Human Rights and Civic Participation

Our collective and individual needs and voices should be represented in government. Basic human rights and the ability to engage in civic participation should not be limited by a person’s race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin.

Featured Reports

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NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us: A Campaign for a Better New Mexico
For the third straight year, New Mexico ranks 49th in the nation for child well-being. It will take a comprehensive and focused set of strategies, and the political and public will to make them a reality, to improve child well-being in New Mexico. This policy agenda, based on the metrics used to measure child well-being in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, offers one such approach. (Policy agenda; updated June 2016) Read more
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Citizen’s Guide to Legislative Advocacy in New Mexico
Learn the ins and outs of working with your legislators to promote an important policy or cause. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; Oct. 2013) Read more
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Analysis: Voter Photo ID Laws are Costly
Implementing a photo ID requirement for voters could cost New Mexico $3.5 million over three years. Because investigations by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office have found very little in the way of voter fraud, such legislation is more likely an attempt at voter suppression. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; April 2012) Read more

Recent Publications

Learn the basics of the state’s general fund budget—what the state spends money on and how much goes where—in this companion to Advocate’s Guide to the New Mexico State Budget. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Mar. 2017) Read more

This PowerPoint, presented at the 2016 SEED Conference, looks at some of the economic issues around food insecurity, policy solutions to address them, and tips for advocating on behalf of food-insecure families. (June 2016) Read more

Learn the basics of New Mexico’s tax system—where the state gets its tax revenue to pay for public programs—in this updated and simplified guide. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated March 2014) Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

July 1, 2016
Besides being a champion of conservation, President Obama has used the Antiquities Act to celebrate important American stories and preserve their birthplaces for future generations. By preserving the epicenters where critical turning points in our nation’s history were made—many of them driven by the need to right societal wrongs―we are commemorating the tapestry that is America and telling the story of the richness and diversity of our country.
May 9, 2012
New Mexico politics will be getting an extreme makeover this year. It’s not just a presidential year. Four of the five members of our congressional delegation are being chosen and all 112 members of the state legislature are up for election. Nearly 20 current state legislators have chosen to give up their seat this year, and that alone will mean big changes are coming.
July 8, 2011
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to take part in an exploration of equity and justice. I recently spent a week in Memphis  at the Voices for America’s Children National Forum.… Read more
May 13, 2011
If access to health care is a human right—as suggested in a recent op ed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—then it makes slaves of physicians, hospital janitors, and everyone else working in the health care sector.… Read more

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Resources

Vote! Your County Clerk’s office can tell you where to register and vote. The Secretary of State’s Office also has information on voter registration, voter rights, and elections in New Mexico. The League of Women Voters of Central NM also provides contact information for voter registration, political parties, and elected officials at the state and local levels.

Advocate for Issues You Care About Meet with, write or call your legislator or congress person about an issue that concerns you. They really do appreciate hearing from you. Not sure who represents you in Santa Fe and Washington? Find out here.

Know Your Rights Do you believe your constitutional rights have been violated? Contact the ACLU of New Mexico to see if you may have a legal case.