Progressive Fires Burn in England, California, Nevada and Massachusetts

This post is full of good news of the winds shifting in cities and states across the nation, and even in Brexit England. Also, the Democratic Party of NM’s Platform Committee begins meeting next week. At the end of this post please indicate the one policy that you insist is in the DPNM platform. We’ll assemble the list and share it with our Retake representative on the Platform Committee, Thomas Leatherwood. Read on. Good news.

Missed yesterday and lots to say today, so a tad longer than usual….Happy Sunday!

Update on Equity Summer: A Chance for Santa Fe to Achieve Economic Justice

We didn’t publish yesterday because we were preparing for our Community Conversations for Equity training session. And a tremendous session it was. With 120 participants, we kicked off our campaign to support Chainbreaker’s Equity Summer with an inspiring training in effective community organizing, active listening, public narrative (a tremendous engagement strategy), and reframing and use of moral language. There was tremendous enthusiasm in the room to take what was learned and apply it to the Equity Summer campaign described by Tomás Rivera from Chainbreaker. We will describe the strategy here as it unfolds.

We will kick off our support of the campaign on June 25, 3-5pm at 1420 Cerrillos Rd.. To RSVP and get more information, click here.  And if you don’t use FB, write directly to paul@retakeourdemocracy.org to RSVP. In a nutshell, we will be launching an array of outreach, engagement, and education strategies that will have meaningful and exciting roles for all of you. And we need all of you to succeed. At the kick-off you will learn specifically what you can do to advance this transformational campaign.

Also join us for a book group on July 6, 5:30-7:30 at 1420 Cerrillos Rd. We will discuss How to Kill a City, a book that describes how gentrification is unfolding in four US cities. It is highly readable, only 200 pages. Click here for details and to RSVP. Books are available at Collected Works.

One last note: The Wall of Love development continues with another opportunity to get involved and create your tile today at 2:30pm at Meow Wolf. Click here for details and to RSVP.

If we can’t achieve justice on a national level right now, we can do it locally!

While on a national level the Democratic Party continues to hold firm with its corporate brethren, there are signs from Nevada, Massachusetts, California, and even Kansas, that developing policy that benefits common people is not unpatriotic. It is urgent that the Democratic Party nationally and in New Mexico begin to read the tea leaves. A younger generation wants a more progressive agenda and a goodly mass of older progressives are fed up and want to see their party begin to represent their long-held values. From a prior post, read this Shaun King article about a poll showing that the Democratic Party is viewed even more unfavorably than Trump (who has the least favorable ratings of any sitting president in history) and the GOP.

 

Progressive Change on the Horizon….Even in Kansas

This past week or so we saw some shocking developments indicating that the left may not be dead after all.

The California state Assembly passed a Single Payer Health Plan. The $400B bill is a long way from becoming law, as it requires passage of a 15% payroll tax to fund the plan. But it is a step and shows another local effort to do what our Nation (and the Democratic Party) are too timid to advance. Timid = too responsive to insurance and healthcare corporations.

The Nevada State assembly is close to bringing Medicaid for all to a vote with prospects very good for its passage.  The bill would allow anyone to buy-in to the Medicaid system, essentially creating a single payer system in Nevada and avoid waiting for the Federal government to develop the political will to achieve a single-payer system. As the DailyKos article notes, Canada developed its single-payer system through the provinces, more evidence that local solutions can achieve what nations are reluctant to do. Click here for the full story. This is a story worth tracking as it points to how here in NM, we could pass the Health Security Act. In a workshop yesterday morning, Leaders of the Health Security Act and members of Democratic Socialists of America told of their heroic campaign to advance universal healthcare in NM. They are serious, and we are going to be strong advocates in support of their work, an opportunity for grassroots education, activism and organizing.

In England, Jeremy Corbin Goes from Unelectable to Likely Next PM.  Prime Minister May called the election three years early, expecting to boost her parliamentary majority. Some of her colleagues expected she would deliver an extra 100 seats or more — instead they lost 32 seats to a Labor lead opposition and ended up with a hung Parliament. By any measure, it is a devastating blow to the Conservative Party. But it was a tremendous boost to the prospects of Jeremy Corbyn becoming the next Prime Minister. Explaining  Corbyn’s popularity, this ABC Britain report notes: “Mr Corbyn’s shock performance demonstrates his particular brand of leftist populism is seen as more authentic than the robotic sound bites (“strong and stable leadership”; “Brexit is Brexit”) repeated by Theresa May. He may not be slick, but people clearly see him as genuine.” Hmmm, sounds vaguely familiar. A Corbyn Labour government has said it would:

  • Re-nationalize Britain’s railways, energy companies and the Royal Mail
  • Scrap university tuition fees
  • Ban work contracts that don’t guarantee a minimum number of hours
  • Raise the minimum wage to at least £10 per hour by 2020
  • National Health Service will receive more than £30 billion in extra funding

I have found a good number of interesting articles on the implications of the Corbyn victory, each poignant for the US and, more specifically, our neoliberal Democratic Party. Look for analysis in Tuesday’s post.

