Just got an alert that Udall and presumably Heinrich are getting many more calls in favor of the wall than opposing it, something I’ve confirmed. Maybe we’ve become complacent and assumed that without raising our voice, our Senators would do the right thing? I’ve provided a few speaking points and phone #s in a blog of astonishing brevity. ;-). Call NOW!
Below a couple of important coming events, I provide information about how to contact Senators Udall and Heinrich. SHARE THIS POST!!!!!!!
This is the kind of urgent alerts you will get if you join the Statewide Rapid Response Network offering you timely information on how to act. For example, I just got word that Senator Cisneros has introduced a bill to reinstitute the Food Tax in NM. We can’t let that happen, but unless people know about it and have speaking points on why to oppose it and who to contact, these kinds of bills become law. You can be part of making sure those kinds of bills fail and our MUST PASS bills pass. Click here to join and learn more about our Response Network. Check the blog tomorrow for info on the proposed Food Tax.
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR,101.1 FM. 8:30am Saturdays! On Dec. Jan 12, I will be doing a solo show tomorrow, talking about the Roundhouse legislative session, describing some of our MUST PASS bills, some rumors I’ve been hearing, good and bad, and our plans for the session, including plans to broadcast from the Roundhouse on KSFR. Listen in. Recent shows available by pod cast include interviews with:
- Heather Ferguson, ED for Common Cause, NM
- Dana Millen, Communications Director for Health Security New Mexico,
- Camilla Feibelman, ED for the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club,
- Land Commissioner-elect Stephanie Garcia Richards and Emerge NM Executive Director Ashley Sanderson
- Amanda Viscoli from NM to Prevent Gun Violence; and
- An interview with Senator Peter Wirth and Speaker Brian Egolf.
Saturday 10am-Noon In ABQ. This event should have a few hundred folks with a variety of groups presenting or tabling. I plan to be there to share information about the Rapid Response Network. Anyone who want to help me table, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 12, 2pm. Second “National Popular Vote Public Forum,” three days before New Mexico’s 2019 legislative session opens. Hosted once more by the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County. The public is invited.This last National Popular Vote forum in Santa Fe will include a legislative focus and build on the forum of November 10, though previous participation is not necessary. Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe, Fogelson Hall, 117 W. Barcelona Road. Estimated length 2 hours.
Wednesday, January 16, all day, plus five additional days. Roundhouse. “National Popular Vote-New Mexico”table directly inside the New Mexico State Capitol Roundhouse’s Halls of History on the ground floor, beginning the day after New Mexico’s 2019 legislative session opens. The table (and chairs) presence on January 16 and during five additional days throughout the legislative period (see below) will allow New Mexico’s National Popular Vote supporters, including you, to have a physical space in which to meet, compare information, strategize, and hold “Lobby Days” and “Petition Deliveries.” Here is the full list of our reserved table dates: January 16, January 22, February 21, February 26, March 5, and March 6.
Udall Heinrich Getting More Pro-Wall than Anti-Wall Calls. Time to Fix This
I just received an email claiming that yesterday Senator Udall had said he was getting three-to-one calls FOR the wall! I found that unbelievable so I called and found that indeed that was the case, but that calls are starting to come in from others opposing the wall. The DC offices are taking a tally at the end of the day, so we need to contact each of our Senators and right this minute. And we need to make it very clear: NO WALL. NOW OR EVER.
So whatever you are doing, take a minute to make a call to their offices. Jam the lines. You don’t need much of a pitch: “Please tell the Senator to stand firm against the wall.” and if you want some speaking points to amplify:
- Trump’s claims that drugs are pouring through the border and the wall would prevent this is false. Drugs pour through legal points of entry that would not be impacted by a wall
- Trump’s claims that a wall would protect us from dangerous criminals were justified with anecdotes that could be found for any kind of person, but data show that refugees and immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than other US residents and citizens
- Trump’s claims that there are thousands of terrorists coming across the border and among the current refugees at the border are also false as Homeland Security has stated the most all potential terrorists arrive in US airports;
- Trump’s claims that unaccompanied children are being used to gain entrance is false, less than 1% of children seeking refugee status arrive without their parents.