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YMCA Calls Police to Arrest Anti-Obesity Advocate MeMe Roth — NAAO President MeMe Roth Attempts to Dump Junk Food at Local Philadelphia Spring Valley YMCA


New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2007

With 30% of America’s children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes; with two-thirds of their parents already overweight; and with the YMCA of the USA asserting its “unique position in the fight against child obesity”; MeMe Roth (http://www.actionagainstobesity.com) endeavored to rid the YMCA of junk food. Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially-colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members. In response, Roth alleges the YMCA blocked its junk food table and held back the 5-foot-6-inch, 120-pound, Ms. Roth with a 6-foot-3-inch football player volunteer named “Eric” and called the police.

“I’ve been working with the YMCA for months, both locally and nationally, from the local Director and President up to the YMCA of the USA CEO, including emails, phone calls, and in-person presentations imploring the organization to fulfill its mission statement to provide an environment of health and wellness for its 20 million members, 10 million of whom are children,” said Roth. “Given the current child health crisis, the last thing we need is the YMCA encouraging our children or their parents to consume even greater amounts of obesity- and diabetes- accelerating foods. This is especially damning given the YMCA’s own mission statement and all the wonderful counsel provided by the YMCA’s own nutritionists. Members trust the YMCA to help protect their health, not encourage consumption of some of the most harmful substances in the food supply.”

Roth cites an overrepresentation of obesity among employees and volunteers, including the Philadelphia Area Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, PA where she had come to exercise Tuesday. She assumes the membership falls closely in line to the U.S.’s national obesity figures: two-thirds of adults overweight — one-third of children overweight. The YMCA recently completed its own version of “The Biggest Loser.”

“There’s a great deal of lip service given to the fight to end child obesity, and the YMCA not only profits from some of the most indulgent junk food vending machines including Reese’s cheesecake pies, full-fat Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, S’Mores Pop-Tarts, among a plethora of other chemical-laden obesity and diabetes accelerators, but also, the YMCA uses $ 11 million dollars from Pepsi to fund its national ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and ‘Activate America’ programs. (Soda is widely reported as a top contributor to child and teen obesity.) It’s like having Philip Morris fund your cardio-vascular health day.”

National Action Against Obesity implores America’s schools, houses of worship and civic organization’s such as the YMCA to provide children and families a haven from the constant bombardment of junk food.

“Those of us fighting to keep our children and ourselves healthy deserve to have somewhere safe to go without being pressured to eat junk food,” continued Roth. “NAAO urges parents across the country to ‘Dump the Junk!’ If your child’s school pushes junk food onto your children, dump it. If your minister or rabbi uses junk food as a children’s sermon device, dump it. If your YMCA uses junk food as a means to pander to unhealthy members, dump it.”

The YMCA has threatened to press charges and terminate Ms. Roth’s family membership to the YMCA.

MeMe Roth and family are temporarily residing in the Philadelphia area, awaiting relocation to New York City.

About NAAO

**Look for upcoming “NAAO Obesity Action Plan” to Cut Obesity by 50%–An Absolutely Achievable, Uncomplicated, Step-By-Step, How-To Guide for ALL of Us** Through education, legislation, and most importantly–parental action–National Action Against Obesity works independently and as a consultancy to reverse the obesity epidemic by eliminating ‘fake foods’ from the food supply, barring junk food from schools and eradicating Secondhand Obesity, while encouraging exercise across all ages. MeMe Roth, president and founder of NAAO, is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge, where women enter into marriage at a healthy weight and maintain it for a lifetime. Ms. Roth has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews’ The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, CBS’s The Early Show, The New York Times, The LA Times, BusinessWeek, The New York Post, Playboy Magazine, 106.7 LiteFM, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, BigFatBlog, Nippon TV, The Associated Press and Health Magazine among others. Ms. Roth’s agenda: “Let’s finally recognize obesity as abuse–abuse of our children, abuse of ourselves–and together take action against it.” http://www.actionagainstobesity.com

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M5 Networks Announces 600th Client, 100 Million Phone Calls and 1,000 Locations

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 13, 2007

M5 Networks, the market leader in delivering phone system functionality as a service, today announced it has achieved three major milestones. M5 has added its 600th client, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), the alumni association of the United States Military Academy (USMA). In addition, M5 now serves over 1,000 client locations throughout the country and has placed more than 100 million phone calls in its seven year history.

