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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Jul 25 2019

Progress report: Albuquerque neighborhood among many tricky for 2020 census in NM

2019-07-29T13:21:01-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“The big challenges in those areas are connecting to the folks who we know are likely to be undercounted,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “So people who may be poor or housing-insecure can be a real challenge in those areas, especially in communities that are changing.”

Jul 25 2019

5 Things to Know About the 2019 Census Test

2019-07-25T14:23:20-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Fact sheet The 2020 Census has been in the news mostly because of the citizenship question (which, hopefully, has finally been resolved). There's been much less news coverage over the routine pre-census test, which has already started. The Census Bureau is sending out test forms and some of those forms include the citizenship question. Confused? Here are five things you need to know about the census test.

Jul 23 2019

Advancing Equity in New Mexico: Family Economic Security

2019-07-23T12:26:46-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog|

Several bills were passed during the 2019 legislative session that should improve family economic security. Because these bills were targeted to help families earning low and moderate incomes – and because workers of color and women are disproportionately represented in those wage groups – the bills should also improve equity by helping to ensure that we all have access to the opportunities that help us reach our potential.

Jul 08 2019

Our children are a bi-partisan issue

2019-07-08T16:27:30-06:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The greatest truth must be the recognition that in every child is the potential for greatness,” said Amber Wallin, deputy [director] of NM Voices for Children. “We’re all in this together.” We heartily agree: New Mexico is a great state to live in, and it can only be better with less poverty, a better-educated populace, less hunger and less crime.

Jun 30 2019

Eye on New Mexico: Child well-being

2019-07-01T16:39:06-06:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

On this week's edition of Eye on New Mexico, Colton Shone posed a question – do our kids count? New Mexico, once again, has been ranked 50th for child well-being. The annual Kids Count report placed New Mexico dead last in education and in "the family and community" domain. Shone interviewed James Jimenez, the executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, about the rankings.

Jun 27 2019

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on citizenship question draws reaction

2019-07-01T16:39:53-06:00News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"With that potential citizenship question in there it was pretty clear that was intended to have a dampening impact on the willingness of particularly the immigrant population, but also others, to participate in the census," said Jimenez. Jimenez said New Mexico already leads the country with the highest hard-to-count populations.