as a Second Language (ESL) learners from Capital High-School were honored at Santa Fe City Hall for a mapping project they completed in December, 2018. © Seth Roffman 2. More Specifically, Defendants have violated the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide a uniform statewide system of free public schools sufficient for their education.
1. The Defendants have failed to provide at-risk students with programs and services necessary to make them college or career ready;
2. The funding provided has not been sufficient for all districts to provide the pro-
grams and services required by the Constitution; and 3. The Public Education Department has failed to meet its supervisory and audit functions to assure that the money provided has been spent so as to most efficiently achieve providing at-risk students with programs and services needed for them to obtain an adequate education.” The emphasis in this case on “programs and services necessary” ahead of “funding” is no accident. We must not allow this landmark decision to be reduced to a simple math problem. Just as our children are not a test score, they are also not a dollar figure. As a lifelong educator and father of four daughters in New Mexico Public Schools, here is what simultaneously frustrates me and also gives me hope—We know what works; we just don’t do it! Decades of research and practical experi-
Native American students in New Mexico
Proper oversight and measurement tools will be built into this new public education system.
From nationally recognized communities in school initiatives to worldclass dual-language education programs to comprehensive Pre-K-12 tribal education collaborations, New Mexico is full of bright spots that work. The challenge is taking these programs to scale across the entire state, so that they are offered in a constitutionally required “uniform” manner that provides opportunities for all children, not just some. It is incumbent on all of us to remind our elected officials that we are not going to nickel and dime our way out of 50th. We need to seize the opportunity for a wholescale transformation of our education system in a way that fosters innovative, research-based practices that build on the unique assets that make us New Mexican.¢ Edward Tabet-Cubero is a founding member of the New Mexico Coalition for the Majority, which advocates for equity and quality in the education of linguistically and culturally diverse students. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, who is also an educator, and four daughters, who attend public schools
OP-ED: Jessica Helen Lopez
The Yazzie/Martinez Lawsuit Victory Is an Ongoing Social Movement Audre Lorde, African-American scholar, wrote: “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” This declaration, made over twenty-five years ago, still rings true. Lorde’s perspective is currently being applied by an informed coalition of community members, parents, educators, tribal leaders and organizations in an unfolding campaign that seeks to radically reform New Mexico’s deeply flawed Public Education System to finally meet the needs and constitutional rights of our children. The recent, historic Yazzie/Martinez vs. the State of New Mexico verdict found the state culpable of violating students’ access to sufficient educational opportunities. This is more than just an opportunity for New Mexicans to reform the public-school system; it has inspired a social movement by and for the people; a pivotal moment for our families, educators, policy makers, state government officials and youth. Through legislation, we can enact changes that will affect generations of historically underserved families, providing them new opportunities, programs and services. The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) should comply with constitutional law at a deliberate speed. Our new governor, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, will work with her transitional educational team, which is reviewing the NMPED.
Proper oversight and measurement tools will be built into this new public education system.
As an educator with the Native American Community Academy since 2008, as well as a team member of the NACA Inspired Schools Network, I have dedicated my personal and professional life to our mission to integrate culture, wellness, language, community, family and preparation for college into each child’s education. NACA is a tuition-free public charter school that serves grade K–2 and 6–12. We represent more than 60 tribal affiliations and ethnicities. Our philosophy of Indigenous Education is grounded in honoring Native American traditions and multitribal and multicultural practices of our students, while providing a rigorous, modern approach to education. We know that a happy, healthy and successful student is one that has access to holistic social services and equitable educational opportunities. Importantly, our work requires teachers who the educational system values in terms of fair wages and salaries. It is time to fund professional development for educators so that the alarming rate in which teachers are leaving our schools is diminished.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, we intend to mobilize our efforts to engage a proactive policy platform where everyone’s voice is heard and recognized as agents of change. We will provide pragmatic information to legislators. We pledge to see that proper oversight and measurement tools are built into this new public education system to ensure we can hold the NMPED fully accountable. We are building a new house where this is room for everyone. This time we are using our own tools. This is a social movement fueled by the desire to provide our young people with every opportunity they deserve. ¢ For more information on the Transform Education New Mexico campaign, visit nmpovertylaw.org and www. nacainspiredschoolsnetwork.org/ Jessica Helen Lopez, communications, outreach and community support lead for the Native American Community Academy Inspired Schools Network (NISN), is a City of Albuquerque Poet Laureate Emeritus, adjunct instructor for UNM Chicana/o Studies Department and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and a host of COLORES! NM (New Mexico PBS).
OP-ED: EMMA JONES
Our Schools, Our Way: Utilizing New Mexican Stories for Education Transformation “One of my class has had a substitute for months. The original teacher quit earlier in the year, and they haven’t been able to find a replacement. Many teachers don’t want to work at our school because it doesn’t pay well and has a bad reputation. The students here really aren’t that bad; maybe we could be better if we didn’t have subs all year long,” a student at Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque told me during an after-school program I facilitate. As a community organizer with the Learning Alliance of New Mexico, these stories are not uncommon to me. I have heard them countless times from parents, students and educators I have worked with throughout the state. The stories are always personal and can vary greatly, but they all have one commonly interwoven thread: schools across the state are inequitable, grossly
For close to seven years, the Yazzie/Martinez plaintiffs: five families and six school districts, along with their legal team, prepared a well-researched and enacted legal battle. Now is the time to continue to build a coalition of individuals and organizations. We must continue an unrelenting strategic campaign for inclusion of culturally responsible curriculum and resources, fair teacher pay, sufficient funding, adequate social services, robust investment for Pre-K, and equitable schools for students everywhere. It is our individual and collective responsibility to both stay informed and to disseminate ongoing, accurate information to our communities. We intend to create myriad forums that New Mexico families and allies can easily access online or through print, radio and television. We must campaign in even the most rural parts of our state, and then follow-up with those communities. We will continue to build the coalition and its power.
