Racial And Ethnic Equity Blog2023-06-14T09:39:15-06:00

Racial & Ethnic Equity Blog

Mar 092023

Historic tax bill would create economic opportunity

Santa Fe New Mexican--New Mexico’s greatest asset is its cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Our people are the heart of our state, and now, our Legislature is recognizing that in a big way. It’s not an exaggeration to say the tax omnibus bill currently under consideration (House Bill 547) does more to improve economic opportunity and equity in our tax code than any legislation in our state’s history.

Mar 032023

How criminal fees damage our communities

Las Cruces Sun-News--Court fines and fees are an inefficient way to raise revenue for the state, as collection often costs more than what's brought it. But there are other ways in which this juice isn't worth the squeeze.

Feb 012023

Support children’s health through the Public Health and Climate Resiliency Act

Carlsbad Current-Argus--Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, which include extreme heat, poor air quality, drought, flooding, and wildfires. However, this legislative session, lawmakers have the opportunity to protect New Mexicans from these threats to public health by passing the Public Health and Climate Resiliency Act.

Aug 292022

Arts can help youth in the juvenile system

For years, probation has been used to try and keep youth from further involvement in the criminal justice system. But, as recent studies have shown, probation is neither effective at keeping our communities safer nor of rehabilitating the youth it is supposed to serve. Probation, in fact, can actually lead to youth being further ensnared in the system.

Apr 222022

New Mexico’s postpartum Medicaid expansion supports parents and newborns

On top of the extraordinary mental and physical changes one faces after having a baby, one thing that shouldn’t have to change is one’s health care coverage. Fortunately, new mothers who qualify now have a full year of postpartum Medicaid coverage in New Mexico so they can focus on what really matters: taking care of their babies and their own health concerns.

Apr 052022

Time to evict discriminatory rental practices

Those who use assistance to pay their rent may have difficulty finding a landlord who will rent to them. Sadly, this blatant discrimination is entirely legal in many places. Albuquerque is looking to change that and kick housing discrimination to the curb.

Feb 142022

New Mexico must act now to help keep families housed

Our families and communities are safer and can thrive best when everyone has a warm, healthy place to live. However, as many as 80,000 New Mexicans are at risk of eviction – that’s equivalent to almost the entire population of Sante Fe. Worse, approximately 16 families get evicted every day in the state.

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