Massachusetts Democrats Pass Most Progressive State Platform in US History. An In These Times article outlines how Massachusetts conducted a months long grassroots process to elect progressives to the Democratic Party State Central Committee, mirroring the strategy conducted here in New Mexico. The result, the most progressive platform in US history. To read the full article, click here.

Even the Kansas GOP has joined with Democrats to override the veto of their GOP GovernorAre you reading this GOP Roundhouse members?  When Kansas GOP Governor Brownback vetoed a $1.2B tax increase to fund vital health, education, and social services, the Kansas state legislature was faced with the same challenge faced here in NM. And what happened? From Steve Terrell’s excellent New Mexican report: “Defying God and Grover Norquist, nearly half of the 31 Republican senators joined Democrats to vote to override. And 48 of the 85 Republicans in the House did the same.” Terrell goes on to point out that Kansas is not alone in finding ways to get needed revenue increases, and again his example is not exactly a hotbed of liberalism. “Just last month in South Carolina, the GOP-dominated legislature voted overwhelmingly (95-18 in the House and 32-12 in the Senate) to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of a bill raising taxes and fees to repair that state’s highways. ‘The governor has chosen to place politics over policy. That doesn’t solve problems,’ said House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, according to a story by The Associated Press.'” Click here to read Terrell’s full report. This should be a lesson to our Roundhouse members. Overriding a Governor’s veto to restore fiscal health to a state is not turning your back on your principles, it is placing those principles ahead of blind allegiance to a childish governor.

NMDP Platform Committee. In 2016, DPNM leadership tried to push through a decidedly moderate platform that did not incorporate much of what had motivated a wave of grassroots support and activism across the state and nation. The platform was voted down narrowly and scars remain. But as today’s report, and even more so Tuesday’s, will amplify, moderate neoliberal policy does nothing to inspire, energize, and activate. The NMDP State Platform & Resolutions Committee (SPARC) meets this coming weekend, and at least a couple of Retake supporters are members: Jeff Levine from Taos and Thomas Leatherwood from Santa Fe. Likely there are many more progressives on the committee from other parts of the state.

We want to be sure that SPARC gets input from the grassroots early and often, so I am asking you to submit your platform suggestions by commenting here today. I will use your input to develop an online survey that will be circulated broadly to provide evidence of the level and depth of support for a range of progressive issues. If DPNM is serious about pivoting from the tired policies of accommodation and compromise with fossil fuel, banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, and other lobbying groups to become the party for the majority, then this will be an early indicator. Let’s make sure they know we are here. Provide suggestions in comments below.

In solidarity,

Roxanne and Paul

 

18 thoughts on “Progressive Fires Burn in England, California, Nevada and Massachusetts

  1. increased taxes as listed in the Blueprint for a Red State published by NM Voices for Children, including alcohol and tobacco taxes as well as sliding gas tax and carbon tax.

    Plus NM needs to sign on to the Paris Climate Change treaty like CA and WA.

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  2. Support for low-income housing, especially in gentrifying areas, and support for decent public transportation to go with it.

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  3. HI PAUL AND ROXANNE,

    GREAT TO READ ABOUT WHAT TRANSPIRED IN MASSACHUSETTS! AND GREAT TO SEE ALL THE WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR RUNNING FOR ELECTIONS AT EVERY LEVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY VIA THE PRO CHOICE EMAIL I GOT TODAY!!! EVEN A VERY YOUNG BLACK WOMAN RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN CALIF. CENTRAL VALLEY!!!!

