PDACNM Monthly Gathering

Currently meeting using Zoom Video Conferencing

Meeting
July 8th, 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Be Part of the Platform:
Tell Rep. Deb Haaland what you want on the Democratic National Platform!

PDACNM is very proud to learn that CD1 Rep. Deb Haaland has been appointed to the 15-person Democratic National Committee Platform Drafting Committee by DNC Chairman Tom Perez. This 15-person Platform Drafting Committee is responsible for developing and managing the process through which the Democratic Party’s National Platform is established. According to DNC rules, the members of the drafting committee are appointed by the DNC Chair.

Rep. Haaland in the ABQ Journal on June 24, “She said she was looking forward to ‘bringing my progressive values and crafting our party’s platform, and paying attention to urgent issues like climate change, health care and criminal justice reform that we’ve seen protested about across our country the past couple of weeks.’

Our PDACNM Response:  Let’s tell Rep. Haaland what progressive issues we want her to take to Washington and champion for the National Platform. With your input, we’re gonna do that on Wednesday July 8. Join in and help get your most critical issues to D.C. for the DNC!

Speakers will provide brief updates and talking points about 5 key progressive issues including:
  • Movement for Black Lives – Karen Bentrup
  • Immigrant Rights – Kathleen O’Malley
  • Medicare 4 All – Amy Antle or Herb Hoffman
  • Climate Crisis – Ted Cloak
  • Voting – Paul Stokes

With this information and your own short list of most important issues to get in the DNC Platform,  zoom participants are invited to write on paper their key issues. Then you will have 15 seconds to hold up your paper and say your ask to Rep. Haaland as we record this action.  Then the video link will be sent directly to Rep. Haaland so she can see our faces, read our words, and hear our voices passionately advocating for our key progressive issues.

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Medicare for All Calculator

The Medicare for All Calculator is a free, online, user-friendly tool based on a proposed financing plan for H.R.1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. With this calculator, mfacalc.com, anyone can enter information anonymously about the number of people in the household with health insurance, their current income, a typical year’s health insurance premium and out of pocket health costs. Once this information is entered the calculator will determine the savings (in most cases) that HR 1384 would provide if enacted.

H.R.1384 would expand Medicare to cover all Americans, regardless of age, income or disability. It eliminates ALL individual healthcare costs, premiums, co-pays and deductibles. It adds comprehensive healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, mental health, long-term care, prescription drugs and other benefits.

A group of concerned citizens, many who are former healthcare providers and associates, have formed the Medicare for All Speakers Bureau. We have a 30 minute presentation which compares single-payer health system myths vs facts, gives the pertinent points of the Act and a picture of the financial analysis done by Gerald Friedman, PhD., Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on how to fund a universal single payer system. We’ve added updated information on COVID-19 and how it’s making obvious the serious flaws in our health care system, along with some proposed short term solutions.

If your group would like to schedule a presentation email  mc4allnm@gmail.com for more information.

PDACNM Newsletter – July 6, 2020

Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in New Mexico: What Progressives Can & Must Do

We all watched in horror as the life went out of George Floyd under the impassive knee of the sadistic little man in blue on May 25th in Minneapolis. Since then, uprisings against police brutality and racial injustice have swept the country and the world. New Mexico is no exception.  Nor should it be, given in particular the squalid record of killings and other rank abuses of power by a militarized police force in Albuquerque. Read more…..

Read the complete Newsletter here….

Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in New Mexico: What Progressives Can & Must Do

by Jerilyn Bowen

We all watched in horror as the life went out of George Floyd under the impassive knee of the sadistic little man in blue on May 25th in Minneapolis.  Since then, uprisings against police brutality and racial injustice have swept the country and the world.  New Mexico is no exception.  Nor should it be, given in particular the squalid record of killings and other rank abuses of power by a militarized police force in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque Area

Under immense public pressure, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has announced an intention to establish a new cabinet-level department of city government dedicated to dealing with many of the problems that police have up to now been handling–mental illness, homelessness, addiction, public drunkenness, abandoned cars and similar matters. The new Albuquerque Community Safety Department will dispatch unarmed, specially trained professionals to address such problems in a sensible nonviolent and caring way that recognizes the deep structural problems that produce so much of this misery–namely, poverty and social injustice.  This groundbreaking measure could well serve as a model for other cities around the country.

Mayor Keller will look at “restructuring and reallocating resources” so as to build funding of the new department into the budget he’ll submit to the City Council in August, a budget to be discussed and likely made final by the end of October.  Renewal of the APD contract with the city has meanwhile been postponed for review regarding stipulations designed to protect officers from being held accountable for abuse and misconduct.

Continue reading Police Brutality and Racial Injustice in New Mexico: What Progressives Can & Must Do

PDA/PDACNM June Educate Congress Letter Drops

Every month PDA national sends letters to Senators and Representatives in almost all states asking them to please co-sponsor certain progressive pieces of legislation. PDA chapters in each state deliver the letters to the appropriate offices. In the past we have had cordial in-person meetings with staffs of our US Senators and Representatives. However, due to the Corona Virus, we are now emailing the letters to the staffs and asking them to please forward the letters to the Senator or Representative.

These letters are well researched and focus on fighting injustice and inequality, environmental issues, voting rights, peace, and Medicare for All. After the letters are delivered, PDA member throughout the country make follow-up calls to ensure the Senator or Representative received the letters. We urge you to please read the letters and join us when we are again able to meet in the local offices.

June House Letter

June Senate Letter

June Udall Letter

Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity – Public Bank for NM

Answering today’s questions for tomorrow’s New Mexico

What will be New Mexico’s most powerful tools for creating a healthier, more diversified economy, given the environmental, water sufficiency, and climatic challenges we face in the next decade and beyond? How will New Mexico manage our financial resources to be sure we provide culturally-inclusive social and economic development? How will we foster lifelong educational opportunities, healthy lifestyles, economic justice, and equitable access to public services and facilities for everyone? The Case for a Public Bank

Working together we can establish a Public Bank for New Mexico, to finance the bold changes it will take for our communities to overcome today’s obstacles and seize tomorrow’s opportunities.