Johana Bencomo was elected to City Council in November 2019. At the same time, she was promoted to become Executive Director of New Mexico Cafe, the community organizing project based in Las Cruces. Recently she was also named to Governor Lujan-Grisham's Council on Racial Justice, a new statewide initiative involving dozens of community leaders across New Mexico. She is Nan Rubin's guest this week on Cafe con Leche . Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and midnight
In the era of Black Lives Matter, when a spirit of confronting our long history of racial prejudice and economic inequality is spreading, the death of Congressman John Lewis reminds us that the struggle for civil rights goes back a long way. 1964 was the year of Mississippi Freedom Summer, a campaign that saw 800 mostly white college students descend upon Mississippi at great risk to set up Freedom Schools and support voter registration. In a program special, Cafe con Leche presents Nan Rubin's interview with Jim Kates, a participant in Mississippi Freedom Summer and partner in Zephyr Press with Leora Zeitlin, on the 50th anniversary edition of Letters from Mississippi: Reports from Civil Rights Volunteers and Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer . KTAL Radio, Cafe con Leche, Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. and midnight.
NOTE: The Las Cruces Space Festival has been postponed based on restrictions from the New Mexico Department of Health and may be held October 4-10th to align with International Space Week.
For the third year, the Las Cruces Space Festival is coming Monday March 30th through Saturday April 4th! There will be activities for the whole family and special broadcasts here on KTAL-LP. Alice Carruth, Executive Director of the Festival, is Nan Rubin's guest to let us know all about the events planned for the week!
Nan Rubin interviews two members of the 2020 Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance, Rebecca Courtney and Eileen Van Wie, on the upcoming 100 year celebration of the passage of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote. The event is Saturday, February 22nd, at 10 am, on the Plaza de Las Cruces downtown. Speakers include Secretary of Sate Maggie Toulouse Oliver. More information is available at (575) 524-8683, or the 2020 Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance Facebook page.
Nan Rubin's guests Kay Brillant and Londa Seifert, Girl's Can! Conference Coordinators, highlight the Girl's Can! program for 6th grade girls. This year's event will be held March 7th at 8am at Dona Ana Community College (DACC), East Campus. The program is open to all 6th grade girls, and their parents or guardians, to learn about career opportunities. Area women professionals, college students, and other community volunteers, will present 19 different career sessions during the morning event. Preregistration through counselors at area schools are encouraged, but walk-in's are welcome the morning of the event.
Nan Rubin's interview with New Mexico State University Museum Director Maris Sage explores all that will be taking place as the new art building and Museum open on Feb. 28th. Ms. Sage discusses the opening exhibit, the new permanent galleries and all the the upcoming events including the ribbon cutting at 6:30pm on the 28th, and open house the following day.
Host Nan Rubin interviews long time newspaper writer and editor, and the immediate past editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin, Marty Racine about his time at the Bulletin and his love for radio. Marty is heard every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm as one half of the Cosmic Troubadours on this station.
Nan Rubin interviews the new Dona Aña Arts Council Executive Director Greg Smith about what on the agenda for the coming year and the vision for the arts economy in Las Cruces.
Nan Ruben interviews Neighbors Magazine publisher and KTAL-LP underwriter Cheryl Fallstead on her personal involvement as a community member with the White Sands Bataan Memorial March. They review the history of the WW2 Bataan Death March and the Memorial March run annually on the White Sands base scheduled for March 15th this year.
Nan Rubin's guest is new City Historic Preservation Specialist Troy Ainsworth, Phd. They discuss the impact historic preservation can have on the cultural and financial health of Las Cruces.
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