PDACNM Monthly Meeting

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Meeting
February 7, 2018
First Unitarian Church
3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110


PDACNM NEWSLETTER January 9, 2018- PDACNM Meetings

New Mexico Legislative Session Begins January 16 at Noon

NM 2018 NM Legislative Session
Action Alerts

We will again be doing the PDACNM Action Alerts and we encourage you to sign up.    This will be a short session, primarily devoted to the budget, so don’t expect a lot of bills to support.  Legislators know any bills of substance will be vetoed by this Governor.  However, we understand that the Governor’s call will include crime legislation, and we will probably want to oppose most or all bills introduced by the Republicans.  More about these in the future, but this 2018 session we will be playing a lot of defense and we will need a great deal of people energy in order to see that these bills don’t get out of committee.

If you are not already on the list to receive these Action Alerts and would like to be, please send me an email at stokescorrales@mac.com

Paul Stokes

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER January 3, 2018 – A Year to Make History

Monday, Feb 5 at the Roundhouse

Telling Our Stories, Demanding Progress
8:30 – 4:00
Roundhouse tours 8:30 – 12:00 Noon

Progressive organizations at the tables, rally on the east concourse at 12, speakers and music   We are rallying to bring awareness to the Legislature and to the Public that we the people have a voice in how our state is managed and how New Mexicans are treated.

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER December 23, 2017 – Hope and Peace

Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Renaissance of 2018 and 2020

By Brent Budowsky, opinion contributor – 12/21/17
The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill

“If Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) decides to run for president in 2020, he would be the instant frontrunner for the nomination and favored in the general election againstTrump or any other GOP nominee. If Sanders decides not to run, there is a strong likelihood that the ultimate nominee will campaign, win and govern as a true progressive in the Sanders mold.”  Article here.

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER December 6, 2017 – Who’s Next?


The blatant hypocrisy that Representatives Fajardo and Clahchischilliage exhibit in their Dec. 4 Journal letter attacking Rep. Stephanie Maez for “exploiting the current situation” of sexual harassment charges reveal a cynical political attempt at deflection. Ms. Maez actually took a stand against her Democratic colleague and asked that he drop out of the Lt. Governor’s race for sexist comments he made to fellow workers. And what do these Republican legislators say in response to Rep. Gentry’s offensive sexist insult to a colleague of equal professional standing? They, in fact, dismiss Rep. Gentry’s offense as “a sophomoric note to a colleague” and argue that his work on behalf of women is much more important.

These Republican legislators claim that Ms. Maez “attacks Gentry only when members of the Democratic Party are under fire”. In fact, Ms. Maez filed an official letter of complaint at the time of the insult from Rep Gentry. The complaint was ignored.

Senator Padilla also has a record of supporting good causes but Stephanie Maez makes the painful decision to ask that her Democratic colleague step down because as she says, “It’s time to draw a clear line in the sand. It’s time to set the right examples.” So now I am wondering where  these Republican women legislators draw the line when it comes to sexual harassment by a fellow Republican. Does just a little “locker room talk” not qualify?

The letters from Representatives Fajardo and Clahchischilliage are here.  Ms. Maez’ letter is here.

Laura Stokes

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER November 21, 2017 – Thanks to all you progressive activists


To all our activist friends, I am so thankful for all of you out there for never giving up, never getting discouraged (for long), never losing your sense of humor, always believing in the vision for justice, finding creative ways to fight injustice, loving and forgiving and encouraging each other, giving so many hours of your time and energy to the struggle and inspiring us all to keep on going by combating despair with the only weapons we have – our courage, our brains, our humanity and each other.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holidays, take a break if you wish, from the orange menace, and come back refreshed and emboldened and ready for action.

Laura Stokes, Editor

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League of Women Voters of New Mexico Workshop

League of Women Voters of New Mexico
Workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy 
at the Legislature

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:30 to Noon
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 322 
(enter on the East side only)
The public is invited.

Learn tips from legislators and a professional lobbyist on how to interact with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause.

League members will also provide tips on speaking for LWVNM.

Senator Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, District 25
Senator Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, District 23
Jim Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights New Mexico. 

PDACNM NEWSLETTER November 7, 2017 – Anniversary of Day of Infamy – Join PDACNM Meeting


The Paradise Papers is a special investigation by the Guardian and 95 media partners worldwide into a leak of 13.4m files from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens’ company registries

Read about it here.

“The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires.
The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth.
The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.
The project has been called the Paradise Papers”

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