The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967, at UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza in Berkeley, California.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no one should settle for ‘a piece of freedom’

BY: - January 16, 2023

Some historians mark the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder as the end of the civil rights movement. Over an arc of 14 years — from the 1954 Brown Decision to King’s death in 1968 — the nation attempted to address its racial caste system. The same nation that launched a war on hunger and […]

A mom works while holding a baby

Paid Family and Medical Leave is about valuing family

BY: - January 16, 2023

When you think of parental leave, you picture a smiling, rosy-cheeked cherub blissfully sleeping the day away. You might not think of the round-the-clock feedings, an infant screaming for hours on end from reflux or colic, or a mom unable to walk after a cesarean section. But that is the reality of the first few […]

A young girl in traditional Pueblo clothing, black dress, red shawl belt, turquoise jewelry on her neck and hand. She is at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A Tribal Education Trust Fund guarantees a fundamental right

BY: - January 13, 2023

As former governor of Tesuque Pueblo and current chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors (APCG), I am forever grateful to the late Judge Sarah Singleton for ruling in Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico that Native American students have a constitutional right to a culturally and linguistically relevant education.  APCG’s tribal leaders, who […]

Immigrants wait overnight next to the U.S.-Mexico border fence to seek asylum in the United States on Jan. 7, 2023, as viewed from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Trump is no longer the villain at the border. It’s Biden.

BY: - January 12, 2023

I listened to President Joe Biden announce his new plan for the U.S. border on Jan. 5 with fury. A theme in his speech — to crack down on people who cross the U.S. border illegally and circumvent U.S. law — makes my blood boil. Crossing the U.S. border to ask for asylum is emphatically […]

A new U.S. quarter shows Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement and the first female superintendent of Santa Fe public schools.

Latina champion of women’s voting rights and education in New Mexico now graces US quarters

BY: - January 2, 2023

Otero-Warren tirelessly advocated in Spanish and English for New Mexico to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. In order for a constitutional amendment to take effect, it must be ratified by three-fourths of all states. In New Mexico, Otero-Warren implemented strategies advanced by the Congressional Union, […]

Trees, many without leaves, stand on snowy cliffs in the Gila National Forest.

2022’s US climate disasters, from storms and floods to heat waves and droughts

BY: - December 30, 2022

The year 2022 will be remembered across the U.S. for its devastating flooding and storms – and also for its extreme heat waves and droughts. By October, the U.S. had already seen 15 disasters causing more than US$1 billion in damage each, well above the average. The year started with widespread severe winter storms from Texas to […]

Indoor air quality improvements in schools will reduce COVID transmission and help students learn

BY: and - December 28, 2022

As fall temperatures cool across the U.S., many schools will struggle to ventilate classrooms while also keeping students and teachers comfortable and healthy. Children and teachers spend over six hours a day in classrooms during the school year, often in buildings that are decades old and have inadequate heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, […]

If you think scrapping COVID isolation will get us back to work and past the pandemic, think again

BY: , and - December 27, 2022

COVID is an exceptional disease and was at its deadliest this year, causing more deaths in Australia between June and August 2022 than at any other time. There have been 288 deaths from influenza so far this year compared to more than 12,000 deaths from COVID. The number of deaths from COVID in Australia in […]

A variety of apples line a produce stand in a grocery store

About one-third of the food Americans buy is wasted, hurting the climate and consumers’ wallets

BY: - December 12, 2022

You saw it at Thanksgiving, and you’ll likely see it at your next holiday feast: piles of unwanted food — unfinished second helpings, underwhelming kitchen experiments and the like — all dressed up with no place to go, except the back of the refrigerator. With luck, hungry relatives will discover some of it before the […]

An old style country mailbox stuffed to overflowing with bills, letters, and envelopes and the word "JUNK" printed on the side in red letters stands alone in a desert landscape.

NM GOP should apologize, take accountability for racist tactics

BY: - November 30, 2022

When my friend showed me a mailer that had been sent out by the New Mexico Republican Party this election cycle, I was furious. I can’t explain the shock and hurt I felt when I saw this mailer comparing people like me to a predator.  People have no idea how monumentally challenging it is to […]

Red flag laws and the Colorado LGBTQ club shooting

BY: - November 25, 2022

The killing of five patrons in a Colorado LGBTQ bar on Nov. 19, 2022, is the latest mass shooting to garner headlines in the U.S. Police have said they have yet to determine a motive. But one thing that has emerged is that the suspect had a history of violent plans, having allegedly threatened to […]

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 24, 2022

If you could prevent millions of children from falling back into poverty, would you? Most of us, I imagine, would answer “yes” without hesitation. But not Congress. For nearly a year, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have dithered as the policy directly responsible for a dramatic decline in poverty last year lapsed. It’s time for Congress […]