Find below, first the events of the coming week and then below this week’s actions is contact information about how you can canvass, call and contribute to key political campaigns (PRC/Roundhouse), as well as other actions that you can take on an ongoing basis. Retake and our partners had some big wins in June, ousting Rodella, Trujillo, Lovejoy and Jones high among them. But there is still much more work to be done. I would encourage all of our supporters to at least come to one of our Action Team meetings, one focused on local actions and policies and one focused statewide. Check out the opportunities below.
Actions For This Week
Donate to Retake Today! If you believe in what we are doing, we need your financial support to cover ongoing expenses. Most of these expenses are largely ‘invisible’ but amount to between $300-500/month. We really don’t waste money here and we are 100% volunteers, so we do depend on you to cover these costs. While many have stepped forward, many more have not and every little bit helps. And Thank You!!!!
Protecting Those Most Vulnerable Community Conversation about Environmental Justice for Pregnant and Parenting Families. Sunday, July 15, 1pm-4pm. Northern New Mexico College. 921 N Paseo de Onate, Espanola. Please be on hand on July 15th for our presentation on “Protecting Those Most Vulnerable – Environmental Justice For Pregnant and Parenting Families in Northern New Mexico.” Speakers include TWU’s Jessica Riggs, Kathy Sanchez, and Beata Tsosie-Peña. Hosted by Tewa Women United and Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project
We will be discussing the hexavalent chromium plume that is currently affecting our communities.
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT USING THIS FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/Q6QcN22qviViWUQL2. This is a FREE event, but your RSVP on that form (in addition to this FB event page) will greatly help us in planning for food and other logistics.
Public Hearing on Immigration Policy, Detention and Private Prisons. July 16, Mon., 1pm-4pm @ Roundhouse Room 307. This is opportunity to raise your voices and to engage with officials, law enforcement, and lawmakers about the crisis of immigration detention in our state. The room holds about 300, let’s make sure they need an overflow room. Please share this post with your personal lists and make plans to go with friends to this hearing.
Here are a few links offered by SF Dreamers, as a way to get updated and oriented:
- From the Las Cruces Sun this week: https://www.lcsun-news.com/…/ice-new-mexico-ille…/747158002/
- From NM Political Report last October: http://nmpoliticalreport.com/…/inside-a-private-prisons-15…
- Here is the website for the committee: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Interim_Committee…
- As usual I suggest learning broadly about the issue of immigration detention from Detention Watch Network: https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/
Demonstration in Santa Fe, Friday July 20, assemble at 10:30 am the Roundhousd and march to the National Governors’ Conference at the Santa Fe Conference Center. We demand our Governors step up to protect our human and civil rights., our air, water, and environment, and the right to a decent life. Join a diverse coalition of groups in Santa Fe to make our voices heard during National Governors’ Conference
- funding for education
- environmental protection laws
- women’s reproductive health and right to choose
- asylum seekers’ right to due process and family unity
- polices that restrain ICE from violating immigrants’ rights
- workers’ freedom to negotiate
- free speech rights to support legal boycotts and criticize other country’s violation of human rights
- voting rights
- Stricter gun control laws
- End to mass incarceration and no private prisons
Fabulous Benefit Concert for Santa Fe Dreamers. July 22, 6:30-9:30pm at Railyard Park, across from Whole Foods. Join us for a super fun Sunday afternoon concert at the Railyard Park to benefit the Santa Fe Dreamers Project in their work to provide legal services for immigrant families! Featuring Nosotros, Impulse Groove Foundation, and Zay Santos. Performances by: Brian Hardgroove, Felicia Ford, Jimmy Russel, Stephen Peace, Richard Hall, John Kurzweg, Sister Mary, Tony Orant, Rusty Crutcher, and Allegra Love. Food trucks, photo murals, and more. Click here for more information. This will be a FABULOUS Concert. Nosotros is legendary in Santa Fe and Brian Hardgroove has put together some of the best benefit concerts in Santa Fe over the past 3 years. Don’t miss this.
