Weekly RESISTance Calendar

Throughout October

     “Trotando Pasos Ajenos” is the name of the exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Main, this month.  Curated by Dr. Dulcinea Lara and Dr. Nicholas Natividad of NMSU Criminal Justice Dept and Daniel Aguilera, designer and builder, the exhibit is designed to focus on regional issues of justice inequality as they pertain to identity, environment, history, immigration, law, and faith.  Exhibit will be on display until January 6.


October is National Bullying Prevention Month.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.





Saturday, October 21, 2017

     Citizen Lobbyist Training will be offered by Common Cause from 1:00 – 3:00pm at Good Samaritan Society, 3011 Buena Vida Circle.  RSVP at 505-205-5067 or shannonkunkel1383@gmail.com.  Learn the best ways to contact and engage with your lawmakers on the issues that matter to you.



Sunday, October 22, 2017

     Lunch, march, and mass meeting of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (founder of the very successful Moral Mondays in North Carolina) and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.  This is not to be missed!!  Lunch – a chance to listen and learn about the inspiration, vision, and strategy of the New Poor People’s Campaign – will be at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave., El Paso, beginning at 1:00pm.  The community march will start at 3:00pm from Café Mayapan to the Armijo Recreation Center, 700 E. 7th Ave, El Paso, where the mass meeting will begin at 4:00pm.  The mass meeting will launch the Poor People’s Campaign at the Border featuring music, testimonies, and interfaith calls to action.  Sponsored by Border Network for Human Rights and supported by NM-CAFé.  RSVP  to rheyman@bnhr.org or 915-801-7440.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

     John Birch Society Meeting.  Did you think the John Birch Society was dead or at least not in Las Cruces?  Think again.  John McManus will speak on “Get Us Out! Of the United Nations” at 7:00pm at Mountain View Baptist Church, 705 N. Main, in case you want to picket the event.


Doña Ana Board of County Commissioners will meet starting at 9:00am and two items regarding increasing funding for SpacePort America will be discussed . . . probably sometime after 10:30am.


Lecture by biologist Steve West will begin at 7:00pm at the Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC), 275 N Main.  The title of the talk is “The Last Desert Grassland: Otero Mesa’s Amazing Biodiversity.”



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

     Speaker series for Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus at NMSU begins with a talk by Dr. Mike Tapia on his new book, The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, 1915-2015 (TCU Press).  Program begins at 6:00pm in the HSS Auditorium.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

     Progressive Voter Alliance (PVA) meeting at 7:00pm at the Munson Senior Center.


Bureau of Land Management focused outreach meeting will be at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd, starting from 7:30-9:00pm.  Participants will be encouraged to speak freely and answer questions such as Do you engage in activities on public land?, Are you interested in how the BLM manages these activities?, and What public land is especially important to you?



Friday, October 27, 2017

     Legal Fair to be held at the Third Judicial District Court, 201 W. Picacho, from 10:00am to 1:00pm preceded by a special workshop on domestic violence, stalking and sexual assult from 9:30 to 10:00am.  Free.


5th Annual Ngage Karaoke Fundraiser for the education initiative in Dona Ana County will be held at Grapevine Plaza, 2900 W Picacho Ave, from 7:00-10:00pm.  Come and vote for your favorite celebrity karaoke act, bid on the silent auction, and eat some delicious food.  Prizes, Halloween costume contest, and a cash bar complete the offerings.  Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at bit.ly/ngagekaraoke.  More info at 575-521-1957.  Karaoke performers include Frank Lopez, Gill Sorg, Lucas Herndon, Adela Trujillo, Joanne and Rich Ferrary, David Armijo, Bill McCamley, Soledad Ybarra, Adriano Perez, Britnee DiLorenzo, Cheryl and Mario Carreon, Angelica Rubio, Steve Montanez, Tony Martinez, Shannon Reynolds, David Baake, and Austin Trout.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

     Back by Noon: No Walls in the Wild will be a special trip organized by Southwest Environmental Center to view the border wall up close in Sunland Park and explain its devastating effects on the most biologically diverse region in the U.S.  Advanced reservations are required at 575-522-5552 or ashley@wildmesquite.org.  Event will start in Las Cruces at 8:30am.


     New Mexico NAACP State Conference at Hotel Encanto featuring a luncheon at Noon with keynote speaker Sonia Gipson Rankin (Professor, UNM School of Law) and a banquet at 6:00 with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Pope Davis (Dean, NMSU College of Education).  Tickets for the luncheon are $30 and for the banquet they are $50.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call Curtis at 915-355-9702 or Bobbie at 575-635-7538.


