On Saturday, the SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) presented their quilt square for the Summer of Our Power relay to a member of the Black Mesa Water Coalition.
SWOP Quilt Patch
Here are some moments from the event:
SWOP is a multiracial organization in Albuquerque, NM that was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower communities in the southwest to fight for social and environmental justice. Just a few of SWOP’s recent achievements include starting Air Quality campaigns in the South Valley of Albuquerque, southern NM and the Four Corners area, working with others to pass a Clean Election reform bill, and creating Project Feed the Hood, an initiative that created two community gardens and educated thousands on food sustainability and justice.
Here’s a little bit of what SWOP has been up to this summer, via their social media:
“Please join us and our partners at Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping(CARD) and Southwest Research and Information Center(SRIC) for this extremely important discussion about the upcoming WIPP recertification process. Dinner provided.
**If you can’t make the dinner this evening you can attend the EPA meeting:
-afternoon session from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
-evening session from 6:00 – 8:30 PM
-Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa 1000 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102″
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 9, 2015
“There is still time to join us for dinner and the discussion about the WIPP recertification!
Almost 16 months after the radiation leak at the WIPP site in Carlsbad there are still more questions than answers, more finger pointing than accountability and the solution continues to be to throw money at the problem.
Special thanks to Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping and Southwest Resource and Information Center for bringing us together for this extremely important conversation.”
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 9, 2015
“El Agua No Se Vende, Se Defiende! Don’t be shut out of policy decisions in your own community- be heard!”
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 10 2015
Grow something with ProjectFeed TheHood this weekend!
“EPA hearing about #WIPPsite recertification currently happening in Albuquerque.
February 5th 2014:Salt haul truck fire at WIPP
February 14th 2014:Radiation leak at WIPP
March 26th 2014:WIPP submits Compliance Request Application”
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 17, 2015
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 20, 2015
“SNAP is the single most effective program to fight hunger in New Mexico, but the Human Services Division wants to make it more difficult for families to access these resources. We need to tell them that bureaucratic work requirements are not a job program! Join us for a Community Planning Meeting where we will discuss how to protect SNAP in New Mexico.”
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 22, 2015
“SWOPistas on the front page today, top of the fold, youth buzzing around the office preparing for their weekly mtg later on, our environmental justice crew hosting a community meeting tonight in the San Jose neighborhood, and our Food Justice crew facilitating a meeting at the office tonight in defense of food benefits across the state. Man, it’s gettin’ HOT around SWOP this summer!”
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 25, 2015
Join us this evening for yet another hearing with yet another pro-industry board. This time we are trying to get a hearing on an air permit for the Honstein Oil facility in the San Jose neighborhood, despite the Air Quality Control Board trying to deny the community this hearing. What’s even worse, is that the Air Quality Board has allowed the company Honstein to hire one of its own board members as its consultant for the air permit proceedings. This isn’t right! Come out to help us support this community in their fight….
-via SWOP on Facebook, June 30, 2015
“Share your thoughts and stories on the importance of supporting New Mexico’s hungry families at next Wednesday’s Town Hall. If you have benefited from the SNAP program, we would love to share your story with the Governor and the Human Services Department as we ask them to ‘Fight Hunger- Not the Hungry’.”
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 1, 2015
“SWOPistas in the ABQ Journal this morning! #fighthungernotthehungry
-New Mexico’s Human Services Division is once again seeking to turn down federal monies that would go towards feeding our state’s most vulnerable families. We think this is a bad idea! If you agree, we hope you will help us generate public comment in support of feeding hungry families. There will be a public hearing on July 17th hosted by HSD in Santa Fe, but we would like to invite you to a town hall at the South Broadway Cultural Center on July 8th from 6 – 8 PM.
The goal of the public forum is to collect digital, written, and photographic stories of what SNAP means to our communities to submit as public comment to HSD and possibly the NM Legislature’s Interim Health and Human Services Committee; and to get people motivated to attend the LHHS’s Committee meeting in Las Cruces on July 15, 2015 and HSD’s public hearing on the SNAP work rules on July 17, 2015 in Santa Fe.
