Audrey Shabbas is founder of Arab World and Islamic Resources, which provides educational resources about Islam and the Arab world for students from elementary to high school. She leads workshops for teachers around the country. AWAIR is based in Abiquiu, N.M.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation in Albuquerque, N.M., has been active in the religious freedom debate. Founder and president Michael “Mikey” Weinstein is an attorney, former military attorney and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He co-wrote With God on Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military.
Sharon Erickson Nepstad is a professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include religion and peace studies, and she chaired the Peace, War and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association.
Rabbi Malka Drucker of Santa Fe, N.M., is the author of White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America.
In 2009, New Mexico joined the list of states no longer using capital punishment. Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation in March repealing the state’s death penalty and replacing it with a maximum sentence of life without parole. This March 18, 2009, CNN story gives the details.
Project Sakinah is a Mulsim organization dedicated to stopping domestic abuse of all kinds in the family unit.
Adelita Medina is executive director of Alianza, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence. She has said that advocates for women who have experienced domestic violence should take a woman’s faith into consideration when trying to help her.
David Coss is mayor of Santa Fe, N.M. He supported Santa Fe’s much-debated living wage legislation.
More Light Presbyterians is a LGBTQ organization which describes itself as “a network of people seeking the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).” Contact Patrick Evans, executive director.