Every chance I get I take the opportunity to tell the activists who are doing the heavy lifting with respect to police violence in Albuquerque how very much I admire them. But I thought it would be lovely for them--especially the "Burque 13"--to hear it from some other Santa Feans. So here are 13 images of random folks I approached yesterday afternoon who welcomed the opportunity to express support.
At the shop where the sign was printed!:
At Santa Fe Community College:
At the Chavez Community Center:
At the Southside Public Library:
In the parking lot at Natural Grocers:
At the Paisano Market on Cerrillos:
At Trader Joe's on St. Francis:
At the Santa Fe Railyard:
At the Sambusco Center:
At The Cowgirl:
At the skatepark:
At the Santa Fe River:
At the Plaza:
The movement is in the coalition-building phase and we will be showing our strength (exponential growth) at a historic March/Rally at Roosevelt Park in Albuquerque (Coal and Sycamore) at 11a.m. The March/Rally will be held on Saturday, June 21st and it's conceived as a family-friendly, non-violent event. The park is a beautiful setting for a summer solstice experience, and all are welcome.
For Santa Feans who understand that this is a viable movement for social change in New Mexico, and who wish to learn more--unmediated, in an intimate setting with the affected parties--about how we can help nurture the growing movement in Albuquerque, a fund raising event has been organized for Thursday, June 12th, from 6-8pm at a private home in Eldorado (more details below). Our modest goal is to raise $500 to help defray march expenses.
Speakers at the benefit:
David Correia, one of the Burque 13, UNM Professor of American Studies, editor of La Jicarita, An Online Magazine of Environmental Politics, and author of Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico.
Mike Gomez, whose 22 year old son, Alan, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by APD. Mike and his family successfully sued the city of Albuquerque. Mike has emerged as a prominent activist confronting the brutality of the APD. (And we're all grateful to Mike for bailing out our friend Nora Anaya, another of the Burque 13.)
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by:
Regina Ress, award winning storyteller, writer, and educator has performed and taught in schools, homeless shelters, prisons, international Storytelling Festivals, Lincoln Center and The White House. She has a deep interest in social justice and prison reform. She teaches “applied storytelling” at NYU. Here in Santa Fe, she volunteers weekly at the Santa Fe County Jail.
Karma Lama will also be performing on bamboo flute. His music has been described as inducing tranquility, peace and contemplation.
More musical entertainment to be announced!
Refreshments will be served.