This week on New Mexico in Focus, Source New Mexico Editor Shaun Griswold hosts a two-part roundtable discussion on the pro-Palestine protests taking place at the University of New Mexico and college campuses around the nation.

In the first half of their conversation, Griswold asks what legal rights students have to protest at the Duck Pond and at the Student Union Building. Later, the table considers why younger people have rallied around this issue. 

Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks with Sophie Leah of Jewish Voice for Peace and asks why her organization wants UNM to divest from Israel. 

In the first of a two-part interview with Jeff, Sarah Silva tells us about her work as a community organizer in Las Cruces. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.    

NMiF segments

Pro-Palestine Protest Encampments at UNM 
Why Pro-Palestinian Protests Resonate with Young People 
Shaun Griswold 

Ernesto Longa, professor, UNM School of Law 
Ahmad Assed, civil rights and criminal defense attorney 
Paloma Chapa, multimedia editor, Daily Lobo 

Jewish Voice for Peace Stands with Students 
Jeff Proctor 

Sophie Leah, Jewish Voice for Peace, UNM alum 

Community Organizing in Southern New Mexico 
Jeff Proctor 

Sarah Silva, Community Organizer 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus's senior producer for public affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez, and co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

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