Representative Nate Gentry Pre-Files Legislation to Keep New Mexicans Safer from Violent Repeat Criminals

 

Representative Nate Gentry Pre-Files Legislation to Keep New Mexicans Safer from Violent Repeat Criminals

 

“Jaydon’s Law” will provide judges with a full picture of defendants’ criminal histories during bonding and sentencing. 

 

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Representative Nate Gentry pre-filed “Jaydon’s Law,” legislation to ensure judges have access to the full criminal histories of violent offenders.

 

Current law prohibits judges from considering the juvenile record of an adult offender during bond and sentencing decisions.  Jaydon’s Law would change the Criminal Procedure Act to allow judges to review an adult defendant’s prior record as a youth offender.  It will also give judges access to other information, such as evidence presented during past hearings for youth offenses.

 

The bill would not apply to juvenile offenses committed prior to the age of 14 or to juvenile delinquent offenses.  It is targeted specifically at older juveniles found guilty of committing serious violent youth offenses such as second degree murder, aggravated battery, and rape.

 

“Some criminal defendants have committed multiple violent crimes as juveniles.  Currently, judges don’t have access to these records,” said Gentry.  “Jaydon’s law would allow judges to view a defendant’s full violent criminal history when making sentencing and pre-trial release decisions.  Passage of this bill will keep violent repeat offenders off our streets.”

 

The bill is named for Jaydon Chavez-Silver, an Albuquerque teen who was gunned down during a drive-by shooting while he was attending a house party.  Nicole Chavez, the mother of Jaydon Chavez-Silver, issued the following statement on Gentry’s bill:

 

“I would like to thank Representative Nate Gentry for pushing positive changes in order to have a safer state to live in.  Jaydon’s Law will give judges a true view of the offenders entire criminal history regarding violent crimes. This bill will allow judges to have the entire picture when making important decisions and help keep violent criminals off of our streets. I will never have Jaydon back, but Jaydon’s Law helps leave a great legacy behind regarding positive changes to the State of New Mexico in his name.”

 

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A New Kind of Champion Holly Holm’s Triumph over Ronda Rousey

By Adam Viramontes

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Editor’s note: Christians disagree about whether men and women should engage in sports whose aim is to wound or hurt the other person. This is true for both men’s and women’s sports. When women are involved, the issues are compounded by the question of how God has designed for women to express their womanhood. We affirm the humility praised in this article, but would want our readers to think deeply, carefully, and biblically about the wider moral issues of the sport of ultimate fighting.

Some fight analysts are considering it to be the biggest upset in the history of ultimate fighting. Others go as far as to say it’s the greatest sports upset ever.

A new name exploded onto the sports world Saturday night, as Holly Holm shocked the reigning champion, and burgeoning celebrity and actress, Ronda Rousey. Whether you’re a raging, cage-loving, UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) activist or simply a run-of-the-mill sports fan, chances are you have heard about the veritable fall of Goliath through the slingshot of David.

Many were quick to comment about how Rousey’s meteoric rise to fame, having newly become a household name, must have proven to be a distraction. While the believing and unbelieving alike pointed to the timeless truth of Proverbs 16:18 (“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall”), I prefer to reflect on the unexpected path of Holm, whom I have known personally for many years.
Quiet, Humble Holly

Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm is a tried and true product of my hometown and current residence, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raised in the home of a preacher (who officiated my wedding; Holly was a bridesmaid) and coming from humble means, Holly has carried herself with quiet confidence, yet she is no stranger to professional competition. As a nineteen-time world champion in the arena of professional boxing, she has breathed the tension-thick air of primetime events for fifteen years.

We went to the same high school, where as a senior she started training as a kickboxer at Winklejohn’s gym. Then Holly and my wife were roommates for two years in college. My wife went on the road with Holly when she had her first kickboxing bout in Phoenix. At our wedding, Holly knew my wife felt uncomfortable about doing “the dollar dance” to raise money for our new life together, so she rented a gorilla suit and devised a way to “kidnap” the bride and groom until the wedding guests could raise enough money for the ransom.
Subtle, Silent Victor

The shock factor in Holly’s upset of the world-famous champion, in my opinion, had little to do with the varying levels of athleticism, talent, and skill. The surprise had everything to do with the subtle and silent nature of this victory. Although Holly is known in kickboxing circles for her soft prowess and striking power in the ring, her most commendable attribute privately is her humility.

