Statewide Actions Protesting Sessions’ Firing TODAY–Details. And more thoughts on NM Blue Tsunami

Protests were set up over a year ago in the event of Trump doing just what he did yesterday–fire Jeff Sessions. 39 National Organizations are calling for protests. Links are provided to information for protests throughout NM.

BREAKING NEWS SANTA FE: PROTESTS CALLED FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 5 PM LOCAL TIME. Nationwide. Santa Feans meet at the Water Tower in the Railyard at 5pm. TODAY.

I received emails from over a dozen folks last night about this protest. Set up over a year ago and apparently now sponsored by MoveOn, Indivisible and the Democratic Party of Santa Fe. Things will be loose, I am not sure of whether speakers or a speaker system will be organized, but we need to show up in huge numbers, just like we did on Tuesday. This was clearly calculated to occur after the midterms to avoid enflaming the voters. We can’t be silent.


Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation.  The President has removed AG Jeff Sessions and replaced him with a man who has publicly stated the President should end the Mueller Investigation. Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops.

BREAKING NEWS TAOS:  We will PROTEST this weekend, during daylight hours for safety and for warmer temperatures.  This option has been given to local Hosts for the events. There will be people with signs around noon at the Kit Carson/Paseo corner Thursday and Friday if you want to join in.   We will meet at Taos Plaza.  This slight delay will give us time to notify radio stations, notify local law enforcement, and to ensure safety of participants.  Additionally, if you want to make a sign for this Protest, the Sign Making Shop will be open Friday 4 until 7 pm, and Saturday 9 to noon.  Bring your ideas or words, and we will help you make your own sign.  926 Calle Conquistador, East of Walgreens just South of Cruz Alta.   Write to the Taos Progressive at
Hover here for times for protests in Alamagordo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Los Alamos, Farmington and other cities across NM. I can’t personally attest to the accuracy of these venue times in other towns, as the process was set up over a year ago. But this is the best information I have. I’d encourage all of you to verify locations locally. I am sure there is a buzz everywhere.

Thanks for your participation.  WE must defend Democracy.  Expect events to change swiftly over the next few days. 

Xochitl Completes the NM Blue Tsunami. Thoughts on What is Next

I want to first apologize a bit for yesterday’s first post analyzing the results as being experienced in two distinct phases. I haven’t even had the courage to go back to reread it, but I was so spent and so urgently eager to get to Los Alamos to testify (below) that I didn’t really devote the time required to craft a tighter commentary. So I want to take a moment to add a few thoughts.

I have had many conversations with people involved in our efforts to secure this tremendous NM victory. I can’t know how each state performed in yesterday’s race, but I can know with absolute certainty that no state did as well as we did to create the political environment for substantive and sustainable change, for significant advances in social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Our plate is set to do great things and we have a responsibility to perform on this opportunity.

I want to ask each of our readers to consider this opportunity to be their opportunity to engage. We need to be humble about what we achieved on Tuesday. We created an environment for change, but we have not created any of that change. Not yet. And we won’t if we don’t recognize that we still have work to do.

We need to build a network of advocates, non-profits, and people like you a network that can strategically apply pressure on legislators when important legislation goes to committees or floors for votes.

We need to clarify with specificity what we want and what are the bills for which we want to advocate

We need to make it absolutely clear to our NM legislators and governor that we are not interested in timidity, compromise with lobbyists, or excuses.  We view this as our time to play offense and to get things done.  We have an opportunity to:

  • Implement the Health Security Act and not one watered down to address the ‘input’ from insurance industry lobbyists;
  • Implement predatory lending limit of 36% and not 1% more—get out of the way pay day lobbyists;
  • Significantly increase our investment, not just in pre-k but in our entire education system;
  • Implement new laws that will protect our land and water and honor the sovereignty of our Indigenous neighbors;
  • Reform our state election laws to ensure full disclosure of the sources of dark money, to allow automatic voter registration at age 18, to implement publicly funded elections;
  • Invest significantly in an infrastructure of renewable energy generation, storage and distribution to make NM the leader in the nation in renewable energy production;
  • Move aggressively to roll back our reliance upon gas and oil and commit as a state to exceeding the Paris Accord goals; and
  • Significantly reform our regressive state tax system, close corporate loopholes and roll back tax cuts for the wealthiest New Mexicans while creating or expanding tax policies like working family tax credits that help low income communities build wealth.

We will be adding to this list. But for now I want to invite you to join us at a critical planning session where we will discuss all of the above. It is our time, but we need you with us. Learn how you can become involved. Send me a note so I know you are coming, but we will be meeting on Thursday, Nov 15 from 4:30-6:30 at New Energy Economy, 343 E. Alameda. It would help if you let me know of your intention to come….and bring along a friend. You are more likely to sustain your involvement if you have a friend with you.  And if you can’t make it at this time, let me know you are interested. We are considering shifting time and or date to accommodate those who have a problem with Thursday evenings or of the meeting is too early. Please use the doodle poll below to indicate the typical days of the week and times that would work for you if you would like to get involved. Do not consider this as specific to next week, but as a generic M-Th.

On Saturday, I will comment a bit on the moving experience yesterday morning related to Los Alamos. It was extraordinary, with public comment from many indigenous leaders, youth, and members of the community. The hearing room was jammed. They may not have wanted to listen, but they heard. More Saturday.

In solidarity,

Paul & Roxanne


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