RESISTance Calendar

Saturday, August 17, 2019

     AARP Rally on the Plaza to end prescription greed from 9:00am – noon will feature local city, state and U.S. officials.  In addition to speakers, a mariachi band will provide entertainment and a Bill of Rights to Affordable Prescription Drugs will be available to sign.  The event is free and open to everyone.

     Mountain View Co+op Block Party starts at 9:00am and continues throughout the day with local vendors, special prices, entertainment, and community-building events.  Check it out at 1300 El Paseo.

     NAACP Monthly Meeting will be held at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Rd, at 10:00am.  All are welcome.

     El Paso Strong Rally will be held at Lincoln Park, 4001 Durazno Ave, El Paso, starting at 11:00am.  The El Paso Chapter of Moms Demand Action will be partnering with El Paso Strong to host a rally to push for gun violence prevention, strengthen the Latinx community and to honor the victims of the El Paso shooting.

     “Iron Jawed Angels” screening at the Fountain Theater, 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, Mesilla at 1:30pm.  This special showing to celebrate the signing of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote is free.  “Fiery American suffragette Alice Paul lights a fire under the older women’s leaders in Washington DC. President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote, but Paul is prepared to go to prison for her cause.”

     Party on the Plaza is also part of the celebration of A Day for Equality sponsored by the Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice (LCCRJ).  This FREE party begins at 7:00pm with music by the band, The Beaux Peep Show, starting at 8:00.  There will be music, dancing, food trucks, vendors, activism, community and fun.  Donations to La Casa Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter (shampoo/conditioner; plastic plates, cups and bowls; utensils; razors; deodorant; women’s sanitation products) are most welcome.  See attached flyer.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

     Town Hall sponsored by the Office of African American Affairs of New Mexico.  Food will be served and child care is available.  “Speak up because the day you don’t speak up for the things that matter to you is the day your freedom truly ends.”  5:30-8:30pm at Lynn Community Middle School, 950 S Walnut.  More information at 505-383-6222.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

     “Educating New Mexico: Why the Martinez-Yazzie Ruling Matters” is the topic of this Conversations with Democrats program.  Dr. Karen Trujillo will be the conversation leader of this valuable topic.  The program begins at 2:00pm at Holy Family American National Catholic Church, 702 Parker Rd.


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, 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.

Friday, September 20, 2019

     Global Climate Strike

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.


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.


Vigil Monday in Las Cruces

Expression of Solidarity with the People of El Paso

Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Councillor Gabe Vasquez and the Las Cruces City Council are asking residents to join them at the Civic Plaza on Monday evening for an expression of solidarity with the people of El Paso after a shooter killed 20 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall.

“I was in touch with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo immediately after the shooting on Saturday,” Miyaghisma said, “offering our full support as a city, and as neighbors with deep ties to our friends in El Paso.  To that end, our Las Cruces city councilors and I would like to invite all Las Crucens to join us at the Civic Plaza on Monday evening to show our solidarity with the people of El Paso.”

The event will be held at 8 pm Monday, August 5, at the Civic Plaza in downtown Las Cruces.

“We know that it’s long past time to address the problem of domestic terrorism in our country,” Miyagishima said.  “It will take all of our creativity, commitment and trust in one another to rein in the forces of violence that have been unleashed against our people.  For now, at this time of deep pain, the councilors and I are inviting our fellow residents to join us in solidarity with our good friends to the south, and to stand in full support of our beautiful, diverse and welcoming border community.”



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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