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US: New Mexico (News/Activism)

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  • Hundreds of medical students and staff stage die-in at UNM (NM snowflakes on the march)

    06/05/2020 10:28:00 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 4, 2020 | Anthony Jackson
    Future health care workers at the University of New Mexico are fighting two enemies on the same battlefield: racism and COVID-19. Around 200 medical students and staff staged a die-in Thursday afternoon at the Health Sciences Library to bring attention to racial disparities within the medical community and to honor George Floyd, the man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Several of the demonstrators lay face down on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, killing him. Others kneeled. Some prayed. Alexis...
  • New Mexico Senate transformed: an overnight Progressive takeover

    06/04/2020 4:01:09 PM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 45 replies
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 6/3/20 | Jens Gould
    The Formidable Five are no longer. The stunning defeat Tuesday of four of five conservative-leaning Democratic state senators targeted by a progressive coalition marks the end of an era within the state Capitol, and political observers say the ideological shift could be pronounced when the Legislature opens its 2021 session in January. “This will definitely move the Democratic caucus to the left,” said longtime New Mexico pollster Brian Sanderoff. Add the defeat of Sen. Richard Martinez — who voted against two key progressive bills this year — to the mix, and the conservative wing within the Democratic caucus in the...
  • Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White

    06/04/2020 8:41:23 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06 04 2020 | Rebecca Klar
    Iran has released U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, who had been detained for nearly two years, his family confirmed Thursday. “I am blessed to announce that the nightmare is over, and my son is safely in American custody and on his way home,” White’s mother, Joanne White, said in a statement shared by a family spokesman on Twitter. Joanne White thanked the State Department, Swiss diplomats and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) in her statement. U.S. special envoy for Iran Brian Hook flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet...
  • Ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame loses House bid in New Mexico Dem primary

    06/03/2020 7:09:36 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 6/2/20 | Ronn Blitzer
    Former spy Valerie Plame on Tuesday lost her bid for the U.S. House of Representatives, falling in New Mexico’s Democratic primary election to attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez.
  • Protest organizers said Downtown riots were not associated with their movement

    06/01/2020 6:31:54 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 34 replies
    KOB4 ^ | June 01, 2020 06:11 PM | Ryan Laughlin
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ­­­– A small group of rioters took to the streets of Albuquerque Sunday night after a mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. The rioters smashed out windows, started fires in streets and shot at police. Organizers of the Sunday march said those who turned to violence and vandalism were not part of their group. "I think we want to move away from black and brown folks being violent or aggressors. Like, that's not our thing. We just want to be heard, we just want to start a movement and open up a conversation,” said Hossanna Scott, an organizer.
  • As Biden running mate decision nears, negative stories on candidates increase

    05/28/2020 10:33:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2020 | Joseph Simonson
    "Our Governor is the latest Democrat to decide that the rules they impose on their citizens to address the COVID-19 pandemic don’t apply to her," the New Mexico Republican Party tweeted Wednesday. "A bombshell report reveals that the governor violated her own stay-at-home order to stock up on some high-end jewelry." Just a day before, Whitmer was forced to address reports that her husband had used her name at a dock to help get their boat placed in the water faster ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. “My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in...
  • Virus may have peaked for Navajo hospitals

    05/28/2020 9:50:46 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 27, 2020 | Theresa Davis
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Navajo Nation health care facilities may have reached their peak of COVID-19 hospitalizations in late April, several weeks ahead of earlier projections, according to an updated surge plan from the Indian Health Service. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez credited cooperation with lockdowns and public health orders as factors in the decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations. “The Navajo public listening to those warnings flattened the curve early, and as you can see the curve is flattening now,” Nez said during a town hall update Tuesday. “… If you were wearing a mask, you’re a warrior.” The Navajo Area Indian...
  • New Mexico Mass Gatherings Might Not Happen for a Year

    05/26/2020 9:14:26 AM PDT · by kevcol · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | May 25, 2020 | Solange Reyner
    Mass gatherings of over 100 people might not happen for a year in New Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic, says state Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer. "I know a lot of events have been canceled this year," Schroer said last Wednesday on reopening the state's hospitality industry. "We may not have the ability to do a mass gathering until we have a vaccine or herd immunity. It could be a year or 18 months." A spokeswoman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham agreed.
  • Meet America's potential vice president: Who is Michelle Lujan Grisham?

