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Progressives in New Mexico Denounce Recent Actions by the DNC and Committee Chair Perez

Three progressive groups in New Mexico jointly oppose recent acts by the Democratic National Committee and its chair, Tom Perez, that benefit centrist candidates and hurt working people.

The Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, the New Mexico Working Families Party, and the Central New Mexico chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America criticize the DNC’s change of debate rules and appointments by Perez.

As reported in Politico on Jan. 31, the DNC has dropped its donor threshold for the Nevada debate to be held on Feb. 19. This opens the door for the debate to possibly include multibillionaire candidate and former Republican mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, who has said he would not accept campaign contributions. The change of debate criteria came after Bloomberg donated $800,000 to a joint fundraising committee of the DNC and state Democratic parties. Yet the DNC refused to change the debate qualifications in December 2019 when a group of Democratic Party presidential candidates, led by Cory Booker, called on the DNC to ease criteria to allow for more diversity on the debate stage. It appears that the DNC is susceptible to big-money influence at the expense of the viewpoints of candidates of color.

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Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter Newsletter – Community Gathering Reminder – Public Banks

Healthcare, Not Warfare Action Team  

The Action Team meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2:00 PM, at Casa Clara, 1400 Vassar St.  NE.  We often have invited guests.

Contact the Action Team at  207 332-8026

Herb Hoffman


End Corporate Rule

We are in the process of organizing an End Corporate Rule Action Team.  If you are interested, email Willard at willardhunter@comcast.net


End Wars and Occupations Action Team

End Wars and Occupations meets at 4:00 PM on the second Wed. of the month, just before the PDACNM meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 2801 Lomas NE.

Our mission is to transform the Democratic Party into a party that works for world peace by:
* changing our economy from war-centered to life-affirming,
* serving public interests rather than corporate and military agendas,
* working to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, and
* promoting problem-solving through diplomacy and non-violence.
We will take actions to influence our policy makers toward these goals.

To join contact Dick Harrison at dickharrisonpr@gmail.com or Willard Hunter at  willardhunter@comcast.net

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Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter Newsletter – Public Banking in NM

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RIGHT AS A CITIZEN

Would you like to join PDACNM for some citizen advocacy with the staff of your US senator or representative? Every month PDACNM sits down with these friendly folks to express concerns, show support, share information and create lasting relationships.

We bring a letter each month from PDA national asking for support for specific legislation or to express our thanks for their support.  These letters are delivered by PDA chapters throughout the country. We welcome your participation.

Let us know if you can join us.  Lisa Franzen at geolisafranzen@aol.com, Laura Stokes at stokescorrales@comcast.net, Paul Stokes at stokescorrales@mac.com, Deborah Marez-Baca at tinybrownwoman@gmail.com.

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AOC Turns the