STRONG FAMILIES NEW MEXICO
Strong Families New Mexico
Strong Families New Mexico, a state based action site of Forward Together, works to shift culture and create new policies that recognize the many kinds of families in our state. We are a network of over 20 partner organizations and thousands of individuals working in alignment to build a better life for all our families and generations to come.
Strong Families New Mexico started in 2012. Each year we grow into a more powerful force for state-wide and local policy change. SFNM is now building leaders and growing a base of supporters in Bernalillo, McKinley, Dona Ana, and Rio Arriba Counties. We are working to ensure that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive—from strong schools to safer neighborhoods to comprehensive healthcare and language access.
To change policy and build power together we take the concerns of our communities into the Roundhouse during the legislative session and into the ballot box during election season. We lead and support campaigns in the communities we work in year round.
Civic participation means getting everyday folks involved in the decisions that affect our families and communities. Election season is an especially important time for us to speak up, and there are many ways we can all get involved in the process, regardless of our citizenship status or whether we can vote.
Strong Families New Mexico coordinates year-round civic engagement to change policies and shift culture in New Mexico so that all families can thrive. We work in alignment with organizations and community members in Bernalillo, McKinley, Dona Ana, and Rio Arriba Counties. SFNM organizes roundtables in these communities where decision makers, organizations, and families can come together to share their stories, offer ideas for change, and create solutions in collaboration with one another.
Legislative Priorities 2016
Strong Families New Mexico is active each year during the New Mexico legislative session. During the 2016 session, SFNM brought over 180 people from across the state to our Strong Families Legislative Day. Participants were able to share their stories and the issues that matter to them with legislators while delivering the Strong Families New Mexico 2015 Legislative Report Card.
Throughout the 2016 30-day budget session, SFNM tracked 140 priority bills and provided testimony on 47 pieces of legislation, helping to advance many policies that support New Mexico families and defeat many that would be harmful. SFNM played a key role in advancing the following legislation: HB 97 that was enacted into law and will eliminate some of the over-testing of high school students, SJM 10 that calls for expansion of language access in state agencies, and SM 12 that raises awareness of the importance of youth programs in Dona Ana County. Strong Families New Mexico worked with allied organizations in the fight against budget cuts of behavioral health services and the fight to maintain driver’s licenses for all families in New Mexico.
SFNM played a key role in defeating the following legislation: HB 275, HM 101, SB 242, and SB 243 that would have restricted access to abortion, and HB 27 that would have criminalized young people via a teen curfew law. All of these “anti-family” bills were defeated during the 2016 session.
Strong Families New Mexico Legislative Report Card 2015
The Strong Families New Mexico Report Card seeks to inform policy makers, organizations, and community members of both the policies that promote equitable outcomes for all families and the policies that harm families.
Strong Families New Mexico’s campaign work connects to the lives of families throughout the state and addresses issues from police accountability to reproductive health and more. SFNM, with our allied organizations, currently leads on the following campaigns.
APD Forward is a movement of Albuquerque residents who work to build a better city by reforming the Albuquerque Police Department.
Respect NM Women is a culture shift campaign to move away from stigma faced by those who have decided to have an abortion. This campaign is a home for advocates of women and families’ reproductive health access. Visit respectnmwomen.org for more information.
Ending Gender Based Violence Cohort is working to assure that resources and decisions made in the NM domestic violence and sexual assault prevention sectors are inclusive of and prioritize indigenous, immigrant, LGBTQ, youth, and rural needs for our state. Through this cohort, Strong Families New Mexico is ensuring that violence prevention networks in our state serve the diverse needs of all NM families.
Since 2010, Albuquerque has experienced a rash of officer-involved shootings, 27 of which were fatal. The rate at which officers shoot citizens is significantly higher than other cities. From 2010 to 2012, Albuquerque police shot people at five times the per-capita rate of New York City.
Following an in-depth, impartial investigation, the Department of Justice confirmed what most of us already knew: A deep-rooted culture of aggression is embedded within the Albuquerque Police Department. APD officers frequently use excessive force against people who pose a minimal threat, including those who are unarmed as well as those suffering from mental illness.
APD Forward is a movement of Albuquerque residents who work to build a better city by reforming the Albuquerque Police Department. Strong Families New Mexico plays a key role in this movement. SFNM bridges relationships between all stakeholders including state entities, officers, and community members. We hold roundtables with community and officers to generate solutions that shift away from a culture of fear and “us vs. them.” Instead we move toward a culture of valued service and mutual respect for all our families, communities, and officers. We keep the public informed and involved in the APD reform process. SFNM centers those most impacted in the building of reform. In 2016, we will continue coordinating roundtables with various communities and APD officers to discuss issues and create solutions to end violence together.
Strong Families New Mexico Legislative Report Card (2015)
The 2015 Strong Families New Mexico Report Card seeks to inform policy makers, organizations, and community members of both the policies that promote equitable outcomes for all families and the policies that harm families.
Breaking Barriers Report (2015)
Our Breaking Barriers report on the state of healthcare in New Mexico uses original research from nearly 200 healthcare surveys, 16 in person interviews, as well as data provided by healthcare.gov and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to understand how to increase enrollment and access to quality healthcare for more New Mexican families. Research and data partners for the report include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM, Alliance for a Just Society, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
NM Know Your Vote Guide (2014)
Elections matter because elected leaders can make decisions that can either help or hurt our families. Politicians pay more attention to communities who participate in elections. Voting is a public way of saying, "Our families count, and we matter!"
This guide offers information on national, NM statewide, and local elected officials. This guide lets you know what these positions do and how the decisions they make impact you and your family.
Strong Families New Mexico Legislative Report Card (2013)
The 2013 Strong Families New Mexico Report Card examines 18 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2013 regular session that would have direct impacts – positive or negative – on families in New Mexico.
Strong Families New Mexico works with over 20 organizations in our Strong Families member network and dozens of other allied organizations across the state. Check out the work of our member organizations in NM below. Together we work in alignment across multiple issues to shift policy and create change for ALL families.
- All Families Matter Coalition
- Conservation Voters New Mexico
- Empowerment Congress
- Enlace Communitario
- Equality New Mexico (EQNM)
- El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
- Families United for Education
- McKinley Community Health Alliance
- Native American Voters Alliance
- New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
- New Mexico Dreamers in Action (NMDIA)
- New Mexico Asian Family Center
- New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community
- Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLÉ)
- Tewa Women United
- Together for Brothers
- Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
- University of New Mexico Community Engagement Center
- University of New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center
- YWCA Middle Rio Grande