     “Women’s Health & Abortion:  Litmus Test, Labels, & Women’s Lives” is the title of a conversation led by Julianna Koob, Legislative Advocate for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and the ACLU-NM and by Marshall Martinez, Public Affairs Director for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico.  The program from 2:00-4:00pm at Holy Family American National Catholic Church, 702 Parker Rd, is free and open to the public.


A statewide Conference on Climate, “Getting Beyond the Climate Argument: Plugging into Solutions,” will be sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby and held in Santa Fe and simultaneously Skyped to Albuquerque, Taos and Las Cruces.  Tickets for the Las Cruces site will be $10 and may be purchased at the door or online athttp://cclusa.org/NMConf.  In Las Cruces, meet at the Southwest Environmental Center, 345 N. Main.  Includes light breakfast at 8:00am and box lunch.  Program runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm.  There will be national, state and local experts plus lots of open discussion.







Monday, October 30, 2017

     City Council Meeting starting at 1:00pm will be held in Council chambers of city hall.  The issue of how to distribute the proceeds from the sale of the Cumunez building will be heard.  Should monies go to the general fund, economic development, or affordable housing.  Councillor Gandara supports Option 3 (affordable housing) and asks for a show of support for that option from the community.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

     Listening Clinic at the Las Cruces Friends Meeting House, 622 N. Mesquite St, each first Wednesday from 4:30-6:00pm.  The Listening Clinic is an opportunity to practice listening; to improve your listening skills; and be more fully listened to.  Methods from The Compassionate Listening Project, the Alternatives to Violence Project and Nonviolent communication will be used.  For more information, contact Vickie at mathstar@zianet.com or call 575-541-9093.



Friday, November 3, 2017

     La Frontera Fair Trade Store will be open during the Art Ramble, 5:00-7:00pm, at their usual location, Nopalito’s Galeria at 326 S Mesquite St.



Kangaroo Court


by Tom H. Hastings


I spent the last few days traveling across the country to North Dakota to join others in supporting a gentle man who tried to help everyone. For that he was convicted of several crimes and will be heading to a North Dakota prison.

Michael Foster was born and raised in Texas, in an oil family. His crime in North Dakota was turning off the Keystone pipeline in a symbolic but real call to all of us to do what we can to stop global climate chaos.

That North Dakota valve turn was one of five similar actions last October–two women, three men, five valves on lines in Washington state, Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota, all done in resonance with the Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign.

We see the buck-naked consequences of paying no attention to our oil consumption; Harvey drowns Houston, fires rip through the West, every hurricane is more intense than it otherwise would be, droughts last longer, lakes are drying up, the seas are rising and surging, and with fracking even earthquakes are no longer a pure act of God. Most previously natural disasters are now unnatural disasters, made worse by our hand more than the hand of God or Mother Nature.

The Trump regime is doing worse than nothing; they are exacerbating the problem by rolling back the tepid regulations the Obama administration brought to bear. Trump yanks the US out of a world agreement to fix this, the Paris Accords. He gets Rick “Never-met-an-oil-well-I-didn’t-like” Perry as his Secretary of Energy and Scott “That-pollution-smells-like-money-to-me” Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency–into the ground. Trump promises to bring back dirty coal. It is Satanic, frankly, with zero regard for the children of the world, for the generations. He’s old without any discernible conscience. Who will confront him?

Michael Foster, Leonard Higgins, Ken WardEmily Johnston, and Annette Klapstein will. They have.

I attended Michael’s trial as much as possible, although I couldn’t be in the room in the beginning because I was scheduled as an expert witness and we were sequestered until we testified–or until the judge disallowed us…which she did.

Michael was facing 23 years in prison on four charges. Three of us were there to provide expert testimony in three topic areas to help the judge and jury understand why Michael should be acquitted. Two of us were there to speak to different aspects of nonviolence and one was on hand to speak about the urgency of a rapid change in our general habits but a specific exam of the dirty tar sands oil that flows through the Keystone pipeline. Climatologist James Hansen is 76 years old and is the one who announced that “global warming has arrived” in 1988 when he worked as a scientist at the Goddard Space Center. Every single prediction he made then has come to pass. He is arguably the world’s top scientist in that area–certainly the most famous. He’s Trump’s age, only with a long-view conscience and integrity.

The court could not be bothered to listen to this eminent scientist, someone who could have helped the judge and jury become at least familiar with the emergency that we see unfolding all over nowadays, made much worse by the dirtiest sort of fossil fuel–tar sands oil.

