PDA Challenges Racism in Our CNM Chapter
In accord with our national PDA statements about racism and recognizing the pervasiveness of systemic racism in all our institutions, the Central New Mexico chapter is committed to confronting racism and bias, and changing our group culture.
Why do we need to explore whiteness, bias and racism for our current progressive political work?
- “Our future depends on creating a multiracial progressive movement that will fight for racial and economic justice together-and we are ready.” – Heather McGhee, President of Dēmos.
- “And if a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship, maybe our decaying democracy has a chance. ” – Cornel West
To move forward with this work, this year we:
- Invited an anti-racist facilitator to work with our Planning Committee
- Conducted three Exploring Whiteness training sessions
- Created an overall plan for doing our anti-racist work
- Incorporated a “Calling-In” strategy for our planning meetings where we notice microaggression and racist language and provide feedback so that the white people on the Planning Committee can learn more inclusive communication
- Currently, we are preparing a statement of our organizational commitment to ending racism.
Understanding Microaggressions can be an important place for white people to start exploring anti-racist work. Build the skill of noticing the language you use and what language you tolerate around you.
What are Microaggressions? “Brief everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, or invalidations that people of color experience in their everyday interactions with well-intentioned and well-meaning people who are unaware that they are delivering a put-down or invalidation.” Dr. Derald Wing Sue
What are some examples of Microaggressions? This concept is beautifully and painfully represented by students from Fordham University and the real things people say/do to them all the time, from 2013: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis?bfsource=relatedauto
I want to learn more – a great video about microaggressions by Dr. Derald Wing Sue.
View youtube video here.
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Dignity Kits for Asylum Seekers
Thank all you PDACNM supporters for contributing Dignity Kits for asylum seekers. Here is Deborah Marez-Baca beside a rented van stuffed to capacity with hundreds of Dignity Kits donated by many friends of PDACNM. Deb and husband Larry drove to El Paso over the Thanksgiving weekend and delivered the kits to those in need at the border. We will be making more deliveries in the future of whatever items the agencies think are necessary to help these courageous and desperate migrants seeking safety.
PDACNM MEETING – December 12, 2018
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Meeting starts at 6 PM
(Please note that we will be meeting in the Sanctuary, instead of the Memorial Hall this month.)
No food is allowed in the Sanctuary, only water. So all you generous chefs who have been bringing food to our monthly meetings get a break this month.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!
Veterans For Peace, Albuquerque Chapter 63
and Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
November 26: Webinar: The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead (Socialist Education Project and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS))
The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead
Webinar of the CCDS Socialist Education Project
Nov. 26, 8:30 -10:30 Eastern time, 7:30-9:30 Central time.
The Democratic Party regained control of the US House of Representatives and numerous state and local offices but lost ground in the US Senate. There was a huge voter turnout, and a record number of women won office including younger women of color and open socialists. Is the progressive voice now stronger within the Democratic Party? What is the future direction of the Party and how can the Left and the people’s movements have influence? How does all of this shape up for the Trump resistance and the opening dynamics for the 2020 presidential election?
A special two-hour edition will examine these and other questions resulting from the historic 2018 elections. There will be presentations and reports, followed by discussion.
- Steve Cobble — co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America and associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.
- Donna Dewitt — president emeritus of AFL-CIO of South Carolina, and activist in women’s issues and single payer health care
- Kathy Sykes — Representative in Mississippi House of Representatives, longtime civil and immigrant rights activist of Jackson NAACP
- CCDS members from around the country, and other invited Left and socialist speakers.
Topic: The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead
Time: Nov 26, 2018 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Time to Act! Oppose the Presidential Proclamation
on Asylum Seekers
Last Friday, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation banning entry into the U.S. between designated ports of entry, denying people their full right to seek asylum in the United States along the southern border. The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security have issued a new joint rule ensuring that migrants subject to the Proclamation are ineligible for asylum in the U.S.
It is not a crime to seek asylum at a border, port of entry, or other location within the U.S. The right to petition for asylum is firmly established in both the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act and international law as a critical means of protection. JRS/USA continues to oppose any effort to limit entry into the U.S. and requests for asylum based on place of origin, religion, or vulnerability.
As an organization working with asylum seekers, refugees, and others who have been forcibly displaced in over 50 countries around the world, JRS witnesses first-hand the risks that individuals and families take as they flee their homes in search of peace. JRS Mexico is currently responding to the needs of the migrant caravan by providing legal services, emergency food assistance and psychosocial support for those who have suffered trauma.
To protect the rights of asylum seekers and continue the American tradition of providing due process to all, it is crucial that we take action. Please take a moment today to send a letter to the Administration and your policymakers urging them to oppose this Presidential Proclamation and advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.
Thank you for taking action.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
GREAT NIGHT FOR NEW MEXICO!
The losses in Texas, Florida, and Georgia weigh heavy on our hearts as we celebrate astonishing victories in our NM state and federal races. Xochi’s still in the running as of 7:30 this morning!! There are still absentee and other votes to be counted. But progressives can take courage and comfort in the enormous strides we have made in just a few short years and the Andrews and Betos and Staceys and Xochis will return, multiply and win next time.
Congratulations to all the hardworking Democratic House candidates who won last night. And to those who came so close, thank you for your efforts in trying to make NM a better place to live and raise a family. It was a great night for women and progressives in NM. Let’s be a presence in Santa Fe to push for bold progressive legislation that effectively tackles the challenges we face in NM and the rest of the country.
But first, take a break and join PDA on Nov. 14 for a wrap up with Dede and then some open mic song, poetry and story as we gather in hope and solidarity and plans for actions going forward.
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