Event Alert: Lot’s Happening in Santa Fe and NM

Health Security Act meetings, community organizing and effective political communication and a book club on gentrification and a tremendous one-hour  interview with Mark Diaz Truman, one of the trainers for our June 10 training. The interview was taped Monday and it is very interesting and a great preview for the training.

A special post today, just to alert you to what is going on this weekend, and beyond. If you are not interested in attending the June 10 training, we could use two volunteers to provide child care at the event. How fun is that?  email me at paul@retakeourdemocracy.org if you would like to do this. We need to do this more often to encourage young parents to attend.
health-sec-actWhat: Summer statewide meeting–bringing together Health Security supporters from across the state
When: Satu
rday, June 3, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 114 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque (click here for a map)

Email us today to register!

Connect with other Health Security supporters from across the state and help shape our strategy to get the Health Security Act to the governor’s desk in 2019. That may seem like a long time away, but we have a lot to do between now and then if we want to be successful.Laying a strong groundwork for success is especially important given what is going on in Washington DC these days. Whether you first heard about the Health Security Act recently, or have been a longtime supporter, we invite you to join us on June 3.  Please RSVP to hsnmc.contact@gmail.com so we know how many people to expect. For lunch orders (see below), respond by Monday, May 29.

Retakeksfr Our Democracy on KSFR.  Every Saturday 11am.  Over the last few weeks we have been discussing economic justice from a policy perspective and then last week we interviewed three Chainbreaker members who have had long experienced the kind of financial gymnastics Retake has described often (in theory): do I pay the rent, pay for my prescriptions, or my utility bill….all of which rise, while the fixed income does not. This Saturday June 3, we will have a special one-hour edition of Retake with an extended conversation with Mark Diaz Truman, the community organizer who serves as coach to Retake and who will be one of the trainers on June 10. He was trained at Harvard under Marshall Ganz who was the chief strategist for Cesar Chavez for 16 years and the chief strategist for the 2008 Obama campaign. Taped on Monday, this is a fascinating show.  If you missed this one or one of the previous shows, they are now available on the KSFR website by podcast, so you can go back and binge listen to Retake Our Democracy by clicking here. It usually takes a few days for a new show to be posted, so be patient.


Saturday, June 10, 9am-12noon.  Santa Fe YouthWorks, 1504 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Information Session with Sponsors of the Health Security Act.  This year, our state legislators came close to passing the Health Security Act, a bill that would establish single-payer healthcare in New Mexico. We’ll learn about the bill, and learn about how we can organize to make sure that every New Mexican has healthcare.  For more info on the bill and the campaign behind it: https://www.nmhealthsecurity.org/ NM Health Security Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Health-Security-for-New-Mexicans-CampaignUpdated Facebook event page for the Health Security Act event: Click here for more information on this event and to RSVP.  You can go this in the morning, snag a quick lunch to-go and still get to the training below.

Community Organizing & Community Conversations Training

Saturday, June 10, 1pm-6pm.  Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Room. Community Organizing & Community Conversations Training.

YOU MUST RSVP AT THIS LINK TO BE ADMITTED TO THE TRAINING! If you aren’t on Facebook, RSVP by emailing paul@retakeourdemocracy.org.  It is very important that you RSVP and when you get to Facebook be sure to click the “going” button.  If you do not use FB, email me at paul@gibsonandassociates.com. We are almost full, so if you clicked interested, that is not an RSVP, you must click “going.”

Book Club on How to Kill a City, July 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., A potluck open discussion of How to Kill a City and gentrification nationally and in Santa Fe.  Bring a salad or main dish to share and whatever you want to drink. This is a compelling book that is not without criticism. What I found compelling about it was that rather rely solely on data and statistics, the author focused on the human face of gentrification, the people in four cities: Detroit, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco who contributed to and fostered the gentrification and who suffered from it. Over the next month, i will assemble a few articles as supplementary reading, but How to Kill a City is a very readable piece. I highly recommend calling Collective Works (505) 988-4226) to buy it there. Amazon doesn’t need your business, our local bookseller does. I will be calling Collected Works this morning to alert them and to order a supply.  Click here to rsvp and for details.


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