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    • What's New at District 1199NM

      District 1199 New Mexico has successfully negotiated, a new minimum wage of $15.21 an hour at University of New Mexico hospital. This new wage impacts over 700 workers at the only Trauma Level 1 Hospital in New Mexico. Many of the workers currently make $12.21 an hour. For some workers this means no longer having to work a second job or having to work overtime to make ends meet.

      “I am very proud of this very important achievement we have made in reaching our objective of 15.21 an hour through so much effort and sacrifice on the part of our membership.”  -Glendis Colunga, Hospital Housekeeper 

      “This wage negotiation was fruitful especially for the years we have been fighting to achieve wage increases for years of service to the University of New Mexico Hospitals and we have achieved a new significant minimum wage increase and have achieved justice for all our workers.”  -Alicia Hernandez, Hospital Housekeeper 

      Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a national discussion and very much needed to raise workers and families out of poverty. District 1199NM hopes our victory at UNMH inspires other workers across Albuquerque and New Mexico to stand up and demand the economic justice they deserve.  

      “Palestine and Israel: Rule of Law and Human Rights-Based Approach”
      Education Series Presented by Jewish Voice for Peace-ABQ
      May – July 2021

      Nelson Mandela statue, Ramallah         

      • Why does the Palestinian issue matter for Americans? What is the US role in the occupation?
      • What is a progressive and human rights approach to peace in Palestine and Israel?
      • Have Israeli land and settlement policy and actions undermined any two-state solution?
      • What is the difference between anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and criticism of Israeli policy?

      This online series of interactive webinars will provide an opportunity to dig deep into these questions. For too long, propaganda and skewed media coverage have covered up core and indisputable facts and confused many Americans about the real nature of the situation in West Asia/Middle East and the role of the United States. Learn the truth so we can act together to ensure the rights of all people in the region for justice, equality, and dignity.  

      Each session is 90 minutes long and features videos, engaging panels of diverse experts, and guided interactive discussions that will broaden participants’ understanding and answer critical questions. The sessions will connect

      NM communities working on faith-based, racial, environmental, indigenous, economic and social justice issues.

      Part 1: Introduction to Myths and Reality of Israel/Palestine. May 27, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
      Occupation of the American Mind: Film & Guided Discussion

      This film helps us understand why we lack factual information about the Palestine/Israel conflict. “It’s mandatory viewing for students who want to understand how powerful interests manipulate the news and politics in a “free” society. It will change the way they understand the world.” - Robert McChesney, University of Illinois U/Champaign.

      Click here to register

      Part 2: Anti-Zionism Anti-Semitism Explained: Webinar and Guided Discussion. June 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Foundation for Middle East Peace Webinar on Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism:  Webinar & Guided Discussion.

      This video and guided discussion examines how a problematic definition of antisemitism is being used to quash criticism of Israel and threaten freedom of speech while undermining work against dangerous white supremacy.

      Click here to register

      Part 3: Beyond the Two State Solution: Webinar and Guided Discussion.  July 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

      Jonathan Kuttab, Co-Founder, Nonviolence International, Palestinian/International human rights lawyer, and

      Miko Peled, Israeli American, son of an Israeli General, leading advocate for Palestinian rights and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) will discuss a vision of a just peace for Palestine and Israel and BDS.

      Click here to register

      Part 4: Palestinian Children under Israeli Military Detention: Video and National Speaker. July 29, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

      Brad Parker, Defense for Children International, Senior Advisor, Policy and Advocacy, will discuss how Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, like adults, face arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment under an Israeli military detention system that denies them basic rights as well as the new legislation in the US Congress co-sponsored by Congresswoman Betty McCollum calling for conditioning US Aid to Israel.

      Click here to register

      The Separation/Apartheid Wall in Palestine/Israel
      For more information contact: Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, JVP-ABQ,

      We invite you to join us in demanding 3 immigrationn policy changes to treat children humanely and keep them with their families. 

      Sign the Petition here, and watch this short video for more information.


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