The reason the decisive outcome of this bout caught so many off guard is simple — Holly was quiet. Her quiet conduct, both in the octagon of UFC and in the ring of life, is a unique display of quiet confidence. Unlike Rousey’s manifest arrogance (tweeting unquotable obscenities about Holly the day before the fight), Holly knelt in concern next to her defeated and humiliated opponent. The Holly the world saw in the post-fight interview promoting her training team in sheer selflessness is the same Holly we see living in a way that is radically others-oriented. In other words, the quiet confidence that carried Holly into the octagon is the same quiet confidence that carries Holly in the entirety of her life.
The Underdog Victory

Something tugs on our heartstrings about a quiet, humble underdog victory. Jesus conducted his life in obscurity and selflessness. He was born in a backwater, in trying times, and was an underdog from birth. He was rejected and despised by the very people he came to help (John 1:11). His initial popularity came from the mass misunderstanding of him as a miracle-worker. However, his surprising rise to true world-changing fame came through quietness and humility.

The UFC now has a new kind of queen on the throne. The reign of this queen will have a fresh flavor, marked by humility and quiet confidence that echoes a true and better king. Such a counter-cultural reign, no doubt, will be underappreciated, even mocked, by the world. It won’t capture the attention and hype of a Rousey reign, but it will leave its mark, and remind us of the path and calling of the true champion.

Think of Yourself Less: Fighting Pride’s Preoccupation with Me

Don’t Let Pride Steal Your Joy

Pride, Despair, and Sovereign Grace

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Adam Viramontes (@acviramontes) is the husband of Heather, father of Jadon and Micah, and the lead pastor of Mosaic Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

There are good police officers out there!

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With so much bad press the police get sometimes and even people saying New Mexico Is the “Land of Entrapment” I must say There are good cops out there,I’ve seen them with my own eyes,these types of cops will use there power to either smash you in very badly if your an evil doer,or they will use their power to work with you if you are trying to do good.With all the bad media and negativity against officers,I saw them help out a man today and it was pretty remarkable,so be positive when you see an officer and give them a salute,cause you never know you could be talking to one of God’s angels.I like to just say that the two officers I saw today let that guy go are truley the duke cities best of the best,stay safe,and we are all with you!.

Veteran Looking For Companion

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Looking For Rico
3 weeks ago on Friday October 16, 2015 Billy, Rico and a friend stopped at Bob’s burgers on San Mateo (between Osuna and Academy). Billy got down and left Rico in the Suburban, his friend who is legally blind did not see Rico get by him. Rico didn’t run away he was accidently left behind. Billy is a disabled veteran with PTSD and was homebound for several years and Rico was his companion dog. Billy made great progress with Rico. Unfortunately, Rico had not been chipped because of the situation. Billy just lost his father to cancer and has been going back and forth to take care of his ailing mother. Billy put up posters, checked every facility, the internet and has walked the whole area. Whoever found Rico please see it in your heart to return him. There is a reward and you will be compensated for his needs. Bill really made progress with Rico and they desperately need each other.

If you have any information please call  505-804-4774

New Church Opening Up on Albuquerques Westside

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There’s a new church opening up on Albuquerque’s Westside, MOSAIC! This church seems to be one of the best churches around, its seems to have a very good worship plan/system, not just going to church but being a part of the church, which seems to make a lot more sense. I’m glad the Duke City has Mosaic,I’m going to stop by one day,and I wish them the very best!