The contempt for anyone coming to North Dakota to “tell us how to live” (the prosecutor’s attack on Michael, who is now from Seattle) was palpable. The judge allowed the prosecution’s expert witness, demonstrating some spectacular inconsistency and hypocrisy. As one who woke up a few times this summer to unbreathable air and everything in my town covered in forest fire ash, I say to North Dakotans, you need to fix this. We will do our part but you need to do yours. Most of us know at least one or two people in Houston, or in the Santa Rosa area, or in Miami or Puerto Rico. Are we Americans who value all other Americans or are we not?

But the prosecutors were dismissive. Hell, Foster only faces 23 years, why give him a chance to reason with jury members? Let’s not confuse them with the facts.

The trial in tiny Cavalier, North Dakota, in remote Pembina County, was heartbreaking.


Dr. Tom H. Hastings is a scholar of civil resistance and PeaceVoice Director. 




Weekly + RESISTance Calendar

Saturday, June 17, 2017

     La Frontera Fair Trade Store is open for the third summer.  The store is at Nopalito’s Galeria, 326 S. Mesquite St, Las Cruces, and is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm every Saturday from June 3 through Aug. 26.  All proceeds from the sales go to the women who produce the products because the store is staffed entirely by volunteers.


PFLAG Prideweek Kick-off at Pioneer Women’s Park from 9:00am to Noon.  Bagels & burritos, music, speakers, fun for the whole family.


Rally to Defend Health Care to be held at Albert Johnson Park (in front of Branigan Library) from 10:00am to Noon.  Participating groups:  We’re In Indivisible, Democratic Party, Office of Senator Martin Heinrich, ProgressNow New Mexico, ACLU, Health Action NM, Planned Parenthood, and Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice.  Hear personal stories and listen to your political leaders, doctors, and other health care providers discuss needs in Dona Ana County.  Bring signs:  Protect My Care, Save the ACA, Defeat TrumpCare, Medicare for All, Save Medicaid, or your own brilliant creations.


Support of Local Immigrant Family sponsored by CAFé.  Religious leaders, including Bishop Oscar Cantu and Father Tom Smith, will speak out in support of Francia Benitez-Castano and her family at a press conference at 10:00am at Holy Cross Retreat Center (600 Holy Cross Rd) followed by mass at 11:00am.


Women’s March to Ban the Bomb in New York City and other cities.  No sister action is planned yet for Las Cruces.



Monday, June 19, 2017

     Attend the Las Cruces City Council meeting that starts at 1:00pm in Council Chambers, City Hall.  Agenda items include resolutions of support for the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and for the Paris agreement.  The Green Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor welcome your attendance.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

     World Refugee Day.  Let’s work to free immigrants from detention and welcome them to our communities as refugees.  Sadly, here in the U.S., we are detaining thousands of people who should be protected, supported, and empowered to forge a new life away from the violence and trauma they have fled.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

     Anti-war Vigil every Wednesday (since 9/11/01) from 4:00-5:00pm at the federal court building, Church Street at Griggs.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

     Soulidarity vigil every Thursday from 5:00-5:30pm at the federal court building, Church Street at Griggs.  Stand in opposition to Dakota Access, Keystone XL, and all other oil pipelines being constructed across the land of indigenous and Native peoples in violation of treaties and with disregard for sacred spaces.


–Jan Thompson janthompson0817@gmail.com




SWEC: Blessing event celebrates wolves

The Extraordinary Biodiversity of Otero Mesa

Join us for a Tuesday Talk at SWEC on October 24, at 7 pm by biologist Steve West on the extraordinary biodiversity of New Mexico’s Otero Mesa. Learn why SWEC and other groups have been fighting so hard to protect this special and threatened place. Steve is a 4th generation New Mexican and career science teacher who has written a book and published articles on Chihuahuan Desert plants and animals. Free and open to the public. Click here for more information about Otero Mesa.

No Walls in the Wild–10/28

Join us for a Back by Noon outing to see the existing border wall along the U.S./Mexico border. At 18 feet high and constructed of steel bollards, the wall has to be seen to be believed. New prototypes being built are nearly twice as high! SWEC’s executive director Kevin Bixby will explain why the wall is devastating to wildlife, and talk about efforts to stop further construction. Learn more about the wall here. To sign up for this easy outing, contact (575) 522-5552 or ashley@wildmesquite.org.

A Wild Success!

Our annual A Wild Night for Wildlife gala fundraiser held last Saturday was a huge success. More than 300 people came out on an absolutely gorgeous autumn evening to enjoy great food, drinks, music and company on the beautiful downtown Las Cruces plaza. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us meet our fundraising goals. And of course, thanks again to our sponsors, silent auction donors, and legion of volunteers. Click here to see photos of the event. And for those who attended, watch your inbox for an anonymous survey. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.



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