This Week Events & Opportunities

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. 

community conversationsCommunity Conversations.  Wednesday, Aug. 16, Sunday, Aug 20, 4pm 1420 Cerrillos.  Retake Our Democracy is launching a citywide campaign to conduct what we are calling community conversations. We explored a canvassing technique called, Deep Canvassing a research-based approach to canvassing that is entirely different from traditional canvassing where you go door-to-door with a tightly structured message that is to be conveyed at every door, no matter who answers. After piloting the strategy we made some adjustments to align the approach to our purposes and Community Conversationswas born. We will be holding Community Conversations ‘launches’ every Wednesday and Sunday at 4pm at 1420 Cerrillos, the first of which will be this Sunday. You will be provided a very easy to follow script, some handouts and a brief training. But Community Conversations is so intuitive, so easy, so natural, it will take you no time at all to feel perfectly comfortable. Best of all—you will get to know your neighbors, as you will start on your own block. Click here for more information on this tremendous community organizing strategy.

Activist Research Team. Thursday, Aug 17, 6pm-7:30pm. Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos. We continue our research into Chainbreaker’s ten point People’s Platform as well as the City Parks maintenance and planning and the City’s plans for the University of Art & Design  For background info, Click here to review Chainbreaker’s report Equitable Development without Risk of Displacement. Click here to review the People’s Platform. Click here to RSVP on Facebook or simply write to We encourage you to bring friends and if you want to select one or more of the planks from the 10-point People’s Platform and do a bit of digging, we want to identify effective programs, policies and initiatives that have been implemented in other communities that relate to the platform.

Sat., Aug 19, 3-5pm 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
Retake Town Hall: Open Conversation Not Debate The format is still in flux and will be hashed out in conversation with both labor and the Democratic Party and with input through comments to posts.  For now, we are thinking we will begin by brainstorming together the goals and values upon which most all of us agree. We will also explore policies where we have shared interests and use this as a common ground framework.

In advance of the Town Hall, Retake will identify 2-3 key campaign/fund raising reforms and 2-3 key policy priorities, present them briefly, and then facilitate open discussion. Where do we agree? Where do we disagree? I am thinking that at this point we could break into discussion groups with each focused on one of the priority topics and encourage mixing of groups, with Retake, labor, and DPNM represented at each table.

For this to work a few things need to be agreed to:

  1. While Retake is calling this Town Hall, it is really a community meeting, not ours.
  2. Norms for the meeting should include that we all try to listen empathically, consider all opinions thoughtfully, not interrupt, and share speaking time equally.
  3. In advance of the meeting, explore ways that facilitation could be shared by labor, DPNM, and Retake.

Most importantly, the purpose is not necessarily to leave in complete agreement, but to leave with a shared understanding that we are working toward the same things and that we are far more likely to be successful by working together. And working together doesn’t mean that progressives get all they want, nor does it mean that progressives need to be silent and good soldiers. What do you think?  If you want to attend this Town Hall either click here to RSVP by Facebook or write to

cropped-roundhouse-photo2.jpgRoundhouse Activism Team, Thursday, Aug 24, 6pm-8pm. Location TBD. In November, the Democrats retook the Roundhouse, but in the 2017 legislative session a great many bills failed to even get to either the House or Senate floor for a vote.  Why?  Much progress made at the last meeting identifying specific committees and specific Democrats who impeded passage of key bills. Click here to review our strategy, although at this meeting we may adjust it with input from you!!.  Click here to RSVP on Facebook or email us at Subsequent meetings will be the 2nd and 4th Th. of the month. Every month.

Retakeksfr Our Democracy on KSFR every Saturday at 11am.  On August 12th I will interviewed Kate Noble about the intersection of K-12 public school education and gentrification.  Since she was once the head of the City’s Economic Development Dept, she has a unique perspective on both development and education.  On Monday, Aug 14 I interviewed Viki Harrison, ED for Common Cause, NM. As always, she is a very compelling guest. The interview focused on key bills and initiatives related to election reform and getting money out of politics and as usual, Viki didn’t mince words. It will air on Saturday Aug 19 at 11am.  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.