Responsible Speech Memorial: One Year Later

This month MLP is celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Responsible Speech Memorial, which was passed by Albuquerque City Council in a 5 to 3 vote last year.

 This memorial, which is part of our Siembra La Palabra Digna (Sow the Dignified Word) campaign, states that the City of Albuquerque supports the use of responsible speech in the media and commends accurate and fair reporting, as well as equal access for people to counter one-sided irresponsible and disrespectful speech in the media. It also reads that the City of Albuquerque will urge media management to ensure that their on-air hosts and journalists use responsible speech.

MLP could not have done this without the support of our partners, including City Councilor Rey Garduño who introduced the memorial. Thank you to everyone who called their city councilors, attended or spoke at the city council meetings, helped spread the word, or endorsed the memorial including:

  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
  • Bernalillo County Place Matters
  • Encuentro NM
  • Enlace Comunitario
  • Equality New Mexico
  • Fierce Pride
  • Generation Justice
  • IMPACT Personal Safety
  • Los Jardines Institute
  • Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net)
  • Media Desk New Mexico
  • Native American Voters Alliance
  • Native Health Initiative
  • New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community
  • NM Coalition for Equity and Justice
  • NM Gay Straight Alliance Network
  • NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Quote Unquote
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • Strong Families New Mexico
  • Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  • UNM Dream Team
  • UNM LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Young Women United


Since the passage of this memorial, MLP has created a Responsible Speech Toolkit for individuals or organizations to take action against irresponsible speech in our media and thank news outlets for using responsible speech. We have provided dozens of trainings to schools and community organizations and will continue to do so.

If you would like to get involved in or learn more about our Siembra campaign, contact Neza Leal, our media justice organizer, at neza [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org or (505) 307-5034.

Thank you for all of your support!