July 13, 2018 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called “fair share fees” when thy ruled last month that public sector labor unions violated worker’s constitutional rights by imposing mandatory fees on non-members. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the potential impact of this ruling on labor unions in New Mexico.
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Adrian Carver, executive director, Equality New Mexico
Eric Griego, former state senator
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres
July 13, 2018 – This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Launched in 2004, it has brought around 1,000 master folk artists from 98 countries to Santa Fe and those artisans have generated $28 million in sales, most of which has gone back home to their communities, funding everything from schools to hospitals to community centers. Since its first year, the Market has attracted 233,000 visitors and had an overall economic impact of $142 million dollars. Through mentoring, business workshops and connections to international buyers and markets, the Market has helped preserve and revive traditional arts in danger of dying out by helping artisans make a sustainable living that allows them to continue creating and innovating. Many of the cooperatives and artisan organizations who attend the market have helped women with few options achieve economic independence and support their families.
Jeff Snell, CEO, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Porfirio Gutierrez, Zapotec weaver from Mexico
Chantha Nguon, Stung Treng Women’s Development Center/Mekong Blue from Cambodia