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“Education without Displacement” discussion in 2018 at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center. © Seth Roffman
underfunded, and lacking basic support services and programs to support the unique cultural, linguistic and social needs of our communities. Students who are Native American, Latino, low-income, or who come from rural areas (all of whom make up a majority of New All Pueblo Council of Governors listen to presentations Mexico’s student popat the 2018 Pueblo Convocation on Education, © Seth Roffman ulation) are victims of an education system that is inherently racist, resulting in severe inequities in the way programs and services are allocated. It is a longstanding problem that is rooted in the colonial history of New Mexico. This history goes all the way back to Spanish conquistadors, and later, Native American children who were forced into boarding schools where history, culture and language were stripped from them in an effort to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” Not much had been done to address the racial, economic and linguistic injustices that are still institutionalized in New Mexico schools. More often than not, family values, individual choice and poor teachers have been blamed for our failing education system. As a result of many studies, reports and years of standardized testing data, we can now say for certain that low-income, Native American and Latino students are being grossly underserviced, and as a result are failing at a disproportionately higher rate than their peers. In 2018 the New Mexico Center for Law and Poverty (NMCLP), and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), won a landmark lawsuit (Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of New Mexico) where a New Mexico judge ruled that the state is violating the constitutional rights of student by not providing a sufficient education or one that is cultural or linguistically relevant. This historic victory means we are in a unique moment where we can transform New Mexico’s public education and work to undo our racist past. While this is exciting, to see real long-lasting changes we can no longer settle for status quo or band-aid solutions. We must fully commit to addressing racial disparities and seeing New Mexico’s unique cultural and linguistic diversity as an asset instead of deficit. To do this we must completely redo the system, and commit to prioritizing multicultural and multilingual education at the very center of all changes. Furthermore, we also must prioritize the voices of the most marginalized groups and ensure that they have a seat at the table when solutions are being created. Parents, students and teachers must be valued and their stories heard. The Learning Alliance of New Mexico and the Transform Education New Mexico coalition, with the NMCLP, have already begun listening to these stories, and have created short- and long-term plans to advocate for changes. Transform Education New Mexico has even created a platform for changes that can be implemented as early as the 2019 legislative session. While these initiatives are a welcome change to the way we educate students, we can no longer allow state leaders to make excuses for why we can’t provide a sufficient and equitable education system for all children, or why we can’t fund it. We must work together to prioritize structural changes and bring the unique cultures, languages and voices of our communities into the process of creating solutions. It is time for us to stand together and implement solutions by New Mexican for New Mexicans. ¢ To read the full platform, find out how you can get involved, visit http://nmpovertylaw.org/our-work/education/ Emma Jones is lead statewide organizer with the Learning Alliance of New Mexico.
PUEBLOG YOUTH VOICES CURATED BY CARNELL CHOSA, PH.D. NAME: ALIYAH CHAVEZ
Age: 22 High School: Santa Fe Indian School College: Stanford University Community: Kewa Pueblo, N.M. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?
The best part of my community is their dedication to cultural preservation. Growing up in Kewa Pueblo, the core values of respect, love and resilience were instilled in me at a young age. I carry those values with me every place that I go—and I am proud of that part of me. I love that my community strives to maintain a strong cultural heritage by emphasizing the importance of language and culture. In my encounters with other Native people, I’ve learned that they experience crippling effects of being displaced from their homelands. My pueblo wasn’t displaced. We are extremely fortunate in being able to maintain cultural ties that have been in place since time immemorial. I love that about my home. CURRENTLY, THE ISSUE THAT I AM MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT I’M WORKING ON IS… IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE…
I am most passionate about finding ways to address the issue of the underrepresentation of Native Americans in major news organizations. Native people are severely underrepresented in the media, which has resulted in skewed narratives about who Native people are. To combat this, I am pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. I chose this for two reasons. Being a reporter is essentially being a storyteller. You find issues in the world, talk to folks about how it affects their lives and then present it to the public. You are responsible for telling the stories of people’s lives—and that is extremely important in the case of Indian Country. Being a reporter would allow me to utilize a narrative that shows resiliency instead of just struggle. That is important to me. The second reason I want to pursue broadcast, in particular, is because I remember growing up on the rez when my family watched the local news religiously. I never saw a reporter or any person on TV who looked like me. When Native children don’t have a role model to look up to, it limits the way they see themselves and their role in society. My career will allow me to tell stories of Native people and be a role model to Native youth. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE POLICY THAT HAS IMPACTED TRIBAL COMMUNITIES, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I would change policies so that tribes can have more sovereignty and power to regulate their own governments. I
believe that tribes know their people better than anyone. They should be able to govern the way they know best. WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE AND WHY?
The greatest influence in my life has been my family—my blood relatives as well as the mentors and colleagues who have treated me like family since I’ve been away from home in college. This support system has shown me compassion, kindness and unconditional love. Most importantly, they have shown me my strength. They’ve taught me how to believe in myself and my dreams. They constantly lift me up. They pray for me. And those are all some of the greatest gifts I could ever be given. IN 2050, MY PUEBLO COMMUNITY WILL BE…
In 2050, my Pueblo community will be in thriving, guided by its core values coupled with modern-day developments. We will live a time where Pueblo youth will have positive role models. We will be a regular voice in the media. We will have more Pueblo reporters. NAME: AUTUMN BILLIE
Age: 24 High School: Santa Fe Indian School College: Arizona State University Community: Acoma Pueblo and Taos Pueblo WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?
What I love most about the communities that I come from is that when you are there, there’s no place like it. Both Acoma Pueblo and Taos Pueblo have traditional homes of adobe and rock still intact. My family puts lots of care into them, making sure they’re clean and well-plastered yearround.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?
What I love the most about my community is its culture and traditions. We are not the same as the other pueblos but we share the same values of what makes us who we are as Pueblo people. It is essential to self-identity to know where you come from. CURRENTLY, THE ISSUE THAT I AM MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT AND THAT I’M WORKING ON IS…
The revitalization of the Laguna language. I am passionate about this because I have faith that one day my people will start talking our language and will not be discouraged by others. It is a community effort for all of us to work and move forward together to accomplish speaking our language so that it may continue for the generations. IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE…
if we lose our language, we will not be able to continue our way of life such as traditional ceremonies and other events that occur throughout every year. If we lose our language, we will not be able to identify who we are as Pueblo people. That is why it is important to learn, know and practice our language so that no one can take that away from us. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE POLICY THAT HAS IMPACTED TRIBAL COMMUNITIES, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
One policy I would change is land allotments. Some Native communities are being impacted by this because outside companies or federal entities come onto our reservations thinking that they have the right to take land if it is not being utilized for a certain amount of time. That is not fair for Native communities that are trying to support each other and provide for their people, and it makes our homelands smaller. WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE AND WHY?
Currently, the issue that I am most passionate about and that I’m working on is… The issue that I focus on often is missing and murdered Indigenous women. Here in the U.S. and Canada it’s an epidemic. As a film major, my goal is to share stories. I would like to continue to address this issue, whether sharing a narrative about it or advocating for Indigenous women’s voices to be heard in different media.
The greatest influence in my life has always been my grandfather, Edwin M. Martinez Sr. He is well known because of his service to our people in tribal leadership. He has accomplished a lot in his life and has always been a good father, and husband to his family. He is a man that I look up too and hope that I can be like him.
IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE…
IN 2050, MY PUEBLO COMMUNITY WILL BE…
As a Native woman, it’s vital. I want to know that my sisters and Indigenous queer relatives can be protected and have justice. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE POLICY THAT HAS IMPACTED TRIBAL COMMUNITIES, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
One law that I hope will be considered is that Pueblo tribes may prosecute non-Natives for domestic violence. I want qualified tribal police and officials to be able to investigate and prosecute domestic violence crimes on reservations. WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE AND WHY?
