Zoom Webinars (aka Huddles)
Gun Violence Prevention & a Plan for the Legislature
Weds., July 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
We are working with Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, and representatives of Indivisible and the Santa Fe and ABQ school districts to organize this Zoom huddle. We will conduct a deep discussion of what we want from the legislature in 2023 and advocacy strategies to achieve it. This will be an important learning opportunity to become informed and engaged in this important work. You will leave with a clear idea of the goal, the strategy and what you can do now. Join us. Register here. You must register to attend.
Modernizing Our Legislature: Paid Staff, Longer Sessions, Paid Legislators
Weds., July 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
We will be joined by Representatives Angelica Rubio (Las Cruces) and Kristina Ortez (Taos), activist Ricann Bock of Indivisible Santa Fe, and Cara Lynch, co-founder of Legislative Momentum. There is a strong movement among a group of ten Democratic women state House members to reform the New Mexico legislature with longer sessions, paid staff, and paid legislators. We are the only state that doesn’t pay our legislators! Our panelists will explain why this reform is needed and how differently the legislature could function. Please join the conversation and learn how you can help pass legislation in 2023 that will help our legislature become more efficient, more effective, and more equitable. Register here. You must register to attend.
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NM State Auditor Candidate Forum. Zack Quintero and Joe MaestasFE
The Auditor has a critical role in holding government accountable. The Auditor can investigate state and local government and expose government failure to fulfill its mission or the Auditor can turn a blind eye to government waste or corruption. We have two excellent Democrats running for Auditor, and with no GOP candidate running the winner of the primary will be our state Auditor for the next four years.
In our minds, this is a critical position, but the race for this position often flies under the radar. We organized this forum to offer both candidates opportunities to respond to questions crafted by Retake co-founders, Paul Gibson & Roxanne Barber and then 30 minutes of questions from the audience. Since candidates had not seen the questions, the forum offers impromptu responses, not canned campaign speeches. If you haven’t made up your mind on this election, this discussion should help you make an informed decision.
Legislative Action Alerts
Sign up to receive Action Alerts about essential legislation during the 2022 Legislative Session.
Retake’s Zoominar Series
View recordings of past Zoominars and learn about upcoming Zoominars.
Constituent Zoom Conversations with Legislators
View recordings of Retake’s Senate Advocacy Team Zoom conversations with Senators across the state (from 2020-2021).
Rethink Legislative Huddles
Our Huddles occur weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. during the Legislative Session. Each week we examine a new topic and discuss issues related to Session. See the top of this page for info on the upcoming Huddle and a link to reigster.
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.
We used to include in our request for donation, a statement that as a 501-c-4, your donation is not tax deductible. Frankly, we thought most everyone understood this, but best to be safe. If we were not a 501-c-4 we could not be as active as we are in elections, a key part of our work, so your donations to Retake are akin to donations to candidates, also not deductible. Some time ago, we found our donation request language to be stale, changed it, but then neglected to include that language in the request. If this is a surprise to you and you would like some or all of a donation refunded, we will do so cheerfully and we will keep the 501-c-4 statement in all future requests.