Weekly RESISTance Calendar

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

     What is on the Agenda in the 2018 NM Legislative Cycle? will be the topic for the Open Meeting of the Southern NM New Progressives.  The meeting, from 2:00-4:00pm in the Roadrunner Room of Branigan Library, will feature Senators Soules and Steinborn, and Representatives Rubio, Small and Martinez.


The monthly Timebank Orientation will be held from 2:00-3:30pm at the Doña Ana Communities United office, 151 S. Walnut, Unit B13, Las Cruces.  Timebanks provide an exchange of services (not dollars) that bu8ild social cohesion, decrease loneliness, and have a positive impact on health.  It’s an alternative economic model that does not rely on capitalism.  For more info, email: dacumeredith@gmail.com.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

     Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative March, sponsored by the Dona Ana County Branch of the NAACP, will assemble at the north roundabout on the Downtown Mall.  Arrive 15 minutes early for a prompt 2:00pmstart of the march.  A Rally will be held at the AFSCME Union Hall, 138 S. Downtown Mall following the March.



Monday, January 15, 2018

     Doña Ana County Branch NAACP Annual Breakfast will be held at 8:00am at Hotel Encanto, 705 S. Telshor Blvd.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased online at www.naacpdac.com or by calling 915-355-9702.  The theme this year is “Diversity in the School System” with keynote speaker, Dr. Gregory Ewing, Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools.



Friday, January 19, 2018

     “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” documentary will be shown at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine from 6:30-8:30pm.  BCOM is at 3501 Arrowhead Dr.  When you enter the building, turn left and walk until you see the double doors on your left.  The documentary takes an in-depth look at how our dysfunctional healthcare system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians, negatively impacting the nation’s health, and remaining unaffordable for a third of our citizens.



Saturday, January 20, 2018

     2018 Progressive Action Summit (sold out last year) will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  ProgressNOW-NM will be partnering with America Votes, Center for Civic Policy, Equality NM, the NM Center for Law & Poverty, Working Families Party and El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos to touch on topics such as economic development, race, class and gender in politics, tapping the permanent fund for early childhood education, and approaching NM’s opioid epidemic.  And that’s just for starters.  RSVP now at https://resist012018.com.


Droughts, Floods, Freezes: The Role of Climate in the Human History of the American Southwest, a talk by Dr. Carla Van West, will be given at 7:00pm.  Call 575-524-9456 for more information.


Singing Out, Las Cruces’s LGBTQA Choir, will perform their winter concert, “If There’s to be Peace in the World.”  Concert begins at 7:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 E. Missouri.  Tickets, available at Spirit Winds and at the door, are $10 (12 and under are free) and include a silent auction and refreshments.



Sunday, January 21, 2018

            Las Cruces WOMEN’S MARCH at Plaza de Las Cruces in the downtown mall.  Rally starts at 1:00pm with the March starting promptly at 2:00pm.  Bring chairs (a few will be provided by SWEC for those who can’t stand long), signs, and water.  Wear black and/or pink and bring friends.  Not enough women have a seat at the table where decisions are being made.  Women make up more than 50% of our country’s population but hold less than 20% of the seats in Congress.  It is critical for women and our male allies to work together to break down barriers that disproportionately hold back women.


Singing Out, Las Cruces’s LGBTQA Choir, will perform their winter concert, “If There’s to be Peace in the World.”  Concert begins at 3:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 1701 E. Missouri.  Tickets, available at Spirit Winds and at the door, are $10 (12 and under are free) and include a silent auction and refreshments.





Saturday, January 27, 2018

     Conversations with Democrats will host a conversation led by Johana Bencomo, Community Organizer with CAFé.  Her topic is “What Is So Precious about U.S. Citizenship, Who Deserves It?”  All are welcome for this program, 2:00-4:00pm, at Holy Family American National Catholic Church, 702 Parker Rd.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

     Public forum on electoral issues is slated for 7:00-9:00pm at Temple Beth El, 3980 Sonoma Springs Ave, Las Cruces.  Co-hosted by the League of Women Voters and Temple Beth El Social Action Committee, it will be the first in a projected series of forums focused on civic concerns throughout our League’s 50th anniversary year.  Panelists for this forum will be Scott Krahling, Dona Ana County Clerk, Viki Harrison, NM Common Cause, and Randy Harris of Great Conversations.


The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”


By Rev. John Dear


It was early 1968.  Since the previous spring Martin Luther King, Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable.  He had deliberately connected the dots between the movement for civil rights and the struggle to end the war in Vietnam, and had paid the price.  He was roundly criticized by the Johnson administration and the media, as well as people in his own movement.  From the right he was attacked for having the gall to question US foreign policy.  From the left he was lambasted for losing focus and not keeping his eyes on the prize.


He even got it from a childhood friend who stopped by the house one afternoon to vent.


“Why are you speaking out against the Vietnam War?” he carped.


King put aside his customary oratory. “When I speak about nonviolence,” he patiently explained, “I mean nonviolent all the way.”


