RESISTance Calendar

June is World Refugee Month and LGBTQIA Pride Month

Saturday, June 8, 2019

     NAACP meeting at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, will begin at 10:00am.

     “Framing the Health Care Debate: Lesson from a Local Provider” is the topic for the monthly open meeting of the Southern New Mexico New Progressives.  Dr. Joseph Yaroch, a local psychiatrist, will discuss his experiences as a health care provider being trained and practicing elsewhere before coming to New Mexico.  He is going to discuss how health care advocates can more effectively frame discussions around common health care issues in a way that engages people.  The meeting will be from 2:00-3:30pm at the Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N Main St on the downtown mall.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

     Timebank Orientation from 6:00-7:30pm at 151 S. Walnut, Unit B13, is a must if you wish to join the timebank and start using your time as money.  The timebank is a service exchange where members meet each other’s needs and build community along the way.  This group was featured at a recent PVA meeting.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

     Issues & Answers: Immigration will be aired on KRWG-TV at 7:00pm.  This forum featured a panel of Nia Rucker, ACLU-NM, Molly Molloy, NMSU, and Edith Tapia, Hope Border Institute and was taped before a live audience.  The show will be re-broadcast June 15 at 5:00pm and June 16 at 11:00am.

Friday, June 14, 2019

     “Your Land and Your Legacy: Workshops for Farmers, Ranchers and Other Landowners and the Professionals Who Advise Them” will be the theme for a full day of education co-sponsored by Southern New Mexico Community Foundation, Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, and Frontera of El Paso.  Attorney David Braun will be the special expert guest.  The program will be from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd, Las Cruces.  RSVP to https://www.communityfoundationofsouthernnewmexico.com/events-2/2019-your-land-your-legacy/.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

     The movie, From Selma to Stonewall, will be shown at the Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N Main on the downtown mall beginning at 6:30pm.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion of the intersection of the Civil Rights and LGBTQ movements.  This free event is co-sponsored by Southern New Mexico Pride and PFLAG.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

     World Refugee Day

Friday, June 21, 2019

     Free Concert to celebrate 2019 Juneteenth will be offered at 6:00pm at the Rio Grande Theatre (211 N Downtown Mall).  Musical guests will be NMSU Gospel Choir, Voices of Bethel, Greater St. John Male Chorus, New Life Missionary Baptist Church, Randy Granger, Orlando Antonio-Jiminez, and New World Drummers.  Get your groove on and hear these inspiring musical offerings.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

professor at Southern University Law Center.  The dinner begins at 6:00pm and will be held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd.  Tickets for this annual event sponsored by the NAACP-DAC at $50 may be purchased on the NAACP website, www.naacpdac.org.  Call 575-635-7538 for more information.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

     Borderland Rainbow Center Gala will take place at the El Paso Zoo.  BRC is El Paso’s LGBTQ Community Center and this Pride Gala and Awards Ceremony is its major fundraiser.  The Gala will have a silent and live auction, entertainment, drinks, special guests, and will be hosted by Del Shores, Executive Producer of Queer as Folk.  The keynote speaker will be Jesus Valles, native El Pasoan and Playwright-Performer.  Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at https://borderlandrainbow.networkforgood.com/events/12161-pride-gala-and-awards-ceremony-by-the-borderland-rainbow-center.  Ticket includes dinner and wine (cash bar will be available).


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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