Escaping Extinction: Two Perspectives Both Looking at You

For months Retake has been framing the climate change as a crisis of capitalism that can only be solved by inventing another system. In two well crafted articles, from The Nation and Resilience, this challenge is framed brilliantly. Capitalism insists on me against you, me over you, with a thirst for profit eroding the value…

A Look Back at Species Extinction, Lujan, and the 2019 NM Legislative Session’s Total Failure on Climate Change

Today, we also have heartwarming news from the ABQ Asylum Seeker relief effort, a call to action on Well’s Fargo’s investments in private prisons housing immigrants, and a selection of comments from readers on Retake’s reaction to Milan Simonich’s article on Ben Ray Lujan’s all too misleading campaign emails. The report on Asylum Seekers alone…

Ben Ray Lujan Slammed for Deception + A Report On Packed Retake Input & Strategy Session, A Plan for 2019-20 Is Emerging

We had 12 RSVPs, but 47 folks showed up and were brimming with enthusiasm at Thursday’s meeting. Next meeting: June 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Also, Milan Simonich absolutely nailed Rep. Lujan for his fundraising emails, which are clearly annoying, but also apparently riddled with lies. We summarize Simonich’s piece and provide a link. Maggie Toulouse Oliver on…

We Have 12 Years & In the 2019 Legislative Session We Went Nowhere on Climate Change: All Hands On Deck Tonight.

We are nearing completion of the 2019 Legislative Report Card. While we had much to celebrate, we compromised far too much to corporate interests in other areas..Tonight Retake seeks your input and ideas to inform how we move forward and ensure that in 2020 and 2021, we get far more done. 12 years and the…

New International Science Panel Finds One Million Species Facing Extinction…ABQ Approves $250K for Asylum Seekers

The IPBES report points to still more evidence of encroaching disaster. Today’s posts reviews this report and puts it in local, state and national context. Quite by chance, I found a Truthout report by Dahr Jamail. The post closes with 2 citations and a link to Jamail’s full article—powerful. Also, a reminder Thursday night, Retake…

A Critical Look at Last Week’s Posts and an Urgent Action Alert for Asylum Seeker Relief: Call ABQ City Council Today

Last week’s post created, in effect, a sequenced series of related posts that points to how Retake Our Democracy might use its resources to create conditions to advance justice in NM. Today’s post also provides a critical action alert and three short videos from AOC, Naomi Klein & Valarie Kaur. This post should be shared…

Sixty Mega Corps Paid Zero in Taxes in 2018: A Symbol of What We’ve Become. A Very Important Post

This is NOT just Trump, this is US tax policy for decades. We of the 99% pay taxes, can’t deduct medical expenses, or college tuition costs, but corporations benefit from tax policies that allow them to entirely escape paying any of the burden of funding our country. This is not a coincidence, this is how…