Predatory Lending: How Does It Work & Why Can’t We Restrict It?

Industry lobbyists assert that without Pay Day Lenders, New Mexicans suffering emergency cash needs would be without resources. But as this post reveals, the truth is they prey on the vulnerable, and our legislators haven’t had the will to turn away from unscrupulous lobbyists like Raymond Chavez. The blog also includes calls to action to contact both…

War Has Consequences: A Refugee Panel Speaks

Rarely do we see the implications of our Nation’s actions face to face. But on Sunday nine refugees told their stories to an overflow crowd in Santa Fe. Their testimonials were a devastating call to action. This post provides opportunities to act in addition to details on a Town Hall on expanding early childhood education in Santa Fe.

International Day of Inspiration

Originally published the day after the Women’s March. A march is not a movement, and while yesterday was exactly the inspiration we needed after Trump’s first day, our inspiration must translate into sustained action if marches are to have enduring meaning. This post includes things you can do this week at a national, state, and local level.

What We Can Do: Models of Effective Local Initiatives

So much of what contributes to the quality of our daily lives happens at the State and local levels. This blog presents a number of examples of effective strategies that can advance equity and justice, despite Trump. Also #DeFundDaPL Direct Actions planned for Santa Fe and Albuquerque City Council meetings and Bernalillo County Commission.

Resist Trump & Reimagine New Mexico: A report on the Progressive Action Summit

Posted in Jan 2017, maintained on home page as it summarizes a three prong strategy: local, state and national. Over 350 progressives convened in Albuquerque for the Progressive Action Summit yesterday. Alan Webber and Paul Gibson presented to a packed room on Resist Trump & Reimagine New Mexico. This blog summarizes our thoughts.

Obama Staffer Warns: The Downside of Sunday’s Euphoria

In this post, an Obama staffer makes the same point I made yesterday about the need for Sunday turning into a sustained movement. Also video from the Santa Fe march; a link to It Can’t Happen Here, a scary comparison between today and 1930 Germany; questions about Internet security in this scary time; and book group,…