My greatest influence is folks who want to understand how to heal themselves, our land and our communities. That can look like many different things, but I am thankful for those people that I cross paths with. IN 2050, MY PUEBLO COMMUNITY WILL BE…
In 2050, my Pueblo communities will continue to thrive. I want to show up supportive and open-minded, especially for the youth. I have faith that younger generations shall continue to share knowledge and traditions. Most importantly, I want our Pueblo communities to be more sustainable and have completed objectives on a community scale to reduce our carbon footprint. Mother Earth is our caretaker, and we need to nurture that relationship in order for our culture to thrive. NAME: KYLE L. MARTINEZ
Age: 23 High School: Laguna Acoma High School College: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Community: Laguna Pueblo
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My Pueblo community will be strong again, our language will be spoken more, and our people will not feel discouraged from being criticized by their peers. The six villages of Laguna will be as one and moving forward together. We will be balancing modern society and our traditional ways. We will be prospering and having a better life. That is my dream, to see my pueblo have a better future. NAME: SHAYNA NARANJO
Age: 21 High School: Santa Fe Indian School College: Stanford University Community: Santa Clara Pueblo WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY?
What I love most is my people’s philosophy and ability to continue. Continuance demonstrates our ability to persevere and save that which makes us a community. My people have always had a sense of what’s sacred and have protected that. Also, continuance alludes to the endless cycles that connect the past, present and future. I say this in regard to the power and guidance of leadership, love and mission, inherited from our ancestors, that my community has displayed. I don’t know where I’d be without knowing and internalizing our strength to continue and protect. CURRENTLY, THE ISSUE THAT I AM MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT AND THAT I’M WORKING ON IS…
Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. That led me to experiences in Indian education. However, I’ve recently been exploring and learning more about and advocating for diabetic research and management for
Indigenous youth, and the involvement of Indigenous people in the museum world and the arts. IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE…
I find these issues important because I’ve struggled to manage diabetes myself, especially as a teenager. There’s a lot of research and resources regarding diabetes prevention but little focused specifically on management of diabetes in Indigenous youth. Diabetes is a chronic illness that affects mental and physical health, which is pivotal in the development of our youth. I’ve also been introduced to the realities of the museum world. This is a challenging area. I didn’t fully comprehend the historical intersection of Pueblo people, art and consumerism. Growing up close to Santa Fe, a center for Indigenous arts and tourism, I was surrounded by people and places that shape what being an Indigenous artist means, what classifies as Indigenous art, and the ways we can protect our arts. Repatriation and laws to protect what anthropologists, ethnographers and collectors have taken from Indigenous people are also closely related to the work I hope to learn more about and participate in. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE POLICY THAT HAS IMPACTED TRIBAL COMMUNITIES, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
While there are many laws and policies that I would love to erase from history, I’d pick the Dawes Act of 1887 for its impact on the disconnection of our relationship to and autonomy over our land. Land, in itself, is sacred and essential to our sacred ceremonies and spiritual identities. The greatest challenge we face as Indigenous people, and for society in general, is climate change. Western expansion and colonization have put a monetary value on Mother Earth’s natural resources, resulting in extraction of such resources and violence toward those trying to protect them. I am concerned about the impacts of fracking in Chaco Canyon and the shrinkage of Bears Ears in Utah, as well as the massive extraction of resources by big corporations plaguing Indigenous populations of México and South America. WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCE AND WHY?
With the historic election of fellow Pueblo woman Debra Haaland and Ho-Chunk tribal member Sharice Davids, Indigenous women are retaking our traditional places as leaders. Indigenous women’s leadership has always been vibrant in my life, as I was raised by my family’s matriarch, my grandma. I continue to be captivated by the actions of other Santa Clara women that founded movements for change, recently and historically, such as Pablita Velarde, Kayleigh Warren and Marissa Naranjo. Even at Stanford, the Indigenous women are amazing. Their personal and cultural insight and support for one another demonstrates how critical Indigenous women are in the makeup of society. Collectively, Indigenous women are my greatest influence. I aspire to be one of these amazing ladies and help cultivate other great women. IN 2050, MY PUEBLO COMMUNITY WILL BE…
• truly sovereign, having created our own standards for an Indigenous education system and its educators. • speaking and teaching Tewa as the first language in homes. • able to provide the resources necessary for students to go to college and help others choose paths to learn skills they need to succeed. • able to provide an alternative to blood quantum. • able to find an alternative to casinos to contribute to our economic well-being. • able to tell stories of their times at the Santa Clara Canyon to their children as they’re fishing or camping in the canyon. • able to say that they have few or no community members that are diabetic, alcoholic or have addictions. They will be mentally and physically well.¢
OP-ED: HSFNM Campaign Staff
Health Security for New Mexicans Nationwide, health care was the number one concern of voters in the fall elections. With constant threats to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there are lots of reasons to be worried—especially in New Mexico, which had the second-highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation before the ACA was passed. Along with dismantling important patient protections in the ACA, the message from Washington, D.C. has been to shift responsibility for health care coverage to the states. What approach should we take? What if New Mexico set up its own health plan? What if we set up one large pool of almost all New Mexico residents to share the risks and reduce the costs? What if our premiums—along with funds already going toward health care for some New Mexicans, such as Medicare and Medicaid—could go into that pool, instead of paying into large insurance company coffers with high administrative costs?
What if New Mexico Set Up Its Own Health Plan?
Even those of us who can afford health insurance know all too well the struggles of navigating a fragmented, convoluted and opaque system that serves shareholders rather than patients. What if the competitive schemes and market manipulations to cover only the healthy were suddenly no longer incentivized by the existence of hundreds of competing plans that offer the same benefits for enormous premiums and bankrupting deductibles, not to mention copayments and coinsurance costs that continue to rise? What if New Mexico residents, consumers, local businesses, medical providers and communities made key decisions around the allocation of health care resources, with need rather than profit driving those decisions? Can’t get an appointment with a specialist or even your primary care provider for three or four months? Not an uncommon scenario under the current system of health care delivery. But what if there were no networks? Without networks, additional providers would be freed up and available to see you. Oh, the freedom to choose our doctors and keep the doctors we choose! What if businesses could compete with each other on a level playing field, without worrying about providing health care coverage for their employees? If health care coverage is a given, businesses of all sizes can gain recruitment and retention advantages. And workers can change jobs to advance their careers, or take on a job that is more suitable for them or a job they are more passionate about, without the threat of losing their health care coverage. What if patients no longer had to worry about what is covered and how their coverage works? What if medications, medical supplies and medical equipment were negotiated to reasonable prices, with the weight and force of approximately 1.7 million New Mexicans in one pool as leverage? What if premiums were based on income, with an upper limit cap, so they would be truly affordable? What if doctors, other health care providers, and their staff could spend more time with patients rather than time on the phone with insurers, begging for prior authorizations and disputing billing issues? What if such a plan attracted physicians and providers from around the country to New Mexico, where we have a chronic shortage of medical professionals and specialists? More and more doctors are
leaving the insurance-based system due to frustrations and obstacles to providing quality care in our current, inherently sick, health care system. Against this backdrop stands the New Mexico Health Security Act, which will be up for passage in the 2019 legislative session. The Health Security Act would allow New Mexico to set up its own plan to cover almost everyone in the state. Under the plan, you’d have comprehensive benefits (including mental health), income-sensitive premiums, and no more networks (see any medical provider). Private insurance would be shifted to a supplemental role. You’d keep your same benefits under Medicare and Medicaid, keep your retiree health benefits, and keep your sanity in navigating one health plan that follows you as long as you are a resident of New Mexico. The Health Security Act is a well-thought-out, homegrown solution that has been developed over the course of many years, with the input of New Mexicans from around the state. Prospects for passage are good in 2019. We cannot afford to wait any longer to create sane and sustainable health care for ourselves, our families, and our fellow New Mexicans. For more information or to get involved, visit www. nmhealthsecurity.org.¢
Established in 1992, the Health Security for New Mexicans Campaign is a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of over 150 organizations and numerous individual supporters. Its mission is to establish a publicly accountable system of guaranteed, comprehensive and affordable coverage for all New Mexicans.
