What happens when you rage against the wrong machine
By Dan Pennington
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.
Local charity asks who your organization stands for
By Lindsey Kay
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.
Generational gaps show disparity between party, young voters
By Dan Pennington
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?
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.
Bernalillo County Open Space is hosting a series of livestreamed gardening events on the Bachechi Open Space Facebook page. On Saturday, August 8 starting at 2pm, A Gathering of Naturalists will have a panel discussion with members of the county’s master naturalist program about what a naturalist is, what they do, what projects they work on and some interesting facts about our metro area’s Open Space gems. This open to all-ages free discussion will include how the field of environmental conservation is evolving in an era of change due to the global COVID pandemic, social justice and the climate emergency. Not your style? Then what about on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm you check out a virtual field trip to look for the tracks and signs of wildlife that are found in our uniquely beautiful urban forest we call the Rio Grande Bosque. The virtual tour will be led by Michael Cox, a member of the county’s naturalist program and a volunteer at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center. This free field trip is suitable for all ages of bug and critter trackers. For more info log on to www.bernco.gov/openspace.