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Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]

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The land border with Mexico is open again, but people still can’t really seek asylum

BY: - November 23, 2021

Nov. 8 was a big day for love in the U.S. borderlands. For the first time since March of 2020, the U.S. land border opened to non-essential travel. This meant that fully vaccinated foreign travelers could enter the United States and, for many people who rely on tourist visas to see their loved ones who […]

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Rittenhouse verdict flies in the face of legal standards for self-defense

BY: - November 22, 2021

In a two-week trial that reignited debate over self-defense laws across the nation, a Wisconsin jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse for shooting three people, two fatally, during a racial justice protest in Kenosha. The Wisconsin jury believed Rittenhouse’s claims that he feared for his life and acted in self-defense after he drove about 20 miles from his home in Antioch, Illinois […]

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Embracing all the bad and the good of U.S. history is how we move forward

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Public Education Department held a virtual meeting so that the public could state their support or opposition for the proposed changes in our social studies curriculum for the state of New Mexico last week.   I sat in on the Zoom meeting to offer my opinion and listen to all the feedback provided. And I […]

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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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Dollar-a-day wage schemes in immigrant detention sound a lot like slavery

BY: - November 15, 2021

Across the United States, communities are reckoning with the appropriate rate of minimum wage for people at the local, state and federal levels. There is a sincere debate about whether a $15 minimum wage is actually sufficient for people trying to survive in the current economy. Yet around the country, immigrant detainees are often paid […]

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Don’t make people enter the criminal legal system to access services

BY: - November 12, 2021

To promote its new Metro Crime Initiative, Mayor Tim Keller’s administration claims they are finding ways to better provide assistance to citizens in need. But in reality, Keller is setting up a system where people enter the criminal legal system in order to get access to mental health care, treatment for addiction and affordable housing. […]

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Four reasons for the COVID surge and four ways to protect yourself

BY: - November 11, 2021

The frustration is palpable. We were supposed to be done with this, back to normal, able to travel, gather with friends and family, and go out to nightclubs and movies and restaurants without fear. What happened?  There’s a lot of blame going around: politicians who went too far or didn’t go far enough, schools that […]

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The U.S. needs paid bereavement leave and more grief counselors

BY: - November 10, 2021

Months ago, my grief counselor recommended I make a tiny altar to stick in my backpack. She knew I had to keep working at my job through my grief. The tiny altar in a purse or in a desk drawer is an idea she recommends to just about everyone, she told me, because so many […]

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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 […]

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Why voters rejected plans to replace the Minneapolis Police Department

BY: - November 4, 2021

What have voters in Minneapolis rejected? The wording of the amendment was quite complicated. In essence, the amendment would have eliminated the existing police department in the city charter and replaced it with a Department of Public Safety charged with delivering “a comprehensive public health approach” to public safety, with the details of the new […]

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Queer Halloween saved lives

BY: - October 29, 2021

For many queer and trans folks, Halloween was the one safe place we could express ourselves. It’s been that way for centuries.  In 1848, Columbus, Ohio, became one the first cities to officially outlaw people wearing clothing that didn’t align with one’s assigned sex at birth, known at different points of history as cross-dressing, drag […]