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NM CAFe Newsletter / Boletín de NM CAFe

March/April 2024 – Marzo/Abril 2024

Vado Community Meeting / Reunión de la comunidad de Vado

In collaboration with Empowerment Congress, we held a joint community meeting to bring together the residents of Vado, NM to express their issues and concerns. In attendance we had Senator Carrie Hamblen, Doña Ana county engineer Mo Moabed, as well as staff from Senator Heinrich’s office and Congressman Gabe Vasquez’s office.

The residents of Vado expressed their needs for their community and a list was created to keep track of Vado’s biggest needs. Among those needs were street lights, an urgent care facility, pavement of roads, lack of access to basic services, an effective drainage system, a park, and other things. 

We will continue to push for our local and state elected leaders to invest in communities like Vado, NM that desperately need better infrastructure to help improve the lives of the people in the community of Vado. 

In addition to that, we will continue having community meetings, conversations, and continued dialogue to ensure that these infrastructure needs actually happen. If you are interested in helping continue these efforts, please contact us!


Canvassing & Listening Session - Deming, NM/ / Solicitud y Conversación Comunitaria - Deming, NM

NM CAFe has been canvassing in the city of Deming, NM to gather information about the community & their needs. CAFe hired 7 canvassers who have been door knocking and having conversations with people in the community. The response has been great and we look forward to continuing the ongoing development of relationships with the Deming community. 

NM CAFe will be held its first Listening Session on Thursday, April 6th in Deming, NM. We came together to identify issues, concerns, and priorities for families across Luna County and for community members to have a space to express their thoughts.

Las Cruces Public School Bullying Policy / Política de intimidación en las escuelas públicas de Las Cruces

In December of 2023, our community organizer Vanessa Porter and the parental organizing group met with Las Cruces Public Schools to make changes within the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) bullying policy. As they’ve continued to meet, there have been a multitude of issues parents and their children are facing at all levels of education. The primary ones being bullying and mental health, since these two issues are heavily connected, these parents have seen the effects of it on their children. 

Their persistent work and continued communication with the school board sparked movement in their efforts and the changes they suggested to the current LCPS bullying policy have been applied, and are now moving through the reviewing process. Parents took the time to modify and create additions to the policy that would strengthen and protect more children, and its processes of confronting bullying issues throughout the school district.