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World Youth Day 2023 Europe Trip & Faith Reflection from Community Organizer Allyssa Wright

NM CAFe Community Organizer, Allyssa Wright had the opportunity to go on a 2 week pilgrimage in Europe for World Youth Day with her church.

She describes her experience and reflection about her trip below.

“Going on pilgrimage was a beautiful way for me to see where God is currently acting within my life and to not only to understand God’s providence in my life. To know that through my struggle and my imperfections as an individual in the lords eye I am perfect and my history is golden. This experience made me see how I am able to take things in my life to see that in the work we do everyday – we take things in our life and struggles and make them our greatest strength. 

In my faith tradition, this is where we understand were God is truly working to know that he allows the things in our lives to see him to be able to show others, to know that for my identity does not lie in this world or in things that I own or the job I have, to know that what I do if God is present – it will grow and if he is not, it will not grow. 

To know in this world that if I follow him, everything will be okay, there is something called God’s providence which I got to see in how I was able to afford to go on this pilgrimage, from where we were going to sleep, down to what food we would eat. To see that God is always present, that if there is something in my life he needs me to experience, to know and to be a young person of faith and to be able to find my identity not in this world.”

Coalition Partner Roundtable Meeting with Congressman Gabe Vasquez in Albuquerque, NM & Deming, NM

NM CAFE had the opportunity to attend a meeting with coalition partners & our CD2 Representative, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, Somos un Pueblo Unidos, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, and the New Mexico Dream Team. Thank you to our partners for planning this meeting!

We had the opportunity to discuss immigrant related issues, oil and gas workers, concerns about over use of pesticides that impact farm workers, barriers in the workforce, and what our CD2 representative is doing to help families in New Mexico on the federal level.

NM CAFe in collaboration with Rep. Gabe Vasquez’s Southern NM office also held a closed meeting with farmworkers in Deming, NM. Amongst attendees, farmworkers from Deming & Hatch were able to share their stories with Rep. Vasquez and his team. While this event was closed to the public, for many this was their first time sharing their stories in a safe shared space amongst other farm workers. We hope that with this meeting we not only established our relationship with our CD2 representative, but look forward to our representative advocating on behalf of these families in congress.

2023 City of Las Cruces Municipal Election & NM CAFe Accountability Session

This year NM CAFe will be conducting civic engagement efforts for the 2023 municipal elections. CAFe will be doing general education about ranked choice voting, voting information, and holding an accountability session for the candidates and community. 

As a reminder, the following positions will be up for election:

  • Mayor 
  • District 1 Councilor
  • District 2 Councilor
  • District 4 Councilor
  • Municipal Judge I
  • Las Cruces Public School Districts 1, 4, and 5

Important Dates to remember: 

  • Absentee Voting begins October 10, 2023.  
  • Early Voting will begin October 10, 2023 through November 4, 2023 at the Dona Ana County Government Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Early Voting Alternate locations will begin October 21, 2023 through November 4, 2023 (Tuesday through Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Regularly scheduled municipal elections are Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

NM CAFe will be holding an accountability session Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Alma D’Arte Charter High School at 402 W Court Ave, Las Cruces, NM.

This accountability session is a session where members of the community can come to candidates for office to answer important questions on issues happening in the community and what their commitments are for the City of Las Cruces as a potential candidate for the office they might hold. Questions will be coming from the community to which candidates will answer.

**This Accountability Session is entirely non-partisan and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate.**