Please Call City Council about "Midtown Campus Project" Resolution!

Did you hear about the amendments to the City's Resolution  that would authorize moving to the the next phase of efforts to redevelop for the Midtown Campus Project/SF University of Art & Design?

Two weeks ago, the City announced that they are ready to move from the "conceptual" stage to the planning stages for the SFUAD campus. You can watch the announcement HERE. Moving forward in the planning process was up for approval on the Public Works, CIP & Land Use Committee agenda for Monday, July 23. Yet, while the outreach process might have been conducted with good intentions it was clear that many in our community were not engaged. The conceptual stage did not include the voices of our communities of color, families, youth, and working class communities. They must be engaged and represented in this HUGE investment of public lands & resources.  

Councilor Villarreal pushed proposals that would make room for more community input and participation!
She introduced amendments seeking an explicit equity analysis and engagement study seeking participation from the community, especially those most directly impacted by policy decisions and development processes and who:
"are underrepresented in the current results, particularly, low-income people, people of color, families with children, residents of neighborhoods surrounding the Midtown Property, youth and young adults, transit- dependent bus riders, and other historically marginalized populations."

It also mentions the Resident’s Bill of Rights Resolution (2015-65), which was passed unanimously by the Governing Body in 2015. This "provides a framework for housing and urban planning policies, and directs appropriate staff to “collaborate with community organizations that represent and/or serve workers, renters, low-income homeowners and/or people experiencing homelessness and/or displacement as specifically related to upcoming and ongoing planning processes."

Read the amendments HERE

Read the Santa Fe New Mexican article HERE
Our blog post from last week with information on the SFUAD conceptual engagement process can be found on our website HERE
Please take some time today to thank Councilors Villarreal, Ives, and Abeyta by calling or emailing them. 
Committee Chairman Peter Ives advanced the resolution with Villarreal’s amendments. Councilor Roman “Tiger” Abeyta also voted in favor to advance it. 
Please also make a call to our other Councilor Chris Rivera, who has been an important voice for equity in previous planning processes and whose vote is needed. Of course, we appreciate you taking a moment to also call the Mayor.

Renee Villarreal, District 1 Councilor, (505) 955-2345, 

Peter Ives, District 2 Councilor, (505) 955-6816,

 Roman "Tiger" Abeyta, District 3 Councilor, (505) 955-6814,

Chris Rivera, District 3 Councilor, (505) 955-6818, 

Mayor Alan Webber, (505) 955-6590,


 Again, it's important that we thank Councilors Villarreal, Ives, and Abeyta for pushing through these crucial amendments to show that we support this move.

Join us at City Council and pack the room in support of these amendments

and for equitable planning in Santa Fe!


5:30 PM
City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave
To support these amendments and investment in a meaningful community engagement campaign! More information to come...

Also, in the realm of planning and development the City of Santa Fe is considering putting money ($279,153) into two different projects. We are grateful that City staff recognized the opportunity to move forward a key infrastructure project that will support the safety of children and families on the southside of Santa Fe through the continuation of the Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail instead of the dog park. This is another example where we are grateful that the City is taking issues of equity into consideration as they move forward in their planning processes.

The investment will continue the Arroyo de los Chamisos Trail from Tierra Contenta to South Meadows Road. As you know there are multiple public schools, many families and working folks who would be better served by better trails and infrastructure in this area.  


Please take a moment to call your City Councilor to express your support for this shift in infrastructure investment. Let them know that you are grateful to City staff and the Council for considering the investment in the Arroy de los Chamisos Trail.



There are so many places to show up this month.

We hope you'll join us for the many August Action Network Calls to Action this month!

Updates from the week, Friday Demonstration at NGA Conference

Here are a few updates for the week!

Courts, Corrections, and Justice Committee Hearing - Monday, July 16

Thank you to all who attended the CCJ Committee hearing on Monday and Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas! You all packed the Committee room and showed the Committees members aka our elected Representatives that we are concerned about New Mexico's role in the private for-profit prison industry and the need for more oversight on private correctional facilities in our state.  In over 1.5 hours of public comments, the majority of which from those previously held in NM's private prisons, not one person spoke in favor of New Mexico's private prisons.  

No representative from Core Civic-Cibola County Correction Center or of Management & Training Corporation-Otero County Prison Facility or ICE officials showed up to answer questions. 

Photo Credit: Andy Fertal (People's Progressive Media)

Las Cruces Sun Article about the hearing - READ IT HERE

ABQ Journal Article about the hearing - READ IT HERE

NM Political Report Article about the hearing - READ IT HERE

Santa Fe New Mexican Article about the hearing - READ IT HERE

Watch the whole presentation on Divesting from Private Prisons from the Santa Fe Dreamers Project here.

Thanks to PPM, here is a short clip of the hearing.

A few weeks ago, we sent out an eblast with resources and opportunities to show up in solidarity. Check out the full list HERE. We will be updating it regularly. 


