The Presidential Election and a Local Organization Helping Youth and Adults
By Sayrah Namasté
“Don’t mourn, organize!” proclaimed labor activist Joe Hill.
Many people told me they cried after the presidential election. What keeps me going is remembering all of the people’s movements that have changed our society, even under tremendous odds.
The courageous labor movement of Joe Hill’s time, in which workers had no basic rights and children labored in factories, fought enormous oppression. We are still reaping the fruits of their organizing with the eight-hour workday, paid leave, minimum wages, worker safety laws, child labor laws … the list goes on.
Another obvious example is the civil rights movement’s incredible struggle and victories. We have to carry on this work.
Local social justice organizations and activists have begun moving from grief and shock to strategizing about how to prepare for the Donald Trump presidency. One opportunity to analyze the election results is the event “The Election Is Over: Now What?” a discussion on what it means for New Mexico.
The event, sponsored by the Congregation Albert Brotherhood, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE. This is a brunch event with speakers Steve Terrell, the political columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican, and Joe Monahan, an ABQ Free Press Weekly columnist and long-time political blogger. Reservations must be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling (505) 883-1818, ext. 3203, by Nov. 18.
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Christmas decorations are already popping up, and you can be part of a great holiday party “Eat, Drink & Be Giving!” to help support the Southwest Creations Collaborative.
Since 1994, Southwest Creations has provided dignified employment while improving access to education for youth and adults. On-site childcare at just 25 cents an hour has been a central part of Southwest Creations since day one, allowing parents to work while their children are cared for in a nurturing environment. Additionally, all Southwest Creations Collaborative employees receive paid school involvement leave, which means they can be involved in their children’s educations without having their pay docked.
“Eat, Drink and Be Giving” is a festive fundraiser for the collaboratives’ program HACIA: Toward the University. HACIA is a proven K-12 college readiness strategy that builds an intergenerational culture of engagement and lifelong learning that is sometimes lacking in families with low levels of formal education.
Results of the HACIA program are impressive. A four-year pilot in the Albuquerque Public Schools that was completed in May 2016 helped 310 families in building skills, systems literacy, and social capital to attain educational goals. The HACIA pilot achieved a 93 percent high school graduation rate and 81 percent college admission rate for the students in the pilot. HACIA is about to expand its services to more than 600 families.
Shop for beautiful gifts at the silent auction, wine raffle and marketplace from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Southwest Creations Collaborative, 1308 Fourth St. NW. Silent auction items include tickets and air fare to the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Donations are being made by Los Poblanos, Ten Thousand Waves, Mimi Green, Santacafe, Tewa Tees, Maude Andrade Designs, Hotel Parq Central, Kei & Molly Textiles, Vinaigrette, Blissful Spirits Hot Yoga, Kim Jew Photography and other business. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee in Albuquerque. She writes about events of interest to Albuquerque’s activist community.