Human Rights and Civic Participation2018-06-24T14:12:34-06:00

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.

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Imagine not being counted

The recent decision to include a question on citizenship status in the 2020 decennial Census is certain to increase the number of people who won’t respond to the census. And that’s exactly the political motivation behind the decision to include a question that hasn’t been asked since 1950. This change will be particularly bad for New Mexico. (Blog post)

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; Updated March 2018) 


NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us

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) 

Recent Publications

A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System

March 12th, 2020|

Tax guide Learn the basics of New Mexico’s tax system—where the state gets its tax revenue to pay for public programs—in this simple, easy-to-use guide. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication)

Professional Licensure Means an Inclusive Workforce and a Better Future for New Mexico

February 4th, 2020|

Fact sheet Like most states, New Mexico has a shortage of professionals whose occupations require licensure - most notably, doctors, dentist, and teachers. We cannot afford to lose talented professionals, but we are because of federal laws that keep educated and trained immigrants from getting the professional licenses required to practice here. New Mexico needs to follow other states that have removed these barriers.

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Recent Blog Posts

Advancing Equity in New Mexico: The 2020 Census

March 30th, 2020|

Despite numerous challenges, including counterproductive federal policies and now a global pandemic, New Mexico policy-makers and local non-profit organizations are working together to make sure all New Mexicans are counted during the 2020 Census.

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Recent News Coverage

We Can Prevent Neglect, Child Abuse by Working ‘Upstream’

March 25th, 2020|

For the most part, I found New Mexico’s social workers to be kind, strong individuals. It also seemed evident that they are being asked to do one of the most difficult jobs in state government. Helping to decide the fate of children is no small matter, and even the best-intentioned decisions can go terribly wrong. 

Stuck at Home? Time to Complete Your 2020 Census Form

March 20th, 2020|

"It's really easy to do," he said. "You can do it online, you can do it by mail, you can do it over the phone -- and all of those ways will ensure that no one ends up knocking on your door, so you can continue to self-isolate if that's important to you."

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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.