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We are all in this fight together

Even here in New Mexico, where people of color are in the majority, structural racism persists and has led to economic disparities for too many New Mexicans. With our high share of children of color New Mexico is a demographic bellwether for the nation. This is one of the reasons we make confronting and ending racial and ethnic disparities an intentional focus of our work.
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Racial and Ethnic Bias in New Mexico Drug Law Enforcement

For more than four decades, governments have used harsh criminal punishments as the primary tool to address the possession, use, and sales of illegal substances. Complex laws and regulations have been created to penalize drug use and the possession of controlled substances. These drug laws have resulted in disparate impacts for people of color. (Policy brief; July 2917) Read more
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The real value of our public lands

There is generally much less accountability when private companies run government programs. It becomes not only more difficult to determine just how our tax dollars are being spent, but there is also more room for subtle forms of discrimination to take place. By definition privatization means an economic focus on the use of public lands rather than a conservation and equity focus.
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August 14, 2017
Even here in New Mexico, where people of color are in the majority, structural racism persists and has led to economic disparities for too many New Mexicans. With our high share of children of color New Mexico is a demographic bellwether for the nation. This is one of the reasons we make confronting and ending racial and ethnic disparities an intentional focus of our work.
July 12, 2017
Diana was nervous as she spoke to the nearly 400 people gathered at our 5th annual KIDS COUNT Conference. As part of the panel discussion on women’s economic security and child well-being, Diana shared her frustration when, after a decade of working in the early education field and rising to the level of assistant director, she was still earning minimum wage. Her only raises, she said, came from changes in minimum wage laws. But this wasn’t the part of her story that I found most powerful. What really stuck with me was when she told us about having to become a single parent after surviving a domestic violence attack.
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