January 2018

OP-ED: Earth Care / Community Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Earth Care youth leaders Janet Gomez and Lavender Rodríguez at the 2017 Women’s March in Santa Fe


In January 2017 Earth Care partnered with Green Fire Times to curate an issue themed around “Community Resilience in the Face of Adversity.” One year later, we’ve asked voices from impacted communities throughout New Mexico to take stock and offer their reflections and rallying cries in anticipation of another year in the trenches. As we are reminded time and time again, the threats our communities face are not new—they are simply the unfiltered expression of the oppression, exploitation, greed and corporatism rooted in this country’s More >

I Am, We are One


Today I went for a walk

And witnessed pure beauty

I heard the most beautiful sounds

The swaying trees

To the singing birds

And the buzzing bees

The empowering stream

Composed into one symphony

And as I listen to the biology

Of this ecology

I realize everything is whole

Nothing a man nor machine

Can recompose


I am one with the earth

I feel whole

And at this moment I feel the vitality.

I feel the pulse of a heartbeat.

The same heartbeat my ancestors had.

I feel my blood flow like earth’s river and streams.

The sun’s radiant light shining through the trees giving me warmth and solace.

It’s such a relief More >

OP-ED: Elena Ortiz / Native Rights

An opportunity for cultural reckoning and healing


Dozens of Native and non-Native allies gathered to protest and call for an end to the Santa Fe Fiesta’s Entrada reenactment.



Every year in September, the City of Santa Fe celebrates a lie—the ”peaceful reconquest” of the region by Spanish Conquistadors. The keynote event of this celebration takes place on the Plaza, a public space in the center of town. The Entrada is conquest theater, pure and simple, which features a non-existent Eurocentric ideal of Spanish identity seemingly devoid of 300 years of cultural exchange, intermarriage and immigration. Unbeknownst to many of its supporters, the More >

OP-ED: Kendra Pinto / Protect the Sacred

Young activists speaking out against fossil fuel development in their community


My name is Kendra Pinto, and I’m from Counselor Chapter, Navajo Nation. I live near Chaco Canyon, in the San Juan Basin. Today, greater Chaco Canyon, which includes Chaco National Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, spans 30,000 square miles. It remains a sacred source of our cultural heritage.


I was born in Shiprock and raised in Twin Pines. I have always known New Mexico as my home. Love for the land must be felt. I carry moments rooted so deeply in my experience of the land, there are More >

OP-ED: Kim Smith and Makai Lewis / Indigenous People Deserve a Just Transition!

 Solar installation going up at the Crownpoint Chapter House, New Mexico

As the fall equinox came to a close, so did Units 2 and 3 at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico.


The SJGS ranked among the top five polluters in the United States. For those of us who have lived in this region and lobbied for this outcome for years, it was a victory. We have had enough of Indigenous peoples and lands being sacrificed to ensure that lights stay on in the Southwest. Energy injustice is a problem that far too many people in our community More >

OP-ED: Colin Baillio / Health Action New Mexico

Health Action New Mexico and community advocates from Anthony and other areas of southern New Mexico attended Youth Day during the 2017 Legislative Session.


It takes a lot to get people outside on a cold, rainy day in New Mexico; we tend to prefer sunshine and a nice summer breeze. But on one of the coldest days of the year, Health Action New Mexico sent out an alert: “Rain or shine, we’re hitting the streets. Are you still in?” Our staff waited anxiously at sites across the state, hoping people would turn out to defend health care in the first major More >

OP-ED: María Pérez/ Democracy Is a Verb

María Pérez speaking at a rally for Ranked Choice Voting in front of Santa Fe City Hall, Nov. 2017


 Democracy is a form of government where everybody is treated equally and has equal rights. It relies on each person having a voice and equal access to the vote. As citizens of the United States, we have been told that we are the greatest country on Earth because we are a great democracy. However, it is clear to anybody who is paying attention that our democracy is crumbling before our eyes. We do not live in a society where everybody is treated More >

OP-ED: Miguel Angel Acosta / Community Learning and Education, for Change

The first graduating class of Earth Care’s Poder Familiar program. Graduates completed a 10-week parent leadership training series called Abriendo Puertas, led by the Partnership for Community Action. Many went on to complete the Train the Trainers program and are now teaching the series to parents on Santa Fe’s south side.



“Manifest Destiny is one of the fundamental principles on which this country is based.” So sayeth the acting New Mexico secretary of Public Education. He also said that Manifest Destiny justifies more charter schools, possibly envisioning an invasion or conquest that overwhelms existing public schools. His remarks do point out More >

OP-ED: Samia Assed / A New Hope

Immigrant rights rally at the New Mexico state capitol, 2017


As 2017 came to an end, so came the realization that even in the most trying of times, in resilience and rejoicing is the finding of the moral soul of America.


My reflection of the first year under the Trump administration is of a massive swirling hurricane entrenched with tweets and executive orders that have mapped out a deeper divide in our country. Many Americans find themselves gasping for air in a toxin-filled sea of hate, racism, poverty, misogyny, white supremacy, Islamophobia, xenophobia, transphobia and gun violence.


As a Muslim American, More >

New Mexico Dreamers in Action


New Mexico Dreamers in Action is an immigrant-student-led organization that advocates for immigrant students and families in the state. Since 2011, NMDIA has encouraged immigrant students to take advantage of opportunities such as higher education access and immigrant rights.


NMDIA is mainly composed of children of immigrants and young immigrants who are undocumented or have been undocumented—individuals who have been directly affected by a broken immigration system. They have joined to fight for themselves, their families and communities.