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Support for access to reproductive healthcare is at an all-time high.
In response to that threat to access, women, families and allied organizations came together to form Respect ABQ Women. After a campaign that brought together communities from all around the city, with hundreds of volunteers, including faith leaders and medical professionals, voters throughout the city disavowed the attempt to impede our communities’ right to reproductive healthcare.
OP-ED: mary ann maestas
Together, We Can Keep Abortion Safe and Legal in New Mexico In 2013, out-of-state anti-abortion activists tried to impose their agenda on New Mexico. They managed to force Albuquerque city councilors to vote on a ballot measure that would have banned abortion citywide after 20 weeks. Never before had anti-abortion groups attempted this at the municipal level.
Now, as a statewide coalition called Respect NM Women, we once again must act to protect our access to reproductive healthcare. New Mexico is one of nine states that still has an outdated pre-Roe v. Wade statute on the books criminalizing abortion. This was signed into law in 1969, four years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade (1973). If R oe is overturned, abortion could become a crime in New Mexico, which is why repealing this old state law is crucial. We must work to expand access to medical care across our state, not restrict access. Support for access to reproductive healthcare is at an all-time high. Last year, Young Women United, Strong Families NM, and Latino Decisions conducted a poll which found that 77 percent of New Mexicans living in rural communities agreed that they could hold their own moral views about abortion and still trust a woman and her family to make decisions about abortion for themselves, including 79 percent of Catholics. New Mexicans know that reproductive healthcare is not a crime. As a young little morena (brunette) growing up in Santa Fe, I learned about the women in my family and decisions they made regarding their own bodies and reproductive health. Because of them, early on, I came to respect people’s decision about their futures. This same value of respect is the underlying value that guides our work at Respect NM Women. In light of the attacks on our access to reproductive health care as well as the shame and stigma often associated with it, Respect NM Women has hosted story© Raychel Sanner
telling events called Respect 140. We are excited about bringing this event to Santa Fe in 2019. Presenters will share stories about their personal experiences with reproductive healthcare along spectrums of care and needs. In addition to getting rid of dangerous laws, it is important to work to eliminate stigma associated with reproductive health care. We must support our medical providers, our families and communities. We are engaging with supporters from all over the state to show lawmakers that New Mexicans value access to abortion care. Our communities know the importance of families being able to make their own medical decisions without government interference, so our laws need to reflect that. You can join us in advocating for this bill at the Legislature by calling your representatives and senators and connecting with us. Together, we can win this fight! ¢ Mary Ann Maestas is a reproductive rights organizer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico. The ACLU is a part of the Respect NM Women coalition. www.respectnmwomen.org/
RELATED UPCOMING EVENTS THROUGH JAN. 8 KEEP ABORTION SAFE AND LEGAL
Town Halls, New Mexico’s Rural Communities, RSVP: bit.ly/decrimth JAN. 22, 1–2 P.M. ROE V. WADE DAY
New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe JAN. 22, 6:30–8 P.M. RESPECT 140
Santa Fe, RSVP: bit.ly/respect140 COALITION LOBBY DAYS WWW.RESPECTNMWOMEN.ORG
Clean Energy Conference Are you worried about our future on this Earth and want to take action to protect it? Start your 2019 at the Clean Energy Conference, hosted by an alliance of environmental, health, community, and social-justice organizations and clean-energy businesses uniting to create a peoplepowered force for the health of our planet and humanity. You’ll hear from terrific speakers and learn how to become an effective environmental advocate — then put your skills to use Jan. 29 at Clean Energy Day at the Legislature!
Clean Energy Conference Agenda Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, January 28
Sign-in starts: 2 p.m. Legislative briefing, grassroots lobby training: 3-6 p.m. Learn about clean-energy legislation at New Mexico’s upcoming legislative session and how to be an effective legislative advocate.
Dinner: 6 p.m. Speakers: 7-9 p.m. Destiny Watford and Laura Paskus Register: riograndesierraclub.org/lobby-training-registration Sign up for the whole day or just the dinner and speakers. Register soon! Limited spots available!
Clean Energy Lobby Day at the Legislature:
Destiny Watford Watford will speak about organizing and developing grassroots power to create change. She is a Goldman Environmental Prize winner who in high school led the successful fight to stop a trash-burning incinerator in her community.
Laura Paskus Paskus will speak about the environmental landscape in our state. She has been writing about New Mexico’s natural resources and communities since 2002 at the High Country News, KUNM-FM, New Mexico Political Report, and many others.
8-5 Jan. 29 at the Roundhouse Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.243.7767 for more info.
Co-hosts: 350 N.M. Adelante Progressive Caucus Amigos Bravos Climate Defenders N.M. Climate Reality Project Conservation Voters N.M. Defenders of Wildlife Earth Care Environment N.M. Environmental Defense Fund Environmental Justice Team, Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Fe Gila Conservation Coalition Gila Resources Information Project Green Party Santa Fe Climate Reality NM Indivisible Nob Hill New Energy Economy N.M. Interfaith Power & Light N.M. Wild N.M. Solar Energy Association Sierra Club SunPower by Positive Energy Solar Union of Concerned Scientists Western Environmental Law Center WildEarth Guardians
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We have the opportunity to show that New Mexico is a state where love, respect and honor for the dignity of all human life prevails.
