PDACNM Community Gathering
Welcome to the Monthly Community Gathering of Progressive Democrats of America, Central New Mexico Chapter
Wednesday March 10, 2020
Program is 6:00-7:45pm
John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, writes about politics for The Nation as its national-affairs correspondent.
His pieces have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books, and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress. Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive
and In These Times
and the associate editor of the Capital Times
, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in The New York Times
, Chicago Tribune
, and dozens of other newspapers. Authoring and editing a roll call of critical essays and books, John’s work has been lauded by Howard Zinn, Gore Vidal, Rep. Ro Khanna, and Rev. Jesse Jackson, and is a frequent guest on all the shows you watch!
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By Lance Chilton
New Mexico may not be at the top of all lists, but it is very near the top in its excellent legislative website, nmlegis.gov. Here’s a little of what you’ll find there, and at the bottom of this list, you’ll find a link to more complete guidance as to how to use our great site.
- On the home page, you’ll have a choice of Legislators, Legislation, Committees, Publications, What’s Happening, Webcast, Quick Links, Highlights and Contact Us.
- Click on Legislators. If you don’t know who he/she is, search by your address for both senator and representative. Once you do know, you can search by his/her name to find out which committees they serve on, what legislation they have sponsored, and their home and Santa Fe phone numbers and addresses. Call them up! Invite them for coffee and to hear your views!
- Click on Legislation to find bills introduced in any session since 1996! You can search by keyword (for example, “vaccines”), by the legislator who introduced them (for example, Sen Lopez), by the bill number and year, or you can get a complete list of an entire session’s bills. Then you can find out what happened to each of them in which you’re interested (a little info on abbreviations needed – see below).
- Click on Committees (often very helpful to find out who is most likely to affect your favorite bill’s chance of passage.) Both session and interim committees are listed, and committee agendas are included if one has already been planned.
- Click on Publications. A great variety are listed to click on, including House and Senate rules, economic analyses, and a variety of important program reports from the Legislative Finance Committee, the Legislative Educational Study Committee, and the Legislative Council Service (example: Early Childhood Planning and Capacity)
- Click on What’s Happening. House and Senate floor and committee calendars are posted here during session evenings for the following day. Remember that things change, though.
- Click on Webcast. Virtually all floor and committee sessions are televised as they’re happening. You don’t have to be there to watch – except, oops, if you want to testify before a committee. You can’t do that remotely. But you can watch archived recordings of previous floor and committee meetings.
- Click on Quick Links. Lots of varied info available. My favorite: finding out what’s happening around Santa Fe and especially in the Capitol Rotunda in the link marked “Social Calendar.” For example, I now know that January 23 is “Children and Youth Day” in the rotunda.
- Click on Highlights. You can get the Legislative Council Service’s summary of the results of every session going back to 2002. Be careful what you ask for, though: the 2019 session’s very readable version stretched to 220 pages!
- Click on Contact Us. A short list of standing committees (such as LFC, LESC, LCS) can be found there, or you can just call the Capitol at 505-986-4300 or 505-986-4600 to be put through to the person or agency you want to speak with by the always helpful Capitol operators.
So that’s the basics. There will be more here. Or just noodle around. The site is very intuitive; a real joy to use.
Indivisible Nob Hill is hosting a 4-hour seminar on Bystander Intervention
training. The emphasis will be on effective communication and Bystander Intervention. What to do when you’re alone and see someone being harassed. What do you do when the someone being harassed is YOU? Participants will learn and gain practice in specific skills and tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life.
Below is information on this workshop which will be over Zoom. The tuition is fee-scaled from $40 to zero. They may add a second session if this one fills at 100 participants.
SCHEDULE: SUNDAY MARCH 21
Start time: 1:00 pm MT
Break at: 3pm: 30 mins for lunch/downtime
Resume: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Candidate responses to the Yes/No questions from CD1 Forum, Feb. 10, 2021
PDA Central New Mexico Chapter hosted the second CD1 Candidate Forum on Wednesday February 10th with 8 Democratic candidates. The format included 5 open-ended questions and a whole series of Yes/No questions. These Yes/No questions were based on submissions by PDA and INH members and citizen input emailed to organizers after the first forum on February 4th, and also emphasized the PDA national pillars.
It is interesting to note that ALMOST all of the candidates reply with similar answers. One forum participant dropped in the event chat it seemed we all “thought alike” about these progressive topics. Others noted that we had a powerful slate of candidates who espoused progressive policies. And some thought this Y/N question format did not elicit enough difference among the candidates.
How can we use this information?
While the data does not allow for clear discernment between candidates, it is a starting point for your investigation of candidates’ websites, socials, platforms and policies for more specifics. The questions and responses might encourage citizens to contact candidates directly for follow-up dialogue. This information can also be a powerful tool for accountability that we use with the candidate who ultimately wins the seat. We need to hold all our elected officials accountable to their statements, promises, policies and platforms.
Adelante members and members of the public can see plans and perspectives of Democratic candidates to replace Rep. Deb Haaland.
Feb 10 Event RECORDING LINK: