Press Release

City Council Affirms Albuquerque’s Commitment to Responsible Speech

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Contact Information: 
Shana Heinricy,, office: (505) 828-3388, cell: (812) 325-9878

PRESS RELEASE: April 22, 2014, Albuquerque, NM: Media Literacy Project’s (MLP) Responsible Speech Memorial was passed last night by Albuquerque City Council with a 5 to 3 vote, which was introduced to City Council on April 7 by Councilman Rey Garduño. This memorial, as part of MLP’s Siembra la Palabra Digna (Sow the Dignified Word) campaign, affirms Albuquerque’s commitment to responsible speech in the media.

“Burqueños care deeply about how we are represented in the media, and we understand that irresponsible speech harms our healthy communities. We’re excited that the City of Albuquerque values a responsible media system. This vote tonight was a vote for strong families,” said Andrea Quijada, executive director of Media Literacy Project.

The memorial states that the City of Albuquerque supports the use of responsible speech in the media and commends accurate and fair reporting. “We see this memorial as a foundation for future responsible speech campaigns in our communities,” Alanna Offield, Media Literacy Project’s campaign coordinator, stated.

Albuquerque communities earned this win for media justice by coming together to support the memorial. The following organizations endorsed the memorial:

  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
  • Bernallio County Place Matters
  • Encuentro NM
  • Enlace Comunitario
  • Equality New Mexico
  • Generation Justice
  • Fierce Pride
  • Los Jardines Institute
  • MediaDesk New Mexico
  • Native American Voters Alliance
  • Native Health Initiative
  • NM Coalition for Equity and Justice
  • NM Forum for Youth in Community
  • 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


About Media Literacy Project:

Media Literacy Project (MLP), a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education that transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates. MLP offers a comprehensive, social-justice approach to media literacy, addressing its three components: access, analysis, and creation. Since 1993, MLP has worked with schools and community organizations locally, nationally and internationally to deliver dynamic media literacy trainings and curricula, as well as to support media justice campaigns.

#      #      #