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June 26, 2020 Community Hall Newsletter

This week, Mayor Tim Keller announced: Investment in the Black community; first-of-Its-kind Civilian Response Department; future of Oñate statue discussion; conversation and prayers for unity and healing; virtual Burque Bee City Pollination Celebration; playgrounds re-opened on Father’s Day weekend; and a new video "We've Got Your Back."

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Hello Albuquerque,

The past few weeks in Albuquerque have brought tough conversations to the forefront of our community dialogue.

That’s why I was honored to join Congresswoman Deb Haaland and City Councilors Klarissa Peña and Cynthia Borrego for a powerful discussion about racial identity and healing in these uncertain times.

These local leaders joined the conversation online to share their unique perspectives with a focus on listening and honoring the work that still has to be done; and most importantly - to invite the community to join the discussion.

This process isn't just about whether or not to take down statues or rename parks and streets, it's about finding ways to heal historical trauma with a real reconciliation process that can be a framework to help future generations as well.

We know through our history that racial equity is a journey, and we may take some steps forward and some steps backward. On this journey, we all need to stand up against oppression and with those who are oppressed. We know that also means we must condemn racism and hate of all kinds. White supremacy, anti-Black, anti-Hispanic and anti-Native American rhetoric and action have no place in Albuquerque.

I was born and raised here and I love this city with all of our collective heritage; with all its scars, wounds and enchantment. We are a uniquely resilient community and have found ways to live together and celebrate each other, despite our differences. And we can and we will find the path there again.

I encourage you to join in the conversation about the public art process by reaching out to [email protected] and thank you for being part of One Albuquerque.

-Mayor Tim Keller

This week, Mayor Tim Keller announced:

  • One Albuquerque Fund Initiatives to Invest in the Black Community
  • Refocusing Millions in Public Safety Resources with First-of-Its-Kind Civilian Response Department
  • Community Call to Discuss the Future of Oñate Statue Recently Removed from the Albuquerque Museum
  • Community Leaders Held Conversation and Prayers for Unity and Healing
  • Virtual Burque Bee City Pollination Celebration
  • Playgrounds Re-Opened on Father’s Day Weekend with COVID-Safe Practices in Place
  • New Video "We've Got Your Back"