After helping fend off Gov. Martinez's efforts to rescind drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants last fall, Albuquerque Interfaith leaders are gearing up to fight it for the third time. To this end, they organized two actions with over 350 leaders, including a day long legislative training session. Sixteen institutions committed to meet consistently with legislators during the 20 day session. Leaders will also ask legislators to invest part of New Mexico's $12B Permanent Land Grant Fund into schools and early childhood education.
Leaders with Albuquerque Interfaith held the public school district accountable for capital spending when officials attempted to subordinate classroom funding for an unnecessary $30 million district training facility. Building on a two-year reprieve won earlier in the year, Albuquerque Interfaith succeeded in reclaiming almost all the money for investment in classroom construction and renovation.Read more
"Candidates for Sheriff Address Immigration," by Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4
After 400 Albuquerque Interfaith (AI) leaders knocked on doors to pass a February 2010 bond measure including $30 million to be invested in schools serving primarily students of color, the school district attempted to divert $20 million into a large (unjustified) district training facility. Leaders of AI fought back and in September the district decided to delay the project at least two years and return all but $2 million of the diversion to classroom construction and renovation.Read more