The West Point AOG’s staff of 75 employees benefits from M5’s recently-launched, innovative “Voice as a Service” model. In particular, M5’s [Embedded Continuity, which goes beyond basic business continuity, was a major factor in attracting the organization to M5. “It is very comforting to know that we are prepared with a plan in place to redirect our phone calls in case of an emergency situation,” said Tom Mulyca, VP of Information Systems for West Point Association of Graduates. “Non-stop dial tone from M5 ensures that we not only have protection in critical situations, but also allows us to improve overall productivity within the organization.”

Established in 1869, the WPAOG is the alumni association of the USMA. As a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, the WPAOG engages in philanthropic pursuits and is dedicated to promoting the welfare of the USMA, supporting and serving its graduates.

“Our goal, first and foremost, is to serve West Point’s graduates, who are based all over the country and the world. M5 provides a reliable means of communications, which helps us to provide graduates with effective services and gives us the time and resources to better serve alumni,” said Mulyca. “M5’s client focus and service orientation is by far the best we’ve encountered from a service provider.”

M5 recently pioneered a new paradigm for business communications, “Voice as a Service,” which is driving the company’s explosive growth. Within one year, M5’s staff has nearly doubled, and the customer base has increased by 35 percent. In the first five years of operation, M5 grew its revenues by 4,445 percent.

Counting more than 100 million phone calls and serving over 1,000 locations across the U.S., M5 was recently named by AMI-Partners as one of the largest providers of hosted VoIP in the country and one of the first providers businesses consider for hosted VoIP services. M5 boasts one of the highest average seat numbers per location when compared with other major hosted VoIP providers, while maintaining the strictest SLAs, including 99.99 percent location uptime and a less than five percent annual churn rate.

“For the first seven years in M5’s history, we were the poster child for rock-solid, quality business communications, offering the best hosted VoIP service available on the market,” said Dan Hoffman, president & CEO, M5 Networks. “But that was the beginning. We believe Voice as a Service will transform the way mid-size companies do business, and we are poised to ride the wave of growth over the next seven years.”

About the West Point Association of Graduates

The West Point Association of Graduates is the alumni association of the United States Military Academy. Its mission is to serve West Point and its graduates. The West Point Association of Graduates was founded in 1869 to reunite Academy graduates who found themselves on opposing sides during the American Civil War. Today, the Association continues to strengthen the bonds of the “Long Gray Line” through assistance to graduates, West Point Societies, and USMA Classes worldwide. Located in the recently completed Herbert Hall Alumni Center, the Association is the focal point for returning alumni. As a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, its philanthropic pursuits maintain a margin of excellence for Cadets attending the Academy. For more information, please visit http://www.aogusma.org/.

About M5 Networks

M5 Networks is the market leader in “Voice as a Service,” a breakthrough solution for business phone communications. Industry experts tell us that in ten years, no business will have a phone system – they will acquire phone system capabilities as an on-demand, managed service over the Internet – in other words, Voice as a Service. M5 pioneered Voice as a Service in 2000. Today we serve a rapidly growing base of mid-sized businesses. Our solution is distinguished by the rich capabilities and unmatched service that you would expect from an industry leader.

M5 Networks has received considerable recognition and was named to the 2006 Inc. 500 (#272) and both the 2006 Deloitte Technlology Fast 500 (#54) and New York Technology Fast 50 (#5). M5 was recognized by CRN as one of the top 15 Key VoIP Players in 2007 and received Frost & Sullivan’s 2004 Entrepreneurial Company Award. M5 has also been included on the Pulver 100 list for five consecutive years and Fierce VoIP’s Fierce 15 list in 2005 in addition to receiving numerous other accolades.

To learn more about M5, please visit http://www.m5net.com.

For more information contact:

Jeff Silbert

M5 Networks

646-230-5011

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BI Incorporated Adds ‘Voice’ to GPS System Officers Can Place Voice Calls to Offenders With ExacuTrack AT

Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) December 20, 2007

BI Incorporated, the nation’s largest provider of offender monitoring technology and prisoner reentry solutions, announced today a major advancement in its Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking technology. Available immediately, BI ExacuTrack AT, an active tracking system for agencies monitoring community-based offenders, will have voice capabilities, meaning officers can call clients on the GPS tracking unit from anywhere at any time.

This product enhancement strengthens BI’s long-term commitment to meet the requirements of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, a law that included several provisions to protect communities from registered sex offenders. In particular, the Walsh law authorized up to $ 5 million annually in grants to state, local and tribal governments for GPS monitoring technology that included two- or three-way communication such as that being offered by ExacuTrack AT.

