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The Line: Students Protest Climate Change Inaction

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May 10, 2019 – Last Friday about 200 Albuquerque high school students walked out to demand action on climate change. This public outcry was just the latest demonstration of frustration with the inaction of decision makers. The walk-out came on the same day as the release of a widely covered United Nations study warning of the potential extinction of one million species, with serious quality of life consequences for this generation as a result. Meanwhile, students also voiced frustration over the Albuquerque Public Schools board’s decision to table—for nearly a year—proposed policy revisions on allowing schools to accept money from the National Rifle Association. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dan Foley, former state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.

For Further Reading:  

‘We need to get adults to stop Tweeting and start acting’ – by Laura Paskus, NM Political Report

Students walk out for change in climate policy – by Scott Turner, Albuquerque Journal

APS students push for decision on NRA – by Shelby Perea, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Solitary Confinement in New Mexico Prisons

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March 1, 2019 –A recent study finds the rate of prisoners held in solitary confinement in New Mexico is more than double the 4 percent that state officials claim. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the use of solitary confinement, a practice the United Nations has declared is a form of torture and the ACLU says results in psychological distress.

Line Panelists:
Carolyn Carlson, reporter, The Weekly Alibi
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

UNM study disputes state’s solitary confinement rates – by Chris Ramirez, KOB 4

New Mexico study disputes state’s solitary confinement rates – by Mary Hudetz, Associated Press