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Thursday, October 08, 2009

ACTION ALERT: Show Up in Santa Fe Friday to Rally Against Education & Service Cuts

Join New Mexico Voices for Children, the American Federation of Teachers and many other labor groups and Better Choices NM allies at a huge rally tomorrow at the Capitol in Santa Fe to oppose more budget cuts to education and other services. Click to see a list of organizations (pdf) that are supporting this event.

The rally begins at 12:30 PM on October 9th with a march from the Santa Fe Train Depot, at 410 S. Guadalupe St. (right where the Rail Runner drops you if you ride it in from Albuquerque). The march will end at the Roundhouse, with a press conference at 1:00 PM. Several great speakers are lined up and thousands of supporters are expected, so don't miss the chance to be in on something big and have your voice heard! Click for a complete schedule of events (pdf) and a map.

As you probably know by now, some legislative leaders believe they might need to cut 10 percent from the current year's education budget -- that's on top of the cuts already made last January. New Mexico ranks 33rd in the nation for per-pupil spending (that's 33rd worst), so we can't afford to fail our children. An investment in education is an investment in our future, and education is the best economic-development, crime-fighting tool there is. Click for info on the negative effects of education cuts (pdf) and on history of education funding in New Mexico.

For more information about how revenue generators can be used to plug the holes in New Mexico's budget in lieu of cutting services to those who need them most, check out this fact sheet prepared by New Mexico Voices for Children.

October 8, 2009 at 01:30 PM in Children and Families, Economy, Populism, Education, Events, Gov. Bill Richardson, Healthcare, Jobs, Labor, Local Politics, NM Legislature Special Session 2009, Poverty, Women's Issues, Youth | Permalink


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