The SB 1070 Effect
Arizona’s stiff immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday, July 29. As the day drew near, opponents were sweating, hoping a court would issue at least a temporary injunction to halt SB 1070 while lawsuits proceeded. On Wednesday, July 28, District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked part of the law, which she said may be unconstitutional.
Wrong Side of the Law
Will the city’s agreement with ICE impact immigrant victims of domestic violence?
The city's agreement allowing immigration agents into the Prisoner Transport Center Downtown may have unintended consequences for victims of domestic violence, advocates say.
Bear With Me
A small-town reporter goes for broke
I’m a tumbleweed; you’re a micromanaging fascist.
In a case of irony invading my life, I was fired from my newspaper job for writing.
I had been working as a crime reporter for a twice-weekly paper, which means I was broke but also working as feature writer, city council writer, question-of-the-week writer, parade correspondent, photographer and Lunch Boy.
Lunch Boy (one who fetches the editor’s lunch) wasn’t offered as a class in college, so I learned on the job. Actually, I have no journalism degree, either, and learned how to be a reporter by being a reporter.
Trail-a-Week: Paseo del Bosque (North Half)
Mmm, how about those gravid gray rain clouds lately? August, our wettest month, is nigh. When that musty creosote tang is in the air, a low sun shining under the numinous pillar of a classic anvil-shaped thunderhead, I always feel inspired to buy a blank canvas and demonstrate my searing love for the desert monsoon season by painting an extremely trite watercolor landscape. Alas, nothing that springs from the brush of Sprocket will ever be worthy of even the shittiest Old Town gallery, so I choose to express myself through the medium of bike rides.
Odds & Ends
[Opinion, " This Ain't No Girl Fight," July 15-21] As a progressive—and a "dreaded independent" inclined to vote for Susana Martinez—I question Gene Grant's assumption that all progressives favor legalization—or the outrageously clueless definition, lacking knowledge of immigration history, currently attached to "immigration reform." Progressives historically stood on the side of border enforcement because progressives stood on the side of labor, not corporate interests, precisely those behind the hemorrhaging borders of recent years.
Vietnamese New Year Festival
NM Women's March
Women Rising, the 2020 New Mexico Women's March, happens on Sunday, Jan. 19 at noon. This year's rally, highlighting immigration rights, climate justice and reproductive rights happens in the middle of Downtown, at Albuquerque Civic Plaza. Besides a protest march, powerful speakers are scheduled to bring an affirmative and empowering message to an event that also features crafts and informational booths, food trucks and live music. For more info and a printable flyer about this free, all-ages victory march, visit nmwomensmarch.org.