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Cultura for the Rest of Us

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Our first movie fundraiser was a success! We were proud to team up with the Guild Cinema and the UNM Chicana & Chicano Studies department yesterday to watch some locally-produced shorts on the big screen. Thanks to all who attended, including Richard Vargas, whose photos are on our Facebook page, Dr. Irene Vasquez, who gave […]

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Barelas activists respond to ABQ Journal criticism

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Javier is a panelist on Sunday, September 30th’s COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP AND COMMUNITY CULTURE. Rail Yards Project Not Fiscally Irresponsible By Javier Benavidez / Barelas Neighborhood Association and Ron Romero/Member, Barelas Community Coalition and Rail Yards Advisory Board on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 The Journal’s criticism of the city’s handling of the Rail Yards project in […]

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Export Proof Cities & Sustainability

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Here’s a great article from Alternet about the local business movement and sustainability. We need more community members working toward sustainability here in the Southwest. We have some businesses and local organizations focused on sustainable practice that are doing great, but how can we motivate more businesses to work on their sustainability?

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Have you heard about the Undocubus?


The NY Times covers the story of the Undocubus–a bus full of undocumented people traveling from AZ to NC for the Democratic National Convention.  They’ll be coming through NM soon…

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Let’s get “big”

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Someone looking over our panels has protested, “But they’re all local and regional – the border, ‘Can Tucson Happen Here?’, community writing, our literary publication, the status of our neighborhoods – so where’s the attraction for folks from out of town?” Well, we think there’s plenty, first of all because communities, neighborhoods, and local publication […]

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inspiring & productive meeting

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Our conference organizing committee met yesterday, as we will every ten days leading up to the conference. We’re gaining momentum every day and the report backs each meeting about how panels are shaping up spur us on in our commitments to the conference. The conference schedule – as it’s developed so far – is on […]

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The Albuquerque Cultural Conference Is Us

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Albuquerque Cultural Conference Director – John Crawford says:   We’re planning the ABQCC 2012, and it promises to be new and inventive in several ways. In the past 5 years we’ve adopted a set of formats for panels, not always consciously but in the working out of our planning each year. Main topics have included […]

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if we controlled the movie industry by Richard Vargas

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This poem is the work of Richard Vargas – Albuquerque Cultural Conference performer, participant and advisory board member. The “Joe” referred to in the poem is Joseph Arapiao, the Arizona sheriff who’s under fire from the Feds for his brutal arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants. if we controlled the movie industry the wicked witch of […]

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Climate Change in the Southwest

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Today I ran across this article in Indian Country Today about the signs of climate change already surfacing on tribal lands in our area. What can we do, as individuals and as a group, to help people see the dangers we are facing across state and national borders when it comes to climate change? How […]

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Non-panel Events at Conference

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Hi everyone, I found this on the GOOD website today. It’s a $500 grant to make a community meal using local ingredients. I thought this might be a good opportunity for us to try at the conference–(maybe Robin would be able to help?) with a fairly simple recipe involving Chiles of course. Maybe doing a […]

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