Ongoing Opportunities To Be Active

We have lots to do and too few of you doing it. Every single person who gets involved now is going to make a very big difference. Please find a niche, a role you can sustain, and a way to create a more sustainable, just world.  Please email volunteer4retake@gmail.com if you’re interested in any of these activities. Check it out.

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This place isn’t progressive enough. Let’s change that.

Roundhouse Activism Team. Second & Fourth Thursday of the Month, 6-8pm, 1420 Cerrillos. (Except next meeting is Mon., Aug. 7, DeVargas Mall Community Rm., 554 N. Guadalupe. Get details and RSVP at link below.) In November, the Democrats retook the Roundhouse, but in the 2017 legislative session a great many bills failed to even get to either the House or Senate floor for a vote.  Why?  Much progress made at the last meeting identifying specific committees and specific Democrats who impeded passage of key bills. Click here to review our strategy, although at this meeting we may adjust it with input from you!!.  Click here to RSVP on Facebook or email us at volunteer4retake@gmail.com.

 

 

researchActivist Research Team. First and Third Thursday of the Month 6pm-8pm. Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos.Our second meeting led to participants dividing up responsibility for creating one-page summaries incorporating information about how other jurisdictions have implemented specific policies identified in the Chainbreaker Collective’s People’s Platform. Others are taking a deep dive into how local development decisions are made. More folks needed to expand the research and great conversations emerging from the work.  Click here to review the Report. Click here to review the People’s Platform. Click here to RSVP on Facebook or simply write to volunteer4retake@gmail.com. We encourage you to bring friends and if you want to select one or more of the planks from the 10-point People’s Platform and do a bit of digging, we want to identify effective programs, policies and initiatives that have been implemented in other communities that relate to the platform.

 

community conversationsCommunity Conversations.  Every Wednesday and Sunday, 4pm 1420 Cerrillos.  Retake Our Democracy is launching a citywide campaign to conduct what we are calling community conversations. We explored a canvassing technique called, Deep Canvassing a research-based approach to canvassing that is entirely different from traditional canvassing where you go door-to-door with a tightly structured message that is to be conveyed at every door, no matter who answers. After piloting the strategy we made some adjustments to align the approach to our purposes and Community Conversations was born. We will be holding Community Conversations ‘launches’ every Wednesday and Sunday at 4pm at 1420 Cerrillos, the first of which will be this Sunday. You will be provided a very easy to follow script, some handouts and a brief training. But Community Conversations is so intuitive, so easy, so natural, it will take you no time at all to feel perfectly comfortable. Best of all—you will get to know your neighbors, as you will start on your own block. Click here for more information on this tremendous community organizing strategy.

 

Town HallMonthly Retake Town Hall Meetings. Third Saturday of the month, 3-5pm, Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos. We need to get together regularly as a community and so Retake will launch monthly Town Halls on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 3-5pm, always at the Center for Progress & Justice.  Get updates on all of our strategies, hear from guest speakers and we will make a practice of holding open mic each Town Hall, 15-20-minutes where we will hear from you. Afterwards we will have informal conversation. Put this in your calendar for every month. We are not going away.

 

TithingTithing Makes You Feel Good. To date, Retake has formed alliances with several agencies that serve the South Side, the community that is most threatened by cuts in funding, gentrification, reductions in ACA coverage, and deportation. We have also aligned with New Energy Economy who is at the forefront in defending New Mexico’s environment in their ongoing battle with PNM. Click here to access the websites of these organizations where you can make a contribution.