Zahara, Photo © Kerry Sherck
OP-ED: ALLEGRA LOVE
THE REFUGEE CRISIS AND IMMIGRATION IN NEW MEXICO Running a legal services organization serving immigrants and refugees during the Trump administration offers no shortage of opportunities for resistance. We support Dreamers. We protect local families from arrests. We work to reunite families that have been separated on the border. But the best example of resistance we have here at Santa Fe Dreamers Project is the work that we are doing, along with other lawyers, organizations and volunteers, to protect trans refugees as they seek asylum in the United States. It is our best example of resistance because it involves a nationwide network of people, each doing their part to make sure that these incredible women have the strongest possible continuum of care and protection as they navigate the process of saving their own lives. As a bit of background, in the summer of 2017, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracted with the private correctional corporation, Core Civic, to open up the “Trans-Pod” at the Cibola County Correctional Facility in Milan, N.M. The Trans-Pod is where transgender immigrant women are detained in the U.S. Nearly all detained there are
Central American and Mexican refugees seeking political asylum from their home countries. This is no surprise, as Central America and México are among the most transphobic regions in the world. The stories of physical and sexual violence, persecution and discrimination that our clients carry with them are absolutely horrifying. As the population grew in the Trans-Pod, and it became clear that conditions in the Cibola prison are unsuitable for their safety, we began to understand that their survival was not just about a lawyer filing the proper applications, and that bringing them the best possible services would require collaboration and organizing. Here are some of the ways that our massive network has been working to make sure these women have the safest possible journey to our country, have their rights protected in detention and through the asylum process, and are supported as they start new lives in the United States: • Lawyers and legal observers have joined organizers from Diversidad Sin Fronteras to accompany members of the LGBTQ caravan throughout their journey across the U.S., making sure they understand their rights and preparing them for detention; • We have collected clothing, food, toiletries and blankets, which volunteers have generously driven south of the border to help women in their journey; GREENFIRETIMES.COM
• When women are released from jail, hosts in New Mexico provide transportation, housing and material support so women are comfortable in their first few days of freedom before moving on to their sponsors. As long as the Trans-Pod remains in New Mexico, we have the opportunity to offer the women who stay there the best services possible and show them that New Mexico is a state where love, respect and honor for the dignity of all human life prevails. Here are ways locals can get involved:
Shanelle, © Kerry Sherck • Along with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, we do legal visitation twice a week at the Trans-Pod to support every individual’s asylum case; • The Transgender Resource Center of N.M. provides critical services to the women while they are detained in the Trans-Pod; Other LGBTQ organizations visit the women in the pod and provide support over the telephone. • A network of licensed mental health professionals provides the therapeutic support necessary to build a winning asylum case; • Volunteer lawyers take on detained asylum cases pro-bono so that no woman has to face a judge alone; • National-level legal organizations appeal when cases are denied, bring cases into federal court, or sue when people’s rights have been violated; • We have recruited a national network of sponsors who receive women when they are released from jail. A team of volunteers does the hard work of vetting those sponsors to make sure that women are going to safe homes where they will be well cared for and supported; Upper right: Immigrants’ rights rally at the NM Roundhouse, © Seth Roffman Lower right: A member of the 2018 Trans Caravan. Photo © Kerry Sherck
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• Fundraise for agencies that are providing critical support to these women. Here are a dozen organizations to start: The ACLU of N.M.; New Mexico Immigrant Law Center; Santa Fe Dreamers Project; the Transgender Resource Center of N.M.; the New Mexico Faith Network for Immigrant Justice; the Transgender Law Center; National Immigrant Justice Center; Diversidad Sin Fronteras; Innovation Law Lab; Transcend Arizona; Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); Queer Detainee Empowerment Project. • Volunteer to host or transport women who are being released from detention. For information, email email@example.com • Encourage your local lawmakers at the Roundhouse to explore how the State of New Mexico can have increased oversight of corporate detention facilities like the one in Cibola County. • Collect items that can support a woman when she is released. We need backpacks, luggage, make-up, toiletries and Walmart gift-cards.¢
Allegra Love is an attorney and director of the Santa Fe Dreamers Project. www.santafedreamersproject.org
Below: Rally for gun violence prevention. Santa Fe, 2017, © Seth Roffman
OP-ED: MIRANDA VISCOLI
THE TIME IS NOW In 2016, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Health, 401 people were shot and killed in New Mexico. From 2012-2016, 85 children were shot and killed. Keep in mind that these numbers do not reflect those injured. New Mexico has the seventh-worst rate of gun violence in the country. Men murder women at the third-highest rate in the country. The majority of those deaths are the result of a firearm. Children in New Mexico up to age 19 are killed by guns (including suicides and accidents) at a rate almost 60 percent higher than the national average and are murdered by guns at almost 40 percent above the national average. For decades the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the corporate gun lobby have had a stronghold on the New Mexico legislative process. Their lobbyists have decimated our gun laws. The result is that our state has some of the weakest gun laws in the country and some of the worst gun violence. This correlation is no coincidence.
But we can’t be complacent. We need to turn up the heat. The NRA will be fighting harder than ever to stop common-sense gun-violence prevention legislation. We need to be present, loud and clear. We need to let the gun lobby and our elected representatives know that our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness trumps any fanatical belief in an extremist interpretation of the Second Amendment. So what can we do? Call, write and meet with New Mexico senators and representatives, and ask them to support these bills. Show up to committee hearings in support. By working together, we can end gun violence in our state and country.¢ Miranda Viscoli is co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. She has worked with schools, school boards, police departments, legislators and city councils throughout the state to implement gun violence prevention measures. www.newmexicanstopreventgunviolence.org
There is a lot at stake for the gun industry these days. Their multi-billion-dollar business that sells guns of every shape and size to a small minority is being threatened by we, the majority, who are finally standing up to say “enough.” The gun lobby knows that time is not on its side as the facts related to escalating gun violence beat a bloody path to the bank accounts of the NRA board of directors—many of whom are high-ranking gun company executives. Here in New Mexico change is coming. Gov.-elect Lujan Grisham had the courage to run on a platform that demanded gun-violence prevention laws. New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence is hoping to pass the bill that was passed two years ago and then vetoed by Gov. Susana Martínez. This bill would prohibit domestic violence offenders from being able to possess a firearm. We are also working to pass Child Access Prevention legislation. This would hold gun owners accountable if a gun gets into the hands of a minor and they hurt themselves or someone else with that firearm. We are supporting bills that would institute a background check bill and Extreme Risk Protection Orders. GREENFIRETIMES.COM
SENATORS URGE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE Following the congressionally mandated release of a federal climate report, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined 23 of his Senate colleagues in calling for action to combat climate change. In December 2018, the senators introduced a resolution affirming findings from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change’s (IPCC) report and urged decisive actions to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The National Climate Assessment found that intensifying drought, growing population demands, deteriorating infrastructure and lower groundwater levels will place even greater stress on water supplies. “These latest reports confirm that climate change is real, and the Southwest is in the bullseye,” said Udall. The consequences will disproportionately affect Native, rural and border communities across our state that are particularly vulnerable to the effects these changes will have on water resources, agriculture, air pollution and public health.” “We can no long afford to ignore the science and deny the data,” Udall said. “With this resolution, my colleagues and I affirm our belief in science over misinformation and commit to tackling the challenges of climate change head-on.”
