Youth Employment Summer Institute Application

THANK YOU ALL WHO APPLIED, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME

YES! (Youth Employment Summer Institute) represents a collaboration with SouthWest Organizing Project, Organizers in the Land Enchantment (OLÉ), Native American Voters Alliance (NAVA), El Centro De Igualdad y Derechos, Partnership for Community Action, Generation Justice, and New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community. Youth who participate in the program will be work directly with one of these community organizations.

Youth will participate in a 12-week employment program that will develop their leadership skills, increase their skills for future employment and engage them in improving their community. YES! will provide employment opportunities that allow young people (between the ages of 14-24) to become engaged in community while also being challenged to think critically about the world around them. Through this program they will not only gain valuable job skills but will also develop meaningful relationships rooted in local community organizations that will provide them a home for continued community involvement.

Bosque Update on Meetings

“VERDE QUE TE QUIERO VERDE” (GREEN I LOVE YOU GREEN)
Federico Garcia Lorca

To the rallying cry “Bosque que te quiero Bosque” (Bosque, I love you Bosque), over 400 people packed a public meeting sponsored by the City of Albuquerque in response to the Rio Grande Vision (RGV), a pet project of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. The wildly unpopular plan included plans for a boardwalk, restaurant and paved paths in the Bosque. While the RGV was scaled down to a ten foot-wide path (paved with crusher fine), the community opposed any kind of development within the levees. Working to protect the Bosque is the main focus of the River Writers, OLÉ’s conservation group.

The River Writers incorporate their own origin stories as a way of connecting with the Bosque and the Rio Grande. What started as a simple writing group launched the River Writers into taking immediate action to save the Bosque. At the meeting, held on September 4, 2013, three of the River Writers – Thane Padilla, Vickie Regina and Jeannette Smyth, stood together to demand that the facilitators give ample time to hear from the community. The facilitators, which included staff from both the City as well as design firm Dekker Perich Sabatini, intended to have participants write comments based on posters that showed concepts for the RGV. This tactic, perceived as a way to silence the opposition, was rejected by many in attendance. The River Writers and other allies demanded the opportunity to be heard. For three hours, community members from all walks of life made it abundantly clear that they do NOT want to see any type of development in the Bosque.

The next public meeting was slated to be held on September 18. The City canceled the meeting, but a coalition of community groups including OLÉ held the meeting despite the Mayor’s office’s efforts to silence community voices. With over 200 people in attendance, community members discussed not only their opposition to the Plan but also offered viable, proactive solutions including education and conservation efforts in the Bosque. The following day, OLÉ members delivered over 600 letters and petitions to the Mayor’s office opposing any kind of development in the Bosque.

While the work to save the Bosque from development continues, the River Writers are also focused on outreach to community members, particularly people of color and working class people, to join OLÉ’s conservation efforts.

For more information on joining the River Writers, email Andrea Serrano at aserrano@olenm.org

If you’d like to help and volunteer to continue the fight, click HERE.

Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI THANKS SENATOR: NM IS NOW 50TH IN CHILD WELFARE

After a Constitutional Amendment that would put $150 million into early education programs passed the New Mexico House this year, Senator John Arthur Smith dragged the bill into his committee and refused to give it a hearing. He killed it.

A study, which was released summer of 2013, showed that New Mexico has dropped to last place in the nation for child welfare, bumping Mississippi up to 49th.

That’s when members of our Working Parents Association decided it was time for someone to call out Senator Smith for abusing his power and driving New Mexico’s child welfare down to 50th in the nation.

 

Special Delivery: Stocking Full of Coal to Gov. Martinez

SPECIAL DELIVERY: STOCKING FULL OF COAL TO GOV. MARTINEZ

We delivered a stocking full of coal to the Governor today for being bad about taking the opportunity to expand Medicaid, which would help out about 154,000 New Mexicans!

stocking full of coal to Guv

Governor Susana Martinez has been bad this year… for not making a decision to expand Medicaid, which would help out 170,000 New Mexicans. Healthcare is very important to keep New Mexicans growing strong and successful. Let’s make sure the Governor makes the right decision in choosing to expand Medicaid.

Governor Susana's Stocking Full of Coal

 

Occupy NM did the liberty of creating a video of this event if you wish to view it, click HERE.

Delivered Letters to Mayor Berry to Raise the Minimum Wage

LETTERS DELIVERED TO MAYOR BERRY TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

mayor berry

We delivered hundreds of letters to the Mayor’s office with this as the main message:

Monday, November 19, 2012
Dear Mayor Berry:

As a community member, I would like to thank you for recognizing the voices of voters who made it very clear that minimum wage in Albuquerque needs to be raised to $8.50. Please reassure us, publicly, that you will not support any sort of repeal or legal action taken against the increase. As the leader of our city, it is important that you set the example of honoring democracy in action.
We look forward to your support.

Sincerely Yours,
The People of Albuquerque

 

If you would like to view the photo of this action, click HERE.

Medicaid Townhall Meeting

MEDICAID TOWNHALL MEETING

We invited Governor Martinez out so she may listen to the cries of the people to not cut Medicaid for New Mexico. She had a special chair reserved for her, which was left empty as health concerns were expressed to the crowd by several families.

If you would like to view photos of the event, click HERE.
View a short video compilation of this event HERE.