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.
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Emily Cole of the CommUNITY Learning Network and New Mexico TechWorks team had the opportunity to interview Zippy Guerin. Zippy is the founder of Santa Fe Found, and online platform that highlights local "artists, entrepreneurs, designers, makers, producers, and dreamers." In this interview, she explains how technology has impacted her career and life.
How did your personal and professional background influence where you are today?
I worked for myself after I graduated college and started a company with my then-partner. We worked from home and traveled quite a bit, and through this work, I got to see a lot of different communities across the country. A few years ago I passed through Santa Fe for the first time since I had left in 2010, and unlike most places I visited, I felt like I could actually live here. So, I decided to make the move to Santa Fe and am very happy I did. Because I didn't know anyone when I moved here, I felt as though I really needed to reach out and build community. So last May I started Santa Fe Found, a website that highlights local creators, artists & entrepreneurs. Through running this platform, I have met so many incredible people and am constantly in awe of peoples' creations. I also now work at a nonprofit called Creative Santa Fe, and I've really enjoyed working with different organizations and artists to get people in our community civically engaged.
What advice would you give to younger people that are interested in entrepreneurship and technology?
Go for it! Realize that the technological landscape is shifting daily, so if you are feeling like you're already behind on something, just remember that every day you have the opportunity to be an early adopter or pioneer of a new medium. Also, realize that there are intersections between entrepreneurship and technology and just about everything else. You can create your own version of entrepreneurship that fits into your own lifestyle and your interests. What the typical stereotype of an entrepreneur or engineer looks like is not truly representative of all the different types of people who are running their own businesses and using technology to make a living. I challenge you to make it your own!
How has inventing technology or using technology helped you move forward?
Most recently I've used technology, specifically social media, to share local creators' stories and connect with the Santa Fe community via my website Santa Fe Found. I started this project 8 months ago and there are already thousands of people who are interacting with the content I publish each week. It's very exciting to be able to support local artists and entrepreneurs and share their stories online, but it's also incredible to learn about how Santa Fe Found has led to people bringing these relationships offline and collaborating on projects in real life.
What is your favorite thing about working with technology?
My favorite thing about working with technology is that it democratizes many processes that in the past have excluded certain types of people. I so appreciate how technology allows people who might otherwise be isolated (physically, financially, etc.) to connect with almost anyone in the world. Online, your work speaks for itself and if you have good ideas, you can communicate them to populations that might otherwise be out of reach to you.
Interview by New Mexico TechWorks, Emily Cole
To read the full interview, visit https://www.nmtechworks.com/zippy-guerin.html
Join the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as we update the 2020-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). You have been sent an invitation to attend a Stakeholders' Meeting. If you have not replied yet, here's the link:http://bit.ly/mpo-smi
The meeting date/time choices are:
· 9-11 AM Wednesday, October 23
· 2-4 PM Wednesday, October 23
· 10 AM - 12PM Thursday, October 24
These are the ways you can be engaged:
· Take the MTP Survey and share it with others (available in English and Spanish).
o MTP Survey: http://bit.ly/mpo-np
· Help us get the word out about the upcoming Oct 24 Public Workshop on your social media channels.
o Social Media Content Library: http://bit.ly/mpo-sm-library
· Co-host or share the Santa Fe MPO Public Workshop Facebook Event.
o MPO Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2414471935431408/
· Contact the MPO office to arrange for printed copies of the survey (in English or Spanish).
o Request by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Call the MPO office: (505) 955-6614
Thank you for getting involved!
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.