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    New Plaza Comunitario!

    Education Without Borders + Educación Sin Fronteras Santa Fe’s first Plaza Comunitaria will start offering basic literacy and education classes for Spanish speakers this month La primera Plaza Comunitaria en Santa Fe va a ofrecer estudios básicos y clases educacionales para hispanohablantes este mes Cipriana, coordinator of Plaza Comunitario (Photo Credit: Santa Fe Reporter) Exciting news!! The new Plaza Comunitaria is finally underway. We just signed the MOU with our partners and will soon be bringing classes (this month!). We have so much gratitude for the Consulado de México en Albuquerque for their partnership in this endeavor. Check out this article from the Santa Fe Reporter to read more about this program. Felicidades a Earth Care/Poder Familiar & Consulado de México! Leer este artículo en español. Spanish speakers who need help with basic literacy and education, including computer skills, will now have a new place to learn here on the Southside. The program is for Spanish-speaking adults (of any nationality) to work on their elementary and secondary education, all for free. It will consist of different certified courses, including primary education and computer classes, basic literacy in Spanish and beginner English lessons. If you are interested or know someone who might be in the Plaza Comunitaria, call 505-204-1628 or email info@earthcarenm.org. Si está interesado o conoce a alguien que podría estar en la Plaza Comunitaria, llame al 505-204-1628 o envíe un correo electrónico a info@earthcarenm.org.
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    January Calls to Action - Get Activated & Stay Engaged!

    January Calls to Action!  SATURDAY JANUARY 17 9:00 AM at corner of MLK Avenue and University Blvd in the parking lot of UNM  Martin Luther King  Jr. Parade in Albuquerque LEARN MORE HERE MONDAY JANUARY 20 12:00/Noon at State Capitol Rotunda, 300 Don Gaspar Ave (Inside roundhouse), Santa Fe Martin Luther King Jr Day Birthday Commemoration with Santa Fe NAACP  LEARN MORE HERE MONDAY JANUARY 20 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at NNMC Center for the Arts, 921 N Paseo De Onate, Española, NM Martin Luther King Day  The King's Feast: Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr For More Information: OED@nnmc.edu  -  505-747-5448 FEATURED CALL TO ACTION TUESDAY JANUARY 21 9:30 AM at PERA Building, 413 Old Santa Fe Trail Go and testify against PNM's proposed new gas plant   11:30AM-3:30PM at the NM Roundhouse, 300 Don Gaspar First Day of the Legislative Session Join YUCCA on the Eastern Concourse as we show up for the first day of the 2020 NM State Legislative Session. Gathering at 11:30AM at the Roundhouse. And we are calling a Press Conference.   **** TUESDAY JANUARY 28 at NM State Capitol, 300 Don Gaspar ENVIRONMENT DAY at the NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE Email: dianeabqnm@gmail.com for more info Facebook Event Page **** WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29 10:30 AM–2 PM at NM State Capitol, 300 Don Gaspar ACEQUIA DAY AT THE ROUNDHOUSE Acequias from around the state rally to protect water   More info at 505.995.9644, www.lasacequias.org SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES THURSDAY JANUARY 2 12:00 - 1:00 PM at Bernalillo County Community Health Council, 220 Adams St SE, ABQ, NM Mushrooms and Public Health - ABQ LEARN MORE HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 3 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Three Sisters Kitchen, 109 Gold Ave SW, ABQ, NM Let's Cook January First Friday Family Night - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8 10:00 - 12:00 PM at Palo Duro Center, 5221 Palo Duro Ave NE, ABQ, NM Composting With Worms - ABQ To register call 505-888-8102 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mary Green LEARN MORE HERE THURSDAY JANUARY 16 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe Santa Fe Water Conservation Public Forum LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 18 1:00 - 4:00 PM at Amigos de la Sevilleta, I-25, Exit 169, Socorro Mountain Lions in the Southwest - Socorro LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY JANUARY 23 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe Santa Fe Water Conservation Public Forum LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 24 8:45 - 4:00 PM at Amigos de la Sevilleta, I-25, Exit 169, Socorro West Side Tour at Sevilleta - Socorro LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 25 9:30 - 12:00 PM at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW Home Composting Basics - ABQ To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org LEARN MORE HERE SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE EVENTS FRIDAY JANUARY 3 4:00 - 7:00 PM at 1604 St