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Saturday, September 14, 2019

     Education will be the theme of this monthly public meeting of the Southern New Mexico New Progressives.  Speakers will be Public Education Commissioner Pat Gipson, LCPS Community Schools Coordinator David Greenberg, NEA State President Mary Parr Sanchez, and NM Senator Bill Soules who chairs the Senate Education Committee.  From 2:00-4:00pm, this meeting will be held at Sugie’s Diner, 340 N Main St.

Monday, September 16, 2019

     Quarterly Community Meeting of NAMI-NM (National Alliance for Mental Illness) will be held from 6:00-7:30pm at the Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho, and includes a light supper.

     Kick-off of Moral March on Washington will begin in El Paso and culminate in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2020.  It is significant that the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington has chosen El Paso for this event.  The Moral Monday Mass Meeting (A National Call for Moral Revival) will be held 7:00-8:30pm, All Saints Episcopal Church, 3500 McRae Blvd, El Paso.  Details are available at http://www.fb.com/events/375754989765852.  We must do MORE (mobilizing, organizing, registering, educating).

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

     Constitution Day . . . don’t you wish tRump would read and understand the document?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

     March on the Border: A Call to Action Against White Supremacy sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign will gather at 5:30pm at the corner Father Rahm Ave and El Paso St and march to the Plaza San Jacinto, 111 W. Mills Ave. in El Paso.

Friday, September 20, 2019

     Climate Crisis Rally in Las Cruces led by Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center and many others at Albert Johnson Park (in front of Branigan Library), corner of N. Main and Picacho from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Stand up for our planet!!

Silver City Climate Strike at 5 PM at Gough Park (1201 N Pope St, Silver City, NM). RSVP – https://actionnetwork.org/events/silver-city-nm-us-strike?

     Global Climate Strike rally in El Paso.  Sponsored by 350.org and others, science and justice demand that we do more than simply address the symptoms of the climate breakdown.  The Global Climate Strike is a vital moment where our collective power comes together to make these solutions a reality.  Event starts at 4:30pm at Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia, El Paso.  RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/us-climate-strikes?referrer=group-350org-network&source=350org-network&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit.  Enter zip code to be directed to El Paso event.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

     International Peace Day and National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

     NAACP Monthly meeting at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, begins at 10:00am.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

     Methane/Ozone Community Meeting with the NM Environment Department will be held in Las Cruces from 9:30-11:30am in the Roadrunner Room of the Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho.  Several air quality monitors in Dona Ana County have been showing that ozone concentrations are approaching the health-based 2015 ozone standard.  Best to RSVP if you plan to attend so you won’t be turned away due to space limitations.  Notify Robert Spillers, 505-476-4324 or Robert.spillers@state.nm.us.

     Free Community Screening & Panel Discussion of “The Providers.”  This award-winning documentary follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system.  Best to RSVP at http://bit/ly/2Wdu2.

Friday, September 27, 2019

     Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held at the Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla, from 6:00-9:00pm.  These environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty and show the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.  Tickets will be available soon.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

     International Safe Abortion Day

     Wise Latina International 2019 Summit to Stop Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking will be held at El Paso Community College, 9050 Viscount ASC Bldg A from 8:00am to 2:30pm.  Keynotes by Virginia Isaias, Founder of Human Trafficking Survivor Foundation, and Dr. Maria Nieto, Survivor/Advocate Child Trafficking & Author of “The Pig Behind the Bear,” as well as other speakers, workshops, counselors, testimonials and theater . . . all for $35 at the door.

     “Open for Business: New Mexico’s Transition to a Renewable Energy Future” is the topic for this Conversations with Democrats program.  NM Commissioner of Public Lands, Stephanie Garcia Richard, will be the guest speaker and conversation leader.  Conversations are held at Holy Family Church, 702 Parker Rd starting at 2:00pm.  Free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

     World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

            ACLU Annual Meeting, at Andele Restaurant, 1950 Calle de Norte, Mesilla, from 5:30-7:00pm.  RSVP at http://aclu-nm.org/2019meetings or 575-527-0664, X1102.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

     KRWG hosts the City of Las Cruces Mayoral Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, NAACP, and PFLAG.  The videotaping will be at 1:00pm in Rm 117 of Milton Hall on the NMSU campus.  You may watch the debate the next day, Thursday Oct. 10, at 7:00pm on KRWG-TV, Channel 22.

November Academy for Learning in Retirement Series will focus on (Im)Migration in the Borderlands.  Details will be announced later, but save the days of Nov. 7, 9, 14 & 16 from 10:00am to Noon.

Friday, November 15, 2019

     PFLAG 24th Annual Fundraiser dinner, silent auction, and entertainment with a focus on LGBTQ+ homelessness issues will be held at the Rama Palms Hotel, 201 E. University Ave, Las Cruces.  Tickets are $40.  This event starts at 5:30pm and is scheduled to end at 9:00.

Hurricane Dorian relief organizations:

1.     All Hands and Hearts (https://www.allhandsandhearts.org/) is a volunteer-driven organization that helps to rebuild resilient communities in the aftermath of natural disasters.

2.    Mercy Corps (https://www.mercycorps.org/) is a humanitarian relief organization that sends emergency teams to crises around the world.

3.    UNICEF (https://www.unicef.org/) and its on-the-ground partners are bringing relief to children and their families in the Bahamas.

4.    Water Mission (https://watermission.org/) is sending three teams of engineers to repair water systems and provide freshwater to people in the meantime.  All donations will be match dollar for dollar.

5.    HeadKnowles (https://headknowlesbahamas.com/) is a local, volunteer-driven relief organization that provides essential supplies to affected communities in the Bahamas.

6.    Sierra Club (https://www.sierraclub.org/) is working around the clock to get aid to people still on the islands as well as to those who have made it to Florida without food, clean water, fuel or shelter.

Commentary

China’s Hong Kong nightmare, and the U.S. response


 By Mel Gurtov

Donald Trump has kept his promise, reportedly made to Xi Jinping in June, that Washington would “tone down” its comments on the spiraling HK protests. “Very tough situation” Trump tweeted on August 12. “I hope it works out for everybody, including China.” 

Memo to Trump: It won’t “work out” on its own, and you would do well to try something else if you don’t want to see a bloodbath there.

True to form, Trump seems to be tying the US attitude on the Hong Kong demonstrations to Xi’s willingness to come to terms—Trump’s that is—on trade and investment. “Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!” Trump tweeted on August 14.  That approach is likely to be a non-starter.  The Chinese leadership, which regards Hong Kong, like Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang, as an exclusively internal matter (Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said as much), will surely reject bargaining over Hong Kong to get a better trade deal.

If linking Hong Kong to trade is the best the Trump administration can suggest, it will have no influence over an explosive situation that could, if it continues to escalate, result in direct Chinese intervention.  Chinese sources say the Hong Kong demos are “descending into terrorism,” using language reminiscent of the months before military intervention to remove mass protesters from Tiananmen square in 1989.  Chinese of a certain age will remember the People’s Daily editorial of April 26, 1989, a warning signal to the demonstrators that eventuated in the June 4 crackdown.  The editorial, “We Must Take a Clear-cut Stand against Disturbances,” warned against chaos and charged that “an extremely small group of people” wanted to overthrow the communist party and system.

Flaunting the banner of democracy, they undermined democracy and the legal system. Their purpose was to sow dissension among the people, plunge the whole country into chaos and sabotage the political situation of stability and unity. This is a planned conspiracy and a disturbance. Its essence is to, once and for all, negate the leadership of the CPC [Communist Party of China] and the socialist system. This is a serious political struggle confronting the whole party and the people of all nationalities throughout the country. If we are tolerant of or conniving with this disturbance and let it go unchecked, a seriously chaotic state will appear.

“Chaos” has deep meaning in Chinese history, and the highest priority of every Chinese leader from Mao to Xi has been to maintain “stability” and order.  In 1989 Deng Xiaoping and colleagues warned that ongoing protests might bring China’s economic reforms to a halt, and today, similarly, the leaders’ concern is preventing any social movement from disrupting China’s drive for economic heights and great-power status.  Now as then, the young people in the streets were characterized as a small number, not representative of the greater population but a threat to communist party rule.

In a tweet on August 14, Trump said: “I have ZERO doubt that if President Xi wants to quickly and humanely solve the Hong Kong problem, he can do it. Personal meeting?”  Pick up the phone and talk to the man, Mr. President, but don’t expect Xi to be in the least interested in the idea.  Not only would Xi regard a meeting with the protesters as a grant of legitimacy to them.  (First the Hong Kongers, then the Uyghers!)  Trump’s credibility with Beijing is about as low as one can imagine, thanks to his barrage of tariffs, branding of China as a currency manipulator, and constantly chortling that the longer the trade war goes on, the better it is for America.  John Bolton, ever unhelpful, further alienated Beijing by warning China that a “misstep” would politically and economically costly.  Thus does this administration demonstrate anew its ignorance of its opponent.

Trump would do better to work with US allies that have a direct interest in avoiding further violence in Hong Kong and further damage to US-China relations.  Together they can make clear to Xi that while they do not support violent protesting, and accept China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong, a crackdown there would be disastrous for China’s international political and economic relations. Seeking a peaceful solution that meets some of the protesters’ demands, on the other hand—such as having the Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam, step down, permanently removing the extradition law, and reaffirming commitment to Hong Kong’s social and political autonomy—would be a sign that China is indeed a “responsible great power.”

And while he’s at it, Trump might reexamine his tariffs-based trade policy that is causing worldwide economic chaos and great harm to both the Chinese and US economies.  But don’t hold your breath.

Mel Gurtov, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University.

Local

Crisis intervention volunteer opportunity

From the Las Cruces Police Department:

Community: CIRT Volunteers Wanted: LCPD is accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit is accepting applications for volunteers interested in joining CIRT – the Crisis Intervention Response Team.

The Crisis Intervention Response Team works with police officers and detectives by helping victims of crimes. Volunteering for the team is a unique opportunity for those interested in a career in law enforcement, as a victim’s advocate, or college students who want experience in law enforcement or social work.

CIRT volunteers must:

• Be at least 18 years old.
• Have a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
• Have a vehicle along with proof of insurance and registration.
• Live within Las Cruces or in close proximity to the city.
• Pass a criminal background check.

CIRT volunteers serve on-call overnight hours primarily on weekends. The Las Cruces Police Department provides 40 hours of training which is mandatory and must be completed prior to serving as a volunteer.

Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Late applications will not be accepted. Training for those accepted will begin Oct. 2.

For applications or more information on the Crisis Intervention Response Team contact Richard Hernandez at richernandez@las-cruces.org, Lisa Hamilton at lhamilton@las-cruces.org or call the Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit at (575) 528-4111.

Border

Environment

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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