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.  We’ve been horribly remiss in our attention to this page, but promise to get it current again, and keep it current.

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.

Lastly, here is the link to the most current information on how you can best support NM Asylum Seekers.  Click here. This page is updated daily and includes how to donate cash, goods and where to drop them off.  We also need drivers to take donated goods to ABQ.

Actions For This Week

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Donate to Retake Today!
  We don’t push hard for donations.  It has been awhile since we asked. You get so many requests, we try to keep it low-key.  But we blew through a good deal of funds in mounting our Roundhouse advocacy effort and now we are launching a series of Town Halls throughout the state to meet with Action Alert team members and with legislators from other parts of the state. Funds are needed to pay for meeting rooms, flyers, buttons, and food and drink for meetings.   We need one time donations or even better, modest monthly donations to sustain this work.  And thanks to all of you who have already donated generously.

Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturday, May 11,   8:30 am – 9 am.  Last week I interviewed Maggie Toulouse Oliver, click here to listen to the podcast.  Next week, May 18,  KSFR is rebroadcasting the interview with Hanna Laga-Abram and Kim Smith, two youth advocates who speak with such poise, passion and moral clarity that we extended the show to a full hour.  I think this may be the best show I’ve done in over two years. On the 25th, I will be interviewing Speaker Brian Egolf.

Button 3 1-4-19Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Retake Our Democracy, Input & Strategy Session at the Center for Progress Justice, 1420 Cerrillos, in Santa Fe.  On May 9, we had a great turnout and a tremendous meeting where we began sketching a 2019-2020 legislative and election strategy, as well as an outreach and organizing process. Whether you were able to attend or not, we want to encourage you to come to this meeting and help us develop strategies that make the best use of Retake resources and capacities over the next 10 months as we prepare for another Roundhouse session and the 2020 June primary. Light food, NO DRINK CUZ WE DON’T WANT TO USE PLASTIC. But we will have Retake Our Democracy stickers you can put on your bumper or your water bottle.  no drink, just very important conversation. Please RSVP by writing to  Thank you.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 pm, at CCA.  1948: Creation & Catastrophe.  A special screening of a most important film.

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wellsProtest Wells Fargo Investment in Private Prisons
Poster Making on May 16th  from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on 107 W. Barcelona 
Protest on May 20th at 4:30 pm at Wells Fargo Bank on  Zafarano and Rodeo Road,  peaceful protest.   
Click Wells Fargo letter to find the Wells Fargo letter for you to print and sign. Sarah Manges, who is coordinating this action, would like you to collect signatures, which we will present along with the original Wells Fargo Letter and petitions to the Wells Fargo Banks here in Santa Fe.  Please return your letters, and the signed petitions before May 20 to: Sarah Manges, 369 Montezuma Ave. # 469, Santa Fe, 87501.  If you prefer, she’ll even pick up the petitions and letter from you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact her at 505-690-4640.
May 21, 9 am.  PNM Shareholders Annual Meeting.  Be Part of Our PNM Shareholder Revolution.  You do not have to be shareholders. Shareholder coordinators will  get you the paperwork you need to get in.  Roxanne and I have been part of this effort for three years and it is a great way to ask ever so embarrassing questions of the PNM CEO at her annual shareholders meeting. This is actually a lot of fun.
  • We seek 6 people to attend PNM Annual Shareholders Meeting on May 21
  • You do not have to be shareholders but you will represent a shareholder who can’t make it.
  • Carpool from Santa Fe at 6:45 am or meet us in ABQ at 8: 15 am. Meeting is an hour (9-10 am).
  • Our resolution asks for PNM to report on coal ash risk
  • We can provide questions/comments or people can write their own
  • We’ll send people an email with all logistics and talking points
  • Contact Wendy Volkmann at  It is important to not just show up for this meeting, but to get paperwork completed in advance and Wendy can help with that.

Ongoing Actions

Towards A Co-Operative Commonwealth: An Online Collaboration to Learn and Discuss Options for NM

Towards Co-operative Commonwealth: Transition In a Perilous Century, is an eight week online course and after reviewing the introductory video (at bottom of page).  So let’s think about this:

  • We get international experts in economics, environment, social policy who have organized 8 modules (below) that address the most pressing challenges faced by our world and our state;
  • The modules are comprised of a series of different, but thematically integrated video, linked by 1-2 paragraph summaries;
  • You can view the materials at your leisure and even if you are two or three weeks behind, in an afternoon you can catch up entirely;
  • And it is free.
  • I think it is ideal for both newcomers and veterans to social change work.
  • The syllabus is tremendous, the articles thoughtful and well-researched. And since it is free and you can drop off at any time if you find it too much, I see no downside and the potential for our being able to stage an eight-week researching, visioning and planning process. Below is the first paragraph to the first written material for the first module.

In this course we emphasize the grassroots efforts by local communities to organize, mobilize, scale-up and spread proven and promising local socio-economic and environmentally just development alternatives. Accelerating systems change is crucial to address a planet and society in crisis. Throughout the course, we introduce you to a rich array of movements, models and strategies used by those working to change systems. Each offers inspiring evidence of like-minded citizens, communities, producers and consumers around the world, engaged in resisting and changing the trajectory of unregulated capitalism. We explore their work at different levels as they forge democratic and durable ways and means to meet basic human needs— for clean energy, healthy food, quality health and social care and affordable housing. To address basic needs, however, other cross cutting functions require attention.”

Confession, from many people who have signed up, the materials in the first two modules are outstanding.  I am also very familiar with the work of Next System Project and have found their research and writing to be among the very best that you can find online.. And the list of modules is pretty compelling.  Let’s do this!

  1. Framing the Journey: Capitalism, Planetary Limits & The Struggle to Restore & Share our Common Wealth  [This looks particularly germane….a good start]
  2. Stewarding Land & Resources for the Common Good
  3. Ecological Resilience & a Just Food System
  4. Precarious Livelihoods: Pathways to Solidarity
  5. Democratizing Social Care: From Welfare State to Caring Society
  6. Democratic Ownership: Pathways to a Resilient Energy Future
  7. Democratic Financing Solutions for the Great Transition
  8. Synthesis: Building the Politics for Systems Change

If you decide to enroll, please let me know.Click here to enroll.


Green New Deal: Action to Demand Our Federal Legislators Sponsor the Bill

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.