The Democratic Party of New Mexico Hosts An Event to Get Out the Vote

It’s important for everyone to vote because the people who participate determine the election outcomes; the Democratic Party of New Mexico or DPNM hosted an event over the weekend to remind people to register and get out the vote.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico Hosts An Event to Get Out the Vote from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

Registering to vote is easy, anyone over the age of 18 can vote. New Mexico residents can simply pick up a voter registration application or print the national form that is available online and mail it in to your local County Clerk’s Office.  Anyone who is already registered, volunteering for offices like the DPNM in Albuquerque can be a great resource to remind people to register to vote.

Elected officials make important decisions and while voting doesn’t guarantee that one’s favorite will win, choosing not to vote denies even that chance. These officials often respond to people who bother to vote, so this makes voting an important role to get your voice heard.

If you would like to register now and get out the vote in your state, Government Made Easy has you covered.

Al Franken  at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken  at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Young Democrat at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Mother and daughter at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Al Franken at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Voters at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Attendees at DPNM Event. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

  

Make a Difference Change an Animal’s Life at the Thrift Shop

The Animal Humane Association of New Mexico is giving animals a second chance at life by proactively dedicating services to help find life long homes for shelter animals.

Animal Humane Thrift Shop from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

Helping out a shelter animal doesn’t necessarily mean adopting. In many cases these animals need a life long companion but also food, care, and veterinary services while in a shelter. The best gift a shelter animal could receive is a loving home; although some may not be able to provide a home due to living circumstances. Don’t worry you can still help out, the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico offers many ways for animals to get the help they need.

There are numerous ways to help out the pet residents in the care of the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico. Donating can save an animal’s life, but also giving your gently used items to the Thrift Shop ran by the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico can help just as much. All proceeds from the Thrift Shop go to the animals under the Humane Association’s care. If you think your donations are too large just give the Thrift Shop a call at 505-938-7915 and they’ll assist in picking up donations.

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque Thrift Shop (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque Thrift Shop (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Making a difference in an animal’s life can be rewarding and volunteering is a good way to personally participate. Make new friends; work with pets, and even experience opportunities offered by the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico. Go out and make a difference, because every animal deserves a chance to find a happy home.

  

Engaging An Audience Through Online Communities

Using the Internet to engage online communities through social media is a great way to collect quantitative information about topics, develop new angles, and even find new audiences.

The old Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico before it was demolished. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

The old TGRCNM before it was demolished. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Feedback over the Internet is often times negative but if you give an individual a voice with a guise, the truth can become apparent. Many may say this is quite the contrary and that the Internet is full of dishonesty. People become more honest over the Internet and according to Jeff Hancock dishonesty is in human nature, especially in relationships with others. For instance in this TED Talk, The Future of Lying, Hancock references studies based on online resumes, Facebook personalities, online dating, and compared them with the day-to-day lies of an individual. Hancock states that in much more instances online communication is more honest than face-to-face.

This is why it is important to use the Internet to engage and collect feedback from individuals based upon their knowledge or opinions. Throughout this last week, surveys and stories were conducted on transgender awareness. These stories and surveys were shared on the Internet and gained responses.

The Story Intro of Being Gender from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

A story with a video to the intro of a documentary was shared along with an article about the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico or TGRCNM. This story received eight shares from the site posted and 23 likes, with one reader expressing excitement for the actual story after viewing the intro clip.

Transgender Awareness Survey - Conducted by K. Charles Moore

Transgender Awareness Survey – Conducted by K. Charles Moore

The next week a post to Reddit along with a survey, that was also posted to Twitter and Facebook, requested users to answer three questions about transgender awareness. The first assumption was to post directly to transgender subReddits but this generated one response, that posting in a transgender subReddit would generate bias responses. This led the post to be created under a subReddit for politics and it gained much more responses. Reponses came from transgender individuals and some who might have been unsure about what being transgender means. One such responder asking, “What are transgender rights?”

Reddit Response to Transgender Awareness

Reddit Response to Transgender Awareness

With the initial posts the target audience was the community directly affected, but without engagement other audiences became the focus. Understanding an audience through engagement helps develop a new angle and answers the question, whom should the story really be affecting? In the case of transgender awareness much of the transgender community is already aware of its struggles, it is the other social communities that are unaware.

  

A Survey Conducted on Transgender Awareness

Transgender rights are becoming the next step in equality for all; some questions about current issues were polled through many different outlets and the results are a reflection of the current climate.

