May 21, 2016
The Roundtable Discussion Group meets every Sunday at the Unitarian Church located at 2000 S. Solano, Las Cruces NM . Education never ends. Come learn with us. We have discussions, not arguments. Our goal is to learn more about all sides of issues and to learn more about one another. If you have a topic you would like discussed, contact Jim Basler, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 5 – “Disability Rights – New Mexico,” Minnie Montoya
Minnie Montoya, Disability Advocate, will present an informative program on the Disability Rights New Mexico agendy. “Our mission is to promote, protect and expand the legal and civil rights of persons with disabilities. Each year, after public hearing and comment, DRNM sets priorities for the cases and disability problems it will address.” Minnie will tell us what those priorities are for this year and solicit feedback for future areas of concern.
June 12 – “Reform or Eliminate Prisons?,” Jan Thompson & Dr. Ron Ross
Ron and Jan have had years of experience working in the area of criminal justice — Jan as a counselor of ex-offenders and advocate for alternatives to prison, and Ron as a prison doctor. Through personal stories, a few facts, and a video, these two church members hope to spark a lively discussion.
June 19 – “How will Climate Change Impact Las Cruces?”
Hot summers, strong winds, and potential freezes are common enough in Las Cruces, but will they become more frequent in the future? What does the community need to plan for so that our community continues to thrive? The City of Las Cruces Sustainability Officer, Lisa LaRocque, will report the findings of expert regional climatogists that modeled and made predictions for Las Cruces.
June 26 – “Face to Face,” Naoma Staley
Naoma Staley is the Director of Kaleidoscope Creates, a local non-profit startup that seeks to illuminate the needs of our community, and create connections and solutions to serve those needs. One of their current projects, Face to Face, is a web series which focuses on the borderlands of southern New Mexico. Motivated in response to the current climate of exclusionist and xenophobic rhetoric and policies, Face to Face seeks to provide insight and a balanced testimony to the experiences and lives of the borderland’s diverse people.