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Five Days in May - 29 Apr 2019

| April 29, 2019
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Pictured above: Albuquerque Botanical Garden

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ABQ Weather or Not

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The Week Ahead

 Games today - Wed at Isotopes Park at  6:35pm, Thursday (5/2) at 11:05 am - All vs Sacramento

For their schedule, CLICK HERE

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TOMORROW, APRIL 30th

Tickets still available -CLICK HERE

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WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM - BALLOON FIESTA PARK

Be part of our journey to raise awareness and understanding for mental illness in all 50 states in 50 days

This will be a non-competitive 5k run/walk and will start at 6:30 p.m. on May 1 in Balloon Fiesta Park. The course will be two loops on paved roads in the park. Registration and check-in will open at 5 p.m. and close at 6:15 p.m. Parking is available in the park. Please enter the park at 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway.

All participants will receive a high-quality shirt. There will be a timing clock at the start/finish but will not have chip-timing or awards. No glass containers are allowed in the park. 

Location: Balloon Fiesta Park, 5500 Balloon Fiesta Parkway, Albuquerque

Further details,CLICK HERE

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SATURDAY, THE 5TH ON THE 4TH:

Details, CLICK HERE

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SATURDAY 10-12:30

More info, CLICK HERE

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THIS SUNDAY, MAY 5TH

     

Come run, walk or stroll in the 34th annual Run For the Zoo , a day of fun and fitness and the largest running event in the state of New Mexico. Always the first Sunday in May, the run has events for all ages and fitness levels including a half marathon, USATF-certified 10K and 5K runs, a 5K fitness run/walk, and 1-mile fun run/walk.

Run for the Zoo is a fundraising event benefiting the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden & Tingley Beach.

For more information and to register online, please CLICK HERE

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SEEKING OUR BETTER SELVES

  

According to volunteer Eleanor Milroy, many of these asylum seekers have been traveling for weeks before they cross into the United States. They’re then taken into ICE custody where they eat sandwiches and sleep under aluminum blankets, volunteers said. Days later they’re released.

They arrive in Albuquerque on ICE buses that have bars on the windows and carry about 50 people each.

And that’s where people like Milroy and Lanting Shibuya, of Albuquerque Interfaith, step in to greet them. Since March 11, they’ve worked with about 600 people. And Albuquerque Interfaith is just one of five groups around the city providing accommodations for groups of asylum seekers. Most stay for a few days at most before traveling by bus or by plane to their final destinations. (ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, April 15TH  - read the article)

Through the coordination effort of Indivisible Nob Hill, participating organizations and CABQ, there is now a central clearing house for volunteers, donations, transportation, etc. You can greet these asylum seekers when they arrive in Albuquerque, purchase pre-determined immediate needs (clothing, over the counter meds, etc) on amazon which will be sent directly to the organizations, pick up people at hotels and shelters and take them to the bus station or airport so they can then travel to their sponsoring family, etc.  There is so much to be done and now there is a much better way to plug in and get engaged in our city's commitment to help these mothers, fathers and children.

How to Help

Click on any of these links:

Our close proximity to the border means that Albuquerque is an important crossroads for refugees from Central America who are legally seeking asylum. ICE screens the refugees, processes their request for asylum, and releases them on their own recognizance. To keep them from being released onto the street, churches and non-profit organizations in El Paso have organized a hospitality network. When they exceed their capacity, they reach out to the faith community in Albuquerque for help. So far, about 1,400 refugees have come through Albuquerque and continued on their journey to all parts of the United States to join family and friends who have agreed to sponsor them. They travel by bus and airplane with help of their sponsors.

In our experience, those traveling tend to be a parent with a child, ranging in age from infants to teens. They are tired and hungry, but in good spirits and grateful for the warm hospitality they receive in Albuquerque. With the weather warming up, we can expect more asylum seekers and a larger need for more houses of worship to consider how they can help.

What We Need

Thank you for the overwhelming support. Due to the huge response, we are not accepting any more donations during the week of April 29to allow volunteers to organize our inventory. Please check back on May 6 for updated information about our needs.

On behalf of Mayor Keller, we thank you for helping us share this opportunity with the larger community to get involved in any way they can as we help families who are fleeing hunger and violence to find peace and love. Please share this message with your community and invite them to contact us for more information.

How To Keep Up to Date

and to learn more.....

THE WEBSITE:  Click Here

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This just in.....

LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST (APRIL 29):

ALBUQUERQUE ― Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis has introduced resolution R-19-143, co-drafted with the New Mexico Dream Team, asking to add $250,000 in emergency funding to the city’s budget to help fund humanitarian efforts as the city welcomes immigrants and refugees from the southern border.
 
Funds allocated by the resolution would temporarily fund shelter, food, water, emergency transportation, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products and would also create a position to coordinate these efforts.

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The Dark Side of What's Happening 

Militia In NM Detains Asylum Seekers at Gunpoint

Read the article : HERE

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iWatch

Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian.

I have been searching for something like this ever since I watched the final episode of BORGEN. If you like political thrillers, this one looks promising and provides a welcome respite from Beltway shenanigans.

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iRead

WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

From FOREWORD REVIEWS

Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb’s lively and educational Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter shows why beavers should be respected as “ecosystem engineers.”

Goldfarb is a fan of beavers, but he admits that they are not loved by all. To some, he writes, “beavers still appear more menacing than munificent.” This book is an excellent antidote to that attitude. It traces the history of beavers, tying their evolution to the colonization of North America, and shows their positive impact on the natural environment. Goldfarb also uncovers how humans who recognize beavers’ importance help by relocating them to areas where they can do the most good.

(Learn more about this captivating tail  - or, As one beaver said to the other, "Dam, it's good.")

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Parting Shots

“The problem is you have 10 times as many people coming up with their families. It’s like Disneyland now.”

 -Donald Trump (4/28 call-in to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo re US-Mexico border situation)

 

US-MX Border Crossing

Disneyland  

Really?.

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