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AG Balderas: Trump transgender ban weakens national security

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s ban on transgender service members July 27:

“At a time when our nation faces unprecedented threats at home and abroad, President Trump is putting his ideology over national security,” said Attorney General...

Making manufacturers: Events aim to inspire next-generation workers

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Young people can be hard to impress, but students from Albuquerque’s Academy of Trades and Technology (ATTHS) charter school were visibly stoked by a tour of Rader Awning during 2016 Manufacturing Day events.

Before-and-after shots of the 15 ATTHS students who visited the factory where Rader manufactures awnings, shade panels and fabric products illustrate what can happen when young adults get a close look at the world of manufacturing: a transformation from bored detachment to delighted engagement.

It’s the kind of transformation that inspires New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM MEP), the organizers and sponsors of local Manufacturing Day, to focus on introducing...

Health Action NM applauds leaders who stood up against ‘Trumpcare’

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ALBUQUERQUE – After it became clear the Senate did not have the votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate would vote to repeal funding for Affordable Care Act and leave a replacement for the future.  By Tuesday morning, three Republican Senators released statements indicating they would vote “No” on such efforts. “I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” said Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV).

“We applaud the Senators who stood up against this disastrous plan,” said Barbara Webber, Executive Director of Health Action New Mexico. “It is now time to seek bipartisan solutions to improve...

Employers have a duty to stop employees who harass co-workers online

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Employers who fail to protect employees from a co-worker’s racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory and defamatory comments on social media platforms can find themselves on the losing end of a workplace harassment lawsuit.

Case law on work-related cyber-harassment is evolving with the popularity of social media as a way for people to connect, communicate and commiserate, but one trend is clear: Courts expect employers to intervene immediately when they learn of workplace disputes spilling over onto social media, and the law increasingly considers online harassment and bullying just as egregious as the kind that happens obliquely or directly in an office or other physical job...

Haatiishaa ool yee? Autoimmune Disease (part 2)

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As we approach the 150 year anniversary of the treaty of 1868, a signing that would release the Navajo and other native tribes from imprisonment at Fort Sumner, it’s time to celebrate another form of freedom, freedom from disease.

Last week I wrote the column “Haatiishaa aaldi nei? (Autoimmune Disease)” and described what autoimmune disease is and what it does to our bodies. In this week’s column I was asked go a step further and tell you what it means for you, the native.

Let’s start with a little history.

When I went to the Navajo Museum in Window Rock, AZ for the first time about 4 years ago I was struck by the fact that no pictures contained any native person, child...

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