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PDACNM NEWSLETTER May 17, 2018 – EMERGENCY ACTIONS

 

FARM BILL VOTE THIS WEEK!!!!!

VOTE ON FARM BILL IMMINENT.  WE UNDERSTAND REP. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM IS TO VOTE NO!  BUT WE DON’T KNOW WHERE REP. BEN RAY LUJÁN STANDS ON THIS VOTE.  Please call his office and ask him to vote no for the reasons below:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján:  DC office – (202) 225-6190; Rio Rancho – (505) 994-0499

Please thank Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her no vote.  DC office – (202) 225-6316; ABQ office – (505) 346-6781

Farm Bill: Republicans Want to Cut Food Assistance & MORE!
  • What’s the issue: The Farm Bill was last passed in 2013, and it must be reauthorized every five years. It’s a $100 billion legislative package that covers everything from farm subsidies and agricultural programs to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Typically, it is a bipartisan exercise-but in April, Republicans passed a partisan bill out of committee that takes away food assistance from people (over two million people could be kicked out of the program) and instead funds unproven, unscalable job training programs that will leave people hungry.
  • What to expect: The House is expected to vote on the Farm Bill the week of May 14; it will probably pass with few or no Democratic votes. The Senate will take it up after that; it’s likely they will start from scratch with their own version.
  • Bottom line: Only a few months after voting to give trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, House Republicans are back to make life worse for families who rely on federal food assistance. The House vote in mid-May will only be the start of this fight; we’ll keep you updated as it goes forward.
Links to info about Farm Bill:
 Farm and Ranch Freedon  Here
Sierra Club here
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy here
AgMag here
Here are six strikes against H.R. 2, the Agricultural and Nutrition Act of 2018:
  1. The Rich Get Richer – The House farm bill creates new loopholes that further tilt farm subsidies toward the largest, most successful farm businesses and away from small family farmers. The bill would allow cousins, nieces and nephews of farmers to receive subsidies even if they don’t live or work on the farm. A recent report by the Department of Agriculture found that the share of subsidies claimed by the biggest farms has tripled since 1991, and H.R. 2 would make this problem worse.
  2. The Poor Get Poorer – The same bill that enriches the largest and most successful farmers will also cause more than 1 million low-income households – more than 2 million people, including working families with children – to lose their food-assistance benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or have them reduced. The bill includes unworkable job training requirements that will place new burdens on states and leave many poor Americans without food assistance.
  3. Drinking Water Gets Dirtier – The House farm bill cuts conservation spending by $800 million, including programs designed to protect drinking water from farm pollution. Although the bill includes some reforms, these provisions are outweighed by proposed cuts and new pesticide safety loopholes.
  4. Diets Get Less Healthy – While the House farm bill increases funding for SNAP recipients who shop at farmers markets, the bill eliminates funding for other programs that help finance farmers markets and help farmers build local markets for healthy products. The bill also cuts funding for programs that help organic farmers.
  5. Rural America Gets Left Behind – At the very same moment Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was hosting a conference on the importance of broadband internet to rural America, the House Agriculture Committee was voting to cut USDA rural development funding by more than $500 million. The House bill also cuts funding from programs to help farmers produce more renewable energy.
  6. States Get Sidelined – The House farm bill included a sweeping amendment from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that would broadly preempt state and local food and farm laws, including food safety and food labeling laws. Although intended to block a new California animal welfare law, the King amendment would wipe away thousands of state and local laws regulating everything from invasive pests to fishing.

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER May 14, 2018

 

DON’T LET THE DCCC HAVE ITS WAY.  HELP ELECT PROGRESSIVES IN SPITE OF IT!

GO HERE TO SEE THE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES THAT PDA HAS ENDORSED AND SEND A CHECK OR VOLUNTEER.  LAURA MOSER (TX-07) IS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES UNDER ATTACK AND SHE WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT TO A RUNOFF IN THE PRIMARY BECAUSE OF THE SUPPORT SHE GATHERED IN RESPONSE TO THE DCCC’S ATTACKS AGAINST HER.

“The DCCC’s scorched-earth campaign against Texas Democrat Laura Moser backfired.” Ella Nilson, May 7, 2018.  Read article here.

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PDACNM Monthly Meeting

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Meeting
May 2, 2018
First Unitarian Church
3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque
5:30 PM MINGLE, 6:00 PM PROGRAM

We will be showing the film Radiance of Resistance, the heartbreaking story of nonviolent persistence and resistance by the Palestinian people against the theft and occupation of their lands.  This film features the courageous actions of two Palestinian girls, one of whom is now in an Israeli prison.  A panel discussion follows the showing.

This past week was the beginning of the action “No Way to Treat a Child” which focuses on Rep. Betty McCollum’s HD 4391.  This bill would ensure that US tax dollars do not fund Israeli detention of Palestinian children.  A group of activists met with Rep. Ben Ray Luján on May 2 to ask him to co-sponsor this bill.  He said he would get back to us.  We have received no word as of today.

Join an Adelante Caucus Committee!


Dear Adelante Caucus member,

Caucus members are signing up to volunteer for various committees! Would you like to get in on the ground floor of helping build the caucus and carry out its mission? Together, we can build a strong statewide caucus.

We are just getting started, so you could help decide the structure and functions of committees. The time commitment is flexible. We are especially looking for leaders. Committee leaders will receive guidance.

Below are some examples of different jobs each committee might handle.

