July 2021 Newsletter

Fourth of July

The 4th of July holiday weekend is here. I hope all of you get out and celebrate, but please abide by any fire restrictions in your area. This issue opens with a brief History of the Fourth of July. Even though we’re in the middle of summer, I wanted to share the APS School Calendar 2021-2022 to help parents figure out their holiday visitation schedule. With evictions beginning to occur, I want to share a helpful article on the NM Emergency Rental Assistance Program. We continue to be here to help you and your family with your legal needs. Please call 505-881-2566 to schedule an appointment. Our receptionist is in the office to take your call Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Friday 8:00 am to noon.

We’re Back!

In keeping with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s lifting of the COVID restrictions as of July 1, 2021, the office is now open for in-person client consultations and settlement negotiation meetings. Masks are not required for fully-vaccinated persons. Note: All staff members are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, then masks will be required or we can arrange to meet by video or by phone.

The History of the Fourth of July

excerpts from military.com

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."

Lee's words were the impetus for the drafting of a formal Declaration of Independence, although the resolution was not followed up on immediately. On June 11, consideration of the resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining. However, a Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies' case for independence.

Members of the Committee included John Adams of Massachusetts; Roger Sherman of Connecticut; Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania; Robert R. Livingston of New York; and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The task of drafting the actual document fell on Jefferson.

On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting.

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

Discussions of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two -- Pennsylvania and South Carolina -- voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained.

John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock's signed his name "with a great flourish" so England's "King George can read that without spectacles!"

Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.

APS School Calendar 2021-2022

Here’s a helpful calendar for parents with children attending Albuquerque Public Schools. Please take the time now to plan your co-parenting schedules in accordance with the school commencement date and holidays. At the end of the article, there’s a link to print out the calendar in pdf.

Which calendar does my school follow?

  • Traditional Calendar: Almost all APS schools will follow the traditional calendar in 2021-2022.
  • Extended Year Calendar: Students at schools with an extended school year will start five days earlier, and will end the school year five days later. The schools following the Extended Year Calendar are to be determined


Traditional and Extended Year: Important Dates





School Year 2021-2022 Calendar Downloads

[Note: I received this announcement from the NM Department of Workforce Solutions. Please feel free to share it with anyone you know who may need help paying rent and is eligible for the program. Mary Ann Burmester]

On behalf of the State of New Mexico, we are pleased to announce that the federal government has allocated $170M for rental and utility assistance to New Mexico residents in need. The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is spearheading the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in partnership with the City of Albuquerque, and we need your assistance with sharing this program information. We recognize that it will take a massive and collaborative effort to reach people who may need rental and utility assistance. We would greatly appreciate your help to ensure we reach as many people as possible, which may even include your employees and their families. Below are some highlights of ERAP and how your collaboration is essential to the success of this program.   

What is ERAP?  

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The state’s ERAP website is https://www.renthelpnm.org/.

Who is eligible for this program?  

·        Must be obligated to pay rent; AND be able to demonstrate current primary residence in a housing unit in New Mexico

·        Able to show a financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic

·        A household income that falls under the COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program Income Limits

·        Unemployed and/or receiving unemployment benefits (optional)

·        Able to demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

How can you help?  

We are asking employers to share information about ERAP with their employees through any existing communication channel; this can be an email to all employees, a flyer with a paycheck, putting up a small poster at the place of employment or sharing as part of an internal intranet. We are happy to provide print materials or assist with developing a message specifically tailored to your organization. Here is a link to a “toolkit” with helpful graphics and information: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f5vii24bx9uip57/AABkfQgVNp91MlFYimopJfuza?dl=0