WILDLIFE CORRIDORS CONSERVATION ACT “With roughly one in five animal and plant species in the U.S. at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and fragmentation, one of the simplest yet most effective things we can do is to provide them ample opportunity to move across lands and waters,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). Last month, Rep. Beyer and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018. The act directs key federal land and water management agencies to collaborate with each other, along with states, tribes, local governments and private landowners, to establish and manage National Wildlife Corridors to promote habitat connectivity and help protect species of plants and animals. It also establishes a Wildlife Connectivity Database, which would enhance information sharing to improve land management decisions. Wildlife corridors enable migration, foster better access to natural resources, increase species diversity and help species adapt to a changing climate. Research shows that wildlife corridors would ultimately reduce the risk of extinction for many species, but current law lacks requirements and incentives for decision-makers to address needs at the landscape level and across jurisdictions. “The habitats and migration routes wildlife rely on are under increasing pressures, and precious biodiversity along with it,” Udall said. “In New Mexico,
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millions of acres are home to thousands of iconic species—from the desert bighorns to whooping cranes to Gila trout—that could vanish if we fail to take bold action. These species are essential to our agricultural and economic success and are an important legacy to pass on to our children.” “The act would provide the most important step of any single piece of legislation at the present time in enlarging the nation’s protected areas and thereby saving large swaths of America’s wildlife and other fauna and flora, especially in this critical time of climate change and shifting locations of the original environments in which a large part of biodiversity has existed,” renowned biologist E.O. Wilson said of the bill, which he urged members of Congress to support.
118 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SIGN AMICUS BRIEF TO PROTECT NATIONAL MONUMENTS Twenty-six senators and 92 House members have submitted an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in five cases before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that challenge the Trump administration’s decision to significantly diminish the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in southern Utah. In the brief, the lawmakers argue that under the Constitution, no president has the power to shrink or reduce national monuments since that power resides with Congress alone; and that under the Antiquities Act, Congress has granted presidents the authority to designate national monuments—not reduce or abolish them. The plaintiffs include Native American Tribes, scientific groups, businesses and conservation organizations. The brief is also supported by a wide coalition of environmental groups and recreation interests. Bears Ears has about 9,000 recorded archaeological sites. Only 5 to 8 percent of Grand Staircase-Escalante has been surveyed. The area is rich in rock art and petroglyphs. President Trump’s order to slash more than 2 million acres of protected land—reducing the size of Bears Ears from 1.35 million acres to approximately 200,000 acres and Grand Staircase from 1.9 million acres to approximately 1 million acres—would be the largest-ever elimination of public land protection in the country’s history.
WRITING PROJECT RESIDENCIES AT THE LEOPOLD HOUSE IN TRES PIEDRAS, NM BY STEVE FOX
There isn’t a better place to spend a quiet month’s residency, writing about environment ethics, wisdom and our responsibility to the natural world, than the house Aldo and Estella Leopold built in Tres Piedras, N.M., in the summer of 1912. The Leopold Writing Program is a small not-for-profit with ardent Leopold scholars and Nuevo Mexicano land and history specialists on its board. They bring Leopold’s thought and never-more-relevant insights to the public through residencies for writers at the Leopolds’ Mi Casita, one in late summer and the other in early fall. The residency award includes $500 for the awardee’s expenses. The reciprocal part of the agreement for the chosen writer is to present what he or she wrote during residency at a public forum at the Harwood Museum in Taos. The historic adobe property holds New Mexico art treasures from the Taos Society of Artists, 1900-1930 through living masters of the present.
That “green fire” has been one of Leopold’s most lasting images, and is enshrined in Green Fire Times’ title. By the 1920s, Leopold saw the West’s mountains denuded by grazing deer whose natural predators had been eliminated. He formed that insight into “Thinking Like a Mountain,” which was included in Sand County Almanac, a classic book of essays on nature’s wisdom and humans’ responsibilities, published after his death in 1948. That short book was waiting on bookshelves when the conservation movements began, and it is still relevant in our time of global warming. Applications for the residency can be made through www.leopoldwritingprogram.org. The deadline is Feb. 28. Applicants should explain what new, personal impacts Aldo Leopold’s ideas are having on them and what work the applicant does that impacts the land, water and creatures where he or she resides. For questions, email: andrewdennison86@ gmail.com
NEW MEXICANS OBJECT TO EPA PLAN TO GUT AIR POLLUTION SAFEGUARDS Methane, a greenhouse gas 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide during the time it remains in the atmosphere, is a major public health threat, particularly for children.
Aldo and Estella Leopold at “Mi Casita,” the home they built in Tres Piedras, NM So many of the epiphanies that made the pioneer conservationist and land ethicist rethink prevailing Forest Service wisdom occurred early in the early 1900s when Leopold took his first post as a forest ranger, based at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. The mantra of the time, shoot every wolf on sight, made him shoot a mother wolf for sport. She taught him the shallowness of his trigger-happy assumptions when he saw “the green fire of her eyes go out” as she died, leaving motherless pups. Leopold got the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico’s southwest corner designated as our nation’s first Wilderness Area in 1924.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed gutting key safeguards limiting methane pollution from new oil and gas operations. As of late December 2018, opponents of rolling back those protections had submitted nearly 400,000 comments urging the EPA to keep them in place. Over 50 elected leaders from New Mexico signed on to a letter from local elected leaders throughout the country. According to the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, New Mexico has both the highest methane emissions among the eight states that produce the most oil and gas on federally leased lands and the poorest state regulations. The Law Center says, based on operations on all lands in the state, New Mexico could be venting, flaring or leaking up to $240 million in natural gas annually, costing the state about $27 million in tax and royalty revenue.
WHAT’S GOING ON ALBUQUERQUE JAN. 4, 4:30–6 PM FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES – ABQ
First Unitarian Church of ABQ , 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE
General meeting of student activists advocating for student-based health centers, behavioral health services, restrictions on firearms in NM and more. RSVP: www.facebook.com/events/1778207215619130/ JAN. 5, 8:30 AM–3 PM NATURE IN WINTER FESTIVAL
Río Grande Nature Center Education Bldg., 2901 Candelaria Rd. NW
8:30 and 9:30: guided bird walks; 10:30: storytelling; 11 am, 1:30 pm: talks; 3 pm: Guided walk. Crafts for children, Wildlife Rescue and more. Free. www.facebook. com/events/1436073326526107/ THROUGH JAN. 6 THE CHINESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN ABQ
ABQ Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd. NW
“From Invisible to Visible.” A testament to resilience, perseverance, determination and courage. 505.243.7255, Cabq.gov/museum JAN. 9, 6–8 PM DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WORLD OF COOPERATIVES
So. Valley Economic Development Center, 318 Isleta Blvd. SW
Discussion of new cooperative legislation and economic opportunities. Presented by the Cooperative Catalyst of NM. Free. 505.877.0373, www.svedc.org
FIRST SUNDAYS NM MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND SCIENCE
1801 Mountain Rd.
Museum admission is free to NM residents on the first Sunday of every month. 505.841.2800 SATURDAYS, 1 PM WEEKLY DOCENT-LED TOURS
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW
Tours of exhibits and themes in the Art Museum. $2-$3, free with museum admission. 505.246.2261, nhccnm.org ABQ 2030 DISTRICT
Voluntary collaboration of commercial property tenants, building managers, property owners and developers; real estate, energy and building sector professionals, lenders, utility companies; and public stakeholders such as government agencies, nonprofits, community groups and grassroots organizers. Property partners share anonymous utility data and best practices. Professional partners provide expertise and services. Public partners support the initiative as it overlaps with their own missions. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org GROW THE GROWERS
Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Preserve and Farm Partners
Learn how to farm in the Río Grande Valley, market and manage a business. Applications accepted for 2019 growing season. 40-week program begins in March. Free to interns. Full-time interns receive a weekly stipend for first year. email@example.com, bernco.gov (search for Grow the Growers).
