Can You Help Us Out Today?
Retake Our Democracy runs on a shoestring budget,is 100% volunteer operated and rarely asks for donations. We rely on about 25-30 folks who make modest monthly donations and others who contribute more significant amounts once or twice a year. Expenses cover the cost of all our media platforms: our alert platform, our blog platform, and our Zoom platform. Without funding for those costs, we simply couldn’t operate. So, please consider a monthly contribution. And if you prefer not to use Paypal, send us a check at Retake Our Democracy, P.O. Box 32464, Santa Fe, NM 87594.
Navajo-Hopi Nation Experiencing Spike in Infections: Here’s How You Can Help!
Thank-you to the over 200 Retake followers have made contributions to the Navajo-Hopi Nations GoFundMe campaign. Even if you have already donated, we encourage you do so again if you’re able to. If you haven’t yet, please do so now. Click here to read our recent post on the soaring number of coronavirus infections in Navajo and Hopi Nations. Click here to donate.
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.
Election Action Tool Kit. You will find all you need to be involved in key swing state elections, key Senate seat races, as well as info on our six MUST WIN NM State Legislative races. Click here.
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturdays, 8:30 – 9 am.
NEW! Retake Conversations: We are now doing our radio interviews over Zoom and recording both the audio and the visual. Click here to get to our website page with a link to our Retake Conversations, which now includes our interviewswith Philip Shepherd, Cylvia Hayes, Maya Van Rossum, Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Neomi Martinez Parra and Carrie Hamblen, and Kate Noble and more recently with Eric Griego (WFP), Karen Whitlock, D, challenging Rebecca Dow (R) in Dist. 38. Enjoy.
You can also listen to all of our shows from the first show in Feb. 2017 via podcast by clicking here.
NEW ZOOMINAR SERIES
To keep people engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a webinar series focused on social, environmental, and economic issues in New Mexico. Click here for more info on the Zoominar series with links to recordings of past shows and and descriptions of future Zoominars with links to register. You must pre-register to secure a “seat” in the Zoominar, and our last one with the Land Commissioner reached capacity. Here is a brief description of our upcoming webinars:
Tuesday, August 4. NM State Election Strategies: Who Can Win, Who Needs a Push and What YOU Can Do. Panelists include: Eric Griego, Working Families Party of NM, Andrea Serrano, Olé and a representative from Indivisible. We have a unique opportunity in 2021, a Democratic Governor, a strongly progressive House and potentially a completely transformed Senate. Now we need to finish the job and make great candidates into great legislators. Find out how we can create a Legislature ready to pass a Public Bank, Health Security, Tax Reform, Funding for Early Childhood, and to pave the way for a just transition in NM. This Zoom will reach capacity very early, so register now by clicking here.
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. Click here to donate.
Veterans for Peace:
International Online Convention, August 2-9.
Greg Corning is a long-time Retake volunteer and also a member of Veterans for Peace, NM. Greg sent me information on what looks like an excellent international convention with many strands relevant to NM. The convention is August 2-9, with the theme “Human Rights over Nuclear Might”. Since its founding, Veterans For Peace has had a goal “to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons.” The week will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion of all time at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, which occurred on July 16, 1945).
The opening plenary session agenda is as follows.
First victims – Indigenous peoples’ loss of land. Marian Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Second victims – Miners and processors. Leona Morgan (Diné)
Third victims – Downwinders and “Downstreamers”. Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium
Fourth victims – Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Yasuyo Tanaka
Fifth victims – The era of nuclear testing. Johnnie Bobb, Western Shoshone National Council
Ongoing sacrifice zone – Continued environmental impact and opportunity costs – Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
There is also a webinar planned that is being produced by Pace E Bene and co-sponsored by VFP, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring:
Evelyn Naranjo of the San Ildefonso Pueblo;
Jay Coghlan of Nukewatch.org;
Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center;
Rev. John Dear of Pace e Bene; and a
Keynote by Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Anyone may register for the convention; membership in VFP is not required. For more information, please see Veterans For Peace 2020 Online Convention.
Working Families Party Statewide Convening
Saturday, August 8, 1pm – 4pm, a Zoom-Based Statewide Convening. Working Families Party, NM and its allies are in the midst of atransformative moment in our state and nation’s history. Not only are we in the most consequential election year of our lives, we are grappling with a global pandemic and resulting economic crisis, and experiencing a wave of uprisings as millions take to the streets to demand justice for Black lives.
It’s important in moments like these that we come together to re-imagine what’s possible and chart a path forward for our communities.
Retake encourages everyone to join the virtual NM WFP State convening to build long-term plans to win in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
At the Convening, WFP will engage with others and discuss the health and economic crisis created by COVID-19 and how we are organizing the working class in this unparalleled moment.
WFP will introduce and ask for feedback on their People’s Charter — a vision for how we not only survive these crises, but transform the country.
