Two separate issues: the DNC’s refusal to hold a climate change debate and a NM private prison housing asylum seekers in squalor. Plus, the inspiring responses from a 23-year old, risking arrest at a DNC meeting and a 95 year-old ABQ activist who just ended her 7 day hunger strike. Plus, Leger de Fernandez wins Emily List endorsement and thoughts on on Mitch Buszek’s untimely passing..
Before diving in to the DNC and the private prisons housing child immigrants so shamelessly, a few short announcements.
In Memory of Mitch Buszek. It is with great sadness that I share that last night the Democratic Party of Santa Fe announced that Mitch Buszek, a tireless justice advocate, has passed. Mitch didn’t just attend meetings, he did the hard work between meetings, he attended the hearings, he got out the vote and now Santa Fe and New Mexico has lost one of those rare folks who consistently put in the time to make change. Farewell, Mitch. You made a difference.
Emily’s List Endorses Teresa Leger de Fernandez. From today’s Santa Fe New Mexican: “The Washington, D.C.-based group that funds female candidates who favor abortion rights said it chose Leger Fernandez because of her strong ties to the district and her decadeslong experience as an attorney in Northern New Mexico communities.” An endorsement from Emily’s list can have a profound effect on both fundraising and in encouraging other important endorsements.
Thoughts on the Debate. I have to say that was about as substantive a debate as I’ve heard in some time. I thought that Elizabeth Warren had a commanding presence and in a brief review of the
internet this morning, a strong consensus supported that. One exception, the NY Times gave the “winner” nod to Julian Castro who did offer a stirring series of comments on immigration and the asylum seekers. The Times reported that Google experienced a 2400% spike in searches for Julian Castro after the debate. So this may help elevate him in the polls. It appeared to me that Warren benefitted from being given the most questions and was able to open and close the debate, but I was surprised to see one online report that timed this and Booker wound up with the most on air time (11:06), with O’Rourke second (10:33) followed by Warren (9:31). It was noteworthy that, as reported in Mother Jones, Warren was the only candidate who didn’t interrupt, something that occurred repeatedly, particularly in the last hour. Technical difficulties aside, the debate did a good job of delineating positions of the candidate. What did you think? Who won and why? Who disappointed you? Comment below. Part I of the two-day debate cycle certainly made me eager to see Part II. And only 11 months and two weeks until the actual vote.
Painting Parties for Teresa Leger de Fernandez. Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7:30pm at Wise Fool Studios, 1131 Siler Rd, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM. Wise Fool was a big part of the Wall of Love. Ignite your personal inspiration and do it. Signs will be used during Fiesta, at rallies and marches and at other events throughout Santa Fe. With eight candidates, this is a race that can be won by a very narrow plurality with the difference between going home and going to Congress being five or ten votes. I know that the second night of the debates is on, but that is what a video recorder is for!!! Let’s Do This!
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturday, June 29, 8:30 am – 9 am. I will be interviewing Dana Millen, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the New Mexicans for Health Security Campaign. The show was taped last week and is a very interesting program as we talk not just about what the Health Security Act is, but also discuss the tortured 27 years that it took to finally get it through the Roundhouse. We also talked about the road ahead, as this is only the first of three steps to being the first state to pass a universal healthcare system. To listen to all of these shows via podcast, go to KSFR.org go to the programs menu, scroll to podcasts and then click on Retake Our Democracy. All 2 1/2 years of shows are there in chronological order. Binge on.
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30-8:30pm at 1420 Cerrillos the Center for Progress and Justice. Retake Our Democracy Organizing Meeting. Join us to find out how you can get involved. Hear about our plans to expand our statewide network and advocate for justice in NM. This is our monthly organizing meeting (first Tuesday of every month). We will discuss plans to advocate at coming Interim Hearings, update you on publishing and spreading the word about our 2019 Legislative Session Report Card,, and to see how you can become involved with one of our action teams: Outreach and Organizing, Media and Marketing, Research, and an developing Climate Action Team.