Michaels Drive, Santa Fe, NM Ancestral Codex Art Show LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 3 6:00 - 8:00 PM at 500 2nd St SW, ABQ, NM ABQ Artwalk First Friday - Joteria Undocumented LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY JANUARY 5 1:00-3:00 PM at The Guild, ABQ, NM Witness at Tornillo film - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE January 7, 9, 11, 14, 22, 16 Legislative Advocacy Trainings - Statewide LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE TUESDAY JANUARY 7 6:00-7:30 PM at La Farge Library meeting room, Santa Fe, NM Extinction Rebellion Organizing Meeting LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY JANUARY 9 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW NM WATER DIALOGUE – 26TH ANNUAL MEETING  Building water resilience for NM communities LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 10 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 3315 Louisiana Blvd NE, ABQ, NM EdUprising Conference - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 11 1:00-4:00 PM at 1950 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM Scholarship Saturday/ Sábado de Bacas LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 11 2:00-4:00 PM at Highland High School, 4700 Coal Ave SE, ABQ, NM Pan African Film Series - Cuba: Defending Socialism - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAYS JANUARY 12, 19, 26 11 AM at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St. JOURNEY SANTA FE CONVERSATIONS  1/12: State Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth on legislative issues 1/19: New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence with Miranda Viscoli 1/26: Vecinos de Santa Fe, Neighbors Helping Neighbors MORE INFO HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 11 10 am - 1 pm Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall, 510 San Pedro Dr. SE, ABQ 2020 Legislative Action Expo - ABQ *Featured Call to Action* WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15 5:00 PM (Public Meeting), 7:00 PM (Public Hearing) at Pojoaque Valley Sixth Grade Academy 1574 State Road 502 West, Santa Fe EPA PUBLIC HEARING LANL Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit renewal LEARN MORE HERE WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15 6–8 PM O’Neil’s Pub, 4310 Central SE, ABQ NMSOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION MEETING More info at www.Nmsolar.org  *Featured Call to Action* THURSDAY JANUARY 16 5:00 PM (Public Meeting), 7:00 PM (Public Hearing) at Pojoaque Valley Sixth Grade Academy 1574 State Road 502 West, Santa Fe EPA PUBLIC HEARING LANL Individual Stormwater Permit renewal LEARN MORE HERE JANUARY 16  through JAN. 26, 2021 at IPCC, 2401 12th St. NW, ABQ PUEBLO WOMEN PAVING CULTURAL PATHWAYS Exhibition highlighting how the work of women from 19 communities impacts Pueblos today For more info: 505.843.7270, www.indianpueblo.org FRIDAY JANUARY 17 7:00-9:00 PM at Gallery Fritz, 540 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM I Got A Story To Tell LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 17 9:00 AM at 2000 Zearing Ave NW, ABQ, NM New Mexico MainStreet Grantwriting Workshop Series - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 18 10:30 - 1:00 PM at NM State Capitol (East side), 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe Women's Rally 2020 LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 18 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Embudo Valley Library, 217A 75 Hwy, Dixon Free Preview Screening of The First Rainbow Coalition - Dixon LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 18 11:30 - 3:30 PM at The Guild, 3405 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM BEI BEI Albuquerque screening - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 18 4:00 - 9:00 PM at Canvas Artistry - Kitchen Bar Art Music, 3120 Central Ave SE, ABQ John Brown Breakfast Club Donation Drive and Raffle - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY JANUARY 19 12:00 - 4:00 PM at 1520 Center Dr, Santa Fe, NM  Alas De Agua Art School Opening LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY JANUARY 19 12:00 PM at ABQ Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plz NW, ABQ, NM  2020 NM Women's March - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY JANUARY 19 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Southside Library, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY JANUARY 20 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Larry Casuse Freedom Center, 1421 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM Build The Anti War Movement Teach-In and Strategy Session - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 25 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Warehouse Five O'eight, 508 1st St NW, ABQ, NM That Poet is