Listen to Lucy: La Jicarita Needs Your Help, Week Two

Today marks the beginning of week two of our three-week fundraising campaign. Dozens of people have already generously contributed money to help keep La Jicarita going and we’ve already raised more than $1,600. But with two weeks left in the campaign, we’re still $900 short of our goal of $2,500. If you haven’t already, please consider making a small donation. Mail a check to La Jicarita at HC 65, Box 206, Chamisal, NM 87521. Or donate online with a credit or debit card by clicking the yellow “Donate” button on the top right of our site. If you’re still unsure, scroll through the 100+ stories we’ve written over the past year or read the many testimonials from friends of La Jicarita. Below we offer a plea from long-time La Jicarita reader and ally Lucy Lippard. Read on…



When I met Kay Matthews and Mark Schiller at a demonstration in Santa Fe (and got my picture in the paper reading La Jicarita), I was a few years into El Puente de Galisteo, the monthly community newsletter for the village of Galisteo (population 250), which I started in January 1997. The minute I saw La Jicarita I was floored by a severe jolt of newsletter envy. The job they were doing for El Norte far surpassed my mandate, but the model was there, and given the environmental pressures on the Galisteo Basin it was a model I could try to follow.

Water, thoughtless and unsustainable development, protection of cultural resources, watershed restoration, and sometimes gas/oil exploration are the issues down here. We have no (direct) Forest Service problems, and no forest, though of course the Galisteo watershed is dependent on those forested mountains and the diminishing runoff. Our acequias were swallowed over a century ago by a 20 foot drop in the creek (aka river), caused by erosion caused by the railroad and over grazing. But we do need to know what’s going on beyond our little domain. Everything is connected.

La Jicarita (which I have recommended to readers of El Puente) does an incredible job of advocacy reporting on northern issues, and now, issues throughout New Mexico. I know how much time and energy it takes just to attend the ceaseless meetings and public hearings. And I can only imagine how much time and energy it takes to report them to a broad community in the knowledgeable detail characteristic of La Jicarita. Its reporters are on the ground. Kay’s long experience living in small New Mexico towns is as valuable as any amount of scholarship. But the scholarship is there too, thanks to Kay as usual, but also to editors Eric Shultz and David Correia.  It’s an invaluable combination.

If you’re up for a down-to-earth, no-holds-barred, lovingly critical assessment of where we all are, read La Jicarita. Everyone in the state (especially elected officials) would benefit from applying its deep experience and empathy to their own communities. Please send money to keep it going on and on and online.

Lucy Lippard is a writer, art critic, and activist. She lives in Galisteo.


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