Civil Rights & Immigration

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Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights

BY: - January 18, 2022

Throughout the last year, the Amazon corporation has given American consumers plenty of reasons to question whether we should be using its products and services. The news is filled with horrible stories about Amazon’s treatment of their workers. The company has an astronomical carbon footprint. The billionaire CEO has so much superfluous income he was […]

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What would MLK think about America in 2022?

BY: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans […]

Schumer insists ‘failure is not an option’ as voting rights fight intensifies

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Senate will act as soon as Wednesday to attempt to again pass voting rights legislation.  “Failure is not an option for the democracy of America,” the New York Democrat said at a Tuesday press conference with other Senate Democrats. “We’re running out of time.” Schumer […]

Proposal to erode bail reform gaining steam

BY: - January 12, 2022

A proposal likely to come up this month in the regular legislative session would shift the burden of proof onto people accused of crimes to prove that they are not a “threat to the community” as judges weigh whether they should wait for their hearings behind bars or at home.  As things stand, the burden […]

At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during his Tuesday visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation. The visit by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Atlanta was the latest sign of Georgia’ central role as a […]

Expert: ‘Life-threatening’ health care lapses inside the jail even before Corizon took over

BY: - January 11, 2022

A corporation with a history of lawsuits over dangerously bad and abusive health care practices was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract in September to provide medical care at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County. Corizon Health was contracted years ago to provide medical care in the state’s prisons, but after hundreds of inmates filed lawsuits, […]

Students and advocates call for funding for sexual assault services and consent policies in schools

BY: - January 11, 2022

A call to action by a coalition seeking to end sexual assault in New Mexico is taking shape in Santa Fe. IsaBella Thomas wants her school to adopt affirmative consent policies to establish the foundation that sexual activity must be OK with everyone taking part. On Friday, she will lead students from The New Mexico […]

Jail is hemorrhaging medical staff, doesn’t have a doctor, court documents show

BY: - January 10, 2022

Attorneys representing inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County say even after the jail hired a new medical provider, the same old patterns of unconstitutionally bad health care continue. Last fall, the Tennessee-based company Corizon Health promised more health care staff at MDC, and as county officials signed a $64.8 million contract with […]

Albuquerque advocates say the attack on democracy is still unfolding

BY: - January 7, 2022

People aiming to protect voting rights and recall the full measure of what happened a year ago in the U.S. Capitol carried signs and filled out petitions in the cold on Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza Thursday evening as part of simultaneous gatherings marking Jan. 6 around the country. “What do we have to do to make […]

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Remain in Mexico protocols force thousands of asylum-seekers to endure violence, a report shows

BY: - January 5, 2022

The Biden administration is facing heavy criticism for restarting a U.S. government program under court order that resulted in over 6,000 reports of violent assault, including kidnapping, rape, murder, and torture, from migrants with pending asylum cases in the United States.  That number comes from an August report by the Washington-based organization Human Rights First. […]

After public pressure, ABQ Council confirms Pfeiffer to environmental board

BY: - December 13, 2021

Albuquerque councilors confirmed the appointment of the first Native person ever to serve on the city government’s Environmental Planning Commission, according to city sources. She’ll also be the only woman on the board.  But it was only after public pressure and a letter-writing campaign from numerous organizations in support of the candidate, who said she […]