This Week’s Actions & Events

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 from the Roundhouse and Lovejoy and Jones from the PRC and supporting a Retake-endorsed slate of 11 NM House candidates, winning all eleven.

But none of that matters if we don’t pass some long-overdue bills in the 2019 Roundhouse. 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.

And 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. It has been revised (Oct. 2018) to focus on how to get started in being more active and also  to be relevant to people in all parts of the country.  Click here to check it out.

Actions For This Week

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Donate to Retake Today!
 We don’t push hard for donations. You get so many requests, we try to keep it low-key.  But our expenses are about to escalate very significantly as we enter the legislative session as our Nation Builder Rapid Response System carries a $250+ monthly cost, our printer finally wore out and we will be producing flyers for all the legislators and RH staff on a nearly daily basis and we are renting the Center for Progress and Justice on a weekly basis.  We need one time donations or even better, modest monthly donations to sustain this work.

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. If you prefer to mail us a check please make the check out to Retake Our Democracy and mail it to: P.O. Box 32464, Santa Fe, 87594.  

NO MEETING Jan 24. Keep tuned about next week. We feel we need to get a few days of hearings under our belts so we can see what kind of adjustments will be needed.



Retake Our Democracy on KSFR,101.1 FM, 8:30am Saturdays!  On Jan 12, Paul did a solo show previewing Retake Our Democracy’s legislative priorities and our Rapid Response Network.  For the remainder of the Roundhouse session, Paul will be serving as a roving reporter for KSFR, recording interviews at the Roundhouse during the week and piecing together a show that will air each Friday. Sort of a Roundhouse Roundup.  From the middle of November to the present, shows have also focused on the Roundhouse with interviews wtih representatives from Common Cause, New Mexico Health Security, Sierra Club, NM to Prevent Gun Violence and several elected members of the Roundhouse. You can listen to podcasts of previous shows at Go to the programs menu, scroll to podcasts and then scroll down to Retake Our Democracy. Lots

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Northern New Mexico Women’s March.  Demonstrators will meet at the state Capitol and march to the Santa Fe Plaza for a rally. For more information check out this article from the New Mexican.




1 EC at RHMonday, January 21,  9:00-2:30 PM. Earth Care presents: MLK Day Gathering – Setting Our Policy Agenda – Let’s do this!

New Mexico State Legislature, 490 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Training description: TWe’ll dig in to opportunities for public policy wins in the 2019 legislative session around our issue areas of:
1) Education Transformation
2) Climate Justice
3) Social Justice
4) Equitable Community Development

We’ll also join the NAACP for their annual MLK Day commemoration event from 12-1 down in the rotunda. Though this meeting is designed for our Earth Care leadership – our youth and parent leaders, staff, and board – partners and allies are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information and to RSVP click HERE

Rep. Andrea Romero Coffee Series to Get Input from Dist. 46 Constituents

Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club Events

1 rio grande sierra club.pngClean Energy Conference: January 28 (agenda)
Featuring New Mexico environmental journalist Laura Paskus and Destiny Watford , a Goldman Environmental Prize winner who in high school led the fight to stop a trash-burning incinerator in her community. The first half of the conference will cover legislative priorities, but the second half will be purely educational to give you inspiration for your work and activism.

Clean Energy Lobby Day: January 29

Lands, Water, and Wildlife Day at the Roundhouse: February 13

Lobby trainings
Santa Fe: 6-8 p.m. January 9, Jaguar Road Library
Silver City: 6:30-8:30 p.m. January 9, WNMU
Las Cruces: 6-8 p.m. January 9, Southwest Environmental Center
Albuquerque: 6-8 p.m. January 17, St. Mark’s Episcopal
Gallup: 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, Work In Beauty House
Aztec: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 10, The Step Back Inn
Taos: Date and location TBA

Statewide ACLU Legislative Advocacy Training

Tue 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Thu 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Las Cruces, NM
Tue 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Wed 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Chaparral, NM
Thu 9 AM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM
Thu 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Deming, NM
Wed 6 PM · by ACLU of New Mexico
Silver City, NM


Ongoing Actions

Retake is strongly advocating for the Green New Deal. For now it is a plan, but the intention is to create formal legislation that puts money into the plan and delineates with even greater clarity than the current plan. To find out more about the Green New Deal, click here.

Check out the video below, contact our elected officials and tell them you expect them to publicly support the Green New Deal… and please share this information with a few friends. The Green New Deal is the Real Deal: it represents the first honest assessment of what is needed to address climate change challenges, incorporates principles of equity and justice, and would create 10 million living wage jobs. I haven’t seen a plan of this scale in a very long time.  Maybe in my lifetime. We will be working with allies to develop city and state models for a Green Deal appropriate to our state and NM cities.

Tom Udall, US Senate

Martin Heinrich, US Senate

Ben Ray Lujan, Congressional District 3

  • 2446 Rayburn HOB
  • Washington, D.C. 20515
  • Ph: (202) 225-6190
  • email:  OR
  • Link to email form: Click here to get to his form. You will need to input your zip code to get access to the form used to direct email to the Congressman.


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 If you want to read about our 2018-2019 Election and Legislative Strategy, click here.

1 Mueller trumpNational Action If Mueller is Fired. We will need to be ready at a moment’s notice. Read On for Santa Fe Plan.  Well, we obviously needed the response system and it worked well to protest Jeff Sessions being fired.  I strongly suggest you sign up below to receive updates from this National effort, but Retake will also keep you informed.

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: 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.