(Un)Occupy Albuquerque gets “limited” permit from UNM

By Matthew Reichbach

(Un)Occupy Albuquerque will be allowed to continue demonstrating at Yale Park for the next week — on a limited basis. The University of New Mexico granted a “limited” permit that gives protesters fewer hours of access to the park than before they were evicted from the park last Tuesday.

UNM announced that the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters will be able to stay at Yale Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday Nov. 6.

The permit does not allow food, electricity or amplified sound at the rallies.

The (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters have been at odds with the University of New Mexico leadership over the use of University property as a place to protest nearly since its inception.

The group, then called Occupy Albuquerque, initially chose the southwest corner of campus, on the corner of Central and University, as the location to camp out. After concerns from the university about the health of the trees in that area, the Occupy protesters moved to Yale Park, a historic home of protests going back decades. The protesters then faced trouble over staying overnight at Yale Park.

Eventually, things came to a head when protesters were told they could not stay past 10:00 PM on October 25. Three dozen protesters were arrested when they refused to leave while police, including some in riot gear, cleared the park.

Now, protesters will be allowed to be at the park, but in limited hours. And the permit only runs for a week, perhaps setting up another showdown with police if the University does not agree to another permit when time runs out — or if protesters believe the restricted hours aren’t good enough and decide to test the university’s resolve once again.

An Election Report From Campus

Clearly New Mexico

In this Clearly video extra, New Mexico Public Interest Research Group advocate Erin Eccleston talks about her groups efforts to engage and involve students in voting yesterday at the University of New Mexico.

We at the Center for Civic Policy are proud and excited to work with Student PIRGS, because getting and keeping young people civically engaged is critically important!

A word of caution – the visual aspect of the video is a bit blurry….but the audio is good and the message is inspiring!


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Climate Change

Are you a New Mexican who’s confused about all the information swirling around out there about climate change and clean energy policy? Would you love it if you could learn more about these pivotal topics from people who really know what they’re talking about?

If so, than you should know about an event happening Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m. that will give New Mexicans the details they need to know about climate change.

As part of a national “Let’s Talk” initiative designed to connect campus to congress, professor Bruce Milne and the University of New Mexico’s Sustainability Studies Program will sponsor a statewide conference call with the offices of New Mexico Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. The conversation on climate change is being coordinated by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, located in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

While the call is designed to connect campus to the Senate, any and all interested community members are welcome to send in their own questions and join the call too.

Friday’s call will begin with a briefing by a New Mexico student discussing current statewide engagement on campus with climate issues. Call conveners will then discuss positions on clean energy and climate policy from Senators Bingaman and Udall. After these two introductory briefings, they will then respond to student questions and concerns.

Anyone who is interested in being part of this critical educational dialogue on climate change should start by submitting questions to climate@bard.edu and then by calling (712) 432-3100, code 253385 at 2:00pm MST on Friday, March 12th. Those wishing to submit questions can also Click here.

For more information on the Let’s Talk initiative, follow the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s Twitter feed and  Facebook page!