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Youth United for Climate Crisis Action presents...

An Evening Conversation with Congresswoman Debra Haaland & Representative Patricia Roybal-Caballero

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Dare to Lead: Facing the Climate Challenge Head On

Wednesday, September 9 | 6:00-7:30 PM

A strategy discussion & fundraiser with YUCCA Action with special guest Congresswoman Deb Haaland & Community Solar champion Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (HD13). These two amazing women and YUCCA Action are teaming up for this event.

We know you won't want to miss it. <3 

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YUCCA & Walk The Talk Educational Webinar on August 29th!

Save the date for our upcoming webinar. This one will be focused on the School to Prison pipeline & related materials & feature local educators & leaders.

A Youth Climate Movement Rises in Northern New Mexico

Check out this amazing article by Frances Madeson for Current Affairs magazine online exclusive. If you think you know YUCCA, this article will give you a more in depth look into our politics & some of the folks who are leading this movement here in New Mexico! 

READ HERE

Updates from Nuclear Issues Study Group The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is implementing a webinar series in lieu of In-Person meetings. While on the face of it, seems like a logical decision during the pandemic, however, the pandemic does relieve them of the responsibility to hold public hearings.  NISG & partners will make a comment on the first webinar (August 20) that their groups are boycotting the webinar process. They won't participate in the remaining 3 NRC meetings. Say no to regional consolidated storage  Read NM Senators response to NRC's decision here

  • NISG will hold their own PEOPLE’S HEARING via zoom webinar in mid-September, tentatively on September 16, and submit a recording as comments from those who attend. 

  • They are also writing letters to elected officials explaining all this about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s substitutions of in-person meetings with their webinars and why they oppose.

  • In the meantime, they will still push for emails on the DEIS. Their final webinar episode is September 10, at 6pm. 


September 3, 2020 @ 9 AM The State of New Mexico, through its Oil Conservation Commission, is holding a special public meeting to vote on the new "Produced Water" proposed rule. Download Webex Meeting & join here: Event number: 146 060 5154 Event password: xmSmV7qEC73 Audio conference: +1-408-418-9388 Access Code: 146 060 5154

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Draft Methane Rule Public Comment Period Extended!! NM Environment Dept and Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources are extending the public comment period to September 16 until 5 pm. New Mexico Departments of Environment (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources (EMNRD) are holding a public meeting to present on the recently released draft rules regulating waste, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). 

  • A copy of the draft OCD regulations is available here.

  • A copy of the draft NMED regulations is available here.

  • Full video of August 6, 2020 listening session of NMED and EMNRD draft rules (use password Publicmeeting0806 to access)


We need strong regulations on Methane, a potent greenhouse gas - as the oil market tanks - oil & gas operators and venting and flaring at alarming rates - and regulators aren't doing any enforcement. In addition to climate disruption, methane poses a public health threat. According to the EPA, presence of methane & VOCs cause health problems such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, skin problems, and damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system especially for children. Comments or input on the draft rules may be submitted electronically to: EMNRD.WasteRule@state.nm.us  Comments should also be sent to: nm.methanestrategy@state.nm.us Mailed to: Liz Bisbey-Kuehn, NMED Air Quality Bureau, 525 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe, NM 87505

FILL OUT THE CENSUS 2020 - deadline moved to Sept 30!!!

The deadline is around the corner & the Trump administration moved the deadline for the Census up a month. This means that our communities in the state have much less time to get it filled out or filled out with the aid of Census Takers. 

Billions of federal dollars are distributed to states based on the Census? Our communities receive about $3,700 for every New Mexican that is accounted for in the Census. An undercount of just 1% could cost us $780 million dollars which provides money for schools, food programs, programs for the elderly & more! Fill it out today!

Census deadline moved up, surprising NM Native communities | NM InDepth

New Mexico’s tribal communities suddenly find themselves in a rush to reorganize their plans to ensure a complete census count after federal authorities on Monday abruptly moved the deadline up by a month, from the end of October to September 30. 

“We have pretty much lost a month of time to be able to gain that accurate count in our communities,” Ahtza Dawn Chavez, Executive Director of the Native American Voters Alliance Education Project, which heads up the New Mexico Native Census Coalition, told state leaders on Tuesday during a legislative hearing at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. 

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WE GOTTA VOTE!

2020 General Elections are coming up! Get a head start in getting an absentee ballot - GO HERE! Remember, you can drop it off at the County Clerk's office & open polling sites. 

Registered voters should be getting an application in the mail, but if you're address has changed since registering you may not get a ballot.

P.S. YUCCA Action will be actively promoting the NM seats open in our local races! Stay tuned....

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