Retake Our Democracy Events
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.
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturdays, 8:30 – 9 am. Due to the coronavirus, we are unable to visit potential guests to record a show or to go to the studio to do a phone interview with someone. We’re working on alternative ways of recording shows and will update you soon. You can access our podcasts by clicking here.
Tues., April 14 from 6:30 – 8pm — Candidate forum webinar via Zoom with both Democratic Candidates for the Public Regulation Commission from District 3. Valerie Espinoza, the current commissioner is leaving the commission due to term limits. Two excellent candidates are running: Former Espanola Mayor and Santa Fe City Council member, Joe Maestas; and Brian Harris, who for thirteen years has either worked at the PRC or been a ratepayer expert advocate at their hearings. You must register to participate in this event. NOTE: When you register you will receive a password that you will need to enter the meeting. Click here to pre-register.
Tues., April, 21, 6:30 – 8 pm, Zoom Community Meeting with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Land Commission General Counsel Ari Biernoff. We will zero in on how the Land Commission can currently regulate the gas and oil industry, and discuss what legislative remedies might be possible to increase that capacity, increase royalties and penalties, and slow the pace of lease approvals. We will then open it to Q&A. You must register to ensure a seat for this event. NOTE: When you register you will receive a password that you will need to enter the meeting. Click here to pre-register.
Tues., May 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m., a conversation with Dahr Jamail and Greg Rogers: Could COVID-19 Kill Fracking in NM? If so, what do we do? We’re grateful to have internationally known author and activist Dahr Jamail, the author of The End of Ice, which was named one of the Ten Best Science Books of 2019 by Smithsonian and is a finalist for the 2020 Pen/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for exemplary literary excellence in science. Joining Dahr will be attorney, author, and CPA Greg Rogers who wrote the seminal book, Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks. He is also a fellow and adviser to the Master of Accounting Program at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. We will discuss Dahr’s March 30 article from Truthout, “Could COVID-19 Spell the End of the Fracking Industry As We Know It?” Read the article in advance at this link. It analyzes the recent precipitous drop in oil prices and the impact of that price collapse on the state economy.You must register to ensure a seat for this event. NOTE: When you register you will receive a password that you will need to enter the meeting. Register at this link.
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Ally Events and Actions
Navajo & Hopi Nations Need Your Support: COVID-19 Is Devastating their Nations
This is one of those times when generosity can change lives. If you have the means, please make a contribution to the Navajo & Hopi Go Fund Me campaign below. Go here to read the post on this topic. Please share this post with others and consider a donation today. See below.
GOOD NEWS: LANL Postpones Tritium Release, but Action Is Still Needed
|Together, a growing community effort and global pandemic have stopped the proposed venting of radioactive tritium stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), for now.|
On Wednesday, April 1, the Department of Energy (DOE) notified the New Mexico Environment Department by email that it will postpone its plans to vent the four containers. TEWA sends its profound thanks to all of you who responded to last week’s Action Alert, signed the petition at Change.org (more than 2,300 signatures at this point), and contacted Congressional representatives. Your voices have made a difference.
We will keep you posted about how we can work together to stop these radioactive releases completely, ensure that a public process is in place, that there is government to government consultation with Pueblos, and no increase in future LANL production.
Special thanks to our friends at Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety who have done so much groundwork on this fight. Please read their article on this victory here.
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Sat, April 11 and 18, 1:00-2:00 pm. Youth United for Climate Crisis Mutual Aid Network via Zoom. YUCCA has shifted focus from the climate crisis to the coronavirus crisis and has created a Mutual Aid Network through which individuals in need of support and those who can provide it can sign up. Earth Care and YUCCA will match those needing support with those offering it. YUCCA has also organized a phone tree through which volunteers will call three people who are isolated and just check in. For more information on the Mutual Aid Network, click here.
If you would like to participate in the Mutual Aid Network, click here to sign up to get help or to offer it.
Ongoing Meetings on a Public Bank in NM
CALENDAR: Go to AFLEP’s Events Details link: Events Details. This is being updated to reflect changes due to coronavirus.
Extinction Rebellion Ongoing Meetings
XR has been largely taking a break from larger community meetings due to the coronavirus. For information on zoom meetings being held by XR, contact Karen Weber at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Alert: Cancel Your Relationship with Amazon Today. Les Lakind, a long-time supporter and local activist, sent me info on this Threshold campaign. It is so simple and elegant that it warrants being shared. Threshold has an approach to boycotts that may just have a greater impact. Rather than people tearing up credit cards or stopping to shop at Amazon individually, they ask people across the country to pledge to do so and then when the total reaches one million, they activate the pledges, reaching back to folks to tell them it is time to take action.
In this context, that would mean that on a single day, Amazon would be hit with one million folks canceling their Prime account, tearing up their Amazon credit card, and stopping their shopping at Amazon and Whole Foods. Click here to join me in making the pledge. It will literally take 10 seconds. But then when done share this post with others and encourage them to also pledge and share. The only way this works is to “pledge and share.”