Retake is participating in a tremendous Legislative Action Expo tomorrow with a whos who of progressive organizations & most Democratic State Legislators. Details below. We also offer commentary on what transpired in DC & what is looming.
We took the day off yesterday to take a breath and try to assimilate all that has transpired in the last 48 hours. We offer our thoughts below followed by some more mundane but important information: Info on a tremendous Legislative Action Expo occurring on Zoom tomorrow. After that is a new series of very practical trainings in activism put on by a coalition led by black activists.
Tomorrow we will publish a piece on the desperate need for tax and revenue reform in NM. And while that is not sexy, it is one of the important efforts emerging for the 2021 legislative session, as addressing any of our needs requires funding and we are leaving over a billion dollars a year on the table. Tomorrow’s post will also include a video recording of a Retake Conversation with members of People Over Private Prisons, a coalition that has pre-filed legislation to put a moratorium on private prisons in NM. Read on.
We Are Spinning Out of Control
All of us woke up Wednesday euphoric; we had won both runoffs in Georgia and the world seemed a much better place. Then came the rest of Wednesday and now the US is spinning out of control. What we witnessed on Wednesday was abhorrent but what is to come may be worse. I read on line of plans to have militia rallies at state capitols throughout the nation from January 17-21. In NM’s case this would coincide with the opening of our legislative session. Thank God it is being done remotely.
I found myself contemplating the Roundhouse opening session on the 19th and if Covid had not forced us to do this remotely, and of having to walk through hundreds of angry, armed largely white militia just to enter the building. It was not a comfortable thought. And given what happened in DC, how can we be confident that won’t happen here?
It occurred to me that in the current political context it may be necessary and may be possible to pass legislation to ban open carry and concealed weapons within 1/4 mile of the Roundhouse and all venues where city council and county commission deliberations are conducted. I would guess 95% of Democratic legislators would co-sponsor such a bill. If there was ever a time to do it, 2021 is it. I do not know whether this would require a Constitutional Amendment, but if so, bring it on, whatever it takes to remove guns and threats from our democratic processes. But this is so much bigger now than just protecting the Roundhouse or other State Capitols.
I think most of us are hoping that Trump will just slink away. But that will not end the insurrection from militia and white supremacist organizations. The genie has been let out of the bottle and how we restore sanity is difficult to envision.
This morning, I saw this on Facebook (see below). How is this legal? It is one thing to protect the freedom of speech of even the most extreme perspectives, but advocating for insurrection is sedition and Scott Miller should be arrested today, along with as many of the leaders who crashed through the Capitol as possible. At some point, there needs to be a clear message that this kind of violence and terrorism is not going to be tolerated.
But here is where it gets dicey. As we watched the news last night, Roxanne and I were struck by how the people interviewed as they burst through the protective barriers at the Capitol firmly believe the QAnon rhetoric that they are taking back “their house,” and that they are “protecting democracy.” They feel just as strongly that the nation is being stolen from them as we feel they are threatening to steal it. They have been fed lies and conspiracy theories from a wide range of media. How do you stop that from transpiring without trampling on freedom of speech? But how do you prevent what is transpiring without capping the media platforms like Palmer, TheDonald, etc?
Please offer comment on this below. But Roxanne and i have a very sad, sick feeling deep in our stomachs. How did we get here? How do we restore some sense of normalcy? I doubt addresses from Biden will do the trick. I can’t imagine the amount of security that will be needed to protect our elected officials in DC and our state leaders throughout the nation. It really does feel like a looming civil war. This morning the St Louis Dispatch published a scathing op-ed attacking Missouri’s own Senator Hawley, one of the leaders who fomented the violence..
“Americans have had enough of Trumpism and the two-faced, lying, populist politicians who embraced it,” the board wrote. “Hawley’s presidential aspirations have been flushed down the toilet because of his role in instigating Wednesday’s assault on democracy. He should do Missourians and the rest of the country a big favor and resign now…. Trumpism must die before it morphs into Hitlerism.”
Trumpism must die: Agreed. But how?
2021 Legislative Expo
THIS SATURDAY, January @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
The third annual Legislative Action Expo will be a virtual meeting place where Democratic voters, legislators, and issue-based organizations all gather together – an ideal opportunity to explore, discuss, and promote issues of concern and actions sought. Retake has participated in this in the past and it is a tremendous event that will have a wide range of “Zoom Rooms” hosted by organizations like Retake, New Energy Economy,
As the schedule reveals, you can participate in discussions in two zoom rooms as organizations will be repeating their presentation in each of the two sessions. Then there will be six zoom Town Halls with Democratic legislators who will discuss their legislative priorities.
The event is sponsored by the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County, Progressive Democrats of America – Central New Mexico, West Side Democrats of Bernalillo County, Working Families Party New Mexico, and Adelante Progressive Caucus.
