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Reflecting on life after 9/11 for American Muslims

BY: - September 11, 2021

Sept. 11 is a day of sorrow for every American, but to me, it is also a reminder of how quickly a group of people can be demonized and isolated. I am from Jersey City, a town where Donald Trump said there were thousands of Muslims celebrating on rooftops during the 9/11 attacks. Not only […]

Biden to travel to New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for 9/11 observances

BY: - September 11, 2021

WASHINGTON—To honor the nearly 3,000 Americans who died 20 years ago on 9/11, President Joe Biden will visit the sites of the terrorist attacks. Biden on Saturday will observe the anniversary in New York City, where hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Center, killing ​​2,753 people.  He’ll also visit Shanksville, Penn., where 40 […]

Declassifying the 9/11 investigation

BY: - September 11, 2021

With families of 9/11 victims threatening to protest his appearance at events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the attacks, President Joe Biden took the notable step last week of ordering the Justice Department and other agencies to disclose new portions of their long-secret files on the Qaida plot. The executive order on Sept. 3 appears […]

State needs to legalize testing strips to prevent overdose deaths, harm reduction expert says

BY: - September 10, 2021

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is much more potent than heroin, has entered New Mexico’s drug market and can make drug use more dangerous and even fatal. Fentanyl is killing more people in the state than heroin and prescription opioids now, according to health officials.  Overdose deaths have increased in the state, with fentanyl-related deaths […]

Providers ask lawmakers to relax the rules around take-home drug treatment

BY: - September 10, 2021

It took Phil Fiuty more than 20 years from the first time he thought maybe he wanted to not use drugs anymore to become sober. That’s not because of any moral failing or lack of character on his part, but illustrates his view that it can take a lot of practice to be abstinent. “It’s […]

Congress weighs immigration reforms that could have a big impact on New Mexico

BY: - September 10, 2021

The idea of providing citizenship to essential workers evolved from the existing law that allows undocumented people who fight in combat for the U.S. to become eligible.   That’s according to Kenneth Romero the chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of the 40 most prominent Latino organizations in the United States. “At the […]

Tenant rights collective calls on Santa Fe City Council to boost protections for renters

BY: - September 9, 2021

The city of Santa Fe might be ready to create its own hotline for tenants facing eviction, but activists are asking them to do a lot more. The Chainbreaker Collective said they hope city and state officials will take their recommendation to expand tenant protections — not just during the pandemic but beyond, making them […]

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What was it all for?

BY: - September 9, 2021

I can still taste the sand, feel the heat on my skin.  We were told to smell our water before we drank it, just in case something had been added to it. I remember the faces, including my own, when one of our brothers or sisters in arms lost their lives.  I remember the look […]

Report: Indigenous women in the U.S. earn 60 cents on the dollar

BY: - September 9, 2021

Historic inequality for Native American women is still present in economic earnings, according to a report released this week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  Native American women are not receiving their worth from employers for their work. It’s historically bad. “During the last decade, the gender earnings gap for Native women and white […]

Behavioral health provider: ‘I just hope that we’ve learned from history’

BY: - September 8, 2021

Providers are asking New Mexico lawmakers to rebuild the state’s behavioral health care system, which is still plagued by problems after former Gov. Susana Martinez caused many providers to shut down about eight years ago.   Lawrence Medina, executive director of the Rio Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program in Taos, N.M., suggested lawmakers provide funding needed to […]

Refugees in Albuquerque holding out hope for their Afghan family members

BY: - September 8, 2021

Although resettlement and other migration-related coordination is typically under international and federal jurisdiction, Afghan people living in Albuquerque continue to work with state officials to help their relatives. Still, today, there’s no clear path forward. As time ticked down last week in Afghanistan after two decades of war, Mohammad Ismail — the refugee coordinator with […]

Emergency rent relief application difficult and misleading, organizers say

BY: - September 8, 2021

Mayela Bernal was already struggling to pay rent when she caught COVID-19 in May, which left her hospitalized for a week. Bernal is a hair stylist who immigrated from Mexico. With the loss of income, her younger child had to take out a loan to pay rent for their apartment in Santa Fe.  A friend […]