In Española, New Mexico a mural brings the community together with one message: 100% can thrive.

In Post-Pandemic New Mexico a mural sends a message about ending the trauma that’s crushing our children and families

Can a mural change the trajectory of society, ending historical trauma and health disparities? The mural is a symbol. If enough people believe the message painted on the wall, profound positive action can follow. The message New Mexicans are sending (and singing) is radically simple: 100% of our children and families can thrive. “Can” being the operating word meaning, “have the capacity to.”

An original song is produced and shared at the mural event.
Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez meets with muralist Cruz López and son.
The 100% Mural Project is part of a statewide initiative designed to ensure ten vital services.

Our Message Vs. 1,000 Others

The mural’s message of “everyone’s in, no one’s left out” and “fight the three-headed hydra of apathy, envy and fear” is more important than ever in this time of conflicting messages about addressing the future, trauma, adversity and the vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic.

Preventing and healing trauma requires local action.

Trauma is a symptom of a society that fails to care for all its people. Trauma requires a political solution on the local, state and national levels. Trauma can not anymore be viewed only as a family problem for people to talk about. Nor can it be solved solely by books, documentaries, slick websites or messages of hope. It can can be solved by a message leading to action that says:

100% is possible.

Never underestimate the power of a mural to inspire. Anything is possible with a shared vision painted on a public wall. Look at the images from the 100% Mural Project in Española, New Mexico. Here in the beautiful North Valley, situated between the cities of Santa Fe and Taos, you see the spark of an inspiring idea on a street in downtown Española.

Matt Probst, medical director for El Cento Family Health and founder of the 100% San Miguel County initiative
Dr. Tracy Lassiter of McKinley County and Dubra Karnes Padilla of Bernalillo County join the event.
Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Aurora Valdez of 100% Taos County.
100% Mural event organizer Diego López with the co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras
Co-developers of the statewide 100% New Mexico initiative Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dom Cappello
Members of Santa Clara Pueblo show off their new “100% New Mexico” t-shirts.
The mural event provides an opportunity to share the goals and strategies of the 100% New Mexico initiative
The mural boasts local heroes fighting the hydra to protect the 100% in “Spaña” (aka Española)

Visualize! Mobilize! Thrive!

Please excuse any typos as I construct an article at 3am on only one cup of joe. These stories are mine and mine alone. I do not represent any organization here. All cartoon characters are pure fiction and any resemblance to real humans or three-headed hydras is total coincidence. Words and images ©Dominic Cappello but share with everyone you know. Questions? Push to front of reading list: 100% Community: Ensuring 10 vital services for surviving and thriving and Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras: Confronting Apathy, Envy and Fear on the road to saving humans and the future. Better yet, let‘s meet at the EYE bookcafe to share a latte and some bold ideas.

A NY Times bestselling author, social justice activist, Oprah guest, co-author of Attack of the Three-Headed Hydras, 100% Community and Anna, Age Eight.