Monday: one hour, one hearing, it is time for Retake supporters to show up and then allow our allies from Dreamers and Somos to speak for themselves while we show support. A week for action and solidarity is coming. Wish we were with you.
Thoughts on Today’s Roundhouse Hearing: Linda Fertal emailed me Sunday morning making the point that the 3 hour hearing today (below) includes one hour of testimony. That hour should be entirely devoted to the impacted community speaking for itself, not for those of us who are alarmed by the shameless criminal justice and immigration policies to hog the show with our outrage. Our outrage can best be demonstrated by the number of us present and our support for each speaker. If there is time at the end of the comments, then we can also show our support then.
Thoughts on the Democratic Party and the Need for Bold Leadership. We are just over 2 years from the 2020 Presidential election and a year from the build-up to primary season. Yet to date the only names being bandied about are Warren, Biden, Sanders and just yesterday rumors that Hillary is considering another run. Nancy Pelosi is said to be planning to defend her leadership in the House. Please, as much as I like Elizabeth Warren and love Bernie Sanders, it is time for the Democratic Party elders to step aside and let another generation lead. There is a grassroots youth movement aching to become activated and a youth-student activism emerging out of the gun safety movement. It is time to pass the baton.
Tuesday’s Blog. You’ll want to make time for Tuesday’s blog. it provides excerpts from a brilliant Resilience article that describes clearly and succinctly our socio-political-economic predicament and a reasonably practical and achievable path toward economic and racial justice. If only some forty-something Democratic leader would embrace this platform and take the mantle of the Party and run with it. It wouldn’t dissolve capitalism or create a democratic socialist system, but it would be a huge step in the right direction. Stay tuned.
A Week for Action!
Protecting Those Most Vulnerable Community Conversation about Environmental Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Families. Sunday, July 15, 1pm-4pm. Northern New Mexico College. 921 N Paseo de Onate, Espanola. Please be on hand on July 15th for our presentation on “Protecting Those Most Vulnerable – Environmental Justice For Pregnant and Parenting Families in Northern New Mexico.” Speakers include TWU’s Jessica Riggs, Kathy Sanchez, and Beata Tsosie-Peña. Hosted by Tewa Women United and Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project
We will be discussing the hexavalent chromium plume that is currently affecting our communities.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT USING THIS FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/Q6QcN22qviViWUQL2. This is a FREE event, but your RSVP on that form (in addition to this FB event page) will greatly help us in planning for food and other logistics.
Public Hearing on Immigrant Detentions
Public Hearing. July 16, Mon., 1pm-4pm @ Roundhouse Room 307. Multiple, actually many multiple sources have written to me asking that I do all I can to pack the room for this hearing. This is our chance to weigh in on private prisons, detainees, etc.
For those New Mexicans who have been asking “what can we do” about the ongoing immigration crisis in our country, please take note that on Monday July 16th at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe in Room 307, our legislature committee on Courts, Corrections, and Justice will have a public hearing from 1-4 about exerting more oversight on private correctional facilities in our state and there will be an hour of public comment, apparently between 3-4pm. This is opportunity to raise your voices and to engage with officials, law enforcement, and lawmakers about the crisis of immigration detention in our state.The room holds about 300, let’s make sure they need an overflow room. Please share this post with your personal lists and make plans to go with friends to this hearing.
We have to use this opportunity well and be focused and clear with our lawmakers about what our expectations are for the treatment of immigrants in this state. From a bulletin from Santa Fe Dreamers: “We have been in these prisons and our clients have been abused, are in mental health crisis, experience medical neglect, and are put in isolation. We have met people who have been sexually assaulted and one member of our trans-pod died in May. These corporations are not capable of keeping my clients safe and they are getting very very rich in the meantime. I think it is incredibly important that people show up at this hearing informed and organized with their comments and demands. There is only one hour for public comment and it must be used well. Inform yourself, be a deeply educated activist, and please show up ready to listen and share space with the whole community, especially those who have personal connection to this issue.” (If you don’t live in NM– you can organize and demand this hearing in your own legislature).
Here are a few links offered by SF Dreamers, as a way to get updated and oriented:
- From the Las Cruces Sun this week: https://www.lcsun-news.com/…/ice-new-mexico-ille…/747158002/
- From NM Political Report last October: http://nmpoliticalreport.com/…/inside-a-private-prisons-15…
- Here is the website for the committee: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Interim_Committee…
- As usual I suggest learning broadly about the issue of immigration detention from Detention Watch Network: https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/
Once oriented, it is time to show up on Monday!
Protest at National Governor’s Conference July 20
- funding for education
- environmental protection laws
- women’s reproductive health and right to choose
- asylum seekers’ right to due process and family unity
- polices that restrain ICE from violating immigrants’ rights
- workers’ freedom to negotiate
- free speech rights to support legal boycotts and criticize other country’s violation of human rights
- voting rights
- Stricter gun control laws
- End to mass incarceration and no private prisons