Events & Opportunities

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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, Saturday, November 30, 8:30am– 9 am.  I interviewed Mariel Nanasi in a show that focused on a wide range of issues involving the Public Regulation Commission, PNM and the Energy Transition Act. She laid out her concerns with the ETA, its potential impact on critical PRC decisions about PNM and also speculated about why some grasstop enviros continue to stand in lock step on the ETA.

On the 23rd I did a solo show on recent direct actions focused on our Governor, on the possibility of continued and escalating direct action, and also about the coming 2020 legislative session. I also shared some personal ruminations about what happens to someone who sees and helps care for their first grandson while also reading Dar Jamail, Extinction Rebellion, and Chris Hedges.  On Nov. 16, I interviewed Miranda Viscoli, Co-President of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. She laid out what NMPGV got done in the 2019 session, what has been doing since the session and what to expect in 2020. On Nov. 9 I interviewed Rebecca Sobel, Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner for Wild Earth Guardians, one of Retake’s closest allies. We discussed NM’s contribution to global warming, the Governor’s energy policies and the produced water issue. Great show that went well over the 30 minutes, so be sure to check out the podcast. The Nov. 2 show was with Daniel Tso and Mario Atencio, two Diné activists who led our fracking tour of the greater Chaco Canyon area.  You can access any of our podcasts by clicking here.

Photo Below Is From Southeast NM…the White Dots Are Fracking Operations.

Hence, we meet on Dec 12 to share food & discuss non-violent direct action.

A recent screenshot from Google Earth above Buckeye, NM, just a few square miles showing hundreds of the tens of thousands of fracking wells in southeastern New Mexico.

Dec. 12, 6:00pm – 8:00pm: The Role of Non-Violent Direct Action in Climate Justice Activism in 2020: Potluck and Community Conversation with Retake, Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, Extinction Rebellion, and You, 1420 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe. Retake will provide pizza and will host YUCCA, Extinction Rebellion, and other participants experienced in non-violent direct action. Please bring a friend and a salad or dessert to share, your own beverage, and your thoughts on what we might be able to do to press our Governor to show leadership in this time of crisis. As is evident from her just-released New Mexico Climate Strategy, our Governor does not understand the urgency of the situation, the urgent need to keep it in the ground. We need to begin to talk about how to escalate actions and demand what is required: bold action, not tepid cosmetic measures. If you want to explore how you can become involved in non-violent direct action, some of which requires risking arrest but most only requires being a disruptive force for change, please plan to attend. Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to order! Click on “Going” at this Facebook Event page, or email retakeresponse@gmail.com to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Ally Events and Actions

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 involved reaches one million, they activate the pledges, reaching back to folks to tell them it is time. The target has been met.

In this context, that would mean that on one 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.”

Wednesday, Dec. 4th, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Southside Library Community Room.  Extinction Rebellion, Santa Fe, Organizing Meeting. All welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-Noon. State Capitol, Rm. 322, enter on east side only (PRC side). 2020 Legislative Session The League of Women Voters of NM presents Effective Citizen Advocacy. Special focus on budget, taxes and revenue with Sen. Sander Rue, member of the Sen. Finance Committee, Rep. Christine Chandler, Member of the House Taxation & Revenue Committee and Amber Wallin, MPA, Deputy Director, NM Voices for Children, who oversees Voices’ excellent research on tax and policy work. She is an expert on education, tax and budget, hunger and economic issues.