God is Still Speaking. Albuquerque, NM Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

God is Still Speaking. Albuquerque, NM Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

A recent poll, and the one published with this article, has many calling for support and equal rights for the transgender community. In three simple questions polltakers were asked to acknowledge if they are or know anyone who identifies as transgender, if they would support a transgender friend or family member, and if they think equality is important for the transgender community. While the questions are simple, often times the answers are not.

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According to a report done by the Williams Institute as of 2011 there was a reported nearly 700,000 people in the United States identifying as transgender, this is about 0.3 percent of the population at the time. Less than 20 percent of individuals taking the poll identified as transgender but 50 percent did know someone who identifies as transgender. Over 90 percent of the responders that took the survey feel that transgender equality needs to be advanced. This left a split of a little over 4 percent each, either not sure what transgender means, or thinks that the transgender community already reached equality, and one even skipped the question.

Continuing these numbers are reflected very similar in the final question about supporting a friend or family member. Over 91 percent would support them unconditionally. While it is split with a little over 4 percent each to not supporting that person, and also being upset and/or confused but ultimately supporting a friend or family member who is transgender.

Education helps promote awareness and this survey also reflects that there is a small percentage unaware of what it is to be transgender. The public and supporters will recognize what can be done in the pursuit of equality with the continued guide and education from the transgender community.

  

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Continues to Serve the Local Transgender Community

For more than two years the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico or TGRCNM has offered dedicated service for New Mexico’s transgender community, this requires the center to assist, educate, and advocate for the transgender populace to achieve equality.

The Story Intro of Being Gender from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

At the heart of the TGRCNM is Executive Director Adrien Lawyer, who co-founded the center with Zane Stephens. Lawyer is a transgender man, spouse, and father on the forefront of the equality movement for transgender communities not just in New Mexico, but also all over the United States. Lawyer has been a part of the ACLU’s All Families Matter coalition, known now as Why Marriage Matters New Mexico and sits on the board of directors for Equality New Mexico.

New Mexico has had struggles in the past with understanding transgender rights and listening to the voice expressed by that of the transgender individual. Damian Garcia, a transgender teen that identifies as male, also a senior at St. Pius X High School was denied the right to wear the traditional gowns reserved for males. Garcia was given two options: wear the white gown all graduating females wear, or not participate in the commencement. Lawyer, in providing and acting on equality is also a part of groups that have been suggesting policies to Albuquerque schools in support of transgender rights of students and staff.

Being Gender

Being Gender (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Before getting a physical location, the center primarily existed online as a support and outreach. This made many things the center has now almost impossible, but since then the center has began to offer much more in the form of a non-profit organization. Some of the services offered are a place to rest, someone to talk with, and a safe place to be your true self. Many transgender individuals do not receive acceptance from family and friends or are afraid to come out due to social stigmas about being transgender. TGRCNM offers acceptance, education, help, and referrals. The center also engages in social events around the communities with many partners and organizations throughout New Mexico to promote equality.

To get involved or to learn more about continuing transgender equality around New Mexico, there are many ways to aid TGRCNM, donations and volunteers are always needed.

  

Transgender Awareness Gains Momentum With Recent Progress

Transgender awareness is growing with more people who identify as transgender sharing the personal struggles they face, while the Obama Administration announces the lift on the Medicare ban for sex reassignment surgery.

Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico's float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

TGRCNM’s float at the Albuquerque Pride Parade. (Photo by K. Charles Moore)


  

Albuquerque Sol F.C. is Bringing the Premier Development League of U.S. Soccer to Albuquerque

Albuquerque Sol F.C. became a minor league soccer team in December 5, 2013 and is bringing the Premier Development League or PDL for short to Albuquerque, NM giving local soccer fans and players a chance to get involved.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. is Bringing the Premier Development League of U.S. Soccer to Albuquerque from Kevin Charles Moore on Vimeo.

The United Soccer League has been operating for more than twenty years. This is the largest organization of elite soccer leagues with the PDL being an important step for top professionals playing worldwide. Ron Patel and Larry Espinoza founded Albuquerque Sol F.C. to give local soccer talent a target to strive for to get to the next level. But its not only local talent applying for the team, Espinoza shared that they had applicants from around the world but the majority of the team is local talent.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office - Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Office – Click to Enhance (Photo by K. Charles Moore)

Albuquerque Sol F.C is the top tier of soccer in New Mexico and is operating to professional standards in hopes of becoming a Major League Soccer team in the future. The team plans to pull in the “curious fan,” this fan is someone that may not quite understand soccer but has always been interested. Bringing the PDL to Albuquerque is bringing not just a soccer game but also an experience. An experience the Albuquerque Sol F.C. is hoping curious fans will enjoy. At each game a kiosk will be available that will allow fans to take photos and directly share them through social media.

