This Week’s Actions & Events

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Retake Our Democracy Events–Info on Trump Protest & General Strike is Below

For those of you who may read the blog, who may join a march or two, but who don’t take the next step of becoming engaged in some kind of ongoing social justice or political advocacy, click here to review Retake’s Personal Action Toolkit.  

Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturdays, 8:30 am – 9 am.  This week I will be interviewing two youth climate activists from Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) Yang (full name) and Artemesio Romero y Carver. Joining them will be Bianca Sopoci Belknap, Co-Director of both EarthCare and New Energy Economy. YUCCA is the youth-directed group organizing the Santa Fe General Strike on Friday, Sept. 20.  We discussed their motivation for activism, how YUCCA was formed and plans for the General Strike. If you want to find out what will be happening on the 20th and why, listen in.  General Strike: Friday, Sept. 20, 11:15-1:30, East Side of the Roundhouse.  For more information, to RSVP and to invite others, click here.   On Saturday, September 21, I’ll be interviewing Rep. Abbas Akhil. We’ll discussing, climate justice, community solar, the PRC and more. 

Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8:30pm at 1420 Cerrillos the Center for Progress and Justice.  Retake Our Democracy Organizing Meeting. At our September meeting we viewed a presentation from Eric Shimamoto, on how the legislature works, how an informal caucus of eight NM Senate DINOs join forces with the GOP to thwart good bills from even getting a vote, much less become law. After the presentation we will launch our 2020 legislative and election strategy.  It was our first foray into livestreaming and while over 500 folks viewed this, the sound was variable throughout, with moments that were fine and others where it was very hard to fix. Alas, we have a fix and next time the sound will be great. We are planning a panel discussion on democratizing our energy:  Community Solar, Local Choice Solar and a shallow dive into creating a just transition plan for NM.  Details are coming on panelists.

Ally Actions & Events

Trump Protest Update, Monday, September 16. To be clear, Donald Trump has every right to come to NM to campaign, as we still have some semblance of a democracy. But we also have a right to let him know we vehemently oppose his policies, his demeanor, his twitter barrages, his absence of a moral center, and his utter disrespect for anyone offering an opposing view. Sandoval County has made it possible to protest at the Santa Ana Star Center, the Trump venue. But, from the Nob Hill Indivisible Facebook page:

THIS EVENT IS NOT ENDORSED BY INDIVISIBLE NOB HILL !!! We are only sharing the information provided by Sandoval County. Please attend at your own risk. For a safe and fun event we are recommending that you attend the event Tiguex park.

The blue area is reserved for protesters (see site map below). The green area is reserved for parking. Once parking is full they will turn away attendees. This means for every car load of protesters there is one less car load of attendees! Parking is $10.00 per car. Gates open at 6:00 am. Come early and bring plenty of food and water. This is intended to be a non violent protest. I would say that if you can’t be there by 3:00 or 3:30, I would plan on attending the event at Tiguex park. Be safe, have fun, and let’s let the world know we are a solid Blue here in New Mexico!!!

Frankly, I think there are a good many things that could go wrong at the Santa Ana venue, things that Trump could use to his own advantage. Retake is not endorsing or recommending attendance at the Santa Ana Star Center event. But it is a very sad day that voicing your opposition to an elected official is broadly deemed as dangerous–yet another of the ever larger conditions that have subtly become part of “the new normal”

The Democratic Party of NM is also holding a family friendly rally in ABQ. It is 20 miles from the Trump venue and with the number of non-profits with music, song, and political speakers (Haaland, Lujan, Toulouse Oliver). U had planned on attending the Santa Ana venue event, but have decided that there are too many warning signs that it could be dangerous or counterproductive. My advice: Climate General Strike Sept. 20.

Democratic Party of New Mexico on Monday, September 16th from 4:30-7:30pm at Tiguex Park (1898 Mountain Rd. NW) in ABQ for a day of peaceful cultural resistance and celebration. Grassroots, community organizations are coming together to create a space where families and individuals feel safe and empowered, and to stand against Trump and his harmful policies.

Family-friendly event with music, speakers, cultural performances, and a closing vigil to honor the resistence of our communities. Register to vote on-site and plug-in to local initiatives to continue to organize and grow the power of our movements.

Hosted by the Democratic Party of New Mexico, El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos, Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, Equality NM, Native American Voters Alliance, NM Dream Team, NM Native Vote, NM Women’s March, Planned Parenthood Votes NM, ProgressNow NM, and Strong Families NM. 

Sept 20 General Strike Details

Here is the info on what will transpire at the Sept 20 General Strike

11:15am: School Buses Arrive with

11:30am: Opening

11:35am: March/Demands to fossil fuel supporters

  • Monopoly Utilities @ the PRC
  • State Land Office
  • Oil & Gas Association
  • Permian Basin Petroleum Association

12:15pm: Back at the Roundhouse – Rally, Songs, Collective Action

1:00pm: Youth Inside Roundhouse for Final Closing Action. Adult Allies outside for Final Closing Action.

1:30pm: End of THIS action. To be continued… We will be back.

1:45pm: Student Buses Depart to Return Students to School

Here is what you can do this weekend and next week to ensure we have a crowd that will be impossible to ignore. To achieve a massive turnout, we need you to do more than just show up.

I read a stunning statistic yesterday: Only 38% of Americans think that change or sacrifice is necessary to prevent a climate crisis. You are among that 38% and it is our collective duty to help awaken the slumbering. The General Strike is a good way to begin that work and no one will do it, but you. Here are some ideas.

  • If you use Facebook, go to the Events page for the General Strike. Click here. Look for the Share button on the right. Click and then you can: invite friends, share the event to a post on your page or, share through FB Instant Messaging.
  • Make an email list of your friends that live in and around Santa Fe. Send a group email to that list asking that you make a plan to all attend together. Begin with your own personal reason for why this is so important. For those who reply, designate a place to meet at the Roundhouse, perhaps the West Side entrance, as there won’t be thousands of people on that side. The rally forms on the East Side of the plaza across from the PRC.
  • If you have friends in Farmington, ABQ, Las Cruces, Silver City or El Paso, contact them and encourage them to attend the strikes in their communities.
  • If you have friends anywhere. And I mean anywhere, send them notes and encourage them to locate a General Strike near them. As the map at the end of this post illustrates, Strikes are being organized literally everywhere on earth. click here for a map of protests. And Send it to your friends.
  • Write a letter to the editor TODAY so it gets published before Friday. Simply state why you feel it is urgent that all adults raise their voices now and then provide details on the event, date, time, where and what will happen, stressing that this will be an entirely peaceful protest. If many do this, some may well be published next week but not all will be published. But the New Mexican, the Journal and other papers will realize what a big deal this is and be sure to cover it. Click here for instructions for writing letters to the editor to the ten newspapers in NM with the largest circulation. Link includes advice on writing a good letter, as well as word limits, contact info and how to submit for each of the ten papers.

Ward 1B, Candidate Forums for Congressional District 3. The Nambe Senior/Community Center is located at 180A SR503, Nambe, 87501. It is important to participate in these forums if you are unfamiliar with the candidates. We particularly encourage you to attend the Oct 9 forum, as we are very supportive of Teresa Leger de Fernandez. The forum schedule is below.