DAPL is not over. Much to do. Join us December 11th to become engaged and active.
Our next blog will focus on: What is Retake Our Democracy: The mission, vision, values, goals, and strategies. It is not a polished, final draft, written in stone document. It is a DRAFT to be praised, shredded, and revised by you. But today, we want to focus on action.
December 11, 2:30pm Action Planning. We are hosting an Action Planning Meeting on Dec. 11 where we will take the energy from the room at our November 20 Town Hall and channel it into action. Please note this meeting is NOT being held at 1420 Cerrillos, but at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 107 W Barcelona Rd. In small breakouts we will discuss:
- How can we lobby the Roundhouse and our City Council?
- How can we mount a sustained and effective media and social media campaign?
- How can we conduct community conversations, door-to-door, in meet-ups and house parties and generate consensus about what we need from our City and State?
- How can we effectively conduct outreach to expand and diversify our base in Santa Fe and across the state?
- How can we use civil disobedience to make our voices heard? And
- How can we use research to identify and promote a range of policies, legislation and strategies that effectively promote the best interests of common people. Us.
For information on the meeting and to RSVP, click here. Please note, if you do NOT RSVP, you may not get in. Space is limited.
Is DAPL Stopped? Apparently Energy Transfer Partners, the partnership driving the DAPL drilling, has not given up. While the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the easement, there is evidence that Energy Transfer Partners may defy the Corps, accept a $50,000 a day fine and forge on. If so, I hope the same military/police presence that has assaulted the Water Protectors, will now turn their water canons, tear gas, and dogs on the drillers violating the law. The statement below was issued by Energy Transfer Partners, hours after the Army Corps of Engineers denial of the easement.
“As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”
For a fact check on what is and is not going on and for more on ETP and their seeming options, click here.
Public Banking in Santa Fe So Many Reasons This Makes Sense & Something We Can Do Locally Without Trump’s OK. Time for action is now. Details on the status of City Council’s consideration of developing a public bank. Information on what Public Banking is and is NOT. Contact information for telling you City Councilor that you’d rather have OUR money in OUR own bank, instead of in Wells Fargo and BoA, where we pay a hefty sum for their using our money and where they invest in DAPL and other nefarious investments. Remember 2008?. Details click here.
Here’s the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Advocacy Training: Lots of you have been saying you want to take action NOW. If environmental activism is near the top of your list, and it should be, here’s your chance to do something: Citizens’ Climate Lobby New Mexico will hold a Climate Advocate Training session this Saturday, Dec. 10, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, 1950 Siringo Rd., Santa Fe. You’ll learn about Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s methods and vision and be inspired to find your role so you can hit the ground running. Space is limited, so you must register to attend. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-advocate-training-citizens-climate-lobby-tickets-29860188628
Statewide Convening: The People’s Summit. A statewide convening sponsored by Retake Our Democracy, Progressive Democrats of NM, NM Working Families Party, Our Revolution and other progressive organizations, December 17 in Albuquerque. Breakouts for organizing to invigorate DPNM through Ward activation and for organizing statewide to advance a progressive agenda. For details, click here
Much to do. Look for our next blog with information on our long-term vision, values and mission. We have been issued a challenge and it is our time to respond. See you on the 11th.