    AS FOR OUR DEM. PLATFORM: I WANT TO SEE A BLACK AND WHITE IN PAPER COMMITMENT TO LEGISLATIVE IDEAS PRESENTED AND IDEAS STILL FORMING BYNEW ENERGY ECONOMY RE MAKING NEW MEXICO THE SOLAR CAPITOL ( IF NOT WIND.. RE CHALLENGES WITH BIRDS…) CAPITOL OF THE NATION!!!! I WANT OIL AND GAS OUT. WE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOLS,,, SO DITCH THE OIL AND GAS REVENUES FOR SCHOOLS, AS IT IS HOLDING US BACK, AND INSERT SUSTAINABLE, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE, DEVELOPMENT AND GRID DELIVEIRY. I WANT THE RURAL ELECTRIC COOPS ON THE AUCTION BLOCK WITH ONLY PLANS THAT SIGN ON IN SINCERITY WITHOUT GRAFT, PETTY ARGUMENT AND LAW SUITS(PECOS) TO PROVIDING ELECTRICITY THAT IS NOT FROM COAL FIRED ELECTRIC GENERATING PLANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE PEOPLE ON THESE BOARDS ARE ARCHAIC, PATRIARCHAL AND CONTROLLED BY TRI STATE ELECTRIC…

    HOORAY FOR THE RESIGNATION OF MARTINEZ’S LACKY WHO ALIENATED OUR TEACHERS AND STUFFED TOO MUCH TESTING DOWN EVERYONES THROATS! I WANT REAL, ENFORCEABLE BUDGETS THAT PUT MONEY INTO CLASSROOMS AND TEACHER SALARIES AND NOT AND I REPEAT NOT INTO ADMINISTRATION, INCREDIBLE WATE OF SPORTS DOLLARS AT UNM AND ALL THAT BOY CRAP AND MONEY INTO SALARIES TO DRAW EXCELLENT PROFESSORS AND ENOUGH ALREADY WITH THE PART TIME SALARY CAP AND PROMOTION AT OUR COMMUNICTY AND STATE UNIVERSITIES!!! LESS MONEY FOR PRESIDENTS AND SPORTS MANAGERS THAT SQUANDER OR TAX DOLLARS AND MORE MONEY WHERE IT IS NEEDED!!!

    I WANT MONEY ADN TRAINING AND OVERSIGHT COMPACT AGREEMENTS RE THESE COPS THAT ARE TRIGGER HAPPY AND ABUSIVE! STUDY UP ON BRITISH POLICING.. THEY DONT SHOOT TO KILL, THEY SHOOT TO WOUND… I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE ALBQ. POLICE FORCE!!!!!

    I WANT GUNS AND CONCEALED GUNS OUt and i repeat OUT of bars. what a recipee for disaster!! I want religion, and priests OUT OF OUR LEGISLATURE… not services there . HONOR SEPRATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.!!!

    I WANT SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY AND CARRY LAWS PERIOD!!!

    I WANT OUR PRECIOUS WILDLIFE PROTECTED!!!!!!!!! NO TRAPS!! NO KILLING CONTESTS! OUR WILDLIFE IS A RESOURCE AND WE ARE NO LONGER A HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETY EVEN THOUGH UNDEDUCATED JERKS AT FISH AND GAME THINK WE ARE. KILLING AND HUNTING IS NOT A VIABLE BIOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE AND GENETICALLY DIVERSE MANAGEMENT TOOL! I WANT THE US FISH AND GAME SERVICE MISSION REVAMPED. WE START WITH THE STATES AND MOVE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WHILE WE ARE AT IT, BE SURE TO PUT OUT A WOLF TRAP IN TRUMPS BED CHAMBER ALONG WITH MARTINEZ’S SO THEY STEP IN ONE ON THE WAY TO PEE AT NIGHT!

    PAMELA CANYONRIVERS

    On Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Retake Our Democracy wrote:

    > paulgibson51 posted: “This post is full of good news of the winds shifting > in cities and states across the nation, and even in Brexit England. Also, > the Democratic Party of NM’s Platform Committee begins meeting next week. > At the end of this post please indicate the one policy” >

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  4. Dear Paul and Roxanne,

    I understand that the Democratic Party has held the practice of forgetting Republican’s or Red areas of the State or Country. I believe that we have a unique opportunity to reach across to all Americans and should make an effort to do so. As you know, language has a lot to do with that. We should start with the premise:

    “We all do better when we all do better.” – Paul Wellstone

    This statement can lead the Democratic Party to explain that there are different needs and concerns for people in various parts of the County, City, State or Country that we would like to address.