As David Garrow’s classic biography of King, Bearing the Cross, reports, he went on to say, “Never could I advocate nonviolence in this country and not advocate nonviolence for the whole world. That’s my philosophy. I don’t believe in death and killing on any side, no matter who’s heading it up—whether it be America or any other country. Nonviolence is my stand and I’ll die for that stand.”


A few months later King was dead, but not before making one last, indelible declaration of the existential importance of nonviolence.


Standing before the jammed crowd at the Mason Temple in Memphis the night before his death, King linked his life wisdom with a pithy and resounding appraisal of our global predicament: “The choice before us is no longer violence or nonviolence,” he said. “It’s nonviolence or non-existence.”


This April marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination—and of King’s clear warning.  This is a moment not simply for remembering a great leader cut down in his prime but also for seriously contemplating the acute clarity of his assessment and what it means for us today.


Sadly, in the same way that warnings of climate change have mostly been dismissed for decades, Dr. King’s stark framing of the pivotal choice before us—nonviolence or nonexistence—was steadfastly ignored over the past half-century as the United States lurched from another seven years of the Vietnam War to decades of war in Central America, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places, even as the violence of racial injustice, economic inequality, environmental destruction, nuclear proliferation, gun deaths, armed drones, and many other forms of violence spiraled out of control.  Indeed, over these decades we have consistently opted for violence even as we have shunned the word “nonviolence,” as if it were the most dangerous word in the English language.


Now, 50 years on, King’s words take on more weight with each passing hour.


Fifty years after the watershed year of 1968, we are at another watershed, and Dr. King has put the fundamental choice before us. This is the Year of “Nonviolence or Nonexistence.”


Like his childhood friend, all of us must learn his wisdom of active nonviolence and rise to the occasion as Dr. King did and choose active nonviolence if we are to not to go over the brink.


Kingian nonviolence calls for active, universal love toward all human beings, all creatures, and all creation, that refuses to kill or be silent in the face of killing. It is a way of life, a spiritual path, and a political methodology toward peaceful conflict resolution and global justice.


It means striving to be nonviolent to ourselves and to those around us, trying to be nonviolent toward all the creatures and the environment, and doing our part to build up the global grassroots movements of active nonviolence for a new culture of justice, equality, and peace.


“A culture of nonviolence is not an impossible dream,” Pope Francis said recently, following up on his 2017 World Day of Peace message, “Nonviolence—A New Style of Politics,” the first statement on nonviolence in the history of the Catholic Church.


But our culture of violence begs to differ.  “No, Pope Francis,” it says, “a culture of nonviolence is an impossible dream. No, Dr. King, there is no choice; non-existence is inevitable.” Deep down, that’s what we think, isn’t it? That’s what the culture of violence, the voice of despair, tells us.


If we give in to such despair, then our fate is sealed. But this need not be how things turn out.


The ironic good news is that never before have so many nonviolent movements existed in this country and around the globe.  The world is on the march for the nonviolent option, and we, too, can opt for active, creative and powerful nonviolence—and not for the trajectory of nonexistence—by joining them in this critical year.  It’s our most important choice ever.


In 2018, may we, like Martin Luther King, Jr., “mean nonviolent all the way.”




Rev. John Dear, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of the forth-coming book,
  They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.  He works for www.campaignnonviolence.org


Raise a glass: Successful Aggie-owned brewing company launches Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale


The New Mexico State University Aggies kicked off a successful football season with the help of a celebratory drink developed by three former Aggies with a passion for entrepreneurship and beer.

Kevin Jameson and cousins Gabe Jensen and Jotham Michnoviz are the three founding owners of Bosque Brewing Co., which is based in Albuquerque but operates a taproom in Las Cruces, just across the street from NMSU. Michnoviz attended NMSU, while Jensen and Jameson both graduated from NMSU with bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business.

Jensen and Jameson met at NMSU through Jensen’s then-girlfriend – now his wife – who suggested the two meet.

“I was floundering through college at the time and my girlfriend said her friend was in business computer systems and seemed to really enjoy it and already had a job in the field,” Jensen says. “She introduced us and I thought, ‘what the heck?’ We had many classes together, my grades went up quite a bit because I was doing something I actually enjoyed, and we became great friends.”

Both Jensen and Jameson attribute some of their business savvy to their education at NMSU.

“Once I became a business major, my eyes were opened to an entirely new world,” Jensen says. “I fell in love with both the business side of things and the computer programming side. I think, although nothing you can do in school can prepare you all the way for the ups and downs of business, my studies at NMSU really gave me great tools to navigate the business world.”

As Michnoviz describes it, the idea for creating a brewery came up during a party Jensen attended. Jensen voiced his wish to open a brewery, and another party-goer asked, “What’s stopping you?”

“We all at the same time had the same idea,” Michnoviz says. “We started figuring out the process and figuring out what we needed to do. It took us two and a half years to make it happen.”

Jameson says although his background includes economics, accounting, business computer systems, business law, marketing and management, he developed an appreciation for the quality and flavor of craft beer after realizing that many big-name brands seemed lackluster.

“I became interested in trying new craft beers and in the science of the brewing process itself,” Jameson says. “This became a passion that I soon wanted to turn into a business venture. Before ever having brewed a single batch, I found out that my two friends and fellow Aggies, Gabe and Jotham, had this same passion and desire to be craft beer entrepreneurs, so we set out on the journey together.”

In October 2012, Bosque Brewing Co. opened its doors in Albuquerque. About two years later, the Las Cruces taproom made its debut. Bosque Brewing Co.’s growing popularity has led to separate collaborations with Samuel Adams beer and NMSU. The NMSU collaboration spawned Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale, which quickly became a best-seller since its launch in August.

“As alumni and most of our ownership having grown up or lived in Las Cruces, NMSU has a special place in our hearts,” Jensen says. “When the call came in for us to consider brewing an NMSU licensed beer, we geeked out. Being able to support our alma mater by having this beer available at Aggie games and around town was a no-brainer for Bosque.”

Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale is named after the Aggie mascot and the year NMSU was founded. It is available on tap at the brewery’s Las Cruces taproom and at all Aggie football and men’s basketball home games. Cans of the ale will be available statewide sometime this year. Proceeds from each purchase also help NMSU athletic programs become financially independent.

NMSU was the fifth university in the country to launch an officially licensed beer.

With the two collaborations further establishing Bosque Brewing Co.’s reputation for good beer, its future looks very promising.

“I believe our current growth trajectory will see us continue to open more locations in the state and with operations in other states as well,” Jameson says regarding his vision for the company’s future. “Our brewing capacity will have grown in the next 10 years to the point of facilitating massively expanded distribution, which is very exciting, but I also intend to have our employees’ and customers’ experience with Bosque Brewing Company remain consistent to the level of excellence it is today.”

Man pouring a glass of beer
Jotham Michnovicz, Bosque Brewing Co. co-founder and director of operations, pours a glass of the new Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale at its Las Cruces taproom. The ale will be available at all NMSU football and men’s basketball home games, while cans will be available statewide in early 2018. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)
Glass of beer
A glass of the new Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale is shown at the Las Cruces taproom of Bosque Brewing Co. The ale will be available at all NMSU football and men’s basketball home games, while cans will be available statewide in early 2018. (NMSU photo by Andres Leighton)



SWEC: South Texas wildlife refuge is ground zero for border wall fight



Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Threatened

If Congress appropriates money for Trump’s border wall, the first place likely to see construction is the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, home to more species of birds and butterflies than anywhere in the U.S., as well as endangered ocelots and jaguarundis. Santa Ana is targeted because it is federal land, unlike most of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, so the government won’t have to bother condemning the land first.  SWEC will travel to south Texas to join other wall opponents for a rally on Saturday, 1/27 to call attention to the threat and celebrate the refuge’s 75th anniversary. Read more here.

SWEC is hiring: Field Organizer

We are looking for a half-time Field Organizer to lead our campaign to protect New Mexico’s Otero Mesa. This is a great job for someone who is passionate about wildlife and social change. Click here for full job announcement.

SWEC Internships available

SWEC is currently accepting applications for the following internships:

  • Conservation Policy: Desert Lands and Wildlife
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Conservation Education and Outreach
  • Conservation Communications

A minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for 3 months is required. Visit our website for more details.

Upcoming Events

The Last Desert Grassland: Protecting New Mexico’s Otero Mesa—A talk by Kevin Bixby, SWEC Executive Director.  Thursday, 1/18, 5:30 pm, in El Paso. Part of the El Paso Community Foundation’s quarterly Cultivate Forum. More info here.

Peaceful Gila Skies: Join the community discussion on the proposed Holloman Air Force Base expansion of its low level F-16 fighter jet training over the Gila National Forest. Tuesday, 1/16, 6:30 pm in Silver City, NM. More info here.

Droughts, Floods, Freezes: The Role of Climate in the  Human History of the American Southwest. A talk by Dr. Carla Van West, Saturday, 1/20, 7 pm in Las Cruces. Sponsored by HSR, Inc. Call (575) 524-9456 for more info.

New Art Show at SWEC

My Earth, an exhibition by the “10 am” artist group is featured through January at SWEC’s Cottonwood Gallery. The show reflects what the term “My Earth” means to each artist. Works by Penny Duncklee, Susie Castaneda Huck, Kathleen Deasey and others.

Here’s what we’re up against

Climate change doesn’t just affect humans. Hundreds of flying foxes (bats) died last week in Australia due to unprecedented searing heat, according to the Guardian. Temperatures near Sydney reached 117 degrees (F), the hottest temperatures recorded in 80 years. Another reason why we keep fighting.

Thank you for your support!


Not a member? Please join us! We speak for wildlife and wild places. We work to protect and restore vital habitats, like Otero Mesa, and endangered species, like the Mexican Gray Wolf. We’ve had more than 20 years of success and we cannot do it without our members. So please join us today by making a secure online donation! Call 575-522-5552 or contact info@wildmesquite.orgfor more info.

Southwest Environmental Center
275 N. Main
Las Cruces, NM 88001
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