Communications
* Content for Digital Media
* Letters to the Editor
* Newsletters
* Press Relations
* Interpretation
* Visual Media

Diversity
Working with under-represented populations to:
* Register Voters
* Cultivate Leaders within the Caucus and the Party Structure and as Potential Lawmakers
* Serve as Liaison to Market the Caucus to those Communities and Bring their Concerns back to the Caucus

Finance
* Budgeting
* Developing Financial Controls
* Fundraising

Membership and Events
* Arranging Event Venues
* Arranging Event Guest Speakers
* Child Care at Events
* Data Entry
* Recruiting Members

Nominations for Caucus Officers
* Seeking candidates
* Evaluating candidates

Policy and Politics
* Candidate Recruiting and Development
* Candidate Research and Evaluation
* Developing Small-Donor Fundraising for the Party
* Lobbying Officials
* Party Rules Changes
* Supporting Candidate Campaigns
NOTE: The direction of this committee will likely depend on goals to be decided at an all-day goals session June 2, for which we have already reached capacity.

Technology
* Data Analysis
* Database Management
* Mapping
* Technical Aspects of Digital Media

No matter what your interests and skills, you can help build the caucus by volunteering.

PLEASE SIGN UP, by filling out the form at http://bit.ly/AdelanteCommitteesForm.

If you have any questions, please write to the interim volunteer coordinator, Maurreen Skowran, at maurreenskowran@gmail.com.

Adelante!

“Indian 101” Presentation

Our May 2nd evening program was honored by our two guests, LaDonna Harris and Kathryn Harris Tijerina, bringing the acclaimed Indian 101 presentation developed by the Americans for Indian Opportunity.

“We don’t study the history of America. We study the history of the Europeans coming to America.”
–  LaDonna Harris (Comanche) AIO President

Indian 101 BINGO challenged PDA members on their knowledge of American Indian and indigenous peoples’ history and contemporary experiences.  The origin of the word “caucus” is from the Iroquois language and means to assemble in order to make a decision. Kathryn pointed out that our new Adelante Progressive Caucus in the DPNM owes its origins to the Haudenosaunee 6-nation confederacy. BINGO winners received blue corn for planting from our tribal neighbors.

Play Indian 101 BINGO (download here) and read the answers (download here) .

The Americans for Indian Opportunity 4 R’s show how closely progressive values link with the heritage values of our native nations.Kathryn took us through “500 years in 50 minutes” covering key events, concepts and critical issues. AIO’s recommended reading list can be downloaded here so we can all learn more since much was left out of our formal educations and mainstream press does not adequately represent Native issues. The slide below formed the outline for the presentation and Kathryn added detail, indigenous lived experiences, and Indian rights legislative and legal successes and stories.

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We were asked to consider cultural misappropriation and how we can all choose our words more thoughtfully like “… hold the fort down” and “low man on the totem pole,”and which sports teams to support like the Washington Redskins (a direct reference to bounty take from murdered Natives).  Continuing to support negative stereotypes attacks tribal identify and culture. The original Doctrine of Discovery used to conquer this land continues to resonate through our legal system and generational trauma impacts the health and lives of indigenous people today.

New Mexico has one of the highest populations of indigenous people living in both rural and urban areas. It is our responsibility to speak up in support of American Indians’ rights.  Here’s something we can each do – go to the National Congress of American Indians at http://www.ncai.org/proudtobe & read and watch the videos. Then act by contacting sports teams you support and current or former schools that have derogatory Indian mascots, imagery or names. Look here http://www.changethemascot.org/ for direct actions.

The resilience, self-determination and governance of Native peoples was the final focus of the presentation including:

If your organization or business would benefit from the Indian 101 presentation, please contact to schedule and discuss the fee:

Americans for Indian Opportunity
1001 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-842-8677
Contact: Brittany Schulman at bschulman@aio.org

PDACNM NEWSLETTER April 24, 2018

State Democrats Authorize New Progressive Caucus

[Truth or Consequences, NM – April 21, 2018] — The State Central Committee (SCC) of the Democratic Party of New Mexico authorized the state’s first progressive caucus on April 21 at the SCC meeting in Truth or Consequences: the Adelante Progressive Caucus.

“Adelante” is a Spanish word that means “move ahead” or “go forward.” The new caucus, already with more than 250 members from 10 New Mexico counties, will work to move the Democratic party forward by attracting and recruiting people who have been historically under-represented in the democratic process, to implement a small-donor base fundraising model in the state party, and to create more transparency and accountability in the state and national party.

The Adelante Progressive Caucus fully supports the new platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, approved by more than 90% of the delegates at the March 2018 convention, including the values outlined in the platform preamble:

All citizens should have an equal voice in how we are governed and call out the disproportionate influence by rich and powerful special interests on our government.
We envision a New Mexico in which every person has what it takes to live a life of dignity-secure, decent-paying jobs; a just economic system; not-for-profit universal healthcare; high quality public schools; a safe, healthy environment where the unmatched beauty of our land is preserved for future generations.

As caring citizens of this state, this country, and this planet, we hold these basic rights to be the natural heritage of all people.

As dedicated Democrats, we band together to claim that heritage for every member of our human community, both now and in times to come.

There are now Democratic Party progressive caucuses in at least 17 states, a sign of the growing strength of the nationwide movement to reinvigorate the party with the participation of people of all ages, genders, colors, and incomes.

All are invited to one of the first events held by the caucus, a forum for Democratic candidates in races for state land commissioner, Bernalillo County sheriff, and PRC District 4, on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m., at the Albuquerque Main Library, 501 Copper NW, in the downstairs auditorium.

Contact:Pia Gallegos, Interim Chair
Adelante Progressive Caucus
pia@gallegoslaw.com
505-220-9985

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