Dope Youth Poetry Slam - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY JANUARY 25 1:00-5:00 PM at ABQ Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard SE, ABQ, NM Activist Police Reform Forum LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE JANUARY 27 & 28 8:00 PM at The Guild, 3405 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter's Journey - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY JANUARY 30 7:00-8:30 PM at Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe Wild Earth Guardians presents "The Beaver Believers" LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY JANUARY 31 6:30-9:30 PM at Alas de Agua Art School, 1520 Center Drive #2, Santa Fe Queer & Trans Open Mic ft. Grace Penzell LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FULL LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS SUBMIT EVENTS TO INFO@EARTHCARENM.ORG
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    November: NM Highlands University

    Join us on Wednesday, November 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm as we host our third monthly college resource evening for Santa Feans! This month's college night features the New Mexico Highlands University! NMHU representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information on admissions, financial aid and more during the Southside College and Continuing Education Night! This is happening at our offices at Zona del Sol, (CORNER OF Jaguar & Country Club Road). There is a big mural on the side of the building. Parking is located on the southside of Jaguar Drive. Enter via the large blue doors past the chainlink fence. Questions?Call 505-983-6896Email miguel@earthcarenm.org Sponsored by Earth Care's Community Education Center with partners Santa Fe Community College & Boys & Girls Club of SF Invite & share with friends on Facebook here  
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    October: University of New Mexico & El Centro de la Raza

    October College Night with UNM & El Centro de la Raza Join us on Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm as we host our second monthly college resource night. This month, the University of New Mexico, one of the largest universities in NM, will be joining us. UNM will be available to answer questions and provide information on admissions, degree programs, areas of study, financial aid & scholarships and more! El Centro de la Raza will be providing specific information on it's programming to support Latinx students during their time at UNM. This is happening at our offices at Zona del Sol, (CORNER OF Jaguar & Country Club Road). There is a big mural on the side of the building. Parking is located on the southside of Jaguar Drive. Enter via the large blue doors past the chainlink fence. Questions?Call 505-983-6896 Email miguel@earthcarenm.org Sponsored by Earth Care's Community Education Center with partners Santa Fe Community College & Boys & Girls Club of SF Invite & share with friends on Facebook here  
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    September Calls to Action!

      WEEK OF CLIMATE STRIKE NM Youth in New Mexico are mobilizing and organizing for the week of action. See below for our calendar of events in the Santa Fe area RSVP on Facebook   Living on the Edge Podcast with Xubi Wilson on KSFR 101.1 June 22, 2019 Three leaders from Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) discussing the Sept. 20 General Strike. Listen to the Show Here Living on the Edge Podcast with Xubi Wilson on KSFR 101.1 August 1, 2019 Listen to the Show Here Brave Space with Cecile Lipworth on KTRC 103.7 August 31, 2019 Photo Credit: Brave Space Our YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action) leaders organizing the climate strike in Santa Fe on 9/20 and beyond are on the radio TODAY - tune in to hear Aspen Coriz, Ruby Lopez, and Yang Toledo this AM at 9AM Listen to the Show Here Women's Focus with Carol Boss on KUNM 89.9 - A Call To Action: Youth Leading The September 20 Global Climate Strike August 31, 2019 Yang and Veroaylin Campos as well as two youth leaders from Fight for Our Lives leading Albuquerque's Climate Strike. Audio to be posted Radio Cafe with Mary Charlotte Domandi September 12, 2019 Photo Credit: Santa Fe New Mexican While politicians and other adults have brought the world to the edge of catastrophic climate disruption, young people all over the globe are organizing and taking action. We speak to four young New Mexicans–Ruby Lopez, Veroaylin Campos, Yang Toledo, Josue Damián Martinez, all members of NM Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA), which is part of of Earth Care, and the Sunrise Movement– about the upcoming General Climate Strike and 7 Days of Resistance. <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11197124/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe> Listen