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Click here to go to MOSAIC CHURCH

True Artist: The Artwork Of Ralph Roybal

With an innate interest in New Mexico’s culture and its history surrounding Native Americans, Santa Fe artist Ralph Roybal began his career as an apprentice in some of the leading bronze foundries of the southwest. Beginning in his early twenties, it was at Santa Fe Bronze where, under the guidance of famous sculptor Ernest Berke, Ralph began to realize his potential in bronze work. Over the years, Ralph perfected his craft with an acute sense of detail and careful study and focus on the essence of natural patina though the use of polychrome. Much of his subject matter, based on influential 19th century North American Native tribes and tribal leaders,  depicts notable figures like Geronimo, Black Hawk, Sitting Bull, and Crazy horse, to name a few, and has been exhibited in galleries from Denver to Houston, Scottsdale to Taos, and Santa Fe to Albuquerque. His well known works have also won many first place awards in various Fine Art exhibitions and shows, and can be found in the Permanent Collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ralph’s studio, located in Rio Rancho, NM,  allows him to personally create and complete all but the casting of his works. After detailing and applying the patinas, each bronze is signed, numbered and marked with his copyright.  In July of 2010, his artwork was honored with a first-place award in the prestigious Contemporary Spanish Market held annually in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ralph’s Fine Art bronzes can be found in private collections throughout North America and worldwide.

With an innate interest in New Mexico’s culture and its history surrounding Native Americans, Santa Fe artist Ralph Roybal began his career as an apprentice in some of the leading bronze foundries of the southwest. Beginning in his early twenties, it was at Santa Fe Bronze where, under the guidance of famous sculptor Ernest Berke, Ralph began to realize his potential in bronze work. Over the years, Ralph perfected his craft with an acute sense of detail and careful study and focus on the essence of natural patina though the use of polychrome. Much of his subject matter, based on influential 19th century North American Native tribes and tribal leaders, depicts notable figures like Geronimo, Black Hawk, Sitting Bull, and Crazy horse, to name a few, and has been exhibited in galleries from Denver to Houston, Scottsdale to Taos, and Santa Fe to Albuquerque. His well known works have also won many first place awards in various Fine Art exhibitions and shows, and can be found in the Permanent Collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Ralph’s studio, located in Rio Rancho, NM, allows him to personally create and complete all but the casting of his works. After detailing and applying the patinas, each bronze is signed, numbered and marked with his copyright. In July of 2010, his artwork was honored with a first-place award in the prestigious Contemporary Spanish Market held annually in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ralph’s Fine Art bronzes can be found in private collections throughout North America and worldwide.

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To contact Ralph Roybal Studios Call: (505) 228-6194

Christina Gurrola rises out of the west Texas sun with a New Album ” Dawn Medley”

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By writing a song about the plight of the Tarahumara indian women in Mexico,Indita,Chrissy Gurrola has proven to be one of the most prolific and talented indie artist in america,in an age where most artist tailor songs for quick ratings,she is probabaly one of the only artist that can not only write a beautiful song,but a song about one of the most ancient cultures and people in the americas,this is a trait of a true artist,5 Stars Chrissy Gurrola.

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Congressman Pearce Rightly Criticizes Obama’s Foreign Policy

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Albuquerque, NM- Yesterday, Congressman Steve Pearce released a statement on the “Iran Nuclear Deal” being negotiated between President Obama and Iran. Pearce criticized the deal saying it will only “accelerate Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

“The President’s leadership on foreign policy has been an abject failure — these negotiations with Iran are a perfect example.  I absolutely agree with Congressman Pearce and his criticism of President Obama; he continues to defy the will of Congress and instead fosters a rigid ideology that will only further jeopardize our national security,” said Debbie Maestas, Chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

 

 

PEARCE STATEMENT ON IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT (From Yesterday) :

 

Washington, D.C. – This morning the President announced that a final nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran had been reached. Just last Friday in Tehran, Iranians chanted “death to America, death to Israel” in the streets and burned the American flag. I cannot reconcile the two apparent contradictions.

I believe the President’s deal will only accelerate Iran’s nuclear ambitions and ability to bring harm to Americans and our allies in the region. As Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns, this deal is “a bad mistake of historic proportions.” Our national security is in jeopardy, as the Administration allows a known state-sponsor of terror to accumulate the wealth and materials necessary for nuclear proliferation. Dangerously, the agreement does not reflect Tehran’s past nuclear development or deny its capability to build secret sites to support their ambitions.

