History and Structure

"No More Heroes" community event, co-hosted by NNM SURJ. Photo by Renee Villarreal.
"No More Heroes" community event, co-hosted by NNM SURJ. Photo by Renee Villarreal.

The current iteration of Northern New Mexico SURJ was started in June 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and in support of ongoing Indigenous justice efforts throughout the region. We currently have about 16 core organizers representing four counties who meet bi-weekly via Zoom and in smaller working groups as needed. Our Facebook group has 600 members. At this time, the membership and efforts of NNM SURJ is concentrated in Santa Fe and the Espanola Valley. It is our intention to support efforts and chapter building from other parts of Northern New Mexico. NNM SURJ is a totally volunteer-run organization.

Previous Iterations: A New Mexico chapter of SURJ was initially established in Santa Fe in 2015. When the organizers moved to Albuquerque, that chapter (SURJ New Mexico) became more of a statewide umbrella chapter (their Facebook group is here). In July 2016, a chapter specifically addressing the concerns of Northern New Mexico (NNM SURJ) was established in Santa Fe in response to the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando and the continued killings of black people by police across the country. That group disbanded in fall 2017.