to the show on Radio Cafe Here Retake Our Democracy Podcast with Paul Gibson on KSFR 101.1 September 15, 2019 Listen to the Show Here CLIMATE STRIKE - ALBUQUERQUE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20 12:30 PM – 5 PM at Robinson Park 🔥Our house is on fire - let's start acting like it 🔥www.ClimateStrikeABQ.com12:00 - School Walkouts12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Climate Action Fair1:00 pm - Climate Emergency Rally1:45 pm - March to U.S. Senators Heinrich & Udall offices to demand a Green New Deal2:00 pm Children's March for Our FutureWe, the youth of Albuquerque, are striking from school because we have but a few years to transform our energy system and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The clock is ticking, and stops for no one.We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for urgent legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. It is time we take a stand, and demand action from our nation and world’s leaders.We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially Indigenous communities, disabled communities, and low-income communities— are already disproportionately impacted by climate change.HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUTS:Walkouts will begin at 12pm, students along with adult allies will convene on Robinson Park at 1pm before marching shortly after. CLIMATE ACTION FAIR:Students & adults of all ages are invited to learn how to get involved in the climate emergency movement, take action, and to join local artists, poets, musicians, anytime between 12:30pm and 5pm for our "Climate Action Fair" sponsored by local community organizations and full of fun, safe, and engaging ways you can help combat the crisis! Interested in leading a Climate Crisis Walkout at your school? Learn more and get involved by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ZIZJVY LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE Watch Party: MSNBC Presidential Climate Forum 2020 6:00-9:00 PM at Kelly's Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 6-7 at UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd NE, ABQ, NM NM Rising! 2nd Climate Disruption Film Festival - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Conversations for Climate Action - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 at NHCC 4th St, ABQ, NMIt's Our Future Community Climate Mural Project at Globalquerque - ABQ LEARN MORE HERE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fracking Reality Tour In Greater Chaco Area - Counselor The Fracking Reality Tour in the Greater Chaco region will be led by Daniel Tso. Daniel currently serves as a Council Delegate on the Navajo Nation Council, is a resident of Counselor and has been a long-time activist to protect the Greater Chaco landscape, communities and National Park from the effects of fracking.Carpool from Albuquerque and return to Albuquerque at approximately 5pm.Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 13.We will send out a follow up email with all necessary details Sept. 17. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Warehouse Five O'eight, 508 1st St NW, ABQ, NM Climate Crisis Expression Session: Poetry Slam + Open Mic - ABQ LEARN MORE HERE 23rd Annual Gathering for Mother Earth September 26-29 Nambe, Pojoaque, Valles Caldera FIND ALL OF THE DETAILS HERE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at ABQ, NM Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Jemez Mountains: Herb Walk - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 1-2 9:00 AM  at ABQ, NM Cactus and Succulent Show @ ABQ BioPark LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 4:30-7:30 PM at 100 Isleta Blvd. SW, ABQ, NM La Familia Growers Market South Valley - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at ABQ, NM Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sandia Mountains: Herb Walk - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 9:30 AM-1:00 PM at UNM-TAOS, Bataan Hall, Civic Plaza Dr, Taos, NM World Climate Simulation event - Taos LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM National Drive Electric Week LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16 1:00 pm at Rio Rancho/Santa Ana Star Center (Intersection of Unser & Paseo del Volcan) Anti-Trump Protest: Rio Rancho, NM LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 9:30 AM-4:30 PM at Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NWEncuentro de Semillas // Gathering of Seeds - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 11:00 AM at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Community Health & Wellness/Herbal Clinic LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 12:00 - 2:00 PM at 130 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM Jamming Jellies with Homegrown NM LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE EVENTS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 & 15 6:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Black & Pink: Albuquerque Chapter LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17, 25 at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Anti-Racism Discussion Group with Tonya Covington - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 4-6 at 1701 4th St NW, ABQ, NM Albuquerque Latinx Film Festival ¡Cine Magnifico! LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5 & 19 7:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Transmasculine Support Group - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 6-7 at El Morro Theater, 207 W Coal Ave, NM Native Liberation Conference 2019 - Gallup LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 at Corpus Arts, 123 7th St NW, ABQ, NM First Friday Art: María José Ramos Villagra LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 12:00-6:00 PM at Valdez Park, 901 Fariview Ave, Española, NM The Bounce Back II: ReGeneration Fest - Española LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 1:00-4:00 PM at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Silkscreen Printing Workshop - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 4:00-6:00 PM at Octavia Fellin Library, 115 W Hill Ave, Gallup, NM Standing with Standing Rock event at the Octavia Fellin Library - Gallup LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10 6:00 PM at 6599 Jaguar Dr Vámonos La Familia’s Take a Walk on the Southside LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAYS SEPTEMBER 8, 22 12:30-2:30 PM at El Chante, 804 Park Ave SW, ABQ, NM Yaxche! Círculo de Mujeres/Women's Circle - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9 7:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Non-Binary Support Group - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAYS SEPTEMBER 14, 21, 28 3:00-6:00 PM at The Tannex, 1417 4th Street SW, ABQ, NM ABQZF Zine Library Hours! - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12 7:00-9:00 PM at El Chante, 804 Park Ave SW, ABQ, NM Voices Of The Barrio: Manuel Gonzalez - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 8:30-3:30 PM at Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center 848 State Road 68, Alcalde, NM MPPP Annual Teacher Professional Development Workshop - Velarde REGISTER HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 11:00-3:00 PM at TMC, Tesuque, NM The Mountain Center 40year Celebration Open House LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 4:00-8:00 PM at Southwest Organizing Project, 211 10th Ave SW, ABQ, NM Chile Harvest Fiesta/Jeanne Gauna Social Justice Spirit Awards 2019 - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 & 21 1:00-4:00 PM at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Paper-mâché Workshop Part 1 & 2 LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 19-20 at Somos, Taos, NM Rural Pride - Taos, NM REGISTER HERE SEPTEMBER 19-20 at NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, ABQ, NM Aki Matsuri 2019 | Japanese Fall Festival - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at Identity, Inc, 204 W Main St, Farmington, NM The Red Deal Workshop and Action - Farmington LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 1:00-4:00 pm at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Papel Picado and Paper Flowers Workshop - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 3:00-6:00 pm at SWOP, 211 10th St SW, ABQ, NM Journey to the Water Bike Ride - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FULL LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS SUBMIT EVENTS TO INFO@EARTHCARENM.ORG
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    ‘Una Comunidad Educada es Una Comunidad Fuerte’

    SFCC and Earth Care están trabajando con los habitantes del lado sur para incrementar el porcentaje de inscripción universitaria en la comunidad Hispana y Latina   Varios residentes de Southside interesados ​​en aprender más sobre ir a la universidad en SFCC escuchan una presentación en la Zona del Sol.   By Katherine Lewin |  3 days ago Blanca Ortiz se para frente a unas 20 personas en Zona del Sol, hablando con sus manos del mismo modo que con su voz, que se mueve fácilmente entre inglés y español. Ella está de vuelta viviendo en El Sur de Santa Fe, donde nació y creció, después de obtener su licenciatura en Indiana con una beca con todo incluido. Ortiz le cuenta al público sobre su éxito a través de la educación secundaria, y ahora de sus esperanzas de asistir a la Universidad de Nuevo México para un título en Derecho. Ella quiere inspirar a otros habitantes del lado sur a comenzar o completar su educación. "Quiero que la educación sea algo de fácil acceso", le dice Ortiz a SFR. "Siento que una comunidad educada es una comunidad fuerte, siendo esta una de las razones por las que estoy aquí. Dado que recientemente me gradué, quiero volver a la comunidad y empezar a organizarme y estar completamente presente aquí". Ortiz, junto con la organización sin fines de lucro Earth Care y el Community College de Santa Fe, eligió Zona del Sol para este evento informal, destinado a aumentar la matrícula universitaria para las comunidades Hispana y Latina. Es el primero de una serie mensual planificada en proporcionar un espacio cómodo y bilingüe donde las personas pueden obtener soporte en su aplicación a SFCC y para adquirir ayuda financiera.   