Key components of the deal allow Iran to engage in global arms and ballistic missile sales well within the ten-year timeline. Permitting Tehran to buy, sell, and trade arms increases instability in the region and supports terror cells across the globe. Lifting the arms and ballistic missile embargoes directly threatens the survivability of our allies in the Middle East and bolsters states like Russia and China, who are eager to trade with the Islamic Republic.

I fear the sudden increase in capital due to sanctions relief would allow Iran to robustly support its terror organizations worldwide. For decades, Tehran has facilitated groups in Palestine, Hezbollah, and across the Middle East and North Africa, providing training, weapons, and capital. This rapid influx of money would gravely threaten our national security.

The President’s deal also allows Iran to export oil, which infringes upon the economic health of New Mexico. By lifting economic sanctions and ending oil sales embargo, oil prices are expected to decline. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts nearly 1,000,000 more barrels per day of Iranian oil will flood the market in just matter of months. This surge in oil supply will cost jobs across the state and affect government funding in New Mexico.

Throughout the negotiations, this Administration conceded on matters of inspections, amount and composition of nuclear materials, and sanctions relief; the President’s inability to stand for principles makes our nation weak and ineffectual in negations to come in the foreseeable future.

The President must be willing to work with Congress – just as he has with the countries negotiating the deal. However, he has already threatened to veto any effort of congressional oversight. The short-sightedness of the Administration will harm the security of our allies, the safety of our nation, and the health of New Mexico’s economy.

State Auditor Continues to Politicize His Office and Advance Partisan Interests

 

Albuquerque, NM– Despite recent concerns raised by local media about New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller using his office to advance partisan interests, as well as recently violating the state’s open records law, Tim Keller is now hosting a fundraising event with Democrat Party bosses.  His overtly political actions once again call into question whether he is able to perform his duties as state auditor in an objective manner.

“The increasingly political nature of the State Auditor’s Office is a grave concern for fair and honest elections and non-partisan government, oversight and accountability,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “Tim Keller was elected to protect taxpayer dollars, but his only interest seems to be advancing partisan interests and his own ambition.”

A recent fundraising letter lists Tim Keller as a host for the event along with other elected officials up for re-election next year.

The State Auditor has vast influence over the election process. His liberal political leanings and activism give rise to a conflict of interest as he prepares to oversee the elections.

“The impartiality and objectivity of the State Auditor’s Office has been called into question once again,” Garrett concluded.

The fundraising letter, which clearly shows Keller’s involvement in partisan political activities, is attached to this press release. Below is further background information on Keller’s recent missteps:

In April, The Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board Slammed Tim Keller For Jockeying For Position In The Next Election. “Yet this month both AG Hector Balderas and Auditor Tim Keller, as they jockey for position in the next election, have sent out emails not just scrounging for donations, but specifically asking either for money to knock Republicans out of office and keep and elect their fellow Democrats or to support ‘candidates who will join in our fight. …’” (“Editorial: New Mexico’s AG, Auditor Should Take High Ground,” Albuquerque Journal, 4/29/15)

On May 20th, The Associated Press Reported That The New Mexico Republican Party Has Asked The State’s Attorney General To Investigate The State Auditor For Breaking The State’s Open Records Act. “The Republican Party of New Mexico has lodged a complaint saying the state auditor violated the public records act by ignoring a request for his emails and other information.  … Balderas’ office says the complaint has been referred to his open government division for review.” (“New Mexico Republicans File Complaint Against Auditor Saying He Failed To Release Records,” Associated Press, 5/20/15)

New Mexico Political Report Correctly Stated That The Agency Had 15 Days To Respond To An Open Records Request To Be In Compliance With The Law— The New Mexico GOP Didn’t Receive A Response. “State agencies have fifteen days to respond to IPRA requests. On Wednesday, the Republican Party of New Mexico sent a letter to the Attorney General asking for action. In a press release sent to media on Wednesday afternoon, the party says it received no response from an IPRA request sent to State Auditor Tim Keller’s office on May 4. Because of this, the party sent a complaint to Attorney General Hector Balderas.” (State GOP Goes After Keller, Says His Office Ignored IPRA Request,” New Mexico Political Report, 5/20/15)

SPECIAL REPORT: Women in today’s workweek and the plight Of the female worker.

