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Unlocking the Power of People



Our Mission:

NM CAFe is a network of diverse religious institutions and community broad based organizations across Southern NM committed to building relational power with and for New Mexicans who have been directly impacted by systems of injustice. We are working towards building an inclusive economy that centers working people and families and treats those people with dignity. This means building power to shape public policy at the local, state and national levels. 
NM CAFe believes in investing in rural communities that have been disproportionately impacted by extractive industries like mining and oil and gas, leaving communities without resources to handle the impacts of climate change and dependable on and industry that is uncertain and dangerous.


NM CAFé has been a crucial actor in the political landscape in southern New Mexico creating a “land of opportunity” by challenging our elected leaders to put the needs of families and the common good of New Mexico first.

Faith based organizing is about people, and CAFé aspires to create a culture of support that empowers New Mexicans to act on their own behalf towards a better quality of life.

At the helm of our efforts are strong leaders who have played a pivotal role in healing the state and restoring people’s confidence in a responsive government that promotes opportunity for all.




We believe that our organization’s source of power comes from our base.

We believe that our base is made up of directly impacted people, people of faith deeply rooted in justice and each other, who will lead the fight to shift New Mexico politics.

We believe that our organizers and our leaders have a clear racial and economic analysis that informs our political imaginations.

We believe in a culture of formation, investment, and leadership development for our leaders, our staff, and our board of directors.

We believe in continuous self reflection and accountability, and that we each are responsible for our own growth.


We organize with the people of Southern New Mexico to create better conditions for workers, families, and the future leaders of New Mexico.

Tackling issues that affect our community, researching, holding meetings with stakeholders, participating through civic engagement, and strategizing how we improve our communities quality of life through policy and other organizing opportunities.

Click here for NM CAFe organizing model



Successfully organized and pushed for the minimum wage increase ordinance.

Made Las Cruces a “Welcoming City” for all regardless of immigration status, race, gender, etc.

Along with coalition partners, helped pass a Paid Sick Leave bill in the 60 day New Mexico State Legislative session in 2021.

Expanded our work and partnerships in Climate Justice issues with Power4NM and New Mexico Prospera.

Helped push and pass a version of the “Peoples Map” for redistricting at the end of 2021 with the People’s Power, People’s Map coaliton.

Ran a successful civic engagement program through our sister 501c4 CAFe Acción.