There are policies that can address economic injustice and the lack of equity on national, state and local levels. But there are also personal actions each of us can take to rebalance the disequilibrium between those that have much and those that have little. Retake Our Democracy is significantly expanding our commitment to facilitating our volunteers taking personal action to achieve equity in Santa Fe.
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR every Saturday at 11am. Over the last few weeks we have been discussing economic justice from a variety of perspectives. This Saturday I interviewed. Margaret Lubalin a community volunteer who helped coordinate the development of the Wall of Love. She described the development process and the planned public installation at 6:15 on June 30 at the Railyard Performance Center. I also gave details on Retake’s plans to support Equity Summer. If you miss any of the shows, they are available on the KSFR website by podcast, so you can go back and binge listen to Retake Our Democracy by clicking here. It usually takes a few days for a new show to be posted, so be patient.
Friday, June 23, 10am-12noon, Christ Church Santa Fe, 1213 Don Gaspar Ave.Community Forum on Homelessness. A community forum on homelessness hosted by Santa Fe Need and Deed and St. Elizabeth Shelter, featuring an introduction to the proposed One Door campus project, which would integrate transitional housing and support services in Santa Fe. Based upon a highly successful model in San Antonio, the local groups have been studying this concept for two years. Worth a listen.
Kick-Off to Support Chainbreaker’s Equity Summer: June 25, 3pm-5pm, 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe. Chainbreaker launches Equity Summer this month, and on June 25, Retake Our Democracy kicks off our effort to support this important campaign. You will learn about Deep Canvassing, the many strategies to the campaign, and the varied roles you can play. Canvassing your block; hosting a house party with scripts, video, and Powerpoint provided; writing a letter to the editor; testifying at City Council meetings and Planning Commission Hearings; participating in book clubs and study sessions on policy issues; conducting research into urban innovation and policies that effectively promote equity; attending town halls and panels; or directly volunteering for one of our community-based partners. You will leave with a clear idea of goals, strategies, and the role you want to play. Go to the Facebook event page and click “Going” to RSVP. Or email email@example.com.
Wednesday, June 28, Time TBD but about 5pm. Santa Fe City Hall. Testify in Open Comment in favor of Ranked Voting in Santa Fe. Ranked Choice Voting promotes fairness, eliminates the split-vote, and fosters more civil elections. In 2008, Ranked Choice Voting was approved by Santa Fe Voters. However, RCV has not been implemented because the adequate voting equipment has not been available, UNTIL NOW. The city clerk needs to make a decision within the next few weeks whether she will run a RCV election next March. She will be putting the issue to the City Council for discussion next Wednesday, June 28th. Click here for a full discussion of how ranked voting works, how it enhances democracy, and with speaking points to guide your testimony at this hearing and to inform calls you can make to your City Councilor. The link has contact info for all City Councilors and the Mayor.
Come celebrate the unveiling of the Wall of Love! June 30, 6:15-8pm, Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta. Over the last three months, hundreds of people of all ages have joined together to create their piece of the amazing Wall of Love, 50 feet long and 4 feet high. It’s a statement about how compassion and connection can overcome fear and hate. Enjoy music by Robert Marcum, leading a chorus of young singers from Little Earth School, receive kisses (the chocolate kind), have a chance to tell us what you love, and learn how to bring the Wall of Love to your community.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO INSTALL WALL OF LOVE: June 30, 9am at Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta. Help Bobbe Besold, Margaret Lubalin, and a few other volunteers mount the 200+ 12″x12″ hand-painted squares to the permanent framework for the Wall of Love. If you can spare a couple hours on Friday morning, these folks have worked very hard to coordinate all the community painting sessions, now they need a few volunteers to put it all together. Questions? Contact Margaret firstname.lastname@example.org.