Nuclear Issues Study Group Roundhouse Report

The Nuclear Issues Study Group proudly participated in the 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session. Our primary focus at the Roundhouse was to educate legislators about the threat of High-Level Radioactive Waste coming to New Mexico and to ask them for support to address this issue. Right now, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is processing an application from Holtec International (working with Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance) to build a nuclear waste facility between Carlsbad and Hobbs. This would be a “temporary” waste dump referred to as Centralized “Interim” Storage (CIS), which would hold all of the nation’s commercial waste from nuclear power plants for up to 120 years.

     In a collective effort, our group worked with Sen. Cisco McSorley and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and many others on a letter from New Mexico legislators to NRC requesting that they slow down the licensing process in order to thoroughly study how this waste could impact New Mexico before approving Holtec’s application. In total, 21 representatives and 9 senators signed onto this letter! We accomplished this by talking to our officials before the session, while participating at Anti-Racism and Environment Days at the Roundhouse, and during the session. Help came from UNM students, SEED Coalition from Texas, and community members from southeastern NM.

     The reality is that there are 2 proposals for CIS facilities in that area (Holtec and Waste Control Specialists near Eunice on the Texas side), but the Holtec application is of utmost priority due to the upcoming public comment process expected to start this spring. As a group, we believe that dumping on New Mexico is an injustice that we must address on a local, state and national level. We will continue working toward stopping further nuclear waste from coming to our enchanted homeland. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort! Want to get involved? We meet at the P&J on the first Wednesdays of the month at 7pm. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or nuclearnewmexico.com/NISG.

--by Cody Slama, image by Rachel Abeyta

Peace Center Seeks Treasurer

The Peace Center has been fortunate to have dedicated volunteers serving as treasurer ever since 1983. Judith Kidd shouldered this responsibility for over 30 years; John Ellig served for three years, and most recently, Janice Devereaux took on this role and is still paying the bills.

At this time, Janice finds herself swamped with work and school, and John has been assisting for more than a year but must step back to take on other responsibilities. Meanwhile, Patti Gladstone, after 30 years serving as our volunteer bookkeeper, stepped down a year ago. We have hired a new bookkeeper, Valerie Barrego, who has generously provided us with a discounted rate, and John has helped with the transition. Now we are seeking a new treasurer or at least someone to assist our current treasurer until another treasurer is found.

The treasurer is a member of the Coordinating Council, and is an unpaid volunteer. They pay the bills, prepare monthly reports to the CC, handle fiscal sponsorship transactions, make deposits twice a month, and liaise with the bookkeeper. They also serve on the finance committee and help prepare annual budgets. The estimate of hours per month is around 15-20 hours. We are seeking someone with a commitment to social justice who has experience handling money and financial matters to volunteer in this vitally important service to the Peace Center. If interested, please contact Outreach Coordinator Sue Schuurman at 268-9557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Charlie King returns to Albuquerque!

Charlie King will be returning to ABQ on Saturday, Feb. 24, 7pm at the ABQ Center for Peace & Justice. Charlie King is a singer, musical storyteller, and political satirist, whom Pete Seeger called "one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time".  He was enthusiastically received here two years ago, and we are excited to have him back. Part of the proceeds will go to the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. For more information, contact Paul Afek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Also, check out Charlie's website at www.charlieking.org.

the last oil: a multispecies justice symposium at UNM

From Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 21-23, the University of New Mexico will host the last oil: a multispecies justice symposium on Arctic Alaska and beyond, to address the potentially catastrophic U.S. Arctic energy policy, which violates indigenous human rights and threatens to derail efforts to mitigate climate change and the Sixth Extinction. It will also bring northern indigenous struggles into conversation with similar struggles across the West, including the Diné-Pueblo solidarity to protect the greater Chaco Canyon in New Mexico from fracking and the indigenous Sioux people’s campaign “Mni Wiconi: Water is Life” at Standing Rock. The symposium is free and open to the public, and will convene on the UNM Main Campus.

     the last oil will bring to Albuquerque twenty-seven leading artists, activists, attorneys, biologists, climate scientists, conservationists, curators, historians, policy experts, and writers. The gathering will coincide with an exhibition on the Arctic by Subhankar Banerjee, Prof. of Art & Ecology in the UNM Art Dept., at the UNM Art Museum — Long Environmentalism in the Near North: Activism | Photographs | Writing.

