Also in this post: reports that Dist 46 Dem. Ward Chairs are subverting the party to advance opposition to Dem. nominee Andrea Romero — a divisive effort at a time when unity is needed more than ever.
Today will be brief as I am at my son’s wedding and internet connections are incredibly slow and episodic. Today we include a report on Dist. 46, the backstory to why Kennedy so suddenly retired, and information on protests today in Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, and Gallup. If anyone is aware of protests in ABQ, Las Cruces or elsewhere in NM please add a comment about details and post on Retake’s Facebook page.
Trujillo supporters and Democratic Party Ward Chairs Launch Petition Drive for Independent Candidate for District 46… and if that were not enough. On June 6 it appeared the horribly divisive Dist. 46 race was over and a process of healing and uniting could begin. Guess again.
First Heather Nordquist and Martha Trujillo, two Democratic Party ward chairs and Carl Trujillo supporters, began a petition drive to put Amadeo Ortiz on the ballot as an Independent. And only a day later, Heather Nordquist announced that she would run also, as a write-in candidate. You can’t make this stuff up.
While we recognize that this is a democracy and nothing Nordquist and Trujillo have done is counter to the rules of the game, Retake Our Democracy firmly opposes both efforts and feels that Martha Trujillo and Heather Nordquist need to resign their positions as chairs of Democratic Party wards or be removed by the Democratic Party. We feel that their retaliative efforts will distract voters, divert campaign resources that should be focused on critical NM races, and further divide the Dist. 46 community. [Correction: I have been informed that Heather Nordquist and Martha Trujillo resigned a few days prior to announcing Heather’s campaign and that while they supported Ortiz’ signature campaign, they did not “launch” it. Mea Culpa.]
In the context of the mounting protests all over the country and the pressing need to unify our focus on opposing Trump deportation policies and Trump’s looming Supreme Court nomination, this effort to launch two challenges to Andrea Romero are just not what is needed now. We need to heal and to work together. There is too much at stake where we need to be working in consort and this campaign is very likely to be even nastier and more fractious than what we just endured. We firmly oppose these efforts and we will provide no platform for any comment on our FB page or this blog for anyone associated with these myopic campaigns.
Disgusting Trump Courtship of Justice Kennedy
Since before the inauguration, Donald Trump has been orchestrating a multi-pronged courtship of Justice Kennedy in an effort to encourage him to retire and allow Trump to refashion the Supreme Court for decades to come. Among the many fawning actions taken by Trump:
- He appointed three of Kennedy’s clerks to highly prized judicial positions;
- He appointed Nick Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, another Kennedy clerk of whom Kennedy is supposed to have an almost “paternal pride,” and Trump had Kennedy do the swearing in;
- Trump cultivated a relationship with Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin, who worked closely with the Trump Organization in his role at Deutsche Bank as the global head of real-estate capital markets, according to the Times.
- The White House made sure to float two more potential Supreme Court candidates—Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Raymond Kethledge—both of whom also clerked for Kennedy;
While none of these actions are illegal, they are disgusting and have obviously proven effective. The one glimmer of hope is that it is not a sure thing that just any Trump appointee will be approved by the Senate. With Sen. McCain at home battling cancer, all that is needed is one GOP defection to stall any nominee and Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have shown courage in resisting Trump legislation in the past, most notably efforts to entirely unravel Obamacare. However, with two and a half years to push through a nominee and the very clear willingness of Trump to do ANYTHING to achieve his ends, we are clearly in a world of trouble.
Women Lead DC Civil Disobedience Across the Country: Twenty Arrested In Santa Fe, 600 in DC. More Saturday
The Women’s March organized the Washington DC act of nonviolent civil disobedience with the Center for Popular Democracy Action and CASA in Action. The protesters draped themselves in silver thermal blankets — evoking images of migrant kids in shelters — and chanted “Abolish ICE” and “We care.” Capitol Police said approximately 575 people had been arrested during the sit-in. The Women’s March said in a press release that a total of 630 women had been arrested.
Thousands are expected to take to the streets today, June 30, in Washington, DC, and hundreds of other cities across the country for a nationwide Families Belong Together Rally. See below for times and locations in NM. Jess Morales Rocketto, the political director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance — one of the groups organizing the June 30 event — said people are recognizing that they can’t let up the pressure. “It’s not just one day,” Morales Rocketto said. “We’re seeing folks turn out over and over and over again.”
In Santa Fe, sixteen protesters were arrested at the Roundhouse on Thursday, with 13 being released after being charged with disorderly conduct. Three protesters who refused to leave Gov. Martinez’ office were charged with trespassing and resisting arrest. On Friday afternoon the three were released after two additional charges were added–disorderly conduct and interfering with the work of public officials. Mayor Webber arrived at the protest at 8:45 p.m. and attempted to negotiate with state police, to no avail. It is very heartening to see the Mayor making this effort and we were also very pleased to see him go to Texas to voice his concern about the detention camps and family separation. But this is the second time in a year that the District Attorney has overcharged protesters. Recall that Jennifer Marley was charged with assault on a police officer during the police over-response at the Entrada protests last September.
Take to the Streets –Stop the Slide Toward Fascism: NOW!
Paul and Roxanne