Juntos: Our Air, Our Water is a program of CVNM Education Fund in partnership with LCV’s Chispa. Juntos launched in 2014 to organize Latino families in Albuquerque to protect their air and water from threats of contamination and to advocate for clean energy as a solution. Visit facebook.com/JuntosNM.
We’ve moved/Nos demos mudado! Check us out at 803 Sunset Rd SW in Albuquerque.
Stop by and say hi if you get a chance!
Read Juntos’ news in CVNM Education Fund’s Newsletter
- Get to know Juntos’ organizers
- Involved and Healthy Communities: Environmental Justice Day & Peoples Climate Movement
- Juntos: Engaging the Latino Community on Renewable Energy
- Juntos at the People’s Climate March
Estefany Gonzalez-Mendoza, Juntos Program Director
Estefany joined the CVNM Education Fund staff in January 2018. She was born in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and was raised in a small rural town surrounded by apple orchards, alfalfa and cornfields. Since a young age, she was taught to take care of the environment and nourish it as it nourished us. Estefany migrated to Albuquerque, NM alongside her family and has lived in the South Valley for more than 14 years.
For the past eight years, Estefany has spent her time volunteering and grassroots organizing around New Mexico with low-income communities on immigration, environmental and other social justice issues. Estefany has focused her work on making sure that the community is at the center and forefront of the work. It is important for her to continue advocating for families to be able to share their own narratives, develop their leadership skills, organize and live in a healthy environment.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. In her spare time, Estefany enjoys traveling, listening to music, hiking, cooking and spending time with family.
Antonio Maestas, Juntos Community Organizer
Antonio joined the CVNM Education Fund staff in September 2018. Antonio grew up in the community of Mountain View located in the South Valley of Albuquerque. His passion for community organizing sprouted from an environmental justice internship with the SouthWest Organizing Project in 2015 where he realized the circumstances of his childhood could be traced back to environmental disparities plaguing low-income communities of color. Following this internship, Antonio organized with the Tibetan Environmental Justice Movement in Dharamsala, India in the fall of 2015. Returning back to the United States in the spring of 2016, Antonio was a lead education organizer to combat institutional racism and inequality at his college in Indiana.
When he returned to New Mexico, Antonio continued his environmental justice work with communities across Albuquerque, and with pueblo and land grant communities across the state. As a part of this work, he published a chapter titled “New Mexican Land Grants: A History of Conflict in the Chilili Land Grant” in a historical journal accounting the history of his land grant where he currently resides, La Merced del Pueblo de Chilili. One of Antonio’s great mentors told him, “Social movements are spiritual and the principles of environmental justice is our doctrine” for which he incorporates in his community organizing endeavors.
Antonio graduated from Earlham College in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Socio-Cultural relations. In his spare time, Antonio enjoys travelling, playing music, reading books and trying new foods.