“GPS tracking is one of the highest forms of supervision outside of prison. As agencies move to next generation technology, such as ExacuTrack AT, they know they are using proven tools and support services to comply with these requirements,” said Bruce Thacher, BI President and CEO.

The new technology is protected by a portfolio of intellectual property including several patents recently acquired by BI. These patents clear the way for BI to provide a greatly enhanced feature set not currently available in the market. In total, BI now has more than 20 U.S. patents and 32 worldwide patents for electronic supervision technology, with the most recent acquisitions covering a variety of technologically significant GPS and voice transmission capabilities. Unlike other GPS vendors, BI has no pending patent litigation.

BI supports its community corrections agencies with a state-of-the-art national call center, staffed by highly trained specialists dedicated to the intensive supervision of individuals in the community. These trained specialists provide agencies with 24/7 support for a variety of technologies and systems, including the responsibility to forward violations and reports as needed. “We’re proud of the fact that our call center is 100% focused on the intensive supervision of individuals in the community, something most others in the industry cannot say,” Thacher added.

For more information about the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/07/20060727-7.html.

About BI Incorporated (http://www.bi.com)

Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is the leading technology and supervision company in community corrections today. BI has contracts with more than 1,000 governmental agencies nationwide, supporting them with a full continuum of intensive supervision technologies and community-based counseling, treatment services, and reentry programs for adult and juvenile offenders. BI’s national monitoring center, owned and operated by BI, provides 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively for governmental agencies. BI works closely with local public corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities it serves.

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TextGuard Offers 3 Plans For Mobile Smartphone Users To Monitor, Archive And Block Text Messages, Emails, and Telephone Calls

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 4, 2009

TextGuard is a Mobile Device application which provides control and security for the data and the device. TextGuard is the only Security Mobile Communication Device Application on the market today, agnostic to any specific carrier, which provides Text archiving capabilities, SMS monitoring, SMS spam filtering, and remote control of the devices functionality. TextGuard is a third party mobile phone utility designed to meet the needs of mobile users to track and monitor text messages, telephone calls, emails and web browsing. It can be downloaded from the website at TextGuard.com and installed directly onto a Blackberry or Smartphone, supporting Windows Mobile operating systems, (Android and Symbian to be released Spring on 2009).

TextGuard now offers 3 different plans for your convenience; the Enterprise Edition, Business Edition and Family Edition.

Enterprise Edition -Suitable for corporate users who have several different mobile devices at the same time. The Enterprise Edition starts at $ 259.95 per month, supports 50 or more Mobile Devices and provides 250Mb of storage space. It is suitable for companies who need to protect their company information. For enterprises with more than 50 devices, TextGuard provides a volume discount. All archived messages can be retrieved from the company’s secure servers or from the client’s proprietary server.

Business Edition – The business edition is suitable for professionals and businessmen who are looking for a solution to backup all their mobile phone activities on a secure server to protect proprietary information should the mobile device be lost or stolen. This plan is priced at just $ 29.95 per month and provides 25Mb of storage space online to archive the SMS text messages.

Family Edition – The family edition of TextGuard is ideal for parents who want to monitor the text messages being sent to and from their child’s phone. This single user edition can also be used solely as a backup and archiving solution for an individual. This plan is available for $ 5.95 per month and supports 10Mb of storage space online. The family edition allows you to secure you and your family remotely by monitoring their text messages, no matter where they are located.

Todd Michael Cohan, CEO explains that with every edition, users have the option to upgrade to a larger storage capacity if they require more space on the TextGuard Secure Server. Users pay a nominal monthly fee to continue using the mobile phone utility.

For more information about TextGuard and its text message security and monitoring features, visit the website and register online at http://www.textguard.com/userregistration.php for a 30 day free trial of the service.

About TextGuard, Inc.

TextGuard, LLC is the sole provider of Text / SMS blocking, Text / SMS filtering, Text / SMS monitoring, and archiving services that keep mobile phones and devices free of unwanted messages, spam and spyware.

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Texas Partnership for Children in Nature Calls For Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids; Statewide Conference Dec. 3-4 to Probe Problems, Solutions

Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 23, 2010

Go outside and play. How many times did todays parents hear that familiar phrase while growing up? Studies say kids today dont hear it enough, and that its time for a change.

Mobile devices and video games have all but replaced the days of playing Kick the Can on neighborhood streets with friends, or just hanging out at a park all day. In fact, kids today spend just four to seven minutes outside each day in unstructured outdoor play (like climbing trees), yet more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.

If we dont address this issue today, then what were facing in the next generation is that children will have a much shorter life span than their parents,” said Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, a pediatrician at the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Childrens Medical Center of Central Texas and chair of the Texas Pediatric Society obesity committee.

