January 2019 - Green Fire Times
Once again, we have partnered with the Green Fire Times to curate the January issue. This year it is themed around “Seizing This Moment.” After two issues on featuring stories of community resilience in the face of adversity, it is time to shift gears as we face a year of opportunity in New Mexico. Below is every op-ed featured in January.
SEIZING THIS MOMENT:
Our Hopes for New Mexico’s Promising Future
BY Miguel Angel Acosta, Bianca Sopoci-Belknap, Nicole Jaramillo
Co-directors, Earth Care, Santa Fe, New Mexico
It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”– Assata Shakur
To kick off the new year, Earth Care is excited to partner with Green Fire Times to bring you the third annual activism-focused edition. Two years ago, we proposed partnering with GFT to elevate voices of New Mexicans working in the trenches on diverse social and environmental issues so they could share their insights about how the changing political landscape threatened their work, created new needs and opportunities, and required new levels of action, solidarity and commitment to transformative change.
Once again, we’ve invited leaders of social and environmental justice movements in New Mexico to present their perspectives. This year, however, the tone has changed. Given the amazingly strong turnout in the 2018 midterm election and the historic engagement of our brothers and sisters across the state, New Mexico’s democracy has been re-enlivened. We have an incredible opportunity to seize the moment and make impactful strides to invest deeply in our children, youth, families and communities by rectifying chronic injustices in our education system, energy system, economy and environment. New Mexicans are ready for change!
From women’s reproductive health rights to climate legislation, to immigrant rights, to sane gun laws, we’ve tapped established and emerging movement leaders to discuss their work and the actions we can all take to get involved.
Our organization has shifted a great deal over these last two years to meet the needs of our community and rise to the challenges we face as a country. Our youth and parent leaders are more active than ever on issues of equitable community development and representation, education as a force for positive social change, and climate justice.
Translating our urgent concern for our future and dreams for a better world into institution- al change requires that we get active in public-policy-making during this year’s state legisla- tive session.
WE HOPE YOU’LL JOIN US.