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Margaret Wright

Margaret Wright

Margaret Wright is a freelance journalist whose previous work has appeared at the Santa Fe New Mexican, New Mexico Political Report, Santa Fe Reporter, KUNM News and Popula, among other local outlets now shuttered. Homesickness besets her if she’s outside of the high desert for too long.

COMMENTARY

ABQ police union president makes a compelling case for defunding the department

By: - November 9, 2021

Fall 2021 election season peaked, then dark-valleyed last week as pundits scurried to draw broader implications from local races. Much of that centered on initiatives spurred by the movement to defund police in favor of funding for public programs for preventing and repairing harms that feed the U.S. prison industry. A lot of attention fell […]

COMMENTARY

Decline an invitation to any party eating its own

By: - October 12, 2021

I tune into local right-wingers. Radio, socials, blogs. For me, an intake of diverse viewpoints, including extremist ones, is crucial background research. It’s also a civics exercise. Careful doses of even the most rank propaganda can modulate one’s own knee-jerk impulses, craft relevant lines of inquiry, hone protective instincts. I see it as a kind […]

299 evacuees from Afghanistan destined for NM resettlement

By: - September 30, 2021

Tens of thousands of Afghans will have their first real glimpse of the U.S. at hastily constructed encampments on military bases across the country with active-duty soldiers overseeing operations.  The sandy, jet engine-raked Tularosa Basin is now one of those official entryways for scores of Afghans, many of them children, who had to flee their […]

Another difficult journey

By: - September 13, 2021

Mahboob Pannah remembers well the fresh shock awaiting up to 400 refugees and asylum-seekers — many of them families — due to be resettled in New Mexico in the wake of the U.S. military departure from Afghanistan.  Before her own visa application was approved and she finally joined her husband in Albuquerque in 2002, Pannah […]