Advocacy & Policy
The Washington bureau of the NAACP states that in 2008, young voters between the ages of 18 and 24, voted on issues crucial to their communities. Which proves the continued need for issue based community activism.
Historically in New Mexico, African American successes and contributions has not been well documented (due to low population statistics below 3%). Efforts will continue to be taken to chronicle vital and valuable history.
According to data collected over a five year period by the US Census Bureau (2006-2010), persons in New Mexico living at or under the federal poverty level is 18.4%. The African American population disproportionately reports at 23.6% below the federal poverty level.
According to the New Mexico “2012 Progress Report” published by New Mexico First, public schools continue to have challenges increasing proficiency levels in reading, mathematics and science, which contributes to New Mexico’s high school (62%) and college (39.4%) graduation rates.
In response to chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans, we strive to provide greater focus, resources and coordination for health initiatives already in existence.