By Eva Artschwager of El Valle Community Center and Villanueva David Cargo Library
Thanks to the efforts of the Texas based Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC), the Santa Fe non-profit Community Learning Network, and the coordination provided through the Department of Information Technology Broadband Program, the village of Pecos now has its first free public access WiFi. The “hotspot”, which was installed by ITDRC in the small park adjacent to the village offices on Main Street, provides free Internet WiFi signal throughout the playground park area and adjacent parking lot. The WiFi signal should be available 24/7 and can be used by visitors seeking information about local activities, services, and accommodations, as well as by people in the community, such as students needing to complete assignments online or residents needing to file electronic forms, access medical advice, or submit employment applications.
The installation of the wifi access point in Pecos is part of a larger initiative to provide wifi access across northern New Mexico to schools, government entities, and other public facilities that lack easy and affordable access to a high speed internet (i.e. broadband) connection. Broadband has become a critical service, especially at this time when more and more of our professional, personal and learning interactions require access to a reliable internet connection. Increasing wifi access points helps close the digital divide, which has left large swaths of rural New Mexico residents without an internet connection in their homes and has placed unconnected students at increasingly high risk of falling further and further behind along the educational spectrum. In recognizing and addressing this need, the wifi hotspot installation program has made a measurable difference for rural, remote, and other communities struggling on the wrong side of the digital divide.
The hotspots provided in the village of Pecos were made possible with the support of Pecos mayor Ted Benavides and County Commissioner Janice Varela. For a map of all broadband service in the state, consult the New Mexico Department of Information Technology broadband program website.
Chief Arvol Lookinghorse was scheduled to speak in Dulce, New Mexico, on Earth Day in April, 2020. However, his visit was postponed due to COVID-19. Today, he has sent a request and reminder to all in honor of World Peace and Prayer Day.
Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Written By Cathy Cash
"For Monet Winters, the COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of hurdles for her to complete eighth grade at Santa Fe Indian School.
With school buildings closed in March and no reliable internet service at her home on the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, Monet waited for large paper packets of schoolwork from her teachers to arrive by mail.
The 13-year-old tried to log on with her mother’s phone or Wi-Fi at her grandmother’s house but was hampered by spotty service, distractions and data limits.
“It was pretty challenging,” said Monet. 'I wasn’t able to do my schoolwork online. I was struggling.' "
Read the full story HERE.
You just never know what is possible...until the 18-wheeler shows up! Grateful to be spreading goodness with Pat McCabe this week and honored to volunteer to help! Thanks to Intuitive Foundation for donating more than 100,000 face shields this week to support Native communities and community members heavily impacted by COVID-19. Special thanks to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for receiving the first shipment of donated PPE and thanks to LANL Foundation for making the connect. Learn more about grassroots regional commUNITYrelief efforts at www.communitylearningnetwork.org
The Great Turning. The 6th Mass Extinction. The End of Ice. Deep Adaptation. By any other name, it’s game-change time on Planet Earth. We face an unprecedented global existential threat caused by non-linear feedback loops of biospheric degradation and social disruption. Our modern life-way of infinite growth and consumption (predicated on the philosophy of scientific materialism and a worldview of separation that together empower a paradigm of domination and “power over”) is coming to a prophetic end. The visible and felt pain points are many: soaring political polarization, toxic info wars, rising global temperatures, collapsing food harvests, escalating income inequality, increased natural disasters, xenophobia, epidemic mental health issues and suicide rates. The list goes on. And on.
Humanity faces an uncertain future while the machine of late-stage capitalism churns on, gutting the planet and eviscerating our souls in the same misguided reach to take more than we have given back, to deliver on promises that could ensure our eventual extinction. We’ve built “castles made of sand,” rendering us in a painful crisis of meaning and disconnect, the Rubicon of a de-sacralized world. The hallmarks of collapse are in the current headlines and our conscious involvement at this time matters dearly in terms of how collapse unfolds and what emerges alongside and in its wake.
