On October 21, Mayor Richard J. Berry and the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) launched the ABQKindness initiative alongside a mobile app that will promote, track and celebrate acts of kindness across Albuquerque. The initiative is aimed to spread kindness around Albuquerque and a challenge to log one billion acts of kindness modeled after the City of Kindness initiative.
ABQ Kindness: Get Involved
To start tracking acts of kindness on the app, follow these steps:
Many local schools, businesses and non-profits have collaborated to lend their support of ABQKindness, including: Albuquerque Volunteers Board, Albuquerque Faith Leaders, Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque Community Foundation, United Way of Central New Mexico, Corporate Volunteer Council, Nusenda Credit Union, the University of New Mexico, PNM, Junior League of Albuquerque and Junior Achievement.
The goal of the campaign is to spread awareness of the importance of kindness across Albuquerque.
"It is my belief that you are never too old or young to implement kindness in your everyday life," remarked Mayor Berry. "Albuquerque is already a great city with great, kind people, but you can never show too much kindness to your neighbor. We have exceptional youth in our community and I know they will lead the way to show adults just want it means to be kind."
Mayor Berry invites all Albuquerque citizens to download the free app, called ABQKindness, from the Apple or Android app stores. Each act of kindness submission will count towards Albuquerque's overall acts of kindness and will be tracked within the app.
ABQ & More
Like Mayor Berry, fifteen additional cities and organizations have launched similar campaigns, with the nonprofit City of Kindness supporting their efforts to spread kindness.
Mindful New Mexico organized a community gathering hosted with La Mesa Presbyterian Church and Families4Peace in Albuquerque, to address the disgraceful problem of our education system as a feeder to prisons. As alarming as this situation is, there is hope.
Speaking to a full house on August 9, Fleet Maull and Jimmy Santiago Baca, both former felons, helped us understand the power of mindfulness and poetry as tools to transform this disturbing social dynamic.
Fleet Maull is the founder and Board President of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute,the Prison Mindfulness Institute and the National Prison Hospice Association. He is a senior teacher with two different Buddhist traditions, as well as a Board member of the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. Since he left prison, Fleet has dedicated his life to transforming the criminal justice system through restorative justice and mindfulness training for inmates and corrections officers. Watch his presentation.
Jimmy Santiago Baca is New Mexico’s best-known poet and writer. He learned to read and write while serving 6.5 years in prison. Instead of becoming a hardened criminal, he emerged from prison a writer who has received multiple prestigious literary awards. Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others and has conducted hundreds of writing workshops in prisons, community centers, libraries, and universities throughout the country. Watch his presentation.
Robert Baade, Director of the Robert F Kennedy Charter School made it clear in his presentation at the Transforming the School to Prison Pipeline event that his school and its community partners are out to SMASH the pipeline
Generation Justice, an Albuquerque not-for-profit trains teens to approach journalism from a social justice framework. A GenJust team recorded the event, aired it on KUNM and made it available as a podcast. Integrated into their radio program are also reflections by Matt, one of the youth team members who has been affected directly by the school to prison pipeline.
Can an entire city be mindful? Winooksi, Vermont is on its way !
A parental request to bring mindfulness to the classroom sparked a city-wide collaborative initiative that in less than 3 years, has grown to include the entire school district, police department, city council, social service agencies, and citizens. In June this year, the Program Director at Modern Mindfulness a partner with The Mindful City Project visited New Mexico.
Mindful New Mexico in partnership with the United Way of Central New Mexico Center for Nonprofit Excellence organized a meeting of a small group of not for profit organizations with her to learn how mindfulness can benefit their staff, be a tool to transform systems and consider the possibility of a cross sector pilot project for a mindful New Mexico.
Mindfulness is contagious!
Mindfulness is a practice of where we choose to place our focus. Hundreds of educators, businesses, entrepreneurs, healers, and others from around our state are integrating mindful approaches into healthcare, education, business, and justice.