activism


V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013

Book Review

Never Trust Anyone Over 30

Review by Barbara Korbal

Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth

Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth is a handbook written by and for activist youth and the adult allies who want to empower them.

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V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013
Gary Snyder and Jack Loeffler
courtesy of Quivira Coalition

Arts Feature

Adaptation and the Environmental Beat

Poet-activist Gary Snyder lands in Albuquerque

By Mike Smith
At the Inspiring Adaptation conference, Gary Snyder explores land ethics as only a Pulitzer-winning poet could do.
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V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013

Book Review

Powerful in Pink

Review by Kathy Freise

Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India

As Pink Sari Revolution makes clear, local-level resistance can be potent, even in “India’s Wild West.”

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V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013

Book Review

Meet Your Neighbors

Review by Nora Hickey

The Block Captain's Daughter

A novella like Albuquerque itself: ringing with beautiful language and finding humor in dark places.

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Arts

Art Against the Brutal Tide

Local activist brings a million bones to Washington

50,000 artwork bones were laid at Fourth and Central in 2011
onemillionbones.org
50,000 artwork bones were laid at Fourth and Central in 2011
Nearly two years ago, Alibi writer Summer Olsson told you about the One Million Bones art exhibition, an ambitious large-scale project designed to honor victims and survivors of genocide in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma and Somalia. Both a disturbing reminder of the human cost of mass atrocities and a fundraiser to anti-genocide organizations, the project is finally coming to a head this weekend in Washington D.C., where one million bones will be laid out in the National Mall.

On August 27, 2011, a preview installation of 50,000 bones was placed at the intersection of Fourth and Central by Albuquerque volunteers. Now, after three years of planning, education and hard work, the complete exhibit will unfold June 8 through 10 in our nation's capital. Each one of the million artwork bones, handmade by students, artists and activists from around the world, "represents a call to action, a story, a voice."

The One Million Bones Albuquerque event in 2011

The project, which was born in Albuquerque, is headed by Naomi Natale. Speakers and performers, including Albuquerque's Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy, will be present, and a candlelight vigil will take place Sunday evening.

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opinion

Happy birthday, (un)Occupy!

From the anniversary celebration in New York on Sept. 17.

Columnist Andrew Beale just moved to the Palestinian territories, but that didn’t stop him from penning a piece about the movement in Albuquerque he passionately supports.

(un)Occupy Albuquerque First Anniversary Celebration

Yale Park at UNM

Saturday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.

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V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012

Occupy the Alibi

The Occupation Isn’t Going Anywhere

As Mitt Romney’s campaign death-spirals, the movement turns one

By Andrew Beale
As Mitt Romney’s campaign death-spirals, the movement turns one.

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V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
“I really hope that we can get more people who are outspoken in their own right,” UNM student Lilly Lawrence-Metzler says. “Not everyone needs to march with a sign to be an activist.”
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Feature

Young Hearts, Be Proud

The next generation of LGBTQ activists comes of age

By Margaret Wright

It’s a hot Sunday afternoon, and east Nob Hill feels drowsy and quietwith one exception. The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, on Silver just south of Central, buzzes with energy. A speech therapist counsels male-to-female transgender youth on how to practice raising the tones of their voices. Two visitors stop by to browse free clothes available in the center’s brimming walk-in closet. A parent volunteer shows a guest around the rooms, pointing out the computer lab and the small lending library.

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V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
William Rodwell

Newscity

Burque Occupied

By Andrew Beale
The protest began at the U.S. Bank across from the mini APD substation in Nob Hill, but after police cars blocked the road, marchers decided to move so they would be more visible. Officers followed the demonstrators as they walked east from Dartmouth and blocked off every intersection they came to.

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V.20 No.32 | 8/11/2011
Jake Foreman (fifth from left) and students from the Native American Community Academy
Elise Kaplan

News Feature

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Native youth group bikes 200 miles on the Trail of the Ancients

By Elise Kaplan
Jake Foreman, a member of the Absentee Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma, says riding along the trail is a step toward healing historical traumas. “We’re retracing that route on bicycle and learning from spiritual leaders at every stop,” he says.

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V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Tim DeChristopher
Daphne Hougard

Talking Points

Bidder 70

An interview with the activist who stood in the way of the oil industry

By Marisa Demarco
Tim DeChristopher walked into the oil and gas lease auction without a plan. Someone asked him if he wanted to be a bidder and handed him a paddle. "And I said, Yes." With that, DeChristopher became bidder 70. He claimed 22,500 acres of drilling rights in Utah that day.
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news

Is Luis Posada Carriles a terrorist?

Protesters outside an El Paso trial today say Luis Posada Carriles should face more serious charges than perjury and immigration fraud.

Albuquerque’s Answer Coalition traveled to Downtown El Paso to demonstrate this morning. Andy Beale, a member of the antiwar activist group, says turnout was great with around 40 or 50 people. They were successful in conveying their message, he adds: “Luis Posada is a terrorist, and he needs to be prosecuted for that.”

Posada, 82, is a former CIA agent who, for some, is a champion who stood against Fidel Castro. But Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro calls him the bin Laden of the Americas. Noam Chomsky calls him a “world champion in international terrorism.” He’s said to have been involved in several bombings in Cuba in the late ’90s and a 1976 airplane bombing in which 73 passengers died, among other things.

His trial in El Paso today is about immigration fraud relating to his entrance into the United States via Mexico. He lives in Miami.

Despite the heated communism/terrorism debate, Answer Coalition’s Beale says today’s protest was entirely peaceful. A right-wing group of about 30 that supports Posada also demonstrated, he says, but there was no confrontation.

V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010
An early view of   One Million Bones

Art News

Making Change

One Million Bones protests genocide, one papier-mâché femur at a time

By Julia Mandeville

Apathy is often cited as the reason that people fail to act against injustice, though perhaps impotence is a more useful way to describe such inaction. If we approach the problem from this perspectivethat people don’t act because they don’t feel capable of affecting changeit has a very clear solution: Offer people a compelling, tangible way to make a difference and they will seize it.

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