A Look Back at Methane Threats, General Strike Demands, a Call to Action & a Tribute to Mitch Buszek

We examined the threat from methane, honored Mitch Buszek, reported on Jemez Electric Co-Op regime politics, and called for more people to step up.

As is clear from last week, we are in the process of retooling the blog. Last week, the blog posts were half their normal length and now with a new editor platform, we have more flexibility with fonts, graphics, and other narrative elements. But I am still learning and it will take a bit to learn how to manipulate things further. I am very certain that over time, the blog will take on a much more polished and readable look.

Actions

July 29 (Farmington) , July 30 (ABQ) and August (Carlsbad).  Three Methane Rule Public Meetings Conducted by the Environment Department and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Tuesday, August 6, 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).  At this session, coordinators will have been oriented to their roles as coordinators , the scope of work for each group will be more clearly defined and roles for individuals will be clarified.  If you’ve been looking for a way to commit some of your spare time to having an impact, this is the time. RSVP by writing to paul@retakeourdemocracy.org

Click here for more details on these and other events and actions.

A Look Back

The blogs from last week are listed below with short summaries. We do this to enable people who missed a post during the week to catch up. I highly recommend the post on the Youth United for Climate Crisis Action immediately below and the one focused on our need to look injustice squarely in the eye….and then to act.

Youth United for Climate Crisis Action Organize for General Strike Sept. 20

Tuesday, July 23. EarthCare has recruited and trained a team of young activists who over the past two months have developed an Executive Committee and an evolving plan for a General Strike on September 20. The strike is part of an international effort triggered by Greta Thunberg. The team has also organized a set of demands for the Governor, listed in this post. Click here to review the full post. We need to support these youth, so please put Sept 20 down in your calendar and expect a full day of direct action.

We Can’t Be Afraid to Look Squarely in the Face of Injustice & Then We Must Act

Thursday, July 25. The post included an amusing video at the end, UDUMASS, a spoof fundraising video featuring George Clooney. It is worth the 2 minutes if you need a smile. The majority of the post focused on the incredibly brazen dirty politics employed by the incumbent Jemez Electric Co-Op (JMEC) and the continuing efforts of a reform coalition to create a more democratic, inclusive and transparent governing board. We included a link for you to donate to their legal fund, needed to underwrite their costs in taking the board to court. The post also featured two outstanding articles from The Nation Magazine, one describing the critical importance of not looking away and the other asking the question: Where have all the activists gone? Of all the posts last week, this is the one I’d recommendboth to become informed about the situation in Espanola and because the Nation articles are so stimulating. Click here to read the full post.

In Memory of Mitch Buszek

Saturday, July 27. The post is a tribute to Mitch Buszek, a long-time Green Party and Democratic Party activist who passed away on June 24. We presented tributes from a number of perspectives: from his daughter, one of his closer allies in activism over the years, Nate Downey, from the New Mexican and from the Democratic Party of Santa Fe. Mitch’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Rivera Family Funeral Home located at 417 Rodeo Road in Santa Fe. A potluck luncheon in celebration of Mitch’s life will be hosted by the Santa Fe County Democratic Party on August 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Center for Progress and Justice located at 1420 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe. Click here to read the full post.

Sunday at the Movies: Methane As a Threat & Opportunity

Sunday, July 28. Sunday we posted five short videos that explained the various ways in which methane is emitted. It also captured how we may be able to reduce emissions by forcing the fossil fuel and natural gas industries to devote resources to repairing leaks. Two videos focused on how by changing dietary preferences worldwide we could significantly reduce emissions. Unfortunately, one of the videos describes described an under-reported source of massive methane emissions–the arctic. A challenging series of videos, but necessary if we are to fully understand the scope of our challenges.

In solidarity,

Paul and Roxanne

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