PDACNM Monthly Gathering

Community Gathering

October 9, 2019   

First Congregational United Church of Christ
2801 Lomas Blvd NE.
Doors open 5:30       Program begins 6:00
If you have reached the end of your patience with the obstructionist NM Senate, join us Oct. 9 to hear who the culprits are and what we can do to change the culture of the Senate. Senator John Arthur Smith, famously known as “Dr. No” for his formidable resistance to progressive legislation passed time after time in the House only to fail in the Senate leads a coalition of conservative Dems and their Republican allies whose allegiance to their corporate supporters takes priority over their responsibility to the people.  Smith has now indicated that he may not support the governor’s plan to fund free college tuition for all New Mexico students according to Joe Monahan’s Sept. 23, 2019, blog.  His powerful opposition would mean the proposal will almost surely not become a reality. Who are the other DINO senators and what is the history of the Senate inaction on progressive legislation? Eric Shimamoto and a panel of very knowledgeable activists will share this information with us and some exciting news about how we move forward and help the state we love realize its potential. LS


Eric Shimamoto, attorney and political activist, will be making a very timely and relevant presentation for New Mexico progressives on the need to transform the NM Senate.

Following the presentation: Working Families Party  Political Director J.D. Mathews will moderate a Q&A with Working Families Party Strategic Consultant Eric Griego and WFP Michaela Gallegos.

“In 2018, New Mexico reshaped its House of Representatives in a historic blue wave. As a result, much was accomplished during the 2019 legislative session, but much was also left on the table because a handful of Senators elected as Democrats continue to caucus with the Republican minority to prevent New Mexico from embodying the values expressed in the platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Political insiders have long called this group of Senators the ‘Corporate Democrat Coalition.’ But you don’t have to be an insider to understand who they are, what they do, and how we can fix the problem. This presentation covers those topics, and also explains how a statewide campaign last year in New York addressed–and solved–a nearly identical problem in that state’s Senate.”
Eric Shimamoto

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