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PREPARED BY THE FAIR WORKWEEK INITIATIVE—CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) works to create equity, opportunity and
a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations,
organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens our collective capacity
to envision and win an innovative pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic
justice agenda.
http://www.populardemocracy.org http://www.twitter.com/popdemoc
The Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI), a collaborative effort anchored by CPD, is
dedicated to restoring family-sustaining work hours for all working Americans. We
partner with diverse stakeholders to advance an integrated set of strategies that
include policy change, workplace-based demands and high road employer advocacy.
Please contact Elianne Farhat (efarhat@populardemocracy.org) to learn more.

Abstract
Nationwide, more than 38 million women work in hourly jobs. Most women, and most Americans, are paid by the
hour, yet today’s workweek is changing—the 40 hour workweek and the 8-hour day are no longer the norm for a
significant part of this workforce. Our nation’s workplace protections are badly out of sync with the needs of today’s
working families and we need policies that provide everyone an opportunity to get ahead. Particularly, labor standards
have not kept up with rapid changes to the fastest growing industries like retail, healthcare, and food service. Part- time workers in the service sector—overwhelmingly women—have borne the greatest burden of these new just-in- time scheduling practices, which have largely gone unregulated. But what begins in these sectors will soon spread,
as the distinctions between part-time and full-time work grow increasingly blurred, and more and more Americans
experience work hour instability and economic uncertainty. Women − over a third of whom work part-time in order
to juggle: economic survival; family responsibilities; and advancing their careers − are at the greatest risk of being
further marginalized in the workforce if unsustainable scheduling practices on the part of employers go unchecked.
As we seek to create family-sustaining jobs in the burgeoning service sector, we must also consider scheduling
practices in low-wage employment. Without an update to labor standards for these workers, more and more
workers across the economy will be subject to this type of extreme economic uncertainty. New policies that ensure
predictable schedules, give employees a voice in their schedules, ensure quality part-time employment and access to
stable, full-time schedules will improve the lives of working people in general and especially benefit working women
and mothers.
This paper was written by Aditi Sen and Connie Razza. It was edited by Rachel Deutsch, Elianne Farhat,
Carrie Gleason, and Shawn Sebastian.
Fair Workweek Initiative
Hour by Hour
Hour by Hour: Women in
Today’s Workweek
Executive Summary
A majority of women are employed in hourly jobs, yet irregular work schedules and low-quality
part-time employment are straining women in the workforce in previously-unrecorded levels. The
unduly pressure, as documented through data and personal accounts in this report, means that
more than ever, women face fluctuating incomes and barriers to advancement in the workplace.
The precarious work schedules cause economic uncertainty and stress that is felt not just by
these women but also their families.
A third of workers have a fluctuating monthly income and 42 percent of them cite
irregular work schedules as the cause. Hourly workers experience these fluctuations more
acutely than do other workers. Nationwide, more than 38 million women (61 percent of all
women in the workforce) hold jobs paid on an hourly basis. Of women workers classified as
part-time, 83 percent are paid hourly. These jobs are disproportionately low-paying: 80 percent
of hourly part-time jobs for women pay below $15 per hour. Indeed, nearly half of all women
working hourly are employed in low-wage, yet fast growing sectors such as: health care, retail
and food service.
Twenty-five percent of women working part-time would prefer full-time work and half of
women working part-time cite childcare problems, family obligations, or education as the reason.
Yet, today’s workweek is changing: unpredictable schedules make planning childcare, class
schedules, and doctor’s appointments nearly impossible. Our nation’s workplace protections are
badly out of sync with the needs of today’s working families.
1. Employers increasingly require employees to offer full-time availability for part-time hours.
2. Part-time hourly workers suffer a pay penalty for being part-time, with wages
significantly lower per hour than hourly workers who have full-time schedules.
Thus while part-time work is often depicted as meeting workers’ needs for flexible work
schedules, part-time hourly work has become a source of economic insecurity and scheduling
uncertainty, especially for women and people of color.
New policies that ensure predictable schedules, give employees a voice in their schedules,
ensure quality part-time employment and access to stable, full-time schedules will improve the
lives of working people in general and especially benefit working women and mothers.
• Predictable schedules with stable hours and a reliable paycheck make it possible for
working people to plan ahead to meet their responsibilities on and off the job. Advance notice of
schedules, with predictability pay for last-minute additions and reporting pay for shortened and
on-call shifts, ensure that employers to establish stable, predictable scheduling practices.
• Employee voice in determining schedules allow employees to set reasonable limitations
on their schedules so that they can stay healthy, pursue educational opportunities, and spend
time with their families. The right to request specific scheduling accommodations, the right to
mutual consent to changes to the initial schedule, and the right to rest ensure that employer
decisions about scheduling and schedule changes reflect for employee input.
• Family-sustaining jobs allow people who work to support themselves and their families.
Access to adequate hours and guaranteed minimum hours along with pay parity between part- time and full-time employees will ensure that part-time workers are paid more fairly and are able
to transition to attain full-time work if they choose.

