After the Parkland shooting, schools and students reached out to NMPGV for help. NMPGV created venues where students could communicate their ideas, and we supported their planned activities. We held panel discussions at Capitol High School, Desert Academy and the Mandela Charter School on the issue of gun violence in New Mexico. We helped more than 30 students from schools plan a Youth Rally Against Gun Violence at the Capitol on April 20th. Close to 500 students attended the rally. In planning for the day, NMPGV helped the students understand New Mexico’s gun laws (or lack thereof), brought in a victim of gun violence so they could hear her story, helped facilitate a legislative panel, and of course fed the students while they worked. In addition, we got students on the radio and on local television to speak about gun violence. The day included a panel with legislators, law enforcement, and suicide prevention experts as well as a student rally, a lie in, and letter writing to legislators demanding they do something on gun violence.
At New Mexico School for the Arts and Mandela Charter School, we worked with students on our collaborative art project honoring children shot and killed in New Mexico. This was the 15 th school to work on this project. NMPGV also helped students from Capitol High School write gun violence prevention legislation for the spring New Mexico Youth in Government mock legislation.
Murals to End Gun Violence
We are beginning our next Gun Violence Prevention Mural, this time at Bernalillo High School. Right now we are working with the students on their images for the mural. We will start painting the first week in June.
We are then headed to Socorro where we will be doing our sixth gun violence prevention mural. This mural will be at the new teen center.
These murals are funded by a generous grant from Lush Cosmetics. Make sure you visit their store in Uptown Albuquerque!
We will continue to work with our youth as we have since 2013.
Guns to Gardens:
We are scheduled to do two more Guns to Gardens Gun Buybacks. The first one will be in Taos in June and the second in Las Cruces in July. Brazilian welder and artist Tiago Rene Torres de Silva is forging beautiful tools that we are selling to raise more money for our gun buybacks.
And of course, we continue to work on legislation for the 2019 session. Our focus will be to pass our bill to get guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders under protective orders. We passed it in 2017, only to have it vetoed by the Governor.
Thank you for your continued support!
We are making so much progress which wouldn’t be possible without our passionate members.