Soon after the 2016 election, NMDIA met with Santa Fe Public School officials to request a safe space for immigrant students to gather, relax More >

The Santa Fe Refugee Collaborative


Mi’raj Bukhari-Frayer 


New Mexico has been receiving refugees and asylum seekers since 2002. We have individuals and families from Afghanistan, Congo, Central African Republic, Iraq, Mozambique, Pakistan, Syria, Cuba, Honduras, Colombia and Vietnam.

SFRC works to support refugee families by helping folks find language, employment, household and educational resources, and making sure that families feel welcome.


The Santa Fe Refugee Collaborative is a grassroots effort in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to build bridges, not walls. We are working with immigrant refugees and local communities, businesses, nonprofits and interfaith groups to create opportunities and to dismantle myths and misinformation around immigration.


Our one-year anniversary in More >

Op-Ed: D. Meiklejohn / The New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s Top 10 Environmental Stories to Watch in 2018

More of the Same with Glimmers of Hope


Last year at this time, our Top 10 list was pointing toward the likely Cabinet secretaries in the new Trump administration and the possible actions they would take. The Top 10 list this year reflects last year’s concerns, as the expected nominees took the expected actions and we are already seeing the impacts. On the other hand, the realization of how destructive four years of the Trump administration could be has spurred organizing from the neighborhood level up to the national level around social, economic and environmental issues.

Snowpack is projected to decline sharply by mid-century.


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Newsbites – January 2018


New Mexico’s Largest Wind Farm

According to an agreement signed last month by Xcel Energy, the New Mexico Attorney General, the Coalition for Clean, Affordable Energy, and the environmental group Western Resource Advocates, a new wind farm in eastern New Mexico will spend at least $57 million locally. Thirty percent of construction costs for the 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County, which is projected to come online in 2020, will go to New Mexico-based subcontractors, vendors and labor.


Sagamore is part of a massive, $1.6-billion regional wind project that includes a 478-MW facility in West Texas and purchase of More >

What’s Going On? – Albuquerque – January 2018


Jan. 6

Nature in Winter

Río Grande Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW

8:30 am: Guided bird walk, 10 am: “Hawk Talk” slideshow/talk, 1 pm: Bat slideshow/talk, 2 pm: Guided bird and plant nature walk.


Jan. 7, 10 am–5 pm

Free Entry – NM Museum of Natural History

1801 Mountain Rd. NW

On the first Sunday of every month, admission is free to NM residents with I.D. 505.841.2800


Jan. 7, 1 pm

Drilling Mora County

The Guild Cinema, 3405 Central NE

New documentary film about the first county in the U.S. to ban fracking. $15. www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/drilling-mora-county


Jan. 9, 2–4 and 6–8 pm

Pueblo Book Club

IPCC, 2401 12th St. NW

Discussion about An Indigenous More >

What’s Going On? – Santa Fe – January 2018


Jan. 6–13, 6 pm

IAIA Winter Readers’ Gathering

IAIA Library and Tech Center, 83 Avan Po Rd.

Free nightly readings by noted authors, faculty and MFA students at the Institute of American Indian Arts. 505.424.2365, jdavis@iaia.edu, www.iaia.edu


Jan. 8, 6 pm

Athabascan Migration and Jicarilla Apache History

SF Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

SW Seminars presentation by Dr. Sunday Eiselt. $15. 505.466.2775, southwestseminar@aol.com, SouthwestSeminars.org


Jan. 9–Feb. 20, 5:30 pm

Development without Displacement

Community conversations. 1/9: Health. SFCF, 501 Halona St; 1/23: Education. Higher Ed. Center, 1950 Siringo Rd; 2/6: Art. Wise Fool NM, 1131 Siler Rd. B; 2/20: Investment. Jean Cocteau Theater, 418 Montezuma Ave. Presented by Chainbreaker, More >

What’s Going On? – Taos – January 2018


Jan. 4, 10–11 am

Collaborative Forest Restoration Grants

Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office

208 Cruz Alta Rd.

Workshop for individuals and organizations interested in submitting project grant proposals. 575.758.6344, rehurtado@fs.fed.us


Jan. 25, 7–9 pm

Drilling Mora County

The Harwood, 238 Ledoux St.

New documentary film about the first county in the U.S. to ban fracking. $15 donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/1755999994452444/?ti=icl


Through Jan. 31, Fri–Sun, 10 am–4 pm

Nicolai Fechin and the Taos Society of Artists

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

226 Paseo del Pueblo Norte

575.758.2690, www.taosartmuseum.org


Through Feb. 18, 2008

Corn: Sacred Giver of Life

Millicent Rogers Museum

1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.

Images of corn in Native American textiles, pottery, paintings, baskets and jewelry. 575.758.2462, www.millicentrogers.org


Third Tues. More >

What’s Going On? – Here & There – January 2018


Jan. 3, 2018 Application Deadline

Los Sembradores Farmer Training

Northern NM

Learn how to be an organic acequia farmer, increase production, put your agricultural land and water rights to use. Includes business planning. Program dates: mid-Feb. to mid-Dec. Trainees must commit to 3 days/wk. Presented by the NM Acequia Association. 505.955.9644, Serafina@lasacequias.org


Jan. 6

Bald Eagle Count

Abiquiú Lake, NM

Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the NM Wildlife Center to count eagles from monitoring stations. Data collected helps biologists monitor the health of the population. 505.685.4371


Jan. 16, 5 pm

LANL Legacy Waste Cleanup Plan Public Meeting

Los Alamos County Council Chambers

1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos, More >