Avilas talking about the link between childhood obesity and sedentary indoor lifestyles. Shes part of a growing chorus of expert voices from diverse disciplines, all urging steps to reconnect kids and families with nature and the outdoors.

The Texas Partnership for Children in Nature will host a conference to address the problem Dec. 3-4 in Austin. The purpose is to present the partnerships strategic plan to educators, conservationists, health practitioners, policymakers and others who care about the issue and can work to implement the plan in their communities.

The Austin conference is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Winkler Family Foundation. Friday, the public is welcome to join from 8 am to 3 pm, to see the plan presented, for the cost of lunch, $ 11. See the conference website for the complete agenda and list of speakers and topics. Please see details, agenda, and access registration at http://www.texaschildreninnature.org.

Conference speakers include Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director; Joe Frost, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus; Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation vice president of education; Elizabeth Goodenough, Ph.D., creator of the PBS documentary Where Do the Children Play?; and Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas vice president and chief medical officer and former Texas Department of State Health Services executive director.

As the trend away from outdoor play and learning deepens, we are witnessing sobering consequences for childrens health and well-being, said TPWDs Smith. Additionally, this youngest generation is missing out on critical experiences that lay the foundation for future stewardship of our natural resources.

The good news: experts say the problem is solvable. Unlike complex environmental or economic problems, getting families and children back to nature is relatively straightforward and inexpensive. We can reverse this trend, Smith said. We can restore our childrens well-being and their relationship with Texass rich natural and cultural heritage.

The partnerships roots trace to fall 2009, when a bi-partisan group of Texas legislators asked TPWD, the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Department of Agriculture to form a public-private partnership and develop a strategic plan. Over 80 professionals answered the call, including representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, and health, education, natural resource and community organizations.

Their discoveries include some sobering statistics:

Despite Improving Employment a 2011 Vacation Calls for the Job Loss Protection and Cancel for Work Coverage Provided by Travel Insurance


East Hartford, CT (Vocus/PRWEB) March 29, 2011

The labor market is slowly improving in 2011 with the national unemployment rate falling below 9% in February for the first time in more than two years. Yet employees making plans to enjoy precious vacation time this year need to be aware that businesses restructure to become more competitive as the economy improves. Several major private and public sector employers have added layoffs this year, and more may require them as their operations are restructured or mandated budget cuts necessitate downsizing divisions due to lingering effects of the recession

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This Halloween Holiday Calls for Increased Safety Awareness


Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 29, 2011

This Halloween Holiday, Miami security company Bryant Security is offering the communities of Broward and Miami-Dade counties extra security services, free of charge. For their current patrolling neighborhoods, Bryant has already been distributing flyers and collateral earlier this week to residential neighborhoods encouraging raised awareness, safety protocol and safety tips. Bryant Security will also be adding additional safety patrol units in certain neighborhoods of Miami-Dade and Broward for the Halloween weekend.

Bryant Securitys message is clear: keeping the communities safe this Halloween season. We stress that if you are out and about this Halloween night and weekend, you not only watch over your children, but the children of others and our communities. says Alon Nadler, VP of Operations at Bryant Security. We are distributing flyers with safety tips for costumes, drivers and pedestrians. Its our responsibility to keep our neighborhoods safe this season, we encourage communities to read these flyers and spread the word.

Bryant is including the following information in their free safety flyers:

Tips for Drivers:

-Avoid neighborhood shortcuts

-Watch for children in the street

-Get home safe

SingleSource Background Screening Company Calls On Adults To Take Proactive Approach To Stop Child Sexual Abuse


Jacksonville Beach, Florida (PRWEB) June 22, 2012

Don Dymer, president and CEO of SingleSource Services Corporation, background screening company and Stacy Pendarvis, MSW, MA, a long time consultant who works with Darkness to Light and the Monique Burr Foundation For Children hope to take their message global:, “Educated, proactive adults have the ability to stop child sexual abuse from happening. Each year in the U.S. 500,000 babies will be born who will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18 and adults are the only people who can protect children from that sexual abuse.

Lakota Peoples Law Project Praises National Geographics Portrait of Lakota Resilience and Calls on BIA to Host Summit on Child Welfare


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) July 18, 2012

In National Geographics “In The Shadow of Wounded Knee,” Alex White Plume speaks in the present, as if the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee is happening now. Indeed while there is no genocide against the Lakota occurring today, the onslaught on Lakota culture in South Dakota is in full swing. According to Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP) Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan, the removal of Lakota children by the Department of Social Services has become an epidemic since 2000. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires that Lakota foster children stay with their extended families and tribes whenever possible, but a 2005 federal audit shows that South Dakota is among the worst violators of ICWA, with 95% of Native children being placed in non-Native care.

