Anti-Vaxxers and APS Elections

By Jennie Lusk APS board members are all but completely unpaid, yet work scores of hours each month setting policy, examining audits and communicating with parents.  For this, they deserve the admiration of everyone who cares about young people and the future. Nationwide, school board members face increasing violence from people on the extremist fringe who oppose “vaccine mandates”—that is, requiring…

Child Abuse and COVID

By Lance Chilton “We’re damned if we do, and damned if we don’t!” one Child Protective Service worker told me -- damned if she takes a child away from loving but flawed parents, damned if a child is not taken away and then suffers abuse or even death at the hands of her/his parents.  Walking the line between over- and under-enforcement…

A New Force Comes to DPNM!

By Diane Torres-Velásquez A new caucus focused on including and mobilizing Hispanic activists awaits approval by the party’s State Central Committee (SCC) at its next meeting on October 23. Fuerzas Unidas values unity as a strength and, as such, is a newly envisioned Hispanic caucus with roots in advocacy and Chicana and Chicano activism. This group reaches out to rural…

Early In-Person Voting Begins 10/16 County-wide

Early in-person voting expands from the County Clerk's annex to a dozen or more voting locations beginning Saturday, Oct. 16. Their hours and locations follow, courtesy the Bernalillo County Clerk: Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A 87104Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (During In-Person Absentee, Oct. 5-15, 2021)Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (During…

Other Diseases, Other Vaccines

By Lance Chilton We’ve concentrated so much on COVID, it’s been hard to think of anything else.  But there are other diseases and other infections: Among a vast number of others, measles, malaria, HIV, and shingles haven’t disappeared forever. Smallpox does seem to be gone -- the result of a very effective vaccine that we no longer have to get.  Diphtheria in the 1920s…

Political Power

For every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction. --Newton’s Third Law ofMotion There is a social political epidemic persisting through the ages in the United States and it is not enough just to label it racism. With the passage of Texas’s Senate Bill 8 (SB8), it is tempting to call it racist misogyny but even that doesn’t…

Birth of a New Environmental Caucus

By Muriel Carpenter The members of Bernalillo County Ward 17B were in the parking lot saying our good-byes after having met to elect our officers and county committee members when we began discussing the need for our ward to do something meaningful in the coming year – something that our community could see and benefit from.  Everyone in the group agreed what that something would be: absolute…

Cheryl Harris: Adelante Caucus Founder

By Jennie Lusk The name Cheryl Harris is not synonymous with progessive politics, though it probably should be. The former vice president of the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) and chair of the Adelante Progressive Caucus has focused on moving the state and county party forward—and to the left—and she’s succeeding. Her work as one of the founders of the…

To Boost or Not to Boost

By Lance Chilton Two weeks after seeing a wonderful New Mexico Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet, during which the star, Sheridan K. Johnson, declaims “To be or not to be…”, I got my third COVID shot, my booster.  So I have answered the question in the title of this piece for myself, anyway. Our Department of Health, ably led by Governor…

New Mexico's Rate of Imprisonment is 19th in the World

A new report shows that New Mexico imprisons people at a higher rate than most U.S. states and every other country in the world, and there is little correlation between high incarceration rates and violent crime. The Prison Policy Initiative found that New Mexico incarcerates 773 people per 100,000 total population, and if one imagines the state as an independent country, it…

Focus on: Pamelya Herndon

  Pamelya HerndonHouse District 28Pamelya Herndon, Representative for State District 28 The Bernalillo County Commission voted to appoint Pamelya Herndon as the next Representative for House District 28, filling the seat vacated by the election of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury. The vote was 4 to 0, with Commissioner Debbie O’Malley absent. Rep. Herndon will serve the remainder of Melanie Stansbury’s…