November 8, 2019 – New Mexico in Focus takes a hard look at crime’s effect on young people with Albuquerque filmmaker John Acosta, whose documentary Growing Up in the Real Breaking Bad aims to raise awareness about youth violence. NMiF host Gene Grant interviews Acosta, who is joined by a group of young activists who say policymakers need to listen and try a different approach to addressing the problem.
*Note: Working Classroom and SWOP will hold a screening and public discussion on the issue of youth violence on Saturday, November 23rd, 6-7:30pm (updated). The event will be held at Working Classroom: 423 Atlantic Ave. SW)
Guests: John Acosta, Filmmaker, Growing Up in the Real Breaking Bad Adrian Baca, Youth Organizer Janelle Astorga Ramos, Youth Organizer Xiuhtecuhtli Soto, Youth Organizer
April 11, 2019 – At the end of a weeklong span that saw police officers responding to more than a half-dozen violent deaths, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Mike Geier unveiled a plan to address gun violence in the city. Branding crime in Albuquerque a public health issue, the mayor has asked for extra police action, including interacting with neighborhoods outside of taking calls for service, targeting illegal gun sales, and standardizing shooting response protocols. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look into Albuquerque’s crime statistics and debate the mayor’s plan to address gun violence.
Line Panelists: Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & KKOB radio host
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, senior director, government relations and regulatory counsel, Affirm Inc.