Local Action Team Mtg. TODAY, Monday July 23. 6-7:15pm at New Energy Economy 343 E. Alameda. The Local Action Team has been organizing around issues in Retake’s 22-pollicy People’s Platform. Today, the team will discuss narrowing the focus of advocacy to a smaller number of policies and will also discuss how best to educate the community and our elected officials about these policies. Recently the Team has narrowed its focus to a more manageable number of policies. This is a great way to advocate for social justice at a city level. For more information, contact Jennifer Johnson at email@example.com.
Roundhouse Advocacy Team. Thursday, July 26, 4:30-6:30pm at New Energy Economy, 343 E. Alameda. The Roundhouse Advocacy Team (or the Rat Pack) has been meeting for a year to develop a 2018-2019 Election and Legislative Strategy. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, same time, same location.
At this Thursday’s meeting, we will check in on progress making calls to activists in other parts of the state. This is a critical ‘next step’ in developing a statewide Rapid Response Network. This would be a very good meeting for people who haven’t come before, to jump in. We need twice as many folks to devote a few hours a week to this work. There is much to do and a very cohesive, well-organized team already in place. Join us!
And if you can’t make it to these meetings, please just write to me, as there is PLENTY you can do from home and at your own pace. Write to me at Paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org. This is where the action is, my friends. A tremendous team doing amazing work and a testimony to what a small group of committed folks can do.
If you haven’t taken the Speak Up New Mexico! Legislative Priorities survey, please do so today to tell your legislators what bills you want to see become law. Click the blue button at left to take the survey. And if you want to get involved with our 2018-2018 Roundhouse Advocacy Team, we meet on Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm at New Energy Economy, 343 E. Alameda. To RSVP, just write to me at paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org. If you want to read about our 2018-2019 Election and Legislative Strategy, click here.
THIS IS A CRITICAL ONGOING ACTION AND IT WILL TAKE YOU TWO MINUTES TO COMPLETE. Contact Representative Ben Ray Lujan about Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee policies and campaign practices. We have run a series of posts covering the DCCC and its policies and practices that consistently tilt the scales in favor of centrist Democrats. The best way to catch up on all of the issues raised is to use the search function on the website and search for “Lujan.” But if you want to get the gist of it, this link, click here, takes you to a post that includes links six articles. Speaking points are easy: Stop tilting the scale and undermining progressive candidates.
We are in a unique position, as constituents of the Chair of the DCCC, we have an opportunity to pressure Lujan to do the right thing. In your own words, tell him you have his back, that you want him to stop DCCC tilting the scales for centrist candidates, you want him to encourage candidates to speak out on gun control and single payer healthcare, and you want him to ensure that progressive candidates get a fair deal in the primaries. Copy and paste the summary of concerns below into an email and write to Rep. Lujan at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since July, Retake has been covering the DCCC very undemocratic practices under Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s leadership
- July 23 report on DCCC all too cozy relationship with Wall St and its corporate fundraising practices, click here.
- Aug 15 report on a meeting with Rep. Lujan where he outlined how the DCCC was keeping impartial in identifying House candidates and how the DCCC was stressing small donations over corporate support. Click here to review this report.
- Sept 13 report on how Rep. Lujan fared in terms of his support (or lack of support) of Our Revolutions 8 point People’s Platform. Click here to review that report.
- Feb 4 report on how the DCCC is systematically tilting the scale in dozens of 2018 House races and how the election of centrist Democrats with tight corporate ties leads to a Congress incapable of advancing progressive legislation. Click here.
- A Feb 24 report that focuses on a single race in Houston with the DCCC overtly undermining the campaign of a solid progressive candidate. Click here.
- On March 1, a post about the DCCC undermining single payer healthcare by telling candidates not to discuss it AND by working with a health insurance think tank to generate an alternative to single payer, Medicare Extra for All, a bogus bill that protests pharma and insurers. Click here.
National Action If Mueller is Fired. We will need to be ready at a moment’s notice. Read On for Santa Fe Plan. RISE Stronger New Mexico has scheduled a rapid response #Resistance Action in Santa Fe if special prosecutor Robert Mueller is fired. The local event details will mirror national plan which can be found here: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search/?source=MFT/ The Santa Fe rally will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing: If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time, If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day. Our gathering place has been moved to the Railyard. Click here to RSVP for this event. It is not a Facebook event, so anyone can sign up.