Juntos is building their team — they graduated 19 new promotores, which included nine youth and 10 adult volunteers. This brings their grassroots leadership base to a total of 103 promotores. Amazing!
The Juntos team continues to gain momentum by partnering with other environmental justice and social justice organizations, such as UNM Community Engagement Center, SouthWest Organizing Project, Learning Alliance and Washington Middle School, to teach students in grades 6th through 8th about Juntos’ work and the importance of organizing for the environment. These type of coalition relationships give our organizing within Albuquerque Public Schools internal momentum toward supporting Clean Buses for Healthy Niños and “No idling” strategy.
Juntos, along with Conservation Voter New Mexico, participated in Environmental Justice Day at the New Mexico Legislature. Over 40 New Mexicans from communities directly impacted by environmental injustice came to the state Capitol to share their stories and advocate for key legislation with their legislators.
Estefany Gonzalez-Mendoza, former program coordinator with Juntos, was presented with an award by Representative Deb Haaland at the Green New Deal town hall. She was recognized for her leadership and commitment to the movement and local community. We thank her for her service and wish her the best of luck on her next endeavor.