Peace and Justice Fundraiser; Panel on Church Rock Spill

Peace and Justice Fundraiser; Panel on Church Rock Spill

By Sayrah Namasté An annual social justice tradition in Albuquerque is the Holiday Gala for the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center. It will be held this year from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista Drive SE. There is always great food and music to enjoy with peace activists

By Sayrah Namasté

An annual social justice tradition in Albuquerque is the Holiday Gala for the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center. It will be held this year from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista Drive SE.

There is always great food and music to enjoy with peace activists of every age. The suggested donation is $15 per person, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

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The event features live social justice music performed by The Raging Grannies, L@SOTR@S, and Eileen & the In-Betweens. Tamales, stews, posole, and drinks will be for sale. Find a group working on an issue you are passionate about by browsing the social justice tables. It is also a great place to get holiday gifts. In years past, I have been able to get Palestinian olive oil, fair trade handicrafts and jewelry made by local artists.

Everyone is invited to bring a donation of gently used warm coats, new socks and underwear for homeless people. And if you enjoy holiday baking, bring baked goods to be sold as part of the fundraising efforts. This is the center’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“Now, more than ever, people are turning to [us] as a hub of information sharing and activism,” the center’s website states. “It’s a wonderful evening of camaraderie with fellow social justice activists and supporters. And it helps raise much needed funds to continue our work connecting people in our local community.”

For more, visit abqpeaceandjustice.org or call (505) 268-9557.

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Many New Mexicans are unaware that a radioactive leak larger than the Three Mile Island incident occurred right here in our state. A faculty member at UNM and several local activists are trying to change that. They’ve organized a panel discussion, “Church Rock Uranium Spill: New Mexico’s Little Known Nuclear Accident.” The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE.

At the event, UNM students from Eileen Shaughnessy’s “Nuclear New Mexico” class will present what they have learned and hopefully spur action on the July 16, 1979, uranium tailings spill in Church Rock, one of the largest radioactive leaks in history. This is an opportunity to learn what happened, what clean-up has occurred, what threats remain and how you can take action.

The panel will feature Red Water Pond Road Community Association members Edith Hood and Bertha Nez, who have lived with the consequences of the spill, as well as Chris Shuey, a researcher from Southwest Research and Information Center who has spent decades studying the environmental and health impacts of the spill.

The activist group Diné No Nukes will show excerpts from the videos “The River That Harms” and “Four Stories on Water.” They will also raise funds to help the Red Water Pond Road folks build a much-needed hogan for community healing.

For more, call Sue at (505) 702-4203 or email Amy at amydillo@unm.edu. The event is hosted by UNM’s Sustainability Studies Program.

 

Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee in Albuquerque. She writes about events of interest to Albuquerque’s activist community.

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