Retake Our Democracy: Statement of Purpose

retake-logo-narrowRetake Our Democracy is a volunteer-based organization committed to making your personal and collective activism easier and more effective.

Our goal is to build power in our community to ultimately create social, racial, environmental and economic justice at local, state and national levels.  We engage, educate, organize and activate people through trainings, actions, town halls, and educational events.

We also produce a blog with information, resources, tools and upcoming events and a weekly radio show on KSFR.  We believe that lasting social change is borne out of local activism, and to that end we are committed to support organizations already engaged in social justice work and following their lead.

Purpose:  Retake Our Democracy believes that a true democracy of “we the people” has never existed, and neither has “the land of the free.” Yet, democracy as an aspiration and as a goal is held dearly by millions of people across the globe, and so, we incorporate democracy in our title and seek to make it a reality instead of an aspiration.

We believe that creating a truly participatory and inclusive democracy is an achievable and noble goal. To that end, Retake Our Democracy seeks to achieve social, economic, racial, and climate justice in Santa Fe, across New Mexico, and across the nation by organizing and supporting a range of political and social actions and by forming alliances with other activist organizations to build the power necessary to achieve equity and justice.

Retake’s unique contribution is to organize the skills, expertise, and financial resources of its members to support and advance the goals of frontline activist organizations, and to make sustained activism at city, state, and national levels easier for all members of the community.

Strategies: We have two primary strategies:

Statewide Election and Legislative Organizing and Advocacy. To this end we have developed Statewide Election and Legislative Strategy and a team of local of 100 local advocates committed to advancing our goals. Click here to read the 2018-19 Election and Legislative Strategy.

Local Advocacy. We have had a team of local advocates focused on affordable housing, development without displacement, climate justice, and social and economic issues impacting the underserved communities in south and west Santa Fe. The team coordinating that work has ceased meeting and after the 2019 Roundhouse legislative session in March, we will seek to revive their work. For now, Action Alerts on key local issues are routinely published in our blog.

Unifying all these strategies is an ongoing effort to build power among people and communities that have been historically underrepresented so that we can more effectively advocate for change and promote justice and equity.

We can do this if we do it together.