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Yasmin Khan


Yasmin Khan covers worker's rights in New Mexico, with a focus on Spanish-speaking residents. She is finishing her Ph.D. in human geography and women & gender studies at the University of Toronto where she studies refugee and humanitarian aid dynamics in Bangladesh. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UNM. Yasmin was director of The Americas Program, an online U.S. foreign policy magazine based in Mexico City, and was a freelance journalist in Bolivia. She covered culture, immigration, and higher education for the Santa Fe New Mexican and city news for the Albuquerque Journal. 

  • As New Mexico’s largest wildfire continues to burn, residents are trying to focus on rebuilding. The federal government has pledged help for those who lost property or jobs due to the fire. But residents living on land grants distributed by Spanish rulers centuries ago may not qualify for that aid.
  • Having now scorched over 487 square miles, the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire is the largest wildfire in state history. It’s a combination of two blazes, one of which was started as a prescribed burn by the U.S. Forest Service. Las Vegas Optic editor Phil Sharer, who’s been on the ground in northeastern New Mexico since the fire sparked last month, spoke with KUNM’s Yasmin about what he’s seen and heard, and who’s shown up to pitch in.
  • The New Mexico Human Services Department announced New Mexicans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP food benefits will continue to receive the maximum amount for their household size during the month of May, continuing until the announcement of the end of the public health emergency in mid summer.
  • More than 2 billion Muslims around the world celebrated Eid on May 2, marking the end of Ramadan. The gathering of family and friends is usually a dressed up festival of food, gifts and charitable donations to poor families. But for the past two years, Eid was celebrated mostly at home or in very small groups because of COVID restrictions. This year, Muslim families from New Mexico and newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan gathered at the Dar al Islam mosque in Abiquiu for the first large Eid gathering since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Campgrounds for unhoused people in Albuquerque could become easier to set up under two city council proposals.
  • Un nuevo programa para ayudar a los hogares de bajos ingresos a pagar sus facturas de agua está disponible para ayudar a los Nuevos Mexicanos con facturas vencidas o facturas actuales que tienen dificultades para pagar.
  • When veteran labor activists gathered with local workers and advocates at the annual Cesar Chavez celebration in Albuquerque last week, they put the rights of workers in a pandemic at the forefront of the discussions.
  • At 91 years old, Dolores Huerta, the iconic farmworker activist who worked alongside Cesar Chavez, is still pushing for worker rights and the rights of women. The director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation is the keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Celebration in Albuquerque tomorrow at The National Hispanic Cultural Center.
  • This week, a year after fatal shootings at three Georgia massage businesses, protests took place in cities around the country, including Albuquerque, calling for an end to anti-Asian violence.
  • New Mexico’s Chicano and Chicana culture has long been associated with Mexican roots and activists fighting for workers unions and land rights. But Chicanx culture is deeply influenced by African descendants, as are all the countries in the Americas. On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico we’ll hear about the rise of mixed identity, and how some New Mexicans honor their diverse mixed roots.