Commentary

The hypocrisy in how refugees are treated by the US government

BY: - September 27, 2021

After horrific photos emerged of men falling from airplanes and babies in great peril at the Kabul Airport weeks ago, I noticed a dramatic uptick in my various news feeds of the phrase “moral obligation.” Across all mediums, I heard the righteous call for the United States and nations around the globe to remember promises […]

It’s time to listen to Indigenous people who are risking their lives to save us all

BY: - September 23, 2021

After decades of malnourished approaches to environmental conservation being pushed by settler society, the world is starving for Indigenous solutions. Across the world, from Chaco Canyon, N.M. to Ihumātao, New Zealand, frontline Indigenous communities are putting their bodies on the line and rising to protect their sacred lands from extractive desecration — and many of […]

In attack on abortion rights, new Texas law could turn state courts into litigation Thunderdomes

BY: - September 21, 2021

Forty-eight years have passed since a Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade established a legal right to have an abortion in the United States. Numerous efforts have been made to restrict terms of the 1973 Roe decision. So far, the law remains that the government has no authority to restrict abortions before the point […]

Pandemic highlights longtime tech-integration failures for public schools

BY: - September 14, 2021

COVID-19 has reasserted that our schools are completely ill-prepared to equitably use technology in the classroom.  During my time attending school board meetings — and even in my time in public school — I saw quite a few questionable tech purchases, from lackluster web filters to funding an allegedly fraudulent learning software from the now-infamous […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drawing N.M. district lines in the shadow of 9/11

BY: - September 8, 2021

As the state’s Citizens Redistricting Commission prepares to issue its draft district maps on Sept. 16, I can’t help but think back to the tumultuous redistricting process in 2001 when I was a state senator. The census figures came in on time that year, but that was the only thing that was easy. The population […]

As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

BY: - September 6, 2021

The U.S. government announced its first-ever water shortage declaration for the Colorado River on Aug. 16,  triggering future cuts in the amount of water states will be allowed to draw from the river. The Tier 1 shortage declaration followed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s forecast that the water in Lake Mead – the largest reservoir […]

Black Lives Still Matter

BY: - September 3, 2021

Every time a Black person is murdered, I am keenly aware that it could have been me, my son or any of my family members.   On Aug. 30, 2019, Elijah Jovan McClain’s life was cut short at the young age of 23 after an encounter with the Aurora Police Department in Colorado. The Aurora Police […]

Vaccines for kids are coming but they can’t be rushed

BY: - September 2, 2021

For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in: Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy. After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]

Human rights abuses at the border didn’t stop when Trump lost the presidency

BY: - August 31, 2021

The U.S. border has been closed to nearly all people seeking asylum for 18 months. And though outrage about conditions at the border was loud and fervent as the 2020 presidential election approached, it’s all but disappeared since then. Here’s how it happened: In March of 2020, as the pandemic intensified, the Department of Health […]