    05/23/2020 7:16:20 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 40 replies ^ | May 23, 2020 | Madison
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she will help make sure that racial- and ethnic-minority voters know about the potential benefits of electing Joe Biden as president. Asked Wednesday at an online news conference whether she would accept a potential invitation to run for vice president in November, Lujan Grisham said she is completely dedicated to her job as governor but also will provide specialized support to Biden's presidential campaign.
  • Mexico demands the U.S. finally explain Obama’s ‘Fast and Furious’ fiasco

    05/21/2020 9:16:41 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 24 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 05/21/20 | Steve Pomper
    In the movie “Cliff Hanger,” John Lithgow’s character, Qualen, utters a line that reminds me of how unscrupulous Democrat muckety-mucks like the Clintons and Obama operate. Qualen says, “Kill a few people, they call you a murderer. Kill a million and you’re a conqueror.” Similarly, with the Clintons and Obama, commit a few crimes, they call you a petty criminal. Commit a million and you’re untouchable. Well, maybe not a million—then again. You get the point. We’re now seeing a cascade of unearthed evidence of what seems to be an apparent three-plus-year coup attempt by the Obama administration and media...
  • NM health orders face legal challenge

    05/21/2020 1:54:55 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 20. 2020 | Dan McKay
    SANTA FE – About a dozen business owners and companies are challenging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s authority to levy $5,000-a-day fines for violating New Mexico’s public health orders. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in state District Court, they argue that the Lujan Grisham administration has improperly threatened businesses with hefty fines if they violate the health orders and reopen their businesses. The plaintiffs argue that the state Public Health Act authorizes much smaller fines – $100 or less – not the larger $5,000 penalty cited by state officials. The lawsuit comes after the state Department of Health ordered the closure...
  • Navajo Nation passes NYC for COVID-19 rate

    05/21/2020 1:44:30 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 20, 2020 | Elise Kaplan
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Navajo Nation has a higher rate of reported COVID-19 cases than New York City, according to an analysis of state and local data sources. In fact, it appears to have the highest rates in the country, surpassing previous hot spots New York state and New Jersey. According to the Navajo Department of Health, the reservation had 4,253 cases of the illness caused by coronavirus as of Wednesday night. This means it has a rate of 2,449 cases per 100,000 based on 2010 census data that reported 173,667 people living on the reservation, which spans parts of...
  • Biden asks VP contenders for references: Michelle Lujan Grisham first name we know

    05/19/2020 3:45:47 PM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 19, 2020 | Emily Larsen
    The first known contender to be asked for those references is New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, per an anonymous individual with knowledge of the request in the report. It did not report any other women on Biden's vice presidential consideration list who received such a request. Lujan Grisham has told her allies in recent days that Biden's team had begun vetting her to be his running mate, Politico reported on Tuesday.
  • Raytheon shutting its ABQ operations

    05/19/2020 12:54:51 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 19, 2020 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Raytheon Technologies Corp. is shutting down operations at the Sandia Science and Technologies Park in southeast Albuquerque, where the company employs about 200 people. Raytheon’s Albuquerque operations will be transferred to other company facilities outside of New Mexico, company spokesperson Heather Uberuaga told the Journal Tuesday morning. “After careful and deliberate consideration, Raytheon Technologies has chosen to close the company’s Albuquerque facility and relocate support for key capabilities and customer programs to our other facilities around the country,” Uberuaga wrote in an email. “We think this move is in the best interest of our customers as we...
  • Border Wall System Update (18 May 2020):

    05/18/2020 11:49:38 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    @USBPChief (twitter) ^ | 18 May 2020 | Chief Rodney Scott
    187 miles completed, 184 miles under construction, 360 miles under pre-construction.
  • For a City Already in a ‘Death Spiral,’ What’s After Lockdown?

    05/17/2020 8:56:08 AM PDT · by brownwill6767 · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/13/20 | Nicholas Casey
    In Farmington, N.M., the economy was already struggling. Now everyone knows someone who is out of work because of the coronavirus. Very few say they know anyone who got sick.
  • Court ruling a win for safe communities over sanctuary chaos

    05/14/2020 9:10:36 AM PDT · by bitt · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/14/2020 | tom homan
    As our nation continues to regain stability during the global pandemic, there was a news item recently that should encourage those seeking a return to law and order, process, and safe communities. District Judge Michael E. Hegarty of the U.S. District Court of Colorado ruled on April 20 that the city of Denver will have to turn over personal and work addresses, emergency contact information, information about current criminal charges and address details from bond records of three illegal aliens who went through the city’s jail system. Denver authorities had refused to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers,...
  • US Attorney's Office Texas Paralegal tipped off Mexican drug cartel of investigation: FBI

    05/14/2020 8:40:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 May 2020 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    A paralegal specialist working for a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas has been accused of helping a Mexican drug cartel smuggle large amounts of cocaine, heroin, and meth into the U.S. Jennifer Loya worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio since March 2017. According to federal court records, Loya’s sister, Kimberly, is married to Roland Gustamante, an associate to the leader of the Cartel del Noreste. Loyo is accused of using her access to electronic surveillance information through her job to tip-off Gustamante, her sister, and their associates of various DEA investigations...
  • Supreme Court Rebuffs Activists, Reinstates Ban on Encouraging Illegal Aliens to Stay in US

    05/12/2020 1:24:09 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 37 replies
    NTD ^ | May 11, 2020 | Matthew Vadum
    The Supreme Court unanimously resurrected a federal law struck down by an appeals court that made it a felony to encourage people to come to or stay illegally in the United States.
  • Border Wall System Update (as of 11 May 2020):

    05/11/2020 9:17:45 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    @USBPChief (twitter) ^ | 11 May 2020 | Chief Rodney Scott
    181 miles completed, 190 miles under construction, 360 miles under pre-construction.