Petition: I Demand Justice for the Daughters of the West Mesa

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I demand justice for the women who were murdered and later found on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, and I demand recognition of the violence that is claiming far too many of our women. The murders of over 11 young Xicana, Native and African American women found in a mass grave on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009 are still unresolved. I support all action that will continue the investigation of these crimes, as well as the creation of a memorial installation to keep these women respected, remembered, and alive in spirit, and to give their families and communities hope and support. Add your name to the demand for justice.

Social Justice Soul Train 2016

Social Justice Soul Train is approaching the station! Saturday, May 21st at Stereo Bar- just $5!
  sjst 2016 Join us in downtown Albuquerque at Stereo Bar for a night of soul, funk, and dance. For just five bucks at the door you can get up to get down, AND support community organizing and youth internships.

Petition: I Demand Justice for the Daughters of the West Mesa

Click through to sign our petition.

I demand justice for the women who were murdered and later found on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, and I demand recognition of the violence that is claiming far too many of our women. The murders of over 11 young Xicana, Native and African American women found in a mass grave on the West Mesa of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009 are still unresolved. I support all action that will continue the investigation of these crimes, as well as the creation of a memorial installation to keep these women respected, remembered, and alive in spirit, and to give their families and communities hope and support. Add your name to the demand for justice.

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)

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Join us this Wednesday, January 6th for a dinner and discussion with Alessandro Mariano from the National Education Collective of the Movimento Trabalhador Sem Terra (MST), or The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST). The MST is one of the largest social movements in Latin America, and is internationally famous for its success occupying large, unproductive land estates and pressuring the government to redistribute this land to over 1 million landless farmers. Over the past three decades, MST leaders have also drawn on diverse educational theories to develop a set of pedagogical practices for schools that encourage youth to stay in the countryside, foster collective forms of work, and participate in political struggle. Please join us if you are interested in land issues, agrarian reform, education, political and community organizing and building international solidarity.
  • Dinner & Discussion w/ Alessandro Mariano of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST)
  • Wednesday, January 6th  6-8PM
  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice - 202 Harvard SE

The People of SWOP

The People Behind SWOP from Mark Archuleta on Vimeo. Watch this video to learn more about the staff at SouthWest Organizing Project and what inspires us to pursue our work. Thanks to SWOP member Mark Archuleta for producing the video- head over to El Grito to check out more of the community event coverage he's produced for SWOP.

SxSWE Presents: "Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Ourselves"

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The South by Southwest Experiment is pleased to offer the first volume of our Living Curriculum Series, “Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Ourselves”.

The SxSWE Living Curriculum series is designed to be a tool for racially diverse communities and organizations that can help them to better engage in efforts to build partnerships across racial divides. It is the result of several years of work by the SxSWE partners Southern Echo (Mississippi), Southwest Workers’ Union (Texas) and SouthWest Organizing Project (New Mexico).

The first volume “Sharing Our Stories Sharing Ourselves” is a practical guide that includes exercises used within the SxSWE partnership and also with dozens of allied organizations that allow participants to share their personal and organizational experiences and histories with others in order to build authentic relationships across race, geography and issue.

Breathe In New Mexico Air Quality Report

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What follows is the culmination of a year’s worth of air quality sampling in three communities: the town of Mesquite in the Southern part of New Mexico, the Navajo Nation area surrounding the Navajo Mine, and the San Jose community in Albuquerque. These communities have endured harsh air quality conditions for decades, and SWOP was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with community leaders to create a better understanding of what these people are breathing in on a regular basis. Through our testing we found dangerously elevated levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like Chlorobenzene and particulate matter that contains elements like crystalline silica and elemental carbon (soot).  SWOP will continue to help fight for our communities' right to breathe clean air, including increased air quality regulations and air monitoring.

Breathe In New Mexico - Final Report by swopreader

SWOP Sues to Protect SNAP Resources

The NM Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Organizing Project, along with New Mexicans in need of food assistance, are suing the Secretary of the Human Services Department for violating the law by improperly issuing regulations that increase the requirements to obtain food assistance.New Mexico's economy and job market are lagging behind the rest of the country- and now our most vulnerable families are being punished for it.

Keeping food from our hungry children is not a job creation program!

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