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Jonathan Juarez-Alonzo

Jonathan Juarez-Alonzo

​Jonathan Juarez-Alonzo is a queer, two-spirit Indigenous climate activist and award-winning community organizer in unceded Tiwa Territory (Albuquerque, NM). Coming from the frontline Indigenous communities of Laguna and Isleta Pueblos, Jonathan has always understood the important role that environmental stewardship has in the complex identity of Indigeneity. Throughout his 19 years of life, Jonathan has been involved in countless organizations and social movements throughout the state of New Mexico and across the United States. In October of 2016, Jonathan’s family traveled to Standing Rock to deliver food and supplies to Water Protectors on the front lines against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Throughout 2019, Jonathan organized several school climate strikes across Albuquerque where thousands of students united to call for urgent action from local and state officials. Currently, Jonathan serves as the Chairmxn of the Board of Directors of Pueblo Action Alliance, a grassroots organization working on the frontlines of combating environmental racism and ecological destruction here in New Mexico.

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City of ABQ and APD continue relentless displacement of unsheltered communities

By: - February 28, 2022

As affordable housing across Albuquerque is being snatched up by real estate tycoons looking to turn our homes into AirBnBs and desert-oasis retreats for Netflix crews and other tourists, a hostile, classist mindset is taking root in our city.  Houselessness — the act of being unsheltered — is being demonized more and more as the […]

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The Clean Futures Act must not leave behind the voices of Indigenous communities

By: - February 8, 2022

During this legislative session, I testified to the New Mexico House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee in opposition to HB-6, the “Clean Futures Act.” Although I know Rep. Nathan Small, Speaker Brian Egolf and the other sponsors of this legislation have sincerely good intentions, the draft was significantly flawed in ways that would cause […]

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New Mexico’s Democrats are choosing short-term profits over our planet

By: - November 18, 2021

I came home from the first day of the 2021 New Mexico Climate Summit feeling sick to my stomach and gravely concerned for my future. Rather than meeting the climate crisis with the urgency and seriousness it deserves, I watched our governor and state lawmakers play right into the hands of the same industry that […]

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It’s time to listen to Indigenous people who are risking their lives to save us all

By: - September 23, 2021

After decades of malnourished approaches to environmental conservation being pushed by settler society, the world is starving for Indigenous solutions. Across the world, from Chaco Canyon, N.M. to Ihumātao, New Zealand, frontline Indigenous communities are putting their bodies on the line and rising to protect their sacred lands from extractive desecration — and many of […]