SANTA FE JAN. 5–12, 6 PM
JAN. 12, 26
IAIA WINTER READERS GATHERING
DINÉ BIZAAD STUDY GROUP
IAIA Auditorium, Library & Tech Building, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd.
Indigenous Rights Center, 202 Harvard Dr. SE #5
Learn/re-learn/teach the Diné language. Meetings every second and fourth Saturday. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/events/2398969410144804/
Free nightly readings by visiting writers and Institute of American Indian Arts MFA faculty. 505.424.2365, Jennifer.email@example.com JAN. 7, 6 PM
JAN. 20, 9:30 AM–1:30 PM
Hotel Santa Fe
NEW MEXICO WOMEN’S MARCH
THREE CENTURIES IN A HISPANO VILLAGE
Albuquerque Civic Plaza
Archaeology of Wolves, Faith and Capitalism. SW Seminars lecture by Dr. Severin Fowles. $15. 505.466.2775, firstname.lastname@example.org, SouthwestSeminars.org
The theme: #WomensWave. www.facebook.com/events/2323484544546207/ FEB. 7–9, 2019 CREATIVE PLACEMAKING LEADERSHIP SUMMIT WEST
“Emerging Pathways” The first of 5 regional summits will bring together artists, activists, public officials and philanthropists to exchange ideas about cross-sector partnerships to improve communities through arts and cultural programming. www.cpcommunities.org/west
JAN. 17, 6 PM SCREENING/BOOK SIGNING
Collected Works Books, 202 Galisteo St.
Screening of Nasario Remembers the Río Puerco and signing of No More Bingo, Comadre! by Nasario García. Free. 505.988.4226
JAN. 19, 11 AM–2 PM
NM ORGANIC FARMING CONFERENCE
NORTHERN NEW MEXICO WOMEN’S MARCH
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
From the Roundhouse to SF Plaza
The SW’s largest organic gathering. $50–$200. Presentations, workshops, vendors. Info: email@example.com, www.nmofc, registration: https://tinyurl.com/NMOFC2019
Presentations on the Plaza. Organized by a coalition of gender-justice activists, organizations and community members. NewMexicoWomen.org JAN. 23, 3–7 PM
FEB. 27, 8 AM–4 PM
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP AND RECEPTION
GREEN STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE FIELD TRIP
SF Farmers’ Market Pavilion
Hosted by the Land & Water Summit. Landandwatersummit.org
Prior to 1/24 Food & Farms and School Nutrition Day. 505.660.8403, pam@ farmtotablenm.org
FEB. 28–MARCH 1 LAND & WATER SUMMIT
Ideas, strategies and examples of all aspects of water infrastructure. Listening circles to promote dialogue and action. Presented by Xeriscape Council of NM and Arid LID (Low Impact Development in drylands) Coalition. Landandwatersummit.org
30 GREENFIRETIMES.COM JANUARY 2019
JAN. 24, 9 AM–1:30 PM 5 TH ANNUAL NM FOOD & FARMS DAY AND SCHOOL NUTRITION DAY
State Capitol Rotunda
9–10 am: Farm-to-School awards ceremony followed by discussions with legislators and a luncheon presentation. Organizational information tables. Coordinated by Farm to Table. 505.660.8403, firstname.lastname@example.org
JAN. 24, 6:30–7:30 PM
FEB. 6, 5:30–7:30 PM
INSIGHTS INTO THE CHACO WORLD USING NEW TECHNOLOGIES
CONSERVATION VOTERS NM LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION
James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Rd.
Inn and Spa at Loretto
Anna Sofaer, Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman on Chacoan astronomy, cosmography, roads and rituals. Presented by the School for Advanced Research. $10/free for SAR members. Lectures.sarweb.org
Info: 505.992.8683, info@CVNM.org FEB. 13 LAND, WATER AND WILDLIFE DAY
JAN. 25, 5–7 PM
NM State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Tr.
ART FOR A NEW UNDERSTANDING
Speakers, informational tables. Hosted by the Sierra Club’s Río Grande Chapter and other organizations. 505.507.6416
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 108 Cathedral Place
Opening reception for Native Perspectives 1950 to now. Iaia.edu/museum
FEB. 15 ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION DEADLINE EARTH USA 2019
JAN. 28, 3–8 PM CLEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE
Temple Beth Shalom, 205 E. Barcelona Rd.
With Goldman Prize winner Destiny Watford. Hosted by NM Interfaith Power and Light and the Sierra Club-Río Grande Chapter. 505.231.7271, ssladean@ gmail.com
10th International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials, Oct. 25–27 at the Scottish Rite Center. Presentations, poster sessions, workshops. www.earthusa.org FEB. 22–23 MOUNTAIN WEST SEED SUMMIT
Institute of American Indian Arts Campus JAN. 28, 5–7 PM 2019 LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION
SF Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.
Networking event for chambers of commerce, business advocacy organizations and community partners. Hors-d’oeuvres from SF restaurants. NM legislators and cabinet secretaries are invited. Open to the public. Tickets: $40. 505.988.3279, Santafechamber.com
Focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mtn. region. Presentations, demos, hands-on activities, discussions, seed exchanges and more. Info/registration $295, $150/student ($250 through 12/31) https:// rockymountainseeds.org/attend/mountain-west-seed-summit MARCH 1 APPLICATION DEADLINE GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY SUMMER SCHOOL
Santa Fe Institute JAN. 28, 6 PM BEARS EARS ARCHAEOLOGY
Hotel Santa Fe
Ancient Cultural landscapes in SE Utah. SW Seminars lecture by archaeologist/ author Jonathan Till. $15. 505.466.2775, email@example.com, SouthwestSeminars.org
Presented by the SF Institute and the University of Chicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Intended for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, early-career scientists, policymakers and business professionals. $1,700. santafe.edu/gsss SUNDAYS, 11 AM JOURNEY SANTA FE CONVERSATIONS
JAN. 29, 8 AM–3 PM
Collected Works Books, 202 Galisteo St.
CLEAN ENERGY DAY AT THE ROUNDHOUSE
1/6: Mayor Alan Webber reviews his first year in office. Host: Miranda Viscoli; 1/13: Glenn Schiffbauer, exec. dir. of the SF Green Chamber of Commerce, on bills and issues before the Legislature. Host: Andy Otto; 1/20: Allan Affeldt, owner of important railroad town properties, will discuss how they can be funded, renovated and operated; 1/27: Gun Violence and NM Legislation with Miranda Viscoli. Free. www.journeysantafe.com
NM State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Tr.
