Westside Forum May 2012 – Banning Multi-Cultural Education, Sofia Martinez

click photo to see The Librotraficante Manifesto and learn more about AZ’s ban on multi-cultural books in schools



Westside Forum™ presents

Sofia Martinez


Arizona’s Attack on Cultural Education;

Could It Happen Here?


Ms. Martinez worked as educator and administrator in New Mexico for 17 years. Currently, she is working with the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). She is with the University of New Mexico in the Language Literacy and Socio-cultural Studies Program.

Ms. Martinez is co-founder of Los Jardines Institute an educational and agricultural non-profit in the Albuquerque’s South Valley. Helping to build support for rural and urban
agriculture, sustainability, healthy communities and cultural exchange: to reclaim knowledge, build community, and power that recognizes our geographic, resource, human and species interdependence.

3:00 PM – Saturday – May 19, 2012
Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation
1650 Abrazo Road, Rio Rancho


to learn more about Librotraficante, the Underground Library Project, and how to contribute
click here and on photos below
click photo to go to UUA Immigration Faith and Action
Sandra Cisneros' House on Mango Street is one of the books AZ deems too seditious for Tucson youth. Click photo to see how to “Smuggle” a Banned Book to GA!

Westside Forum (2012.03) Energy & Climate Change Issues & Policies

from Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation website


William M. Brown, Earth Scientist on


The Climate Reality Project:
What’s Happening!


Current Energy and Climate Change

Issues and Policies in the US


On behalf of The Climate Change Reality Project, initiated by Al Gore, Bill will provide current information on Southwest US climate change impacts plus a brief overview of solutions at the March, 2012 WESTSIDE FORUM.

William (Bill) M. Brown was an Earth Scientist with the US Geological Survey for 36 years.  He led projects on the environmental impacts of human activities in the US and seven other countries.  Bill has worked as a research team manager and/or researcher on global minerals and energy, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, International Mining, the Minerals and Sustainable Development Project; and as a Budget Analyst in the US Department of the Interior.  He has authored more than 60 research papers, books, and government administrative publications in addition to numerous newspaper, magazine and online articles.



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ARTIST’S CORNER – March, 2012

Featured Artists

By: Thea Morton & Jo Ann King

Coming for the month of March two new
artists will be presenting oil paintings and
watercolor paintings of various landscape
vistas and still life arrangements. Nan
Adamson and Yvonne Korotky both from
Rio Rancho, NM will be showcased in the
Sanctuary and Social Hall. These artists
are actively involved with the Rio Rancho
Artist Association and participate in many
art shows and community workshop events.
Please take some time over the next few
weeks to stop in the Sanctuary and Social
Hall to review their artwork. You might just
find a lovely painting to take home!

Just a side note for those who are unable to
travel to Unitarian Universalist Westside
Congregation or find it difficult to visit
the church during business hours can
review some of the artwork online at UUWC
website, Artist’s Corner
,  Delivery and
shipping can be arranged for a minimal fee.

RR ELECTIONS Tu 03.06; early voting starts 02.15

Ballot items include three City Council seats and nine City Charter amendment questions.

Early voting will be conducted at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Feb. 15 through March 2, 2012.  To see how to request a mail in absentee ballot, click here.

Absentee ballot applications must be completed and accepted by the Office of the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2012.
Those who have questions regarding absentee, early and Election Day voting can contact Rio Rancho’s Office of the City Clerk at (505) 891-5004.

Please read each amendment or proposition carefully, titles may not clearly reflect actual content.

issues on the ballot also include:

  • Can a part-time Mayor still serve our growing community’s needs, or should this position become full-time?
  • Shall a driver’s license or photo ID be required to vote?  To learn more about this issue see:  A Debate on Voter ID; Voter ID-Pros, Cons and Costs (42 minute video) or search your web browser.

REMEMBER, our fifth UU principle is

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.

Please Vote on or before Election Day.