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.

Actions For This Week

Donate to Retake Today!  We don’t push hard for donations.  It has been awhile since Donate Button with Credit Cards
 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.

Next Retake Our Democracy Meeting

Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturday, July 20,   8:30 am – 9 am.  I will be interviewing Cristy Holden and Jay Levine, two long-time Taos activists who have been important parts of the Retake effort in Taos.  On the 13th, I interviewed Darien Fernandez, Taos Town Council Member, Chair of Taos County Democratic Party and challenger of Sen. Cisco Cisneros in Senate District 6.  On July 6, I did a solo show as I described how the Report Card was developed and how Retake is organizing for the 2020 Legislative session and the 2020 June primaries.  To listen to all of these shows via podcast, go to go to the programs menu, scroll to podcasts and then click on Retake Our Democracy. All 2 1/2 years of shows are there in chronological order. Binge on.


Tuesday, July 23, 7pm-9pm in Embudo Valley. Location TBD.  Retake leadership will present the Report Card, our strategies and action teams and conduct a dialog about the unique political, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities in the Embudo Valley.

Tuesday, August 6, 6:30-8:30pm at 1420 Cerrillos the Center for Progress and Justice.  Retake Our Democracy Organizing Meeting.  Join us to find out how you can get involved.  Hear about our plans to expand our statewide network and advocate for justice in NM. This is our monthly organizing meeting (first Tuesday of every month).

Ally Actions & Events

Sunday, July 14, 11 am. Journey Santa Fe at Collected Works 202 Galisteo St. Santa Fe. NM House Representative Abbas Akhil.  Retake Our Democracy put a good deal of time and energy in supporting Abbas’ campaign, hosting a house party, canvassing and calling. He is an expert in renewable storage and the first Muslim NM legislator.  And a great guy.

Protest against 40,000 Acres of Navajo Land for Fracking.  July 20, 11am-1pm At BLM Offices, at 110 Sun Ave NE #300, Albuquerque, NM 87109.  Rally and prayer to protest the lease sales at the Rio Puerco BLM offices.  Stop Trump’s colonial land grab! Stop fracking Dinétah! The Rio Puerco BLM offices are selling 38 parcels – 37,000 acres of Dinétah – for oil and gas drilling and fracking; Farmington BLM offices are selling 2 parcels, 320 acres; Carlsbad BLM offices are selling 8 parcels, 2,878 acres; and Roswell BLM are selling 2 parcel, 320 acres.

Saturday, July 20, 3pm-5pm, Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos, Santa Fe.  A Live Discussion With Your Legislators!  Panelists include:  Senator Peter Wirth, Senator Nancy Rodriguez, Representative Andrea Romero, and Representative Daymon Ely.  The panel will be focus on issues related to political corruption, ethic, democratic reform and:
  • campaign finance
  • ethics
  • voters’ rights
  • ranked-choice voting
  • the National Popular Vote
  • lobbying
  • gerrymandering

The panelists will also be asked to discuss what measures of this kind they would like to see advanced in the next two legislative sessions, and to advise us as to what we as citizens can do to help them succeed.  There will be a question and answer session afterwards.