RESISTance Calendar

Sunday, July 7, 2019

     “Workshopping Race and Other Constructs” is the topic for the Roundtable discussion in the library of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2000 S. Solano.  The speaker is Dr. Dulcinea Lara of NMSU.  Program is for one hour, 9:00-10:00am.

Monday, July 8, 2019

     Candlelight Vigil at Clint Detention Facility, 13400 Alameda Ave, Clint, TX, 8:30pm, every Monday evening.  Bring your own electric candle or flashlight.  #CaravanToClint on FB and Twitter.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

     Monthly vigil to support water protectors and indigenous rights and oppose oil pipelines.  Signs are provided.  Meet from 5:00-5:30pm at corner of Picacho & Main in front of Library.

Friday, July 12, 2019

     Lights for Liberty march and rally in El Paso.  The march will begin at the Santa Fe bridge to Cleveland Square Park starting at 5:30pm.  There will be a candlelight vigil at Cleveland Square sponsored by Border Network for Human Rights, Coalition to End Child Detention, ACLU Texas, Hope Border Institute, and Las Americas.  Car pools from Las Cruces are being formed at the Milagro Coffeehouse parking lot on University at 4:00pm.  A portable chair is also suggested.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

     “Ay Mariposa” film screening, 7:00-8:30pm, at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Main.  Ay Mariposa tells a story of 3 characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico Border Wall.  Sponsored by Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.


Father’s Day and a woman’s right to choos

eBby Rob Okun

The old bumper sticker, “Keep Your Laws Off of My Body,” isn’t old and isn’t a bumper sticker. It’s a chilling reality for women today. And Father’s Day is a perfect time for men to wake up to women’s reality—to stand up and speak out on behalf of women’s reproductive health and rights.

Several weeks ago two-dozen white male Alabama legislators passed a draconian anti-choice bill and where were the men opposing them?  A rash of similar abortion bans—most with no exception for rape or incest—passed across the South and Midwest and where were the men? Besides Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Louisiana are denying a woman’s right to choose; more states are poised to follow. Thankfully, all of these laws are being vigorously challenged in the courts.  Are women wrong to believe men’s silence represents tacit approval, is a form of complicity? If we want women to believe we’re their allies, then, to borrow a Missouri maxim, we have to show them.

Whether you’re a father, stepdad, father figure, brother, uncle, nephew, coach or mentor, it’s way past time to find your voice and stand with women. Let’s use Father’s Day 2019 to publicly and loudly stand up women’s reproductive rights.

Here are a few things men—not just dads—can do:

– For fathers: in lieu of a gift ask your family to make a donation to a local clinic, Planned ParenthoodNARAL, or all three.  (Also, support the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org.)

.-   Volunteer at a clinic, including escorting patients inside.

.-  Urge your faith community leader to deliver a sermon supporting a women’s right to choose (or be the guest speaker yourself).

–  Write a letter to the editor stating your unequivocal support for women’s reproductive rights.

–  Invite a group of men over to talk about the threat women face and why men need to break their silence.

–  Insist researchers to accelerate work on developing male birth control.

–  If you have a son old enough, talk with him about respecting women’s autonomy.

–  Let your daughter know you unequivocally support her right to control her body.

–  Alert anti-choice legislators that you won’t just vote to unseat them, you’ll work to elect pro-choice candidates.

We men have been complacent for too long, detached from women’s reality, smug in our armor of privilege. But there are cracks in our armor. As Katha Pollitt wrote recently in The Nation

[F]or every woman with an ill-timed, unwanted pregnancy, there is probably a man who is unhappy about it, too. Men, too, can have their lives stunted by unwanted childbearing. They, too, suffer when a pregnancy pushes them into marriage, or into marriage with the wrong person¼For men as for women, ill-timed or unwanted children can mean giving up ambitions and dreams. It can mean decades of regret for not doing right by children you didn’t mean to have or have no real connection to or perhaps have never even met.

Of course, there are men in the reproductive rights battle but they’re most visible on the anti-choice side. They lead or are prominent in organizations and protests; they harass clinic workers, patients and families, and they are the primary assassins, murdering not just doctors who perform abortions but clinic workers, too.  Once these children are born though, like most anti-choice activists they are mute on the subject of supporting children outside the womb. Why aren’t more men calling out their hypocrisy?

Even if not all men are fathers, we are all sons. It’s not too late to step up in support of not just the women in our lives—but all women—at a vulnerable time in theirs: mothers, wives or lovers, sisters, daughters, nieces, neighbors. 

Women are facing a full-blown emergency. The clock is ticking; a test case to overturn Roe v. Wade could soon be before the Supreme Court. With the flames of intolerance looming at our sisters’ windows, men must join the bucket brigade to put out the fire. Now.

Rob Okun is editor of Voice Male magazine and a member of the steering committee of North American MenEngage. Syndicated by Peace Voice, he can be reached at rob@voicemalemagazine.org.


PVA meeting recap

Here is a link to the recap of the April PVA meeting:


Also, please check out the calendar of events – find something you’re interested in and import it directly into your calendar!

Speaking of your calendar, the next PVA meeting will be:
Thursday, May 23, 7:00pm
          Munson Senior Center



NMSU to host Two Nations One Water Summit April 23-25

Water scarcity is a critical issue for New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, and the Two Nations One Water U.S.-Mexico Border Water Summit 2019 will address this challenge and more at the April 23-25 event at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University will host the conference, which is in its second year.

“The Two Nations One Water conference provides a platform for a broad audience to explore adaptive water strategies for managing drought in the border region,” said Pei Xu, NMSU civil engineering associate professor. “The conference will address the complex interrelationships among water, agriculture, energy, the economy and socio-political realities. It provides an opportunity for managers, policy makers, government and non-governmental agencies, researchers, students, farmers, ranchers, producers and other stakeholders to participate in learning, sharing and networking. Participants from the U.S. and Mexico will present and share their experiences on water issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are experiencing drastically reduced surface water supplies, declining groundwater quality and quantity, and cumulative effects of more than a decade of drought conditions,” Xu said. “Climate science indicates our region will have a permanent shift to a more arid climate. Water scarcity has affected communities, industry, local farmers and ranchers because they rely on conventional fresh water supplies. Improving the resiliency of water supply in an increasingly arid climate is a key challenge for water planners and managers.”

The conference begins April 23 with a field trip to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The first full-day of the event, April 24, will begin with welcome speech from Ed Archuleta, director of Water Initiatives for the University of Texas at El Paso, and opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. Along with presentations, panel discussions and a student poster session, Mike Hightower from the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Desalination Association will present the keynote address, One Province/One Water.

The conference concludes April 25 with presentations, panel discussions and breakout group discussions. Jayne Harkins from the International Boundary and Water Commission will give the keynote address, Water Management Along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

“I am very happy to work with colleagues at NM WRRI, NMSU, UTEP and Texas A&M to organize this important conference,” Xu said. “We have also received great support and sponsorship from water utilities, industry and government agencies.”

General admission is $50 per person, $100 per person the day of the event and students are $10, which includes two continental breakfasts and two luncheons. The field trip to the desalination research facility is $25 per person and students are no charge. For the full agenda or to register for the event visit https://www.twonationsonewater.org.


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