Alcohol and Health in Gallup

Please consider attending a community meeting on Alcohol and Health in Gallup.

When:   Wednesday – December 2

Time:      6:00 to 8:00 pm

Where:  Gallup Community Services Center located at 401 Bataan Veterans Street and Hasler Valley Road.

The New Mexico Department of Health and the Behavioral Health Collaborative have asked SAMHSA to help us with a global evaluation/assessment of alcohol-related death in Gallup. The assessment team is coming out to Gallup to meet with prevention and treatment providers and gather information for the assessment.

This an opportunity to voice what your issues are and what potential solutions could be. This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in alcohol prevention and treatment.

For more information, contact Jordon Johnson at 505-270-1486 or via email at mcplacematters@gmail.com

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Hiring a San Juan Community PLACE MATTERS Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that we are hiring a San Juan Community PLACE MATTERS Coordinator.

Please see the attached job description and circulate amongst your networks.

We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the San Juan Community PLACE MATTERS team around PLACE MATTERS.

San Juan Community PLACE MATTERS Coordinator Job Description

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jordon Johnson at mcplacematters@gmail.com or call 505-270-1486.

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A Year in Review

Over the last year, many exciting events, gatherings and organizational developments have emerged. We wanted to share them with you and thank you for all the support in addressing the health inequities in our local area.

Please take a few minutes to read our: A Year in Review

We look forward to many years ahead of working closely with community members to build their capacity to advance health equity in our region.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Jordon Johnson at 505.270.1486 or email mcplacematters@gmail.com.

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Gallup Pride

Please join us in celebrating Gallup Pride this Saturday.

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There will be speakers, performances, and information booths throughout the day.

If you have interested in having a booth at the event, please contact Jordon Johnson at mcplacematters@gmail.com

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True Colors Benefit Show

Please join us this Friday August 21st – 6:00 p.m. at the UNM Gallup Auditorium for the True Colors Benefit Show to honor Dr. Jennifer Denetdale. Dr. Denetdale has been a strong ally and advocate for the Native lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. This wonderful evening is filled with amazing local performers who will bring you a show that you do not want to miss.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family to come out this evening. Find the event on our Facebook page at McKinley Community PLACE MATTERS

A suggested donation of $5 will go to support the Rainbow Naatsiilid Program to continue to raise awareness and educate people about LGBTQ issues.

TrueColors

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Commemoration a Huge Success!

On Saturday July 18th, we were honored to be a part of the 7th Annual Red Water Pond Road Community Uranium Tailings Spill Commemoration. We appreciate all the community members, United States Environmental Protection Agency and elected officials who joined us to learn about the legacy of the tailings spill and what the community is encountering given this history.

Please enjoy a few of the photos below from the day and we encourage you to get involved with our work in raising awareness about the health impacts of uranium mining and milling.

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Red Water Pond Road Community Annual Commemoration

Please join us for the 36th Annual Red Water Pond Road Community – Uranium Tailings Spill Commemoration on Saturday, July 18th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The day will be filled with a walk to the historic site, speakers, lunch, and opportunity to learn and hear community members’ stories.

Red Water Pond Road Community is located 12 miles north of Red Rock State Park, which is on the East side of Gallup on State Hwy 566.

RWP Commemoration

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jordon Johnson at 505-270-1486 or email mcplacematters@gmail.com

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KUNM Radio Show Highlights Red Water Pond Road

Recently, Edith Hood and Bertha Nez along with Jordon Johnson were on the morning show at KUNM in Albuquerque. Edith and Bertha shared their experience of living with the uranium legacy in McKinley County. They also spoke about the experience and struggles with the clean up process being conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Jordon shared insight and information from their health impact assessment conducted in the area. The full report is planned to be released in the very near future. Please follow us on Facebook or here to be read – Looking Within: A Health Impact Assessment of the Uranium Mining.

To listen to the entire KUNM show go to: The Lingering Legacy of Uranium Mining 

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Thank you Edith and Bertha for sharing your experience about living with the impacts of the uranium legacy in McKinley County.

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Donate Today to Help Complete the Community Hogan

The Red Water Pond Road Community, located in McKinely County, New Mexico, has experienced and lived with the impacts of uranium mine and mill sites since the 1960’s.

In July 1979 at the United Nuclear Corporations’ uranium processing mill, not far from the Red Water Pond Community, a dam broke releasing more than 1,100 tons of uranium mining wastes-tailings along with 100 million gallons of radioactive water into the Pipeline Arroyo and downstream along the Rio Puerco. The “Church Rock Tailings Spill” is the second largest accident in the United States that released radioactive materials.

Over a decade ago community members from Red Water Pond requested, from the responsible companies, assistance to build a Hogan for their community meetings, educational opportunities, and ceremonies.

Watch Our Video of our progress: CLICK HERE

Hearing the needs of the Red Water Pond Community, McKinley Community PLACE MATTERS decided to take action to make this long overdue request a reality. In September of 2014, with the leadership of the Red Water Pond Community members, we started the construction of the Hogan.

In order to finish the Hogan by July 18, 2015 we are fundraising to purchase the remaining materials (i.e. concrete mix, remesh, varnish, etc) to complete the construction of the Hogan. Please consider making a donation of $25, $50 or $100 to support making the Hogan a reality for the Red Water Pond Community. Thank you.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the link with your family, friends and networks.

Together We Can Make a Difference!

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Visit with Japan Congress Against A and H-Bombs

On April 24, 2015, we had the honor of meeting with members of Gensuikin, Japan Congress Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, with community members from Red Water Pond Road. Larry King, Edith Hood, and Leona Morgan provided information about the 1979 Church Rock Tailings Spill to about 30 members of Gensuikin, who are one of the largest anti-nuclear and peace movement organizations

We had the opportunity to share about our work with Red Water Pond Community and listening to the lived experiences of those who joined us.

If you would like to learn more about Gensuikin, please visit their website by clicking here.

Photos from the visit

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