Speakers, informational tables. Hosted by the Sierra Club Río Grande Chapter, NM Interfaith Power and Light, New Energy Economy. 505.507.6416 FEB. 1, 10 AM–1 PM FREE CIVIL LEGAL CLINIC
1st Fl. Jury Room, 1st Judicial District Court
SUNDAYS, 10 AM–4 PM
Legal advice on civil matters except family law. Limited to first 25 people. Held first Friday every other month. Volunteer attorney program. 505.814.5033
RAILYARD ARTISAN MARKET
FEB. 2, 12–2:30 PM
SF Farmers’ Market, 1607 Paseo de Peralta
Art & gift galeria by local artists and crafters. 505.983.4098, https://santafefarmersmarket.com/railyard-artisan-market/
25 TH ANNUAL SOUPER BOWL
SF Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.
The Food Depot’s fundraiser. Local chefs compete in best-soup challenge. VIP tasting (11 am–12 pm) $75. Presale ticket: $35; day of show: $40. Discounts for children. 505.471.1633, thefooddepot.org
POEH CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM
FEB. 4, 6 PM
78 Cities of Gold Rd., Pueblo of Pojoaque
In T’owa Vi Sae’we: The People’s Pottery. Tewa Pottery from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Nah Poeh Meng: 1,600-sq.-ft. core installation highlighting Pueblo artists and history. Poehcenter.org
TURQUOISE IN HOPI SOCIETY: PAST AND PRESENT
Hotel Santa Fe
MON.–SAT.. 8 AM–4 PM
SW Seminars lecture by archaeologist Lyle Balenquah, M.A. (Hopi). $15. 505.466.2775, firstname.lastname@example.org, SouthwestSeminars.org
Randall Davey Audubon Center 1800 Upper Canyon Rd.
FEB. 5, AM
Trails lead through several habitats and plant zones ranging from meadows to ponderosa pine forests. No dogs allowed. 505.983.4609
ACEQUIA DAY AT THE LEGISLATURE
NM State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Tr.
Rally with farmers and ranchers to celebrate the importance of acequias to New Mexico. 505.995.9644, www.lasacequias.org
EL MUSEO CULTURAL DE SANTA FE
555 Cam. de la Familia GREENFIRETIMES.COM
Rotating exhibits, community programs and performances designed to preserve Hispanic culture. Elmuseocultural.org
FEB. 1–2 OUTDOOR RECREATION INDUSTRY INITIATIVE BASECAMP
Farmington Civic Center, Farmington, NM TUES.–SUN., 10 AM–5 PM GENNEXT: FUTURE SO BRIGHT
Workshop to provide entrepreneurs with information about opportunities. Registration $59 though Jan. 18; then $79–$99. Info: Fmtn.org/orii
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Museum Hill
20 artists stretch the boundaries of New Mexican art. Through March 29, 2019. 505.982.2226, spanishcolonial.org
FEB. 23 4 TH ANNUAL RÍO CHAMA CONGRESO
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú, NM WEDS.–SUN. SANTA FE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Presentations and discussion of watershed issues. Presented by the San Juan-Chama Partnership. www.sanjuanchama.org/rio-chama-congreso/
1050 Old Pecos Tr.
Interactive exhibits and activities. 505.989.8359, Santafechildrensmuseum.org
FIRST MONDAYS EACH MONTH, 3–5 PM SUSTAINABLE GALLUP BOARD
FRIDAYS, 2 PM
Octavia Fellin Library, Gallup, NM
INDIAN ARTS RESEARCH CENTER DOCENT-LED TOURS
Community members concerned about conservation, energy, water, recycling and environmental issues welcome. 505.722.0039.
School for Advanced Research, 660 García St.
Collection of nearly 12,000 pieces of Native American art. $15/free to members. 505.954.7272, www.sarweb.org
MON., WED., FRI., SAT., 10 AM–4 PM PAJARITO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
SAT., 8 AM–1 PM
2600 Canyon Rd., Los Alamos, NM
SF FARMERS’ MARKET
Nature center and outdoor education programs. Exhibits of flora and fauna of the Pajarito Plateau; herbarium, live amphibians, butterfly and xeric gardens. 505.662.0460, www.losalamosnature.org
1607 Paseo de Peralta
Northern NM farmers & ranchers offer fresh tomatoes, greens, root veggies, cheese, teas, herbs, spices, honey, baked goods, body-care products and much more. santafefarmersmarket.com
WED, SAT., 9:30 AM MESA PRIETA PETROGLYPH PROJECT
ONGOING, 10 AM–5 PM
North of Española, NM
TELLING NM: STORIES FROM THEN AND NOW
Docent-led two-hour tours of the Wells Petroglyph Preserve. $35. Pre-registration required. email@example.com, www.mesaprietapetroglyphs.org/
New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave.
500 years of stories—from early Native inhabitants to today’s residents—told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. 505.982.6466, www.museumfoundation.org/exhibitions
TAOS THIRD TUES. MONTHLY, 5:30 PM TAOS ENTREPRENEURIAL NETWORK
WEDS., 6–8 PM SOLAR COMMUNITY MEETINGS
113 E. Logan Ave., Gallup, NM
Free presentations & classes on all things solar for DIYers & tribal members living off the grid. 505.728.9246, www.gallupsolar.org
KTAOS, 9 State Rd. 150
Networking, presentations, discussion and professional services. Free or by donation. 505.776.7903, www.taosten.org OPEN DAILY LA HACIENDA DE LOS MARTÍNEZ
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS IN NEW MEXICO
Volunteers needed to help with food distribution. Also, math and literacy support during and after school; especially individuals with training in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Spanish speakers. firstname.lastname@example.org, cisnm.org/volunteer
708 Hacienda Way
Northern NM-style Spanish colonial “great house” built in 1804 by Severino Martínez. 575.758.1000, Taoshistoricmuseum.org
HERE & THERE JAN. 4, APPLICATION DEADLINE
BASIC LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING
After training by the NM Coalition for Literacy, volunteer tutors are matched with an adult student. 505.747.6162, email@example.com, www.raalp.org/become-a-tutor.html
LOS SEMBRADORES FARMER TRAINING
Northern New Mexico
SPIRIT OF THE BUTTERFLY
Mid-Feb. through mid-Dec. farmer training program presented by the NM Acequia Association. Learn best practices and techniques for organic farming and how to increase production to sell commercially. Put your agricultural land and water rights to use. 505.955.9644, Donne@lasacequias.org
923 E. Fairview Lane, Española, NM
Women’s support group organized by Tewa Women United. Info/RSVP: Beverly, 505.795.8117 WILDLIFE WEST NATURE PARK
JAN. 11 REGISTRATION DEADLINE
87 N. Frontage Rd., Edgewood, NM
HISTORICAL TRAUMA MASTER CLASS
122-acre park just east of ABQ. Interactive trail focuses on rescued, non-releasable, native New Mexican wildlife and native plants. http://wildlifewest.org/wwblog/
Online; Ghost Ranch, Abiquiú, NM; Rapid City, SD
10-month program (Jan. 13–Oct. 12) for health care providers that serve tribal communities. Registration: $250. Tuition: Free for tribal members. 605.791.0787, freedomlodge.org