A Look Forward & Back and Video of Student Speeches at SF March 4 Our Lives

In addition to info on coming actions and events and links to last week’s blogs, this post provides some advice on how to use the blog and our website. Thanks to Andy Fertal, we also have a really great 3 minute clip of student speakers at SF March 4 Our Lives.

If you missed any of the blogs this week, they are all worth a read, especially the one about having a planet to save. I can’t overstate the importance of the Public Regulation Commission race and Santa Fe will hear from two eco-friendly candidates in what could be a game changing election. Below find info, location, time and how to RSVP.  For information on next week’s actions and events, click here. It is always a good idea to check the Actions and Events page on Mondays. And at the end of the post is a really great video compilation of student speakers from Santa Fe’s March For Our Lives.  Read on.

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Donate to Retake Today!  If you believe in what we are doing, we need your financial support to cover a few hundred dollars a month in costs. For example in April: soft drinks and food for the PRC Reception next Monday, space rental for the Community Conversations potluck just two nights ago, and to activate our Rapid Response Network $230 a month for NationBuilder, a data base that allows us to target emails to the 3500 folks in the network. We really don’t waste money here and we are 100% volunteers, so we do depend on you to cover these costs. And Thank You!!!!

A Path to a Progressive Public Regulation Commission:  Really! 

Meet Two Tremendous Candidates for Public Regulation Commission and Find Out How You Can Support Their Campaigns.  April 9, 5:30-7pm. Santa Fe Modern, 1222 Flagman Way C, Santa Fe, NM 87505, map provided to make it oh-so-easy. A reception and Q&A with Janene Yazzie and Steve Fischmann, two very eco-friendly candidates for PRC Commissioner who are running against Sandy Jones and Linda Lovejoy, incumbent Commissioners who habitually disregard the PRC Hearing Examiners’ recommendation only to vote to support PNM at ratepayer and planet expense.  If you are unfamiliar with the issues, click here for a brief summary on what is at stake.
Retake feels that these races are almost as important as the race for Governor. The PRC plays such a pivotal role in determining our energy policy and it has been ‘owned’ by PNM for years. Electing Yazzie and Fischmann would flip a switch in ways that are almost unimaginable. Instead of PNM getting its way on every energy decision, suddenly they would be strongly opposed and pushed to completely reverse course. We are providing food and drink and so we need a pretty good head count, so please click here to RSVP on Facebook or write to me at paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org. We have 32 FB RSVPs and over 70 interested, plus another 15 email RSVPs, but we are hoping for 75 folks, so if you are free, come on over, but let me know first so there is enough pizza!!!

How to Use the Retake Blog & Website

Retake Our Democracy’s website is designed to make it easier for busy people to remain informed, and hopefully to become sustainably engaged and active. I think most of our subscribers feel the blog keeps them updated, but the goal is really to help you find an activist niche where with 1-2 hours a week you can have a clear and gratifying impact.

Retake has a good deal of information on the website and so I wanted to offer some suggestions for ways to take advantage of those resources:

  • Use the search function on the right side of the home page. Just put in a key word for any issue in which you are interested and you will find plenty of articles on the topic to review;
  • Make a habit of sharing articles and posts with other friends who may have an interest in a topic. this can be the start of developing a personal affinity group–a group of friends with a shared interest in a social problem or community challenge, a group that could evolve from sharing articles; to meeting to discuss the articles over coffee; to an action group that is part of a advocacy at the City Council or Roundhouse advocacy on a issue, policy or legislation your friends all support.
  • Make a habit of going over the Monday blog to see if you missed anything the week prior and to get a preview of actions and events for the week to come;
  • Visit the This Weeks Actions & Events page on our website frequently….it includes many events and actions that are not profiled in our emails;
  • Like our Facebook page….we often post articles, actions, and commentary that do not appear in the blog, especially alerts that are just developing and if you see something you like, share it onto your Facebook page.
  • Comment on our blog posts. We encourage both praise and criticism and approve ALL comments. It would be great if we could broaden discussion of issues we raise and form more conversation among ourselves.
  • Under the Resources menu, we have a wide range of resources, from contact information for elected officials, to recommended books, video and publications;
  • Under the Actions Menu, check out the Personal Action Toolkit as it outlines how to move from interested in social justice to engaged and active in social justice.
  • We have two very active Action Teams where you can join in and find a way to channel your energy into either State or local activism:
    • Roundhouse Advocacy Team. We have a statewide platform; we have a growing statewide Rapid Response Network and a plan for strengthening that Network and helping members cultivate cultivate relationships with their elected representatives and introduce those representatives to our platform. This is a great team and we have fun. Meets from 4:30-6:30pm on the 2nd & 4th Th of each month at New Energy Economy; 343 Alameda St. Santa Fe.
    • Local Action Team. This team also has a platform of 24 local policies. Prioritizing actives have begun and the team is now researching examples of how other cities have implemented these policies. We will use these briefs to educate our Mayor and City Councilors. Team members are also cultivating relationships with their City Council representatives. As the Council begin deliberating budget, Santa Fe University of Art & Design, and other policy issues, we want to be a respected partner in City deliberations. To find out more, write to Jennifer Johnson gridded@mac.com. This group next meets on Monday the 16th from 6-7:15 at New Energy Economy, 343 E. Alameda.

Please provide suggestions as to how we could improve the blog or website by writing to me directly at: paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org.

If you haven’t taken the Speak Up New Mexico! Legislative Priorities survey, please do so today to tell your legislators what bills you want to see become law.  Click the blue button at left to take the survey. And if you want to get involved with our 2018-2018 Roundhouse Advocacy Team, we meet on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 4:30-6:30pm at New Energy Economy, 343 E. Alameda. Next meeting, this Th, April 12. To RSVP, just write to me at paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org. If you want to read about our 2018-2019 Election and Legislative Strategy, click here.  We are quickly approaching 1000 survey completions!

Below are summaries, photos and links to last week’s blog posts followed by tremendous video of Santa Fe students speaking out against gun violence.

Last Week’s Blog Posts:  McCamley, Yazzie, Fischmann, Lujan Grisham and a Plea to Agree to Disagree

Introducing Bill McCamley–Candidate for NM State Auditor & Why This Race is So Important. Fischmann Ruled Qualified for PRC


Democrats: Let’s Not Fight Among Ourselves. We Have a Planet to Save


Rep. Lujan Grisham: A Remarkable Commitment to Renewables

Let the students lead, at least on this issue.  Their unapologetic, honest leadership has shed the light brightly on us adults who haven’t been able to make a dent on this issue in 40 years.

In solidarity,

Paul & Roxanne

Excerpts from Santa Fe Student Speeches at March for Our Lives


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