A Sunday morning gathering of progressive thinkers who explore, through presentations, issues that influence our daily lives and the lives of future generations. We hope these gatherings, through understanding and knowledge of the world around us, will ignite change for the common good and provide a sense of community. FREE and OPEN to the public.
Moderator: Xubi Wilson, KSFR Radio Host
New Mexico EnergySmart Academy
The mission of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy (NME$A) at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) is to offer students high-quality, consistent energy efficiency and green jobs professional training throughout New Mexico; reduce energy and water use, and greenhouse gas emissions; and engage with our local community and the greater professional industry.
All four of our core weatherization programs are IREC accredited.
With our state-of-the-art lab, mobile field rig and network of nationally recognized trainers, The training we do benefits industry professionals, residents and business owners in our state.
Join the new green jobs economy. We train energy auditors, installers, inspectors, infrared thermographers, architects, contractors and more.
NME$A is a BPI Test Center, aRESNET training provider and also offers EPA Lead RRP and OSHAtrainings. We also train for theNational Center for Healthy Housing.
Our lab includes a full-size pressure cabin, combustion training lab and many hands-on props. We have a mobile training unit to support field trainings. Most classes include both lab and field work.
Our nationally recognized network of trainers include Rick Karg, Cal Steiner, Bill Rose, Steve Nall and Tom Andrews.
Photo: NME$A staff left to right: Bill Eckman (Trainer), Amanda Hatherly (Director), Jeff Granger (Trainer)
Debra Haaland is the newly elected State Democratic Chair of New Mexico, and one of the state’s leading political activists with a long and storied history of working for the interests of the people of New Mexico regardless of race, color, creed or economic strata.
As the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor during the 2014 general election she visited every corner of the state and demonstrated her care for and understanding of New Mexico’s people and issues.
Deb has worked to increase voter turnout in underrepresented communities for more than a decade. As the Native American Vote Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign she, again, traveled across the state, where she was instrumental in generating nearly a 60% voter turnout in Native American precincts with 89% of the votes cast going for the President.
Debra is currently the Tribal Administrator for the Pueblo of San Felipe, where she works oversees the federal programs and manages the tribe’s intergovernmental interests and issues. She is also the Chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors - the first woman to hold that position in the company’s history.
She holds a B.A. in English/Professional Writing from UNM, and a J.D. from the UNM School of Law. She is a 2007 graduate of EmergeNM, a political leadership training program for Democratic Women. Deb resides in Albuquerque where her daughter Somáh attends the University of New Mexico.
Southwick is writing a book called "American Nightmares" and the guardianship system
Marcia Southwick is a retired Creative Writing Professor who has taught the writing of poetry in MFA programs at the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado, and the University of New Mexico.
In 2010, a friend of hers, in Santa Fe, was put unwillingly into a guardianship and conservatorship by court order. He lost his constitutional rights as a result, and his freedom, property, and legal capacity were removed.
In addition, his assets were seized and forcibly used to pay for unwanted "services" which cost his estate approximately one million a year. The judge in his case approved all of all fees. His loved one who had been at his side for 10 years, was only allowed to visit at the discretion of the guardian. His telephone was removed, and his mail diverted to the guardian.
Marcia began to research Guardianship and found that similar travesties of justice are occurring in all 50 states. She has collected her research and blogs on a Facebook Page with 110,000 followers, called Boomers Against Elder Abuse. She has just been appointed a director of The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse, and she is writing a book called "American Nightmares" about the guardianship system.
Fred will discuss Think New Mexico’s recent successful effort to enact legislation that will create a user-friendly public website where New Mexicans can go to find information about the price and quality of common medical procedures at any of New Mexico’s 44 hospitals.