During the initial stage of public engagement the City used an online survey to get a sense of what Santa Fe residents want to do with 64 acres of land in town. BUT the online survey results (2,234 in total) from Santa Fe residents made it clear that those who responded were primarily affluent, older, white community members. 

The voices of our communities of color, families, youth, and working class communities must be engaged and represented in this HUGE investment of public lands & resources!

For example, of the 2,229 English-survey takers: 81% of respondents do not have children in their household, 65% are over the age of 44. These responses do not reflect our town at all!

View the English survey results HERE.

View the Spanish survey results HERE (there were only 6 surveys collected!)

In the final “Evaluation" phase of the Midtown Campus Project, residents saw "their ideas and suggestions come to life as concepts for the SFUAD campus" that designers put together based on the survey results. The participants of this process mirrored the survey results. A true community engagement campaign is needed in order to ensure that the planning phase of this enormous project includes families with children, youth, low-income folks, people of color, people experiencing or threatened by homelessness and displacement, residents of the nearby neighborhoods as well as the organizations with connections to these populations.
A NEW resolution will authorize the planning stage of the "redevelopment process." These hasty steps forward make it clear that the lack of proper community engagement and outreach is a threat to adjacent communities and neighborhoods. Development plans MUST engage and respond to the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods and consider things like how the properties long-term use will effect housing affordability in the area, access to services, the nearby public schools, and ownership and connection for long-term residents and Santa Fe locals.



Join us at City Council on


5:30 PM
City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM
To call for investment in a meaningful community engagement campaign

FRIDAY July 20, 2018

10 AM 

at NM State Capitol Building

490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501


National Governors Association (NGA) Demo

Bring your signs and banners to the NM State Capitol at 10 AM to rally and hear about pressing state issues from several local organizatons. Then we will march to the Santa Fe Convention Center at 11:15 AM, where the National Governors Association Conference is being held. 

Rumor has it that Trump or Mike Pence will be making an appearance at some point during the conference. The conference is taking place THIS Thursday - Saturday. Join us and 30 other orgs who have something to say to governors who are elected by the people. View the NGA agenda here.

We demand that our Governors step up to protect our human and civil rights, our air, water, environment, and the right to a decent life. 

Please share and come with signs and banners and let the governors know in this time of crisis aggravated by policies of the Trump Administration we are saying STEP UP OR STEP DOWN. POLICIES FOR THE PEOPLE NOT THE 1%. Governors must support state policies and laws that:

• Provide affordable healthcare as a right for all
• Increase state funding for public education K – higher education
• Expand environmental protection and 100% renewable energy
• Ensure women’s access to reproductive health and right to choose
• Stop inhumane ICE enforcement, protect due process for immigrants and asylum seekers, and keep families together
• Guarantee unions the right to organize and collect dues.
• Protect free speech rights to support Palestine through boycotts
• Protect voting rights and end gerrymandering
• Enforce stricter gun control laws, ban assault weapons and paraphernalia
• End mass incarceration and private prisons
• Protect indigenous lands and rights
• No interstate transfer of nuclear waste


Thursday July 19, 2018 

10:30 AM 

at NM State Capitol Building

490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

A People’s Convening: Rally for Clean Air

Juntos: Our Air, Our Water will also be rallying and demanding more from Governors at the NGA conference. On Thursday, they'll be there to remind our state executives that more than 25 million children across the country deserve to breathe clean air as they ride buses to school. 

Join the Clean Buses for Healthy Niños coalition as we rally outside the NGA meeting calling on lawmakers to fully fund and implement plans to invest Volkswagen settlement money into zero-emission, electric school buses. Parents, students, activists, and supporters from across the country will be traveling to Santa Fe to share their stories and share with governors why they must act now to ensure our children have healthy futures. Join us at the rally and bring a sign!
Este verano, gobernadores de todo el país se reunirán en la reunión del verano de la Asociación Nacional de Gobernadores en Santa Fe, y nosotros también estaremos allí para recordarles a nuestros ejecutivos estatales que más de 25 millones de niños en todo el país merecen respirar aire limpio mientras usan autobuses a la escuela.
Únase a la coalición Clean Buses for Healthy Niños mientras nos reunimos fuera de la reunión de NGA pidiendo a los oficiales electos que financien e implementen por completo los planes para invertir el dinero del acuerdo de Volkswagen en autobuses escolares eléctricos de cero emisiones. Padres, estudiantes, activistas y simpatizantes de todo el país viajarán a Santa Fe para compartir sus historias y compartir con los gobernadores por qué deben actuar para garantizar que nuestros niños tengan un futuro saludable. ¿QUÉ PUEDEN HACER LOS PARTIDARIOS? Asistir a el rally + traer una pancarta Comparte tu historia de #CleanRide4Kids en las redes sociales o con los medios de prensa


There are so many places to show up this month. We hope you'll join us for the many July Action Network Calls to Action this month!

July 2018 Calls to Action!


6:30-8:00 PM
at United Way of Santa Fe County
3164 Agua Fria Road, Santa Fe, NM
Resource Meeting: Poder Familiar

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