     For more info, please explore thelastoil.unm.edu, particularly the Resources pages, which includes articles/op-eds and books authored by symposium speakers; television and radio interviews; and maps and reports published by indigenous human rights and conservation organizations.

     the last oil is co-organized by Art & Ecology in the Department of Art and the UNM Art Museum in partnership with Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, and many other groups and university departments.

7th Annual Medicine for the People By the People

(un)Occupy Albuquerque and Kalpulli Izkalli present a day of Medicine for the People by the People, titled “Justice, Balance, & Harmony: Cuauhtémoc Rising Up with Us,” on Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:30am–4pm at South Valley Academy, 3426 Blake Rd SW. A ceremony begins at 10:30am, with healing treatments, workshops, healthy food kitchen and children’s space from noon-4pm.

     We hope to empower each other with awareness about health justice and our inherent right to heal and be cared for during times of illness and transition. This event is intended to be part of a movement to change the model of health care provided in our community. In a capitalist system there is little value in healing.

     We will be serving those with limited or no access to health care, as well as those who have had no success with the health care provided to them. We will make available knowledge and exposure to many forms of health care available within our community.

     By providing exposure and education to many paths of wellness, we wish to freely share what we believe is innately human: a right to heal! We believe that all seekers of wellness, mind, body, and spirit may find empowerment and freedom. Contact: Maria Brazil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 363-1326. More info on the Facebook event page.

People's Rally/Moral Monday @ the Roundhouse

The NM Progressive Coalition 2nd Annual People's Rally on Monday, Feb. 5, 8:30am-4pm at the NM state capitol (300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe) will be beckoning all New Mexicans to join our grassroots efforts in making our voices heard at the 2018 NM Legislative Session. We believe the Roundhouse belongs to us, and all our citizens should be empowered to speak up for the betterment of New Mexico. Our slogan is “Telling our Stories: Demanding Progress.” There will be speakers telling stories that illuminate the challenges that ordinary New Mexicans face, Roundhouse tours from 8:30am-noon for those who are not familiar with our state capitol, music, food and grassroots organizations at the tables in the west wing. We hope people will visit their legislators and commend them for what they are doing to benefit the people of New Mexico and challenge them if they are working against our values and interests. We don’t have the paid lobbyists’ money but we can have the numbers and we can vote. This day has also been declared a Moral Monday and there will be a Poor People's Campaign press conference at some point during the day.     However, this is more than just a one-day effort. We hope to see more New Mexicans become informed and impassioned, life-long citizen advocates who will hold our state government accountable to the people rather than to private moneyed interests. We will invite New Mexicans to join our Legislative Alerts and citizen action efforts to build a strong progressive voice that will be a force to be reckoned with. For more info visit the facebook event page, nmprogressivecoalition.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

By Laura Stokes, state co-chair, NM Progressive Coalition

Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day, Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace

This play will be performed at the Peace Center on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7pm. The dramatic presentation is a Reader’s Theater style and brings to life two of the most important and inspiring spiritual teachers of the last century. We learn of their deepest struggles and intuitions about the meaning of death, about prayer, mystical experience, war and peace, and the way of universal compassion and nonviolent love.

     Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day never physically met each other, although they very much knew of each other and read each other’s writings. In the last ten years of Merton’s life they frequently exchanged letters in which they shared their deepest concerns. In some ways, they lived parallel lives ultimately pointed in the same direction, toward inner and outer peacemaking. Thomas Merton lived the life of one seemingly withdrawn from the world, and Dorothy Day lived a life of activism. What we learn during this play is how much Merton was engaged in the world and what a contemplative Dorothy Day was.   

      The play is performed by David Hoover and Sharon Halsey-Hoover. They have lived in Albuquerque for the past three years and are involved with the Trinity House Catholic Worker, Campaign Nonviolence, and Inscape Ministries, which is a PAJOLA member of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. They bring with them to Albuquerque decades of work in peace and justice and spirituality. Several years ago they created Inscape Ministries through which they present dramatic presentations on the lives of Merton, Day, and St. Francis of Assisi. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Their website is inscapeministries.com and they can be found on Facebook at Inscape Ministries. More info: Sharon, 714-420-6771 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From NM to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety

On Friday, Jan. 26, 6pm at the Peace Center, join The Red Nation, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Indigenous Rights Center for a presentation on ending the Israel/U.S. Police Exchange.

     One of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge is in exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the U.S. with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel. In these programs, “worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.