The Duke City Times Would like to thank OLE and Rebecca Glen For submitting this Report that Is Valuable towards creating Fair Working conditions for Women Worldwide.IF you Like more information on the Plight Of woman workers Please contact:

Rebecca Glenn

Communications Manager

Organizers in the Land of Enchantment

olenm.org

505-720-8918

“OLE is a Great Organization that is fighting to make New Mexico a better Place”

-The Duke City Times

To view the Full Report Click the Link Below:

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Fighting for the rights Of the People:Gemma Heuer helps New Mexico By working with OLE

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Fighting for workers Rights Gemma Heuer Hits the streets to make New Mexico a better place.By going Door to door in the spirit of true grass routes campaigning Gemma is rasing awareness and support for a better situation for New Mexican Workers,She’s Fighting for more time off and overall benefit’s,with her petition and video petition Gemma and is raising support for New Mexico workers,thank you Gemma For making the Duke City and New Mexico a Better Place!

Is our Society Broken?

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It seems as though in the past year or so there have been many stories of police abusing and killing what seems to be mostly African-American citizens.At first it seemed as just an isolated incident but now as the days progress,more and more stories are showing up in the media.

We at the Duke City Times are asking is our justice system broke? Is our society broke?do we have stereotypes and a status Quo to maintain that has reduced our police to attacking African American’s and African American’s being found  situations with the police,it possible that its not the police’s fault and its not African Americans fault,its all our fault,its Americas fault,whether we create strict laws that prevent abuses of power or we change our society to get rid of theses hidden discriminatory practices,this must stop,it must not carry on,the people of America cannot sit by and watch this go on,we have some serious question to ask ourselves,and for now lets just hope that peace may rest over the land.

Mayors Office leaves homeless in Limbo..

9.-Kjeragbolten-NorwayIt seems as though the city of Albuquerque is treating its most vulnerable residents like garbage that needs to be moved and moved, with the recent eviction of the “tent city residents” and with no proper homeless shelters the city has left this population of the poorest of the poor in limbo, you would think the mayor’s office or someone would at least make a year around shelter service or something mean theses are Americans with rights too, I just can’t believe that the homeless are being treated this way, where can they go what can they do? In this city if your homeless there’s really nowhere to go not even a shelter, you can’t go to the mountains you saw what happened to James Boyd you can’t sleep anywhere else you’ll go to jail, there’s no shelters, you can sleep on the side of the road, you’ll get evicted, what are they to do?