At our last meeting, that team went around the room with each person describing their interests but there were 30 people and 30 ideas and so on Tuesday we will ask the Climate Action Team to consider taking on the role of watchdogs for a variety of state and regional commissions responsible for regulating and overseeing use of our land, water, air and natural resources. The group will work closely with the Research Team.
Whatever your issue related to climate change and the environment, there is a commission and a state department with a role in regulation and monitoring. You can be part of a team that stays abreast of emerging issues from the LANL’s’chromium plume, to plans for Holtec’s nuclear storage facility, to PNM’s plans to build a gas plant in the Four Corners, to efforts to frack in Chaco Canyon. If you can make it to our meeting, please RSVP by writing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a great group of folks. You will make new friends and run into old ones.
Demand that the DNC Get’s Serious About Climate Change and Host a Climate Change Debate: Climate Change is NOT Just a Single Issue
Petition to Demand DNC Host a Climate Change Debate. On Tuesday, those of us on the national Sunrise Movement e-list, got an email from a 23-year old girl who was risking arrest with dozens of other young people from the Sunrise Movement who camped out at the DNC headquarters to demand a climate debate because our future depends on it.
The note below is from one of them.The protest continued into Wednesday, with activists camping out outside the DNC building overnight. Several members of Congress came by to show their support, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Deb Haaland (yay), and Ro Khanna. Bernie Sanders, Jay Inslee, and Julian Castro also stopped by bringing food.
My name is Lauren and I’m 23 years old. Right now as you read this, I’m sitting in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee. I’m one of more than 100 young people gathered here to tell the DNC — climate change is an emergency for our generation and it’s time you start acting like it by reversing your ban on any climate debate.
The DNC’s reasons for not holding a climate debate have felt sadly familiar: it would be “impractical,” this isn’t the way things have been done before, climate change is just ‘another issue.’ For our entire lives, the DNC and Democratic leaders have taken millions of dollars from fossil fuel billionaires and have failed to treat the climate crisis like the emergency that it is.
WhenTom Perez says we can’t have a climate debate because it’s “against the rules” and “impractical,” we can’t stand by and be silent. Our future is at stake and there’s no excuse our leaders could give that would justify failing to take action to protect us. From my perspective, holding one debate where the candidates have the chance to talk in-depth about their climate plans is the least the DNC could do. Share this petition so that the DNC knows that the nation is watching them.
These young adults put their bodies on the line, for now all they are asking you to do is to sign a petition. But Retake is also asking you to put in your calendar July 13 at 2pm as that is when the NM Youth Climate Action Coalition, an outgrowth of the Sunrise Movement, will ask you to join them in planning for a Sept 20 General Strike. Apparently our leaders are not getting Mother Earth’s message: “My resources are being depleted and despoiled. I can’t keep up much longer.” This is not just an issue; this is the issue and we’d all best get on board. So, please sign the petition above today and join us on July 13 and September 20.
Time to Crank Up the Volume. Vigil Protesting NM Private Prison
Vigil Protesting Private Prisons Friday July 12. Location & Time TBA. Vigils are being organized in Estancia where the Torrance County Detention Center is housed, in Albuquerque and I am sure in other parts of NM. In Santa Fe the Democratic Party is organizing the event. If you are looking for motivation, I’ve got two items: Sally-Alice Thompson’s hunger strike and Kay Matthews moving post from La Jicarita.
This is a tale of two Americas. In a rational conversation that would be a strikingly reductionist statement, but considering the depth of the depravity we are experiencing, I’m going to go ahead and use a dialectical method to lambast the first America. This is where migrants from Central and South American arrive to ask for asylum and are put in either Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers where they take away their shoe laces, rosary beads, belts, shawls, and other personal belongings, put them in cold cages, feed them insufficiently heated burritos, and make them sleep on concrete floors. The other America is where the migrants are dropped off by CBP or ICE to shelters run by religious organizations and local governments where they are provided with warm food, showers, medical care, toys for the children, beds for the night, and help with bus and plane tickets to continue their journey to family members or sponsors all over the US who will care for them while they wait for asylum hearings.“