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The KUNM news team's coverage of the 2020 legislative session and its impacts

YNMG & COVID: Keeping The Faith

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In episode 42, we talk to people of diverse faith backgrounds about how the pandemic is affecting them and their worship practices. On Monday, Legacy Church filed a lawsuit against the state, saying Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's weekend order banning gatherings—even in places of worship—was unconstitutional.  We spoke about the lawsuit with Legacy Church Pastor Daniel McCabe, who clarified what they're fighting for. 

We hear from Archbishop John Wester of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe about his declaration that this year, for Holy Week, home is the only holy place. 

Our partner New Mexico PBS shared an interview Megan Kamerick did last week with Sarah Leiter, the outreach coordinator with Hillel House at UNM as she prepared for the Seder.

Brig. Gen. Michele LaMontagne of the N.M. Air National Guard practices Buddhism. She talked about how her community is offering her hope during the pandemic.

Abbas Akhil is the vice president of the Islamic Center of New Mexico and also a representative in the state's Legislature. He explained changes in worship practices and talked about Ramadan, which starts next week.

And KUNM's Nash Jones brings us a conversation with Sayrah Namaste from the Quaker organization American Friends Service Committeeabout the Farm to Food Bank project, which connects local pantries, farmers and people who need food during the pandemic.

And a news update: The state released more data in a new portal, and it shows race and ethnicity data. Of the state’s total number of cases, Native Americans account for almost 37 percent of those, despite only making up 11 percent of the population in New Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

We're keeping a complete list of the resources and volunteer opportunities that we find for each episode at bit.ly/YNMGhub. And here's what we got from today.


How are things going for you? We want to know. Share your quarantine stories by calling: (505) 218-7084 and leaving us a message. We could roll them into a future episode.

Your New Mexico Government is a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Funding for our coverage is provided, in part, by the Thornburg Foundation, and the New Mexico Local News Fund. 

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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