Blanca Ortiz cuenta su historia frente a la multitud. "Lo que es realmente importante para nosotros es hacer correr la voz específicamente para nuestra comunidad del Lado Sur", dice el Director de Reclutamiento y Doble Crédito de SFCC Marcos Maez a SFR. "Tenemos sesiones de información y orientaciones abiertas ocurriendo de semestre a semestre en SFCC, pero a veces el transporte es un problema, así que queremos llevarlo más cerca de casa". De 2011 a 2018, el número total de estudiantes en SFCC ha disminuido de manera consistente de 6.520 a 5.432, una caída del 17%, según las cifras proporcionadas por la universidad. La proporción de estudiantes Hispanos o Latinos en la escuela ha pasado de 53% en 2013 a 51% en 2018. Los Hispanos o Latinos constituían el 45% de todos los estudiantes en 2013; ese número ha bajado desde entonces a un 44%. Los planes de SFCC para talleres específicos en el Lado Sur nunca han llegado a tener éxito hasta ahora, cuando la universidad se asoció con Earth Care para el evento Zona del Sol. La "ubicación neutralizada" ayuda a aumentar el índice de matriculación en el Lado Sur y hacer que los residentes se sientan más cómodos, especialmente para los hombres Hispanos. SFCC ha visto bajas cifras de participación para esa población. "Los hombres Hispanos, simplemente no se están inscribiendo en la universidad o si se están inscribiendo, no están completando el programa ni graduándose con un certificado o título", le dice Maez a SFR. "Estamos usando esto como una oportunidad para que la gente de la comunidad se involucre con el personal de SFCC y Earth Care como influyentes positivos. Una cosa es que mi personal y yo hablemos de la importancia de la universidad, pero es otra cosa tener a sus amigos, a sus parientes, a la gente en la que confían. Eso nos da credibilidad para darles ese empujón de que la universidad es una muy buena opción para ellos". SFCC y las fundaciones sin fines de lucro también quieren disipar un mito generalizado y dañino que impide que muchos incluso consideren la universidad como una opción. "Hay un mito que todavía está dando vueltas de que, si no eres ciudadano de este país, no puedes calificar para recibir asistencia financiera o no puedes registrarte para clases universitarias", explica Maez. "Parte de lo que hacemos es simplemente desacreditar ese mito y hacer saber a la gente que, si no tienes un número de Seguridad Social, somos una escuela santuario y una ciudad santuario. No hacemos preguntas. … Tenemos otras maneras de completar el proceso de inscripción y otras formas de conseguir que complete una solicitud de ayuda financiera". Cuando Ortiz termina sus observaciones, el público conformado por habitantes del Lado Sur se dividen en dos grupos, ya sea dirigiéndose hacia las computadoras de Zona del Sol para llenar las solicitudes gratuitas para SFCC o para reunirse con el personal de ayuda financiera de la universidad para comenzar el proceso de solicitud para la Aplicación de Ayuda Financiera Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA, por sus siglas en inglés) Ortiz le dice a SFR que quiere convertirse en abogada de inmigración. Pero por ahora, planea mantenerse conectada con su hogar en el Lado Sur y sus raíces Latinas y aumentar los logros en la educación para las personas de su comunidad trabajando con SFCC y Earth Care en la serie de talleres. Ortiz dice que la inestabilidad financiera y la falta de información son dos barreras principales que impiden que los habitantes del Lado Sur vayan a la universidad. "Cuando eres financieramente inestable, sientes que tu mundo está más cerrado", dice, de pie junto a una mesa cubierta de comida para los presentes. "Cuando sus antecedentes socioeconómicos son limitados y, además, es un poco más desfavorecido que otros, la falta de información se ve muy presente en esta situación. No hay muchas cosas como este [taller] en El lado Sur. Creo que lo que vemos mucho en nuestra comunidad es tener recursos por un corto período de tiempo y luego son quitados. Espero que este [taller] se convierta en algo permanente". Para saber dónde y cuándo serán las próximas reuniones, envíe un correo electrónico a Marcos Maez al marcos.maez@sfcc.edu o llame al 505-428-1779.
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