Remembering Sen. Cisneros

Posted 11/21/19

New Mexico has lost a unique public servant in the recent passing of Senator Carlos Cisneros.

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Remembering Sen. Cisneros

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New Mexico has lost a unique public servant in the recent passing of Senator Carlos Cisneros.

Our paths crossed in the late '90s, during the controversial Los Alamos National Laboratory termination of nearly 1,000 employees. The workers, outraged by how they'd been unfairly targeted, organized to fight back, electing me to lead that effort, which they incorporated as Citizens for LANL Employee Rights (aka CLER).

In that role I quickly discovered that many New Mexico legislators, some with business ties to or family members employed by LANL, were reluctant to confront the lab, much less support workers engaged in a labor struggle rooted in the knowledge that their family's future was at stake. Thankfully, Senator Cisneros was not among them. Representative Bobby Gonzales, however, was.

Our governor will appoint someone to Senator Cisneros' seat. Let's hope it will be someone worthy of his legacy.

Charles Montano

Santa Fe

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