    We should be able to bullet items, in language built for everybody, and tie it to a budget. I am not an economist, but the country seems to be concerned with these issues of society and here is a brief outline of what I would like to see:

    1. National Security. Democrats intend to invest in and utilize the best of skill and technology to protect its citizens from war at home and abroad, *climate activity, drugs, and unlawfulness. (*activities of climate change are a National Security Risk. Use words like “conservation” to reach Republicans.)
    a. War: . . . . . (Include congressional role and Veterans issues)
    b. Public Security and Violence: The Democratic Party supports better relationships between citizens and those who police their communities . . . . . . .
    – The Democratic Party supports Gun and Ammunition Safety to secure safe spaces for our children and all of our citizens.
    – The Democratic Party supports gun ownership for all citizens who are proven responsible and who abide by our laws. Since guns are easy to transport, The Democratic Party supports nationwide laws.
    c. The Democratic Party supports preventing mounting costs to taxpayers for National Security due to Climate activity as outlined in the 2014 Department of Defense Publication. Many military installations reside on U.S. shores and will need to be moved. With less fresh water and ability to grow crops, it has been determined that fighting between tribes and nations will increase causing national security threats to the U.S. These costs will be exorbitant if left unaddressed. (See publication)
    d. The Democratic Party supports preventive mental health outreach as a Patriotic Duty. The increase in drug activity, depression, and death by drugs or suicide has increased at an alarming rate. Studies show that an investment in youth programs are successful as is the thorough followup for mental health of Veterans.
    e. Illegal activity: (Address immigration, community policing issues)

    2. Jobs. Democrats believe it is PATRIOTIC to support our People as we transitions through this rapidly changing economy by providing cross training and education toward jobs that are in decline. Democrats understand the power of very large corporations legislatively and their interests toward their stockholders. Democrats believe in consumer and worker protection while supporting good business practices of corporations. Democrats see the demonstrated benefits in many US economies around clean energy practices and support pursuing this technology for Jobs, National Security, and our Health.

    3. Family Values. The Democratic Party believes in the Freedoms and Rights of our citizens as a moral obligation.
    – We believe in the founding father’s statement that “All Men Are Created Equally,” Men referring to mankind.
    – We believe in the Freedom and Right to marry who one wishes.
    – We believe in the synergistic values of many cultures.
    – We believe in age appropriate education for all citizens about reproductive systems, any and all efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancy and abortion. We believe that with proper and determined effort we can continue to to see a decline in the abortion rate. At the same time, we believe in the Freedom and the Right of women and their physicians to make the determination about what is best in their very personal situation and not to be determined by government.
    a. Health Care: The Democratic Party supports Health Care as a Right for every citizen. After it’s dillution, The Health Care Act is not operating as was desired. The Democratic Party wishes to return to its framework in order fulfill the ideals initially presented and go even further. We intend to have an affordable path to health for every citizen of the United States as we do for education with these ideals:
    – Single Payer Health System
    – Mental Health Care
    – Women’s Health coverage
    – Jobs in technology and medicine for world class health system
    – Streamline location of facilities for less confusion, large regional care facilities with small satellites
    – Option to purchase additional coverage.
    b. Conservation: The Democratic Party supports increased clean technology and understanding the effects of pollution on humans and wildlife. Hunters and gatherers, citizens as well as vacationers want pristine lands with a healthy ecosystem for generations to come. Serious health effects on humans and the animal population are documented as related to pollution and ultimately costs the taxpayer too much.
    c. Separation of Church and State. The Democratic Party understands that Separation of Church and State is a Patriotic value determined by the Founding Fathers of our Country.
    d. Education: The Democratic Party supports a valuable education as a Right for every citizen. An educated population demonstrates better health individually and a healthy economy.
    . (More support for teachers, . . . . . more on education.)

    A savvy writer could clean this up. But I want to emphasize that our wording/language is critical if we want to reach out to Independents, Green Party or Republicans.

    Thank you for asking!

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    • Also, the Democratic party needs to address ethics in government with a full understanding and explanation
      of public service.

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      • For NM, we need to join with other States to work within the Paris Climate Agreement framework.
        A comprehensive public transportation plan. Antidrug program that includes addressing youth by offering them opportunities to learn anything they want and a place for them to go. Working communications systems to attract and help businesses. Talk to hunters about ecosystems as related to hunting (environment). Mental health hospitals working to aid homelessness. Single payer health system. Pay teachers a professional salary: attracts better teachers, teach our children well.

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    • A good place to start is a thttps://www.democrats.org/party-platform. We can glean and improve from there. I like the idea of tailor making items to speak specifically to various communities and different community needs.

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  5. The Democratic Party should take the lead on climate change, bravely.
    The positive response from the voters my surprise it.
    Direct positions include shutting does coal-fired electricity generating stations

    Also important are stopping the raising of ruminants for food, especially cattle, but also ship, goats and bison, reducing gas-fueled vehicle travel by such actions as more affordable housing near locations of employment siting of customer services stores near residents, increased routes of public transportation , and more safe and convenient bicycle and walking paths.

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