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The Work

NM CAFe's Community Organizer, Vanessa Porter
  • leadership development

  • finding common ground for acting together

  • housing/homelessness

  • youth initiative

  • immigration
  • building relational power

  • education reform and equity

  • building a network of powerful institutions in southern New Mexico

  • climate equity

  • economic development
  • issues that emerge from the interest and values of our member institutions

  • development of our organizers

  • justice for working families

  • parental & guardian engagement

Recent Victories

(in Las Cruces) 

On September 8, 2014, the city council adopted the CAFe minimum wage  initiative as an ordinance, gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.10 by 2017. 

About a quarter of Las Crucens lived at or under the federal poverty level and raising the wage of the lowest paid workers was viewed as one way of boosting a consumer driven economy.

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Las Cruces city councilors approved a resolution declaring Las Cruces a welcoming community for all, regardless of residents’ immigration status, while reaffirming the city’s commitment to adhering to human rights and nondiscriminatory policies that have been in place for years.

The resolution reaffirmed the city’s human rights ordinance of 1997 and two general orders from the Las Cruces Police Department that were adopted in 2011. The ordinance, which “codifies the City’s commitment of nondiscrimination in all areas of government,” and the general orders were not changed or altered, and remain in effect. 

One general order requires that LCPD employees provide police service that is fair and equitable to all, and the other prohibits employees from detaining or arresting people based on their nationality or ethnicity, seeking proof of a person’s citizenship status, and assisting other agencies in immigration matters.

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After six years of organizing efforts, workers and advocates celebrated Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signing of the Healthy Workplaces Act into law. Effective July 1, 2022, workers statewide will be able to accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked and up to 64 hours annually.

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Past & Current Actions

NM CAFe and CAFe Accion kicked off a robust civic engagement program over a period of 3 months. As a result of this strategy we collected a database of over 4,000 Dona Ana county residents that expressed their concerns, challenges, struggles in their neighborhoods and communities. NM CAFe organizers are now engaging with them to develop a plan of action.

In January & February the staff and the board of directors met to have strategic planning sessions.

NM CAFe leaders advocated at the Santa Fe, NM capital for a new just transition office to help immigrants transition from the oil and gas industry into other living wage jobs.

NM CAFe is also

  • expanding CAFe’s outreach and creation of a new youth cohort
  • increasing parental and guardian engagement through schools