If you would like to help us plan this public forum in support of SNAP, please join us at the SWOP Offices this Thursday, July 2nd at 5:30 PM for a community planning meeting.
Why is this so important?
SNAP is the most effective program available for reducing hunger in our communities. New Mexico Human Services Department published proposed regulations that would require parents with children over age six to participate in unpaid work activities for up to 80 hours each month in order to receive SNAP. Federal law does not require parents to do unpaid work for food. There is no evidence that HSD’s SNAP work program helps people get jobs, only that it creates more bureaucratic barriers. HSD’s plan will cost millions and is a bad use of state money, as there is no evidence it helps people get a job or job skills.
SNAP Prevents Hunger. SNAP provides food assistance to the 1 in 5 New Mexicans and 1 in 3 children that are food insecure.
SNAP Supplements Low Wages. 37% of SNAP Participants are in working families and SNAP offers an earned income deduction which encourages SNAP participants to work.
SNAP supports Local Business. Every $1 of SNAP benefits is 100% paid for by the federal government and goes directly into local grocery stores, creating $1.70 to $1.80 in economic activity.
In the meantime, you can also submit comments Calling the Governor’s office is easy and it is a quick way to let governor Martinez know that we don’t want SNAP work requirements for parents or people ages 16 to 18 and 50 to 60.
Governor Martinez’s number is 505-476-2200.
We must tell Governor Martinez to ‘STOP the Human Service Department’s proposal to create new mandatory work requirements in SNAP!'”
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 6, 2015
‘The majority of SNAP recipients are children or elderly–and many work. A report released in November 2012 by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service shows that 45% of SNAP recipients were under 18 years of age and nearly 9% were age 60 or older. What’s more interesting, more than 40 percent of SNAP recipients lived in a household with earnings. Clearly household earrings alone aren’t enough to keep our youth and elderly from going to bed hungry.'”
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 15, 2015
“SWOPistas on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal fighting for#SNAP benefits, new garden going in at West Mesa High School, SHAC students strategy session at the office, and love notes at the community garden. Not bad for a Saturday!#FeedTheHood”
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 18, 2015
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 20, 2015
“SWOP’s program, Youth Employment Summer Institute was featured on KOB today. Big thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundationfor sponsoring, all the amazing partners organization, team leads , and youth who make this program possible! It’s more then employment it’s about making youth feel like their voices are valuable.”
-via SWOP on Facebook, July 20, 2015
“Youth are the solution, not the problem!”
-via SWOP on Facebook, August 5, 2015
“Hear from Youth Employment Summer Institute interns tonight at 10 as they talk about the need for community programs that support children and families. Youth are the solution!”
-via SWOP on Facebook, August 10, 2015
“NM’s elected officials better stop recycling their old, failed policies, because New Mexico’s youth are already moving on ideas that work: intervention and prevention programs that support and uplift families, after-school programs, arts and recreation programs, job opportunities, counseling and peer-based programs, short term transition and permanent housing services, restorative economic justice…”
-via SWOP on Facebook, August 11, 2015
“Project Feed the Hood and our allies at Farm to Table New Mexico and the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council have worked really hard the last couple years on this legislation.
It’s really great to see that it is providing value in our state’s smaller school districts, but PED needs to do better.
From our Food Justice Community Organizer Rodrigo Rodriguez – ‘Fresh local foods for school meals is a no-brainer for an agricultural state like New Mexico. For every $1 we spend on local procurement for public meals $1.80 comes back into the economy. It also helps create viable markets for strengthening our already vibrant local food systems, and is an immense asset to small and medium sized growers. New Mexico can and should be doing this local purchasing everywhere public $$ is spent to feed our communities.'”
-via SWOP on Facebook, August 12, 2015
For more moments from SWOP’s summer, visit:
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