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.
Retake Our Democracy on KSFR 101.1 FM, Saturdays, 8:30 – 9 am. On May 23, we interview Carrie Hamblen who is challenging state Senator Mary Kay Papen and Neomi Martinez-Parra who is challenging Sen. John Arthur Smith. Tune in at 8:30 or go to our Retake Conversations page to watch the interview Saturday afternoon.
On May 16 we interviewed interviewing Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez. We will discuss the 2020 and the 2021 legislative session, the impact of Covid on the legislative process, and plans for advancing new climate change legislation, including Sen. Sedillo Lopez sustained effort to pass legislation to put a moratorium on fracking in NM.
You can listen to any of our old shows via podcast by clicking here.
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, with the interview with Neomi Martinez Parra and Carrie Hamblen being available at 10am on Saturday. Enjoy.
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, May 26, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Conversation with NM Voices for Children About the NM State Budget Crisis with Amber Wallin, Deputy Director; Bill Jordan, Government Relations Officer; and Paige Knight, Research and Policy Analyst. Joining NM Voices will be Rep. Javier Martinez, the Chair of the House Tax and Revenue Committee. Click here to register.
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 – 8pm. The PRC-PNM-ETA Debacle: The Truth Behind How PNM Is Running Circles Around the Legislature and the PRC. Five years ago a group of NM activists purchased shares in PNM stock and formed [insert name]. Since then, the group has introduced resolutions seeking more transparency in PNM’s reporting on future decommissioning costs. Even more importantly, the group has used each annual meeting to expose PNM dissembling in front of most all of their institutional investors. They have submitted probing questions, embedded with true statements that reflect PNM’s manipulation of the legislative process (ETA) and their misleading or false testimony at the PRC. Unfortunately, PNM execs are adept at PR spin responses that continue to misinform the large institutional shareholders attending the meeting. During this zoominar, members of [insert name] will present five questions that they asked at the May 11th Board Meeting, share PNM Executive responses, and then provide evidence of how those responses were untrue. If you want to get clarity on what is really going on at the PRC and the truth about how PNM is running circles around our legislature and the PRC, you won’t want to miss this discussion. Invite will be available soon.
June 23, 6:30-8pm Conversation About the Enormous Benefits of Forming a NM State Public Bank with Public Banking Advocate Leadership & Experts. On our panel will be Elaine Sullivan, Board President of New Mexico’s Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity and other experts from NM and the nation. The composition of experts to participate in this panel discussion is still be finalized, but you will want to put this in your calendar as, especially with the state experiencing a critical budget crisis, every strategy for maximizing our financial resources is critical and public banking has immense potential for supporting the state financial capacity and advancing economic justice. Registration info will be coming soon.
Past Zoominar Recordings Available
Tues., April 14, 6:30 – 8pm, Candidate Forum with both Democratic District 3 candidates for Public Regulation Commission (PRC).
Tues., April, 21, 6:30 — 8 pm, A Zoom-Based Community Meeting with Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard and Land Commission General Counsel Ari Biernoff.
Tuesday, May 5, A Zoom Conversation with internationally recognized authors Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice) and Greg Rogers (Financial Reporting of Environmental Liabilities and Risks). We discussed Jamail’s article “Could COVID-19 Spell the End of the Fracking Industry As We Know It?” In that context we covered the financial pickle the state is in not just from lost state revenue, but also quite possibly being left to pay for decommissioning costs should drilling operators go bankrupt and leave that tab to NM Tax Payers. This zoominar was rated as excellent by over 80% of attendees and we received tons of effusive compliments about how inspiring this discussion was. If you want to read our post about Dahr’s article, click here.
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:00 pm, Conversation About Gas & Oil Influence in NM Legislature featuring Heather Ferguson, Executive Director, Common Cause NM; Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator and author; and Kathleen Sabo, NM Ethics Watch. You must pre-register for this zoominar. Click here to register.
Can You Help Us Out Today?
We don’t like to push for donations. You get so many emails with a petition, or some kind of urgent emergency that requires 128 new donors by midnight. We don’t need any donors by midnight. But we do need donors who support this work on a regular basis. Thank you.
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.
May 21, 6:00 pm MT Join Green Amendments leader and founder, Maya van Rossum and New Mexico State Senator Sedillo Lopez for a Facebook Live interview, tomorrow, as they explore the environmental challenges facing New Mexico and the pathway to securing a New Mexico Green Amendment. RSVP to the FB event or click here for the direct link to the scheduled Live Interview.
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.
PLEASE CHECK WITH ALLIES BELOW TO FIND OUT IF EVENTS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS. WE’LL DO OUR BEST TO UPDATE THIS PAGE AS WE RECEIVE INFO, BUT PLEASE CHECK WITH HOSTS BEFORE YOU ATTEND EVENTS TO BE SURE.
May 16, 2020 1:00 – 2:30 PM SANTA FE MUTUAL AID NETWORK. Topic: Santa Fe Mutual Aid Network Meeting. 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.email@example.com.
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.”