Women’s Equality Day Rally

Womens-Equality-DayFriday, Aug. 26, 11am-1pm

Women’s Equality Day Rally

By Sylvia Ramos, ABQ NOW

On June 4, 1919, 71 years after the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, Congress approved the woman's suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The national campaign for ratification by the states was led by suffragists Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, who used different tactics but got all the states needed by August 18, 1920. Women’s right to vote in the U.S. became the law of the land when it was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1971, New York Representative Bella Abzug was successful in having a bill passed in Congress to have August 26 recognized annually as Women’s Equality Day.

Over the past few years the Humanist Society of NM and the Albuquerque Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) have held public celebrations of Women’s Equality Day to remind all citizens that the right to vote comes with the responsibility to vote and that our work for women’s inclusion as equal partners with men in our country will not be done until the Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul in 1923, is ratified by 38 states and added to the Constitution.

The Southwest Women’s Law Center, collaborating with ABQ-NOW, League of Women Voters and other women-focused local and statewide organizations, will hold a rally at Civic Center Plaza in Albuquerque on Friday, August 26 from 11am-1pm. There will be real-time linkages with women around the state focused on getting women registered to vote.

This will be a non-partisan event aimed at building a community of strong women who will get engaged and get to the polls in 2016 to vote. For more information and to participate in this event, please contact Pamelya Herndon, Executive Director SWLC, at 505-244-0502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Teacher Resistance in Oaxaca

imagenFriday, Aug. 26, 6-8pm

“School Reform” and Teacher Resistance in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico The unionized teachers of CNTE (National Coordinator of Education Workers) in Oaxaca, Mexico, have sparked a nationwide resistance movement against imposed federal “school reforms,” a movement that has become a massive popular movement against these and other neoliberal reforms in Mexico. Lois Meyer, who has collaborated closely for 17 years with indigenous teachers and who was with the encamped teachers in Oaxaca this June, will analyze the impacts of the imposed reforms and the current teacher resistance on teachers' job security and community-based education efforts in rural, marginalized Oaxacan communities, Friday, August 26, 6-8pm at the P&J. Current updates on the teacher/popular resistance movement will be provided by Clayton Levine and Hope Alvarado followed by a Q&A.

For more info, visit the Facebook page.

Eileen and the In-Betweens

EileenNinbetweensYou are cordially invited to the P&J Sustainability Reception! Featuring live music by Eileen & the In-Betweens! 

Saturday, July 23 rd from 2-4pm
at the Peace & Justice Center
202 Harvard SE (corner with Silver)
Albuquerque NM 87106

Help us celebrate our latest project to lower our carbon footprint--an Energy Star-rated refrigerator and energy efficient back doors--thanks to another generous Reduce Your Use grant from PNM Foundation.

Enjoy cake, lemonade and live music by Eileen and the In-Betweens, a five-piece social justice-oriented indie folk band from right here in Albuquerque. 

Lead singer/songwriter Eileen Shaughnessy teaches at UNM in the Sustainability Studies program, including a class called Nuclear New Mexico. The band is comprised of: Eileen Shaughnessy: guitar, ukulele, banjo, vocals, Ben Martinez: keyboards, trumpet, Britt Letcher: viola, vocals, Colin Baillio: bass, vocals, and Kenny Broyles: drums. Find more info about the band at eileenshaughnessy.com.

Everyone is welcome! For more info about the reception, call the P&J at 268-9557.

P&J Movie Night presents El Paso

cartel pasoFriday, July 15, 6pm

Join us as we learn about journalists fleeing violence and death threats in Mexico, hosted by immigration attorney Carlos Spector, and co-organized with SWOP. Free and open to the public; light refreshments served, donations welcome.

Contact: 268-9557.

Family Pride

fam pride 2016 categorySaturday, June 11

People are welcome to walk with the P&J banner in the pride parade. Meet up at P&J at 9:30am. Steps off at 10am. We plan to walk with Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community folks, and then turn right at Morningside and head to Family Pride at Morningside Park.

P&J Movie Night presents Making a Killing: Greed, Guns and the NRA


Co-sponsored by ABQ Mennonite.
Friday, June 17, 6pm
Doors open 5:30pm

Frito pie will be served
for more info, contact 268-9557.

P&J Movie Night presents The Friendship Village

Friday, May 20, 6pm
Co-sponsored by Don Schrader, Vets for Peace ABQ and Stop the War Machine.

Doors open 5:30pm
Frito pie will be served
contact 268-9557.

THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE is a documentary film about an international group of veterans who are building a village in Vietnam for children with Agent Orange-related deformities.

Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the Vietnam Village of Friendship stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create a better world.

Following the story of the village's founder, American veteran George Mizo, THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE takes us through his experiences of war's horror to the personal transformation that led to the birth of this remarkable village. Working alongside the Vietnamese general responsible for killing his entire platoon in 1968, George and other veterans from the US, Vietnam, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and Australia are attempting to mitigate the ongoing effects of the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war. Their efforts are a powerful example of how average people can still make a profound difference in our increasingly globalized world. As such, the Vietnam Friendship Village has the potential to change not only the lives of the children who live in it and the men who build it, but all who come to understand its vision. 


