By SWOP (Southwest Organizing Project)
The SouthWest Organizing Project was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower our communities in the SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice. Among their many programs and activities include the monthly “Storyteller Series.” An event that brings together activists, organizers and community members from around Albuquerque to discuss issues that confront our community.
SWOP organizers hosted the conversation at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice on April 25, 2014 in a discussion that brought together Richard Moore, Joaquin Lujan, Fernando Abeyta, Lucille Cordova, Moe Maestas and David Correia. Richard Moore and Juaquin Lujan discussed their work with the Black Berets in the 1970s and in particular on the struggle of Chicano communities in Albuquerque with APD that included the Roosevelt Riots and the police killing of two Black Berets in 1972. Moe Maestas and Lucille Cordova discussed prisoners’ rights and the Duran Consent Decree. Fernando Abeyta talked about his work with SWOP in the 1990s and the criminalization of young people and the lawsuit filed against Coronado Mall in the 90’s. David Correia talked about work happening now regarding current struggles against police violence in Albuquerque.