Last week’s posts included: action alerts on produced water and the Governor’s talk to NMOGA, the impact of US & NM extraction & a review of US tax policy since 1950 & the 1%’s resulting obscene aggregation of wealth.
The Need to Grow: Several Retake supporters sent me a link to The Need to Grow, a two hour multi-award winning documentary that was described by one friend as “riveting and inspirational” and by another as “just what you need to see, Paul.” I had told this friend that I could be running out of steam, that the barrage of bad news, and the difficulty of sustaining a movement that needs to do battle on so many fronts, at all times, was simply wearing on me.
Well, I watched it last night and The Need to Grow is indeed “riveting, inspiring and just what I needed to see.” It tells the tale of three very different activists working on very different issues related to food and energy. I can’t recommend this film enough and feel it is something that should be viewed in groups, so I think Retake will organize a screening soon. It is that powerful. Click here, as it can be viewed for free through tomorrow.
Produced Water Hearing # 1. ALBUQUERQUE: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6pm-8:30pm, National Hispanic Cultural Center Bank of America Theatre, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque. Click here for details, speaking points and how to submit written comments.
Today is New Mexico’s First Indigenous People’s Day: A Good Day to Contribute to an Indigenous People’s Advocacy Group
TEWA Women United.
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart, and in the spirit of love for all. Learn more about their vision, mission, and history here.
TEWA is celebrating its 30th anniversary today, so it is an especially apt day to make a contribution. Click here to make a contribution to TEWA Women United.
From Red Nation’s preamble to its Unity Pledge. “
We are Indigenous revolutionaries. We are comrades and relatives first and foremost. We practice radical democracy and compassion for all relatives. Despite differences in organizational role or affiliation, we are equals in struggle. We are anti-capitalist and anti-colonial. We are Indigenous feminists who believe in radical relationality. We do not seek a milder form of capitalism or colonialism—we demand an entirely new system premised on peace, cooperation, and justice. For our Earth and relatives to live, capitalism and colonialism must die. “Click here to read the full Principles of Unity
Click here to make a contribution to Red Nation.
Diné CARE is located on the Navajo Nation and is a non-profit organization that works with many Navajo communities affected by energy and environmental issues. Since the late 1980s, community people have stood up to demand environmental protection and sustainable development practices, bringing systemic changes in tribal politics and making the grassroots voices evident in the realm of energy development. This is the organization that hosts and guides the Fracking Tours of the Greater Chaco Canyon.
To donate, please make a check out to Diné C.A.R.E. and mail to Diné C.A.R.E., HC 63 Box 272, Winslow, AZ, 86047
Russell Means Speaks Truth to Power to US Congress
This is an extraordinary testimony to the US Congress. Of course, it was ignored, but it remains a stirring invocation for indigenous rights and excoriating rebuke of US colonialism.
A Look Back at Last Week’s Posts
While the post describing the stunning historic decline in taxation of the rich and the corporate sector is very illuminating, if you only have time to revisit one or two of the posts from last week, I’d encourage you to review and share the Action Alert from Friday, Oct. 12 as it offers you the information you need to raise your voice on a most important issue: establishing strong regulation of the use of produced water. Our simple message: Produced water is not safe, treatment technology is uncertain and any reuse of produced water should be ONLY for use in fracking. Period. Post summaries and links follow.
Should Youth Climate Activists Issue “Demands” to our Governor?
Tuesday, October 9. Retake received a complaint from one of our volunteers, questioning how we could support youth making demands of “a governor who has been unbelievably progressive on energy matters.”
The post was entirely devoted to responding to that concern. The response is well worth your review, as it underscores how little leadership has done to address climate change in NM and how demands are absolutely appropriate, even required.
The post also included a brief video on seed sovereignty and its importance to sustainable agriculture and indigenous culture. Click here to read the full Tuesday post.
Important Analysis of Historic Decrease in Taxing the Rich & Corporations, Resulting in Deplorable Wealth Gap
Thursday, October 11. The charts from the NYT’s are irrefutable, showing a shocking change in how much taxes have been cut on the rich over the past 70 years to the point that now the middle class pays a higher rate than the rich. These tax changes have evolved through 70 years of bipartisan tax giveaways for the 1%.
The post also includes a brief, compelling video on how this tax policy has resulted in a wealth grab, with the working class and the poor now almost entirely without any assets whatsoever. Also an update on Governor’s warm embrace of Gas & Oil, as the Governor announces to NMOGA: “My administration works for you.” Really?
Click here to read the full Thursday post.
Action Alert: Produced Water Hearings Begin Statewide
Friday, October 12. Produced water is a very high priority for the NM Oil & Gas Association. And HB 546’s inclusion of the use of produced water in agriculture was very intentional and has strong backing among Democratic Party leadership and the Lujan Grisham administration—otherwise produced water language would not have been inserted into this bill.
We need to show up in force. Recall that the Produced Water Act was introduced at 2am on the last day of the session and that the “hearing” was conducted virtually without notice and took less than 5 minutes, out of the eyes of the public. The post includes background info, speaking points, contact info, hearing dates & location in ABQ, Santa Fe, Farmington, Carlsbad & Las Cruces.
Click here to read about the produced water hearings with the first of five occurring on Tuesday Oct 15.
Drilling Towards Disaster + The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword
Saturday, Oct 12. The post included excerpts from Drilling Towards Disaster and an eye-opening chart from depicting the extraordinary scope of the Permian Basin’s contribution to global warming. Drilling Towards Disaster is an invaluable educational tool and should be shared with policy makers and legislative leaders.
Every Saturday, we hope to make a habit of your writing to a friend and/or to your local newspaper: a productive way to ground your activism & create a habit of engaging others. This week, we included two writing prompts: one focused on produced water and the other on your view of the best strategy for influencing NM Democratic leadership, given the iron grip of NMOGA and the influence of their lobbyists and money.
Click here to read Saturday’s post.
Sunday at the Movies: Video from Robert Reich, Bernie Sanders, and the an Extended Look at The Extinction Rebellion
Robert Reich describes how and why an inspiring, visionary candidate is absolutely essential to defeating Trump. And then we provide a short profile of Bernie Sanders to remind all of us what a principled politician looks like. Whoever you support as the Democratic candidate, it is good to reflect on the debt of gratitude we owe Bernie, basically for just being Bernie and for moving the conversation so far to the left.
The last two videos profile the Extinction Rebellion, a one year old movement, that is research-based and beginning to gain significant traction across the globe, especially in Europe.
Click here to watch all four videos in Sunday’s post.