A Movement, Not Just A March. Snow or No: Stand for Women

This blog includes details on how Retake Our Democracy will be marching together on Saturday. Please be there snow or no.. The blog also includes a mesmerizing video of a 15 year old boy with an absolutely riveting message, info on resisting the Trump inauguration & info on 2 actions on Wednesday.

stand_up_for_women-ngps2252_copy_1024x1024First, I want to thank my wife, Roxanne, for yesterday’s blog. It was such a deeply personal statement. I write about issues and and about other people; she wrote very personally about herself and that takes courage. If you missed yesterday’s post, click here. It was very different from other posts, up close and very personal.

Resisting Trump.  Turn your TV on now to any channel that doesn’t broadcast the inauguration. Leave it on that channel until the inauguration is over. If you want to see what Trump says, watch it on YouTube later. A small act, but …. there is a bigger ask for Saturday. Snow or No. You need to be at the Women’s march. Read on.

Okay, 70% chance of snow, temps around 30 degrees. That had best not deter any of you. I see this weather as an opportunity to show what this movement is made of. Snow is why we have winter coats, umbrellas, boots, mittens, scarves, and leggings. And when 3000 people show up, march and then stand outside to listen to speakers for 2 hours in snow and 30 degree weather that grabs the media’s attention. There is a direct correlation between the impact of an action and the sacrifice involved, so be there. The inclement weather is our opportunity to show New Mexico that we are pissed, organized and ready to march. Info on marches throughout NM including the Santa Fe route are included at the bottom of this post.  You will also find important calls to action on Wednesday (Supreme Court in the morning and City Council Sanctuary at 5)  and the announcement of a Social Media Training with extremely limited space, so RSVP today. Details below.

And when the march is over, we will be back at it the next day: calling our representatives, doing research, conducting outreach, getting informed, and being trained. Every damned day. But what we will not be is silent. What we will not be is docile. What we will be is visible and loud, on Saturday, snow or no, and then on Wednesday morning at the Supreme Court and on Wednesday at 5pm at the City Council (info on both below). And when that is done we will be active every single day until justice prevails, i.e. a very long haul.

Before a series of announcements, try this on for size. Royce Mann absolutely torches the stage with a 3 minute rap that will blow you away and inspire you to overcome tomorrow’s cold. He hits most every injustice with a refrain of Rise Up.

So, Saturday, snow, sleet, hail, or chill, Rise Up Santa Fe. Rise Up.         If this kid doesn’t juice your engines, nothing will.


Social Media Training.  Jan 31. 5:30pm-7pm, Ctr for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe. Ken Baumann will train the first 30 people who RSVP in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The training can only accommodated 50 and we are reserving 20 spots for those individuals who have submitted statements and are wanting to be involved as leaders in Retake.  Ken has extensive experience with all three platforms. He will have handouts for you to take home to help you implement what you learn. If you do not have a FB or Twitter account, please sign up, get a password and an account before you attend. If you do not know how to create an account, just google: “How to set up a Facebook (or twitter) account” and follow the directions.  RSVP here. Be warned, if you do not RSVP, you will not get in. This has to be limited to 50 to be of any value.

New Energy Economy vs. PNM. David vs. Goliath.  Supreme Court. Jan 25, 8:30am to get a seat; hearing at 9am. A historicIMG_9673.jpg decision in the offing. The culmination of 4 years of work will take place on January 25th with our oral argument against PNM’s coal & nuclear replacement power. We are grateful to each of you for supporting this long battle to shut down the San Juan Coal Plant and secure replacement power that is based on sound economics, environmental benefits, and ratepayer protections.
It’s decision on this issue will be an historic one. And, if they rule against PNM’s coal and nuclear, it will open up the possibility for a just transition in New Mexico like nothing before –The Supreme Court, located at the corner of Don Gaspar & Alameda, Santa Fe.  RSVP HERE

 ***The Court has confirmed that the overflow room in the library will be setup for viewing

We invite attendees to also join us for dinner on the 25th at 5:30PM at Counter Culture with the theme Tears of Joy or Tears of Mourning. Dinner will be on us – though donations are welcome. Please RSVP for dinner HERE. But Retake Our Democrarcy recommends you first go to the City Council below and come later to the New Energy Economy dinner.

Wed. Jan 25, 5pm, Santa Fe City Council, 200 Lincoln. Stand with Somos for Sanctuary.  Somos Un Pueblo Unido, along with several faith, community and Labor organizations, including Retake Our Democracy, are working with city councilors to reaffirm Santa Fe’s sanctuary status and strengthen policies regarding immigrant workers, families and youth. The resolution was introduced at the December 14th City Council meeting. We encourage you to call and/or email the Mayor and your City Council Representatives and describe your support for Somos Un Pueblo Unido’s resolution. Since being unanimously approved by the Immigration Committee, much has happened. Read on for new information and what you can do.

Read this important resolution HERE. Please call or email your City Councilors to ask them to co-sponsorSend Councilors Villareal and Maestas your thanks for working with Somos Un Pueblo Unido and others to introduce this critical measure to protect our community.

Join the Women’s March on Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21
Albuquerque, Deming, Fort Sumner, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Truth or Consequences

Women’s March on Washington, Albuquerque, NM
11am-2pm: Albuquerque Civic Plaza.
Click this link for info and to sign up.

Women’s March on Washington, Deming, NM
Noon: Leyendecker Plaza Park, Spruce and Gold Corner, Deming
Click this link for info and to sign up.

Women’s March on Washington, Fort Sumner, NM
10 a.m.: Dallas Park, 1099 Sumner Ave., Fort Sumner
Click this link for info and to sign up.

Women’s March on Washington, Las Cruces, NM
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Main St., Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.
Click this link for info and to sign up.

mapfinal_sm2Women’s March on Washington, Santa Fe, NM
11 am – 12 pm: March to the Roundhouse
Starting Location: North side of the Bataan Building on W. De Vargas St., between Galisteo St. and Don Gaspar Ave. If you want to march with Retake Our Democracy, please meet at 10:30 at the Saveur parking lot, corner of Galisteo, Cerrillos, and Montezuma, a block from the Bataan Building. We will have our banner in line at the start of the procession and direct you there. Please be advised, parking will be very hard to find so the solution is not to park in some merchant’s parking lot: Railyard lot, public lot across from the Lensic lot and the lot across from Pasqual’s is advised. I strongly advise arriving early. The masses will be there in abundance. 
12 pm – 2 pm: Rally at the Roundhouse
Location: New Mexico State Capitol – 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(south-east side of the Capitol Building) For a list of speakers, click here.

Women’s March on Washington, Truth or Consequences, NM
Noon: Healing Waters Plaza, Mims St., Truth or Consequences
Click this link for info and to sign up.

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  1. I tried to RSVP for training on social media for two persons and not sure how to do so.  RSVP is via Facebook which I don’t really know how to use – why I want to come to the training.  I want to register myself, Frances Cox and Tom Bleich.Thank-you,Frances

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    • It is great you want to learn to use FB more effectively. We checked and you are RSVP’d. Now just ask Tom to RSVP himself. He is on the media team and so very likely knows how to do this. FB does not allow you to RSVP for anyone but yourself. Lots to learn for all of us.

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