True Duke City Hero: Rachel The Burrito Lady

By :Dennis L. Gray

Hi,  I know a good Christian lady who won’t let you stick your fingers in the food.  She is Rachel The Burrito Lady and she travels Albuquerque serving the homeless.  Every Sunday between four and five she can be found at 1st and Lomas serving a hot meal.  A motorcycle club and others volunteer to help.  After a short prayer she serves 50 to 60 homeless.  Good food that she prepares herself with love.  I have met people who are down and out and those who have just hit the streets, all seem to love the Burrito Lady.  One man showed up one day who had just been divorced and lost his job and home.  He was in great shape with his manicure and his perfect dress and haircut.  Along with us “never to fit ins”, he enjoyed a great meal.  People who sleep all over Albuquerque make a Sunday pilgrimage to the corner to eat.  She is stern but fair and will offer you many choices, like someone serving a buffet.  She is just about able to accomplish what she has set out to do, but I am worried about The Burrito Lady.  Rachel is doing alright but,  she surely could use some money and community support.  With her gloves on, serving till it hurts, there is no complaint.  A lot of people could learn how to enjoy helping others if they had her love and dedication.

Lets rally behind the good things here, of which she is one, and make this a better place to live for all.  Here is a poem about her…….
My Favorite Meal
I met a lady who serves us burritos.  If you ask the homeless, everyone knows.
She is all over the city, gracing Albuquerque, And she also serves us more than stew and turkey.
For seven years Rachel has served us hot meals,  In a van full of food and four fair wheels.
She saw people on Central searching the trash for food,  And turned our misery into a really good mood.
I see her once a week on Lomas and 1st, And every Sunday I conquer my hunger and thirst,
Then Like the others I disappear,  But I always hold The Burrito Lady dear.
Seven days without her makes one weak.  I’d love to walk over and kiss her on the cheek,
But she is happiest helping others with a meal.  I wish I could show her even better how I feel.
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This article was written By Dennis L. Gray a Duke City Times Contributor
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THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY:Major Protest across america in the name of equal Justice for all.

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In light of what has been questionable grand jury acquittals regarding the Micheal brown and Eric garner cases,Major Protest In the St. Louis and New York Areas Have been raging,they continue to grow as well,as of this report New York has been protesting for three days and growing in size,Micheal Brown and Eric Garner were two Black men who were killed by white officers in what many believe were racially motivated incidents.Citizens black and white across america seem to be fed up with a “stealth” culture of racism throughout the justice system and society in general and have taken to the streets. The Governor of New York and Even the President Of the United States have stated that America Has “Deep” racial issues that need to be resolved.The Americans that are protesting seem to be doing a good job bringing this to mainstream attention. In cities across america the Department of Justice is Looking into new police operating procedures.There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel,in the end the death of those two men won’t be in vain,and there may be a lot of positive changes to the justice system and society as well.

DAVID ELIAS WINS DUKE CITY TIMES HERO AWARD:South Valley Hero,feeds 300+ families and wins Duke City Times Hero Award

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300 families In the Albuquerque South Valley are Having happier holidays this year After David Elias purchased 300 turkeys and all the fixings for three hundred families.David Elias Has met the Criteria To become the Second recipient Of our award The Duke City Times Hero Award For “extraordinary actions that benefit the community and improve our quality of life” And we are honored To List him in our records as an official Duke City Hero.Elias Will become The Second recipient of our Hero award and will never be  removed from the record,the first was Magdalena Romero for Her selfless advocacy for victims of Crime In New Mexico.Mr. Elias Your are a true Hero and we thank you sir.We interviewed people about what you were doing and we want you to know that many people are so very happy and grateful for you and that you really made a huge difference in our lives and community,Not very many people come out like that on there own. This type of event was quite different in concept,maybe that’s what makes it great,It was something that made a difference,something that let people know its not that bad,that there still heroes out there.We at the Duke City Times hope that many people follow the lead of David Elias,we hope that more people in the community get out there and make a difference,nonetheless,we will still hold strict guidelines for our award,we want to make it really one of the hardest awards to receive in new Mexico,one where a person cant be referred,we must witness it in action,and make the determination if the recipient is a TRUE hero,till then will keep our eyes open for the next DUKE CITY HERO..

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