The converging Troubles we face today are not only physical, economic, and social but they are deeply psychological, darkly soulful, and unavoidably spiritual. Not an ascendant, rise-above-into-the-fifth-dimension, aliens-are-going-to-save-us spiritual but a place-your-hand-on-the-ground and ask-the-questions-that-truly-matter spiritual.
How do we live fully as human beings on the planet in this challenging time? What does a meaningful life look like and feel like with the backdrop of collapsing natural and human-made systems? How do we truly show up and participate in deep response-ability? How do we grieve what is lost? What does it mean to be conscious of the values from which we’re making choices? Why is addressing collective trauma important in this time? How do we build an increased capacity to embrace change and let go of ways that no longer serve? What is the essence of resilience and how do we cultivate it within ourselves and our communities to navigate the uncertainty and meet the disruptions before us? How do we speak to the youth who are coming of age in this time of deep transition?
This transition will be messy BUT it can be beautiful and it must be in service of the good and it should be met as courageously as possible for the future generations of all life.
We can no longer wait for current governments, authorities, and top down systems in order to take action. And this action will be different for each of us, according to our true path and gifts. Getting to carbon neutral is necessary, but in and of itself not sufficient for the scale of transformation needed. Our mandate, as people of the Earth, is a wholesale shift in the paradigm that in-forms our structures, systems, policies, our thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Our mandate is to experiment and evolve together, to discover our gifts and give back to Life in a devotional movement of love. We are awakened to this as agents of love for the future of Life, that will far out last our brief tenure of this one lifetime. The crisis of these times is calling us to this.
I am inviting you to make this project a part of your response too, in helping me make it possible. *Donations are tax-deductible.* It’s an outrageous time to be alive. Let’s live and grow into our better selves together and make this Earth moment as beautiful as we possibly can no matter the outcome, because – as temperatures rise – the crisis of these times is calling us to this.
Read more here: https://www.communitylearningnetwork.org/as-temperatures-rise.html
Community Learning Network is partnering with Storm Cloud Media to support the film. CLN is dedicated to "building stronger communities through real-life learning" and through the New Mexico TechWorks Project, we are working to expand Tech access and education and increase Tech enterprise and employment, especially for rural, underserved and underrepresented communities and community members.
Thanks for all you do for our region, Roger! Now the question is, what can each of us do to make a difference in our own communities? Anything is possible....!
27th Annual Conference - Water Rights and Water Quality
This is the event of the year for New Mexico water professionals! In just two days, you’ll get the latest updates on New Mexico Water Law from all points of view, while networking with professionals from across the state in vibrant downtown Santa Fe.
This year's conference includes two featured presentations:
Update from the State Engineer
John R. D'Antonio Jr., PE, State Engineer
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, Santa Fe
The Future of New Mexico Water Law
James C. Kenney, Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Environment Department Santa Fe
Leading experts will cover the latest updates on current topics, including:
Update from the State Engineer
Water Transmission Projects: The Augustin Plains Decision
New Mexico Water Administration in the 21st Century
Pecos Basin Issues
Implementation of Aamodt Settlement
The Future of New Mexico Water Law
Legislative and Regulatory Update * Climate Change
Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Groundwater
Produced Water Regulation
For more information, and to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/p6qp97?RefID=NMAA
The Albuquerque Museum opened an exhibit on June 22nd called "SEED: Climate Change Resilience" which explores the power of seeds to teach and transform our future. The exhibit included our seed story, seeds, and writings from our work over the years with Dr. Larry Emerson and students from the region as well as Stonehill, Iona, Fairfield, Fordham, and Villanova Universities through the TDK Learning Community.
FREE! Kids for Global Peace: 2019 Human Rights Camp!
Monday, July 1, 2019 9:00 AM - Friday, July 19, 2019 2:30 AM
Learn more on their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MovingArts.org/
Community Learning Network is a grassroots New Mexico-born and locally based 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building stronger communities through real-life learning.