Gov & Politics

Website shows amount NM schools received from feds — and what districts spent

BY: - September 13, 2021

Want to see if New Mexico schools are spending the federal pandemic relief money?  There’s a website for you. Check it.  New Mexico’s Public Education Department launched a site that gives people a view into school district spending of CARES Act money for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER). The site now details specific […]

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Albuquerque asks state for millions to help stop violent crime

BY: - September 13, 2021

The city of Albuquerque is asking New Mexico lawmakers for $10 million to expand its Violence Intervention Program. The program, started in March 2020, identifies people who are at the highest risk of being involved in “the current cycles of gun violence,” then employs peer support workers to offer “an exit from the dangerous life […]

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 […]

COMMENTARY

The neglect-for-profit scheme of corporate detention

BY: - September 13, 2021

A colleague and I drove through the desert east of Estancia to the Torrance County Detention Facility a couple of weeks ago. We were going there to speak with half a dozen Nicaraguan asylum-seekers.  After witnessing the sheer remoteness of the facility and the chaos and the desperation of the people detained inside, we agreed […]

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Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]