The schedule follows:
- 9:30 am – 9:50 am: Opening Remarks
- 9:50 am – 10:00 am: Transition to Organization Breakout Sessions
- 10:00 am – 10:20 am: Concurrent Organization Breakout Sessions – #1*
- 10:20 am – 10:30 am Transition to Organization Breakout Sessions
- 10:30 am – 10:50 am Concurrent Organization Breakout Sessions – #2*
- 10:50 am – 11:00 am: Transition to Town Halls
- 11:00 am – 12:20 pm: Concurrent Town Halls
- 12:20 pm – 12:30 pm: Closing Remarks
|Each organization will hold two breakout sessions. Please take a moment and click on the organizations below to visit their websites and preview what issues they represent. You may also have the option to download their materials. If you’re certain you want to attend their presentation at the Expo, it’s a good idea to have their presentation materials downloaded and ready in advance! We’ll do our best to get as many recorded presentations with materials onto our website following the event- we know it’s going to be tough to choose just 2! The following organizations are hosting rooms. Retake will be describing our legislative advocacy strategy and our bills, but likely will also initiate a conversation about how we might pass legislation to ban weapons near the Roundhouse. But check out the groups organizing discussions.|
- Activism Information: Adelante Progressive CaucusProgressive Democrats of America (PDA Handout)Retake Our Democracy
- Civil RightsAlbuquerque Interfaith (AI Handouts: AI-1, AI-2, AI-3)Black Education ActEquality New MexicoForward Together ActionNew Mexico Center on Law and PovertyNew Mexico Coalition For The Fair Sentencing of YouthNew Mexico End-of-Life Options Coalition (ELOC Handouts: ELOC-1, ELOC-2)NM Black Central Organizing Committee for the Crown ActPeople Over Private Prisons New Mexico (POPP Handout)Progressive Democrats of America -Central NM Chapter (PDA-CNM), Healthcare not Warfare Action Team
- Common Sense Gun Reform Moms Demand Action New Mexico
- Elections, Ethics 16Vote Coalition America VotesFair Districts New Mexico (FDNM Handouts: FDNM-1, FDNM-2, FDNM-3)New Mexico Working Families Party (NMWFP)
- Environment & Conservation350 New MexicoDefenders of WildlifeGreen Amendments For The Generations — NM (GAFG Handouts: GA-1, GA-2, GA-3, GA-4, GA-5, GA-6)New Energy EconomyNM Healthy Soil Working Group (NMHSWG Handout)Rio Grande Farmers Coalition (NYF Handout)Sierra Club – Rio Grande ChapterSouthwest Environmental CenterYouth United for Climate Crisis Action
- HealthcareHealth Security CampaignPDA-CNM Healthcare not Warfare Action TeamSouthwest women’s Law Center
- Police ReformPRESS New Mexico (PRESS Handout)
- Public BankingAlliance For Local Economic Prosperity, NM’s Public Bank Think Tank (PB Handouts: PB-1, PB-2, PB-3, PB-4)
- VeteransDonald and Sally-Alice Thompson Chapter #63, Veterans for PeaceDPNM Veterans and Military Families Caucus
- Women’s RightsNM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Black-Led Organizations Form FRONTLINE
to Organize and Train Nationwide
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project anchored the launch of The Frontline September 21 and offered a hard-hitting sum-up of the project’s goals.
“We are part of The Frontline because our lives and the lives of the people that we love depend on us fighting with everything we’ve got to overthrow the Trumpism, the white supremacy, the white nationalism – all the harm that is being done by this administration to our communities. We are committed, not to fighting for a savior on Pennsylvania Avenue, but to fighting for our next target. And we will come as hard at the new administration that we hope will follow the Trump administration as we are at Trump right now.”
An initiative of Frontline is Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) Training Opportunities from BIPOC, a coalition of organizations led by communities of color leadership. They have organized a series of trainings each week that we will promote regularly. If we are to resist this madness and take advantage of windows of opportunity in NM and DC, we need skills, tools and ability to maximum use of our capacities. Time to bust out of our comfort zones, learn some skills and start viewing ourselves as activists and organizers, a step beyond being concerned voters. Below are the trainings offered next week.
Virtual event · Join from anywhere. This is a training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This means that we ask only folks that identify as BIPOC to sign up. What does volunteer …Show detailsMountain time
|Mon, Jan 11 · 12:15–1:15pm|
BIPOC- Distributed Organizing – How to Scale for the Masses and Organize During a Pandemic -Training
Virtual event · Join from anywhere
This is a training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This means that we ask only folks that identify as BIPOC to sign up. You’ve probably come…
Mon, Jan 11 · 5:15–6:15pm
BIPOC – How to Host a Day of Action – Frontline Training Week
Virtual event · Join from anywhere
This is a training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This means that we ask only folks that identify as BIPOC to sign up. The purpose of the…
Tue, Jan 12 · 1:45–2:45pm
The Tools of Peer-to-Peer texting 101 – Frontline Training Week
Virtual event · Join from anywhere
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) texting is a quick way to reach thousands of contacts for turnout, voter ID, GOTV and other “asks.” Organizers new to digital, familiar with …
Tue, Jan 12 · 3–4:30pm
BIPOC – The Tools of Peer-to-Peer texting 101 – Frontline Training Week
Virtual event · Join from anywhere
This is a training for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). This means that we ask only folks that identify as BIPOC to sign up. Peer-to-Peer (P2P)…
Tue, Jan 12 · 4:45–6:15pm
Troubling times, my friends. We must stick together and advance our principles, priorities and values. And we must find a way to defuse this hatred. Please comment below.
In solidarity & hope…..and a tad of fear and trembling,
Paul & Roxanne
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