     This event will feature Native and Palestinian-American speakers who can testify to the impact of deadly police violence on their communities. We will also discuss what actions activists can take back to their communities to bring an end to this violence.

Speakers include:

Melissa Tso, advisor to JVP End The Deadly Exchange Campaign and lead organizer in The Red Nation
Jennifer Marley, lead organizer in The Red Nation
Jeff Haas, Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine
Raneen Khweis, UNM Muslim Student Association
(More TBA)

     Refreshments will be provided. Please consider making a donation at the event; however this is not required to attend. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit deadlyexchange.org, Also, FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK TO RSVP

Co-Sponsors: Indigenous Rights Center, Jewish Voice for Peace National, Albuquerque Peltier, and UNM Muslim Student Association. Friends of Sabeel ABQ endorses this event.

Holiday Gifts at the P&J

P&J merch makes great gifts and stocking stuffers! We are open until Dec 22, Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm if you want to buy yard signs, posters, blank cards, mugs, bumper stickers or T-shirts.

Dismantling the Nuclear Beast

Connecting Local Work to the National Movement, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1- 3, 2017 at UNM in the Hibben Center.

New Mexico, as the belly of the nuclear beast, has been and continues to be greatly affected by every link of the Nuclear Fuel Chain. The Nuclear Issues Study Group invites you to a three-day symposium featuring national and local speakers, poets, artists, music, and more. For more info, go to nuclearnewmexico.com

art by Klee Benally, indigenousaction.org

Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Symposium Schedule

Day 1: Friday, December 1, 2017

2:30-5pm   Environmental Justice: Nuclear Colonialism, Social Work, and our Future in NM -- Leona Morgan, Diné No Nukes (this workshop is in

collaboration with the NM Chapter of the Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers)

5:30-7pm   Dismantling the Nuclear Beast through Art & Poetry Opening

Reception (in Lobby): DJ Jezmundo!, BlueBird-poetry/song, poetry by Joel Larimer, short film Hiroshima & Nagasaki, 1945

7-8:30pm Keynote Address: Verna Teller, Pueblo of Isleta Council

Day 2: Saturday, December 2, 2017

9-10am Morning Reception in Hibben Ctr, lobby with coffee & refreshments

10-10:45 Welcome & History of the Anti-Nuclear Movement in New Mexico by Eileen Shaughnessy & Leona Morgan, NISG Cofounders

11am-2pm Healing Arts Massage by Cal for donation (in lobby)

11-12:30 Uranium Mining, Milling, & Enrichment Panel: Edith Hood, Red Water Pond Road Community Association; Yolanda Badback, Ute Mountain Ute, White Mesa Concerned Community; Sarah Fields, Uranium Watch; Chris Shuey, SRIC; Tommy Rock, Diné Researcher

1:30-2:45 Nuclear Weapons Development, Testing, Stockpile & UN Treaty: Kathy Sanchez and Beata Tsosie-Peña, Tewa Women United; Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium; Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety; Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM; Myrriah Gomez, UNM

3-4:15pm  Student Presentations: Nuclear NM/Environmental Justice Classes

4:30-6pm Nuclear Energy & Waste: Lindsay Harper, Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions); Karen Hadden, Sustainable Energy & Economic Development [SEED] Coalition; Diane D’Arrigo, NIRS; Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear; Don Hancock, SRIC

7-9pm Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry: Walatowa Massive-Hip Hop, short films, music by Eileen & the In-Betweens

Day 3: Sunday, December 3, 2017

9-10am Morning Reception in Hibben Ctr. lobby with coffee & refreshments

10-11am  Welcome & Prayer: People of Color Yoga for Healing

Empowerment “Which Indian?” Morning Yoga Practice

11am-2am Healing Arts Massage by Cal for donation (in lobby)

11:15-12:30 Indigenous-Rooted Direct Action: Resisting Nuclear Colonialism: Klee Benally, Indigenous Action Media

1:30-2:45 Take Action! Locally, Nationally, & Internationally: Dave McCoy, Citizen Action NM; Petuuche Gilbert, Pueblo of Acoma; Leona Morgan 

3-4:15pm Student Presentations

4:30-5:30 “Hall of Victories” - Eileen Shaughnessy and Leona Morgan, NISG: Honoring our anti-nuclear elders and “passing the torch” to the next generation ceremony

5:30-6pm Closing--Leona Morgan and Eileen Shaughnessy

This schedule is subject to change.

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