Alibi V.29 No.29 • July 16-22, 2020

Unmaking a Racist

Carolyn Meyer one-woman show

Carolyn Meyer is an 85-year-old white woman that has grappled with racism herself; her own. Her one-woman show is about growing up in small-town America, how racism permeated everything and how she changed her own mind. It is a personal story about a deep-rooted national problem. Weekly Alibi sat down with Meyer to talk about her own evolution in thinking about race, her one-woman show and what’s next.

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COVID Fun in Burque

Don’t let a pandemic stop your summer

Drive-in movies, golf and swim strokes, hundreds of miles of a variety of trails and virtual tours of museums, zoos and other cultural gems are available distractions to ward off the COVID stir crazies.

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On Germs, Love and Uncooked Foods

Local celebrity Don Schrader shares his thoughts on health and connections

Bad germs are the scavengers that can take over when the body is weak and out of balance.

Non-COVID-Related Treatments Pushed Aside

Those with preexisting conditions face more hurdles than ever

The coronavirus has irreparably changed life as we know it, forcing us to adapt in unexpected ways. In healthcare it has become far more difficult for people with existing conditions to get the care they need.

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The New Mexico Restaurant Association organized a virtual protest against the public health order; Department of Workforce Solutions will continue waiving work search requirements for those seeking unemployment compensation; Organizers of two major events are still holding public gatherings in defiance of the governor’s health order.

Local Organizer Evicted During Moratorium

Lack of information makes eviction moratorium confusing for tenants and landlords

Last Monday, July 6, local community organizer Selinda Guerrero and her family were evicted from their home, during what is supposed to be an eviction moratorium in New Mexico due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A Mild Burning Sensation

“Floor Is Lava” on Netflix

“Floor Is Lava” challenges contestants to cross a room without touching the floor. But since this is a TV show in 2020, it’s amped up with plenty of hyperactive CG graphics and an over-the-top set that constitutes the sole reason for the show’s appeal.

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Paint for Peace 505

The only downtown in America that looks like this

Downtown Albuquerque hadn’t been looking all that great and then came the pandemic that shuttered much of the businesses, followed by protests that were followed by window smashers. The next morning more particle boards went up over windows and doors. Victoria Van Dame and Jessica Anderson from OT Circus connected artists with business to create “a community project to revitalize Downtown while promoting peace.” The result has been the transformation of Downtown into a public gallery of fresh, local work, rendering Albuquerque into a city unlike any other in America.

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#LetUsServe-ive

New Mexico Restaurant Association campaign leaves bad taste in mouth

The #LetUsServe campaign, being hosted by the New Mexican Restaurant Association, is a digital peaceful protest wherein restaurant employees within the state hold up signs, asking Governor Lujan Grisham to pretty please reopen indoor dining for restaurants.

The Dill Paloma

A true Margarita alternative

Dill Paloma is a name that works best for a hard-boiled gumshoe from a Noir novel, but it also serves as the term for a warm-weather cocktail, perfect for when the temperatures hit 100 degrees.

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Giving Away the Election

Biden forgets that Dems love cannabis

The one thing that the entire voting spectrum (except Biden) can agree on is cannabis legalization; a bipartisan coalition of state treasurers—including New Mexico’s Tim Eichenbergwant protections for cannabis banking; FDA reports many CBD products sold over-the-counter across the country have been mislabeled.

Alibi V.29 No.28 • July 9-15, 2020

Fools On Parade

What happens when you rage against the wrong machine

Americans came out en masse to yell out against police brutality towards our BIPOC community members and have been met with even more brutality instead. Tear gas is being fired on our citizens by the very force that was supposed to protect them. Our soldiers had bounties placed on their heads, and the President did nothing to stop it. Yet here we are, watching a small group gather on a Saturday morning to say that we’re living in a dictatorship because someone told them they have to wear a piece of cloth on their face.

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Non-Profits Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Take A Stand

Local charity asks who your organization stands for

Is the idea of human services not somehow inherently “political?” The existence of nonprofit work is such to fill gaps where critical needs are not being sufficiently met (or not being met at all) by our governmental institutions. Those employed and emboldened to help others are filling the holes in the system, and thus, believe in leaning into the raw reality of those who are disenfranchised, traumatized or abandoned.
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Is the DNC DOA?

Generational gaps show disparity between party, young voters

If Democrats continue to stay in the middle with the counterparty moving right, all compromises will just continue sitting in Republican territory. Democrats will eventually be pulled in the same direction in order to continue their compromise, and before we know it, the DNC will look like the Republican party of the ’80s. How do we make a change?
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County Camera & Catch Up

Wide open spaces, body cameras and mental health accolades were on the docket

State and county move toward cop cameras; July proclaimed Open Space Month; Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Department wins national accolades.

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Grants Mayor Martin Hicks led the city's 4th of July parade last weekend, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s order to forego celebrations; New Mexico State Police are issuing citations to individuals and businesses for failing to comply with the most recent public health order; the suicide rate in New Mexico reached record levels in 2018—the highest in the nation at the time.

