Responsible Speech Memorial: Win for media justice in Albuquerque!

Today we celebrate a victory for media justice in New Mexico! Last night, our Responsible Speech Memorial was passed by Albuquerque City Council in a 5 to 3 vote. We hope this memorial will serve as a national model for other municipal governments that would like to show their commitment to responsible speech.

Burqueños care deeply about how they are represented in the media. 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. The list of endorsers is long, and shows that Albuquerque knows how to get it done:

  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
  • Bernallio 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

If you would like to get involved in or learn more about our Siembra campaign, contact Alanna Offield, our campaign coordinator, at alanna [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org or (505) 828-3129.

Thank you for all of your support!

Andrea Quijada

Executive Director