From the mouths of youth, a clarifying shift in strategy, plus our plan for the 2020 legislative session that needs to include you. Come Tuesday night to find out how. Details here, and links to last week’s posts.
2020 Legislative Preview, Preparation & Training: What will be introduced, what might not, and what you can do.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos, Santa Fe. Join us in person in Santa Fe or via live stream at the Retake Facebook page. Learn which bills are likely to be “on the Governor’s call” in 2020: Abortion Decriminalization? Red Flag? Community Solar? A Just Transition Plan? Find out how to advocate now to get bills on the call, and learn about effective advocacy strategies to use during the Session.
Please RSVP by clicking here (Facebook) or writing to us at RetakeResponse@gmail.com
Sharon Shoemaker, Retake Leadership Team Member, Has My View Published in New Mexican
On Sunday, Sharon Shoemaker had an excellent My View published. She focused on NM policy in relation to gas and oil and the need for a just transition. Retake has a resource for making it easier for you to publish your own My View, or for a much easier task, a letter to the editor. If we want to engage and educate our community, this is an important tool. Click here to read Sharon’s My View. Click here to review the page with contact info for the ten largest newspapers in NM along with tips on how to get your writing published.
A New Strategy for Finding Our New Path
Tuesday’s post headline originally used the term “dystopian.” And frankly I think it caused folks to pause before clicking and then move on, with a thought of “maybe later.” For most, later didn’t come and that is understandable.
Of late, there has been precious little good news and only so much bad news we can absorb. I had an interesting conversation about this with my youngest son, Jesse, age 26. He joined me and my other son and his wife in Cleveland to meet our new family addition, my first grandson, Jesse’s first nephew.
The conversation ranged broadly. He is a thoughtful young man who once was very active politically with a focus on climate issues. He has withdrawn from that action because he sees no path forward that will make a difference. That was a very difficult message to hear, but he went on to say: If you want people to take action, stop telling them about how horrible things are and tell them what they can do. Thank you, Jesse.
His sage advice came too late to change what was published last week and I still feel it’s important to confront the realities and challenges we face head on. But Dahr Jamail and Chris Hedges, while such great writers, can leave you feeling sapped. And sapped is not often a good starting point to action. So, going forward, I am going to heed my son’s advice and lighten up on the more sobering aspects of reality and look for signs of hope and opportunity.
This commitment begins tomorrow as we will feature a guest post from one of our longtime supporters, Richard Welker. You will not want to miss it, as he articulately calls for a new path and one that is not littered with policies as much as comprised of changing our world view. Make sure to tune in.
If Louisiana Can Do It, So Can NM
Saturday, Louisiana chose to re-elect John Edwards a Democrat, as Governor, despite Trump campaigning vigorously for his opponent and painting Edwards as the devil incarnate. And yet, Louisiana chose not to follow the Trumpian path. To be clear, Edwards is not a hallmark of progressive values and is staunchly pro-life, having signed into law one of the more regressive abortion laws in the country. But he also makes a distinction not found in many (maybe any) pro-life conservatives, stating that he is not just “pro birth” but rather “pro-life” and so he has pressed for legislation calling for Medicaid expansion, investment in schools, protecting LGBTQ rights, and reforming the criminal justice system to address mass incarceration. These are not policies commonly associated with the Deep South.
This makes two Democratic victories this month in Deep South Gubernatorial elections along with the flipping of the Virginia legislature. A new path is being forged. We need to do our part in NM, so please plan to come to our meeting on Tuesday to plot strategy and begin laying a path to a better future, a frack-free future, in NM.
A Look at Last Week’s Posts
California 2019: A Glimpse at Our Future Where Climate Change Changes Us All
This is the post that triggered my son’s comments.
I share the story below about life in much of California today, as I feel it serves as a canary in the coal mine for those of us who have yet to experience the immediate impacts of what is surely coming. And I actually feel it is a very good and very immediate and personal view on the ways in which life has changed for millions in California. But I also plan to heed Jesse’s advice. Going forward, far less on how bad it is and far more on what others are doing and what more we all can do.
The Military Industrial Complex and the 1% Challenge to Democracy
In this post, I strung together excerpts from two brilliant articles by Chris Hedges. While he is as unsparing as ever, these do not bludgeon you into submission, like when he is writing on the looming climate catastrophe. Rather, they clearly outline the degree to which the machinations of government are serving the elite, the corporatocracy at the great disservice to all of humanity.
Democracy at the Crossroads
This piece focused exclusively upon a very well written and researched Atlantic piece that examined the growing political divide in America, its causes, precedents, dangers & potential vast gains for justice. The Atlantic arrives at a surprising conclusion as to how we can continue this experiment with democracy. This is very worth your review if you missed it.
Let’s do this. It is our time to create the new path forward.
Paul & Roxanne