Book Talk Features Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta


author of Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation A book talk and discussion by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta takes place Thursday, May 19, from 7-9pm at Albuquerque Friends Meetinghouse, 1600 5 th St., NW, sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of United Nations Association USA (other local organizations are invited to co-sponsor as the event is finalized). A Quaker-Jewish activist, Maxine lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism and related topics.

The book is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives. In their own words, these activists share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns and discuss obstacles encountered in their pursuit of a just peace, as well as the changes required for their organizations—and the nonviolent movement as a whole—to more successfully pursue this goal. The book will be available for purchase and signing afterwards. For more info, visit www.refusingtobeenemiesthebook.wordpress.co.

For more information on the local event, contact Arthur Shurcliff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
Rosemary Blanchard: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505) 836-6557 (leave message for returned call).

New Mural by Gregg Deal Features Leonard Peltier

IMG 1573Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent nearly 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice. Please call Obama at 202-456-1111 and ask him to grant Peltier clemency. Learn more at whoisleonardpeltier.info

26th Annual EarthFest Celebration

earthfestsliderSunday, April 24 from 10am-6pm on Silver behind Nob Hill location.
The Peace Center will be tabling; anyone interested in helping out contact 268-9557.

2016 EarthFest

By Robin Seydel
(Originally published on the La Montanita Co|Op website. Schedule included at the end of the article.)

This 26th Annual EarthFest comes at a time when it is clear we have much to do for planetary and personal health and well-being. In February of this year we repeatedly broke, matched or came close to some of the hottest daily temperatures ever recorded. Additionally this year has seen an uptick in awareness of the social and economic justice issues that need to be addressed for true democracy and justice for all.

Over the years we have watched EarthFest grow with much good environmental and justice work done and connections and relationships grown. We are deeply moved by and thankful for how the New Mexican community has come together, to grow this festival into one of the most beloved of spring events. The joyous nature of the festival with its the coming together of friends new and old coupled with the good work we can accomplish when we cooperate makes EarthFest an important part of how we positively impact lives in our community and restore and sustain our little planet.


This year, recognizing that we are stronger when we come together, we are encouraging people to do just that and focus on collaborating on climate chaos, renewable energy, water quality, conservation, food self-sufficiency, economic and social justice and so many related issues. Come meet and lend your energy in support of the efforts of the many dedicated people in our communities who are working on these and other issues.

We firmly believe that with the same cooperative spirit that for 40 years enabled the Co-op to thrive and become the community hub for a sustainable future it has become, we can and will overcome the challenges we face.

You can expect an inspiring day filled with information, education and action booths from dozens of environmental, social and economic justice organizations from around the state. Meet local farmers, pet baby goats and get seedlings for a sustainable food supply, drought-resistant plants, and beautiful art from fine local artists and craftspeople. And of course you’ll get to eat great Co-op food and dance in the streets with friends and neighbors new and old.


As the many of you who have attended the Co-op Earth Fest know due to the popularity of the event, and Nob Hill parking realities; it’s best to hike, bike or carpool to the festival site. Given that, we are once again honored to be working with Chuck Malagodi of the City of Albuquerque’s Bicycle program on the annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo and other bicycle education. Look for this part EarthFest at the west end of the festival grounds near Tulane.


As always you can count on seeing some of our community’s fine local artists and craftspeople, hearing some of your favorite musicians and thrilling to performances from our gifted local performers. Some festival favorites, like the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, National Institute of Flamenco’s Alama Flamenca, Baile Baile Folklorico and Adama Africian Dancers and Drummers are coming back, and we are once again honored to have them grace the little stage under the big tent in the middle of Silver Street. See the full entertainment schedule on this page so you don’t miss any of this great, local and FREE music.

Space goes quickly so reserve yours today. We give first priority to non-profit environmental, social and economic justice organizations, farmers, gardeners and farming organizations. Due to space considerations and Fire Department regulations NO POP-UP CANOPIES will be allowed.

We’re hoping for a beautiful day, and with Mother Earth’s blessing we will once again take time to celebrate “Her” and reaffirm our commitment to restoring and sustaining our beautiful blue/green planetary gem.

Join your friends and neighbors as we educate ourselves for paradigm shifting action and joyously dance in the streets at Albuquerque’s favorite spring gathering. Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 24; this is one event you don’t want to miss! For more information or to reserve your free booth space contact Robin at 217-2027 or toll free at 877-775-2667, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


EarthFest Entertainment Schedule

10:00am: Ehecatl Aztec Dancers
11:00am: Eileen and the In-Betweens
12:00pm: Alma Flamenca
1:00pm: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
2:00pm: Baile Baile Dance Company
2:30pm: Adama African Dancers and Drummers
3:00pm: Silver Strings Band
4:00pm: Cowboys and Indian
5:00pm: Blue Hornets

Click here for more info

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