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information - Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

Albuquerque Sol F.C. Schedule and Information – Click to Enhance (Albuquerque Sol F.C. Publication)

An issue that became important to Albuquerque Sol F.C. was not just the formation of a team but also wanting to give back, through a non-profit. Albuquerque Sol Foundation is a health and wellness foundation using soccer as a platform. The team puts on events such as Cocktails and Cleats that accepts soccer donations for children who are less fortunate, silent auctions to raise money, with speakers like Diego Sanchez. While there is not currently a website for the foundation the Albuquerque Sol F.C. main site will house a link in the future with access to the non-profit.

  

The Art and Craft

The Art and Craft is a segment dedicated to capturing the city of Albuquerque through a photographic medium. With murals and locations as unique as the inhabitants, this is an attempt to capture the art and scenery, which often gets overlooked. Modern Albuquerque is defined by the unique diversity of cultures converging to create a one of a kind city. This culture is defined by the arts and craft that the various communities share with the city and its visitors, leaving a craving to relive locations or the wonderful sites witnessed through travel.

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

A car in the Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Murals, graffiti and other forms of art decorate much of Central Avenue. Nob Hill on historic Route 66 is one district that encompasses some wonderful and intriguing murals and art that reflects the community. The heart of Albuquerque’s Route 66, Nob Hill has an eclectic mix of local businesses and remarkable artists.

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Slice Parlor mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Unknown mural next to Tractor Brewing Company on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Much of the historic Nob Hill district holds memories of the motels and other places that once stood and original signs still stand as artistic markers of these memories. With the big skies as backdrops these historic markers remain the forethought of Nob Hill. The art of graffiti is mixed in as modern murals reflect the diversity of the culture represented in this historic district.

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Historic Aztec Motel sign on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Barber Drews right off Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural on Central Avenue, Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tiny Feet. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl holding sun billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Girl Holding Sunset. Art billboard Nob Hill district. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

  

Protesters Take to the Streets in Albuquerque Over Disapproval of Police Shootings

This is the second wave of protests amidst recent Albuquerque police shootings that have left a homeless man dead, it started at 12:00 pm MST and kicked off with the protest beginning on Central Avenue.

Many showed up wearing Guy Fawkes masks and holding signs in support of Anonymous. The cyber group Anonymous has taken down APD sites with cyber attacks and even intercepted cabq.gov official email contents. Anonymous is standing with the demonstrators calling for a change.

The protests began on Central Avenue but the demonstrators marched to the Albuquerque Police Department. This is where many spoke about their experiences and called for an end to the shootings. The demonstrators were later met with police in riot gear once the march headed downtown. With the protesters calling for change, will the city of Albuquerque listen; two protests in one-week makes it certain they have heard the call.

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

APD Protests. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

  

The Art and Craft

The Art and Craft is a segment dedicated to capturing the city of Albuquerque through a photographic medium. With murals and locations as unique as the inhabitants, this is an attempt to capture the art and scenery, which often gets overlooked. Modern Albuquerque is defined by the unique diversity of cultures converging to create a one of a kind city. This culture is defined by the arts and craft that the various communities share with the city and its visitors, leaving a craving to relive locations or the wonderful sites witnessed through travel.

Downtown Neighborhood Association sign on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Downtown Neighborhood Association sign on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Much of Central Avenue is decorated by murals that reflect the business types, seen here on the side of the El Rey theater is the art of a time when the theater was active in the craft of entertainment.

People walking by the El Rey theater on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

People walking by the El Rey theater on Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

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Mural painted on the El Rey theater, Central Avenue. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Even parts of downtown have amazing murals that depict businessmen and nature scenes; against the blue sky backdrop large buildings break the horizon to accommodate the working class of downtown Albuquerque.

Buildings in downtown Albuquerque with nature-inspired murals. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Buildings in downtown Albuquerque with nature-inspired murals. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Businessmen mural just off Central Avenue on 7th Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Businessmen mural just off Central Avenue on 7th Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Tucked away on side streets that make up the backbone of downtown Albuquerque are beautiful murals that reflect the neighborhood and culture. Some of these murals are easy to find and others are hidden into the cityscape, seemingly only created for the amusement of the artist.

"The Styx" - Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

“The Styx” – Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

"The Styx" - Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

“The Styx” – Graffiti mural on Coal Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)

Gaming graffiti mural on Lead Street. Albuquerque, NM (Photo by K. Charles Moore/ Full Sail University)