According to Laura Sullivans October 2011, Peabody Award-winning investigative series Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) removes as many as 700 Native children every year from their homes. Sullivan explains that the state currently receives nearly $ 100 million dollars per year in federal revenue for foster care serviceswhich South Dakota officials treat as a stimulus to their state’s weak economy.

Olowan Thunder Hawk Martinez, whose story of personal resilience and triumph is the centerpiece of In The Shadow of Wounded Knee, is the niece of Madonna Thunder Hawk, a renowned Lakota activist and founding member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). On July 5th, Madonna Thunder Hawk, who is also the Tribal Liaison for the Lakota Peoples Law Project, spoke at a community festival and fundraiser in Aptos, CA for the Lakota Child Rescue Project,. Thunder Hawks account detailed how Lakota children are predominantly placed in white foster care homes or institutions. According to Thunder Hawk, Native American children under the age of 2 are especially in demand in the adoption market since they will never remember their families or culture.

According to Lakota Peoples Law Project consulting anthropologist Randolfo R. Pozos, Ph.D., “In The Shadow of Wounded Knee breaks new ground. Alexandra Fuller avoids the common story of the conquest and oppression of the Lakota in favor of a much more detailed story of humans stubbornly refusing to be victims. Pozos also observes The ability of Alex White Plume and Olowan Thunder Hawk Martinez to tell their stories honestly, without rancor or self-pity, is not only a testament to their personal resilience, but it is a description of a people refusing cultural oblivion.

The Lakota Peoples Law Project commends Alexandra Fuller and National Geographic for illuminating a portrait not often seen of the Lakota in the 21st century. The article illustrates resilience in the face of over a hundred years of hardships. Lakota Peoples Law Project Executive Director Sara Nelson states, This is a moving piece of journalism that demonstrates the great importance of protecting Lakota children, who are the future of Native Americans in South Dakota.

In partnership with Lakota leaders, the Lakota People’s Law Project is confronting South Dakota’s systematic violation of the Indian Children Welfare Act, as descried by NPR. LPLP has launched a campaign to petition the Bureau of Indian Affairs to host a summit on foster care in South Dakota. In a letter to the Department of Interior last October, two Democratic congressmenEd Markey of the House Natural Resources Committee and Dan Boren of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairsdemanded action by the BIA, but nothing has been done yet. LPLP is circulating the petition online. To learn more about their effort, visit this web page.

The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute is named after slain human rights advocate Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. The Institute seeks to identify and dismantle the structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.







Family Voices Calls for the Maintenance of Childrens Programs after President Obama’s State of the Union Address


Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) February 19, 2013

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama focused on strategies for reducing the deficit while increasing the number of jobs, reducing health care costs overall to the nation, upgrading our infrastructure, encouraging innovation and manufacturing in America, and developing alternative energies. At the same time, he talked about the importance of investing in todays children and youth. He said, Every dollar we invest in highquality early education can save more than seven dollars later on, by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.

Organizations that work with families, and provide support for children and youth, are responding to the President’s statements by calling for the Federal Government to continue support for children while new financial policies are implemented.

As Dr. Fraser, CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) stated, One way to avoid the exploding health care costs that are driving our deficits is to make sure we promote the best health, development, and education for all children in our nation

Emily Spitzer, Executive Director of National Health Law Program, echoed these sentiments: Any solution that addresses the nations debt and budget must be balanced and protect the programs that vulnerable communities rely on most.

Family Voices Executive Director Lynn Pedraza commented:

We believe programs that effectively support our childrens health and well-being, from before theyre born through adulthood, provide an excellent return on investment for our country. When children are not given a healthy start in life – physically, emotionally, and socially – the human and economic costs to society later are very high, in terms of health care, social services, violence, and loss of productivity. This is just as true for CYSHCND as it is for all our children. As the President and Congress consider ways to cut costs, and make new opportunities for insurance coverage available under the Affordable Care Act, we ask that they ensure the maintenance of services for CYSHCND throughout this transition. It is our firm belief that the results will be healthier, happier children and adults, and a nation that is more harmonious and financially secure.

For more information about Family Voices please visit http://www.familyvoices.org,

or contact Family Voices Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives,

Melanie Rubin, mrubin(at)familyvoices(dot)org or call 505-872-4774.