We will also discuss WFP’s power-building strategy for New Mexico and give participants everything they need to participate in their presidential endorsement process.
Register here: RSVP for the Zoom call.
Health Security Act Strategy Sessions: Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 AM to noon for the central NM strategy meeting.
The need for Health Security has never been clearer. New Mexicans deserve health care that is affordable, and coverage that stays with them when they need it most. Together, we can make this happen.
We’ve set up four regional Health Security strategy meetings this summer, and this weekend, it’s your turn!
This Saturday, you’re invited to get together (virtually!) with other Health Security Act supporters from central New Mexico to discuss strategy and make plans for action:
- What’s the best way to get the word out about the Health Security Act in your city and county?
- Who are the leaders in your community who might be able to help?With COVID exposing the gaps in our current system,
- What’s the best way to highlight the Health Security Act as the solution for our state?
- What resources do you need to gain greater support for the Health Security Act in your community?
- Next January may seem like a long way off, but now is the time to prepare for getting the Health Security Act passed in 2021!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4477857273#successAt 5:30 on the 10th, click this link to join the debate.
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.”
New Mexico Voices for Children: Kids Count Series
NM Voices for Children is hosting three virtual KIDS COUNT sessions over the next five months in lieu of our cancelled annual in-person event. The series aims to lift up strategically and intentionally anti-racist policy reforms to improve child well-being and to address the impacts of COVID-19 and the current recession on children and families in New Mexico.
Each session will be 90 minutes in length and focus on critical topics and policy issues in advance of the New Mexico 2021 legislative session. Each virtual event will offer a national perspective as well as host presentations from state and local leaders in New Mexico, all with a focus on concrete policy changes needed at this moment to support families and children. For the sake of time and to minimize the likelihood of adding to the fatigue of many from virtual engagement, the sessions will not be interactive, but we will invite questions that will be sent to and answered by speakers following each session. We’ll then follow up with attendees in an email to include all of the speaker presentation materials and responses to questions.
You may know that our annual event is our largest fundraiser at NM Voices. This year, we realize many are struggling financially so have reduced the ticket prices to be $25 per session or $70 for all three. We are also offering several types of Continuing Education Credits at a very reduced fee of $15. If those costs are prohibitive and you’d still like to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
10am – 11:30am
Status of Child Well-Being in New Mexico & KIDS COUNT Data Book Release
This kick-off session will be 90 minutes in length and include three presentations that cover the most recent data on child well-being from the national KIDS COUNT Data Book (released June 22) and offer an expansive picture of child well-being in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and current recession. Presentations include:
Presenting KIDS COUNT Date Book Release and Status of Children in NM
James Jimenez, Executive Director, NM Voices for Children
Amber Wallin, Deputy Director, NM Voices for Children
Improving Child Well-Being in New Mexico
Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Governor, State of New Mexico
Trends in Child Well-Being and Preparing for a Recovery for Kids
Karina Jimenez Lewis, Senior Policy Analyst, Annie E Casey Foundation
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
2pm – 3:30pm
Family Economic Security & State Economic Stability and Recovery
This pre-election session will be a 90-minute event and will combine several policy issues focused on family economic security with an emphasis on why protecting the investments New Mexico made in our kids and families over the past two years is the quickest and most equitable path to recovery from the recession. It will have a similar framework as the first session with national, state, and local perspectives. It will highlight NM Voices’ tax fairness and budget adequacy work and other policy topics central to protecting families and children via social safety net investments.
Antiracist, Equitable State Response to COVID-19 and Stronger Recovery
Erica Williams, Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
New Mexico’s Strategy for Revenue
Stephanie Schardin Clarke, Cabinet Secretary, NM Taxation & Revenue Department
Policy Solutions for Investing in Children and Families in New Mexico
New Mexico Voices for Children
Thursday, December 3, 2020
10am – 11:30am
Cradle-to-Career Education in the Time of COVID-19 and Recession
The last of the series, this pre-legislative session will focus on the policy issues relevant to defending and promoting equitable access to a cradle-to-career education for New Mexicans, especially during the 2021 session and in light of the recession. This session will focus on and lift up the work of education advocates across New Mexico.
Investing in Children and Resourcing the Early Childhood Education & Care Department
Elizabeth Groginsky, Cabinet Secretary, NM Early Childhood Education & Care Department
Community Panel: Community-Led Transformation of Education in New Mexico
Transform Education New Mexico, Coalition Partners
REGISTRATION is OPEN
- If you would like to attend just one or two of the sessions, you may register beginning one month prior to each of the events.
- Tickets will be $25 per session.
- If you would like to attend all three sessions, you can register now for $70 and save a few dollars.
- Registration for session one or for all three at once is currently open here.
- CEUs will be offered for an additional fee of $15. To receive any or all CEUs, you must register for all three virtual sessions.
- Register and pay here.