Million Dollar Investment in Black Community

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Mayor, City Council reserve cash for One Albuquerque Fund initiative

At a special session City Council meeting, the council passed an amendment to a bill that will provide $1 million in city funding for the Albuquerque Black community.

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Familiar and Forgotten

La Placita Dining Rooms offers comfort and nostalgia

Dining in the time of corona means social distancing, which is something La Placita Dining Rooms pulls off with ease. The amount of space they have means that you could have 50 people dining in the same building and you might not ever see them.

The Basil Gimlet

Fighting scurvy one drink at a time

During the Age of Sail, scurvy took the lives of many a sailor. Fortunately, British cocktail ingenuity among officers in the Royal Navy was brought to bear on the problem of the scurvy sailor by adding a lime cordial to the sailor’s daily allotment of gin.

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Peacocking

NBC streaming shows its feathers

On July 15 broadcast network NBC’s first foray into the world of streaming begins with Peacock. Yes, like CBS All Access, you’ll soon have the privilege of paying for all those sitcoms you used to watch for free on a broadcast network. NBC proper won’t be going away (for now), but this is definitely a glimpse into the future of Hollywood.

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Mindful Looking

Justine Andrews on a slower way to see art

What exactly are we trying to get out of this art thing, anyway? UNM art history professor and meditation practitioner Justine Andrews suggests that there is a mindful way to experience a work of art.

Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food

NM-born writer Gina Rae La Cerva writes about our obsession with—and destruction of—wild foods

It is slightly ironic, given the state of our wildlands, that we are seeing a recent cultural fascination with foraging and wild foods. One of the things Gina Rae La Cerva touches on often in her new book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food, is why the trend has entrenched itself in the cultural subconscious now, when true wilderness is all but nonexistent.

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Buck Up

Cannabis can relieve depression symptoms in minutes

Researchers say cannabis can have a positive effect on symptoms of depression within minutes of consumption; a new study is questioning whether THC is the only psychoactive cannabinoid; nonresidents who can show proof that they belong to another state’s medical cannabis program are now allowed to purchase their meds from New Mexico dispensaries.

Firm Studies THC Microdosing

Researchers say people can find pain relief through THC microdosing and CBD-infused mouthwash is as effective at fighting plaque as chlorhexidine-based mouthwash.

Alibi V.29 No.27 • July 2-8, 2020

A Memorial for the Missing and Murdered

Long-awaited park dedicated to victims of West Mesa murders

The City of Albuquerque, with input from the families of the victims of the West Mesa murders, created Women’s Memorial Park to reflect and to have a small sense of peace.

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Inequality Starts With Education

Black Voices ABQ demands change for a stronger, healthier and more diversified community and economy. A huge factor hindering social change is education, but on top of New Mexico being one of the lowest ranked states in education, schools with primarily Black and Brown students receive less funding than schools with primarily White students.
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Police Union Contract Extended Due to COVID-19

How should new contract reflect current focus on police violence?

The City of Albuquerque’s contract with the Albuquerque Police Officers Association (APOA), the union for Albuquerque law enforcement officers, is due to expire on June 30. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contract will be extended until the City Council can safely meet to vote on the contract’s renewal.

Councilors Cleaning House

One long Zoom call later, City Council tackles corona questions

Burque City Councilors earned their summer vacay after a nearly 6 1/2 hour Zoom meeting, clearing their government table of a myriad of items.

Newscity

Hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 continue to drop in New Mexico; state district court judge will reconsider a ruling that accused New Mexico of failing to provide adequate education for children; Gov. Lujan Grisham issued executive clemency to a number of New Mexico prisoners last week.

Odds & Ends

Funny because unsafe sex (with all that heavy breathing and panting) happens to someone else.

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These are the People in Your Neighborhood

Frank Blazquez’s Barrios de Nuevo Mexico

Frank Blazquez sees someone that looks interesting, then he walks up to them and asks if he can take their picture. No chit chat. No establishing a rapport.

Sharing Code

The New Mexican art you missed

Sharing Code tells the story of how computer art began at the University of New Mexico in 1968 with the development of a computer program designed for artists to use with little computer training.

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Crying Fowl

Artemis Fowl on Disney+

Despite its literary history, Artemis Fowl reads like a generic mash-up of mystical YA series Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (with a dash of Men In Black for good measure).

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Service Industry Faces More Challenges During the Pandemic

It takes two to tango to make restaurant service function

With restaurants cautiously reopening throughout June, it’s become a weird trek back out into a world we once knew, with some of us hoping to sit down and eat something that isn’t burned and unseasoned by our inattention in the kitchen. For restaurant owners this has become a double-edged sword.

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One Hand Washes the Other

DOJ finds no violations in antitrust cases

DOJ is letting itself off the hook in antitrust investigations of cannabis businesses; ProgressNow New Mexico accused Pat Davis of upholding racist institutions.

Congress Votes to Allow Study at Dispensaries

The House of Representatives voted to let researchers study cannabis sourced from actual legal dispensaries instead of from the only government-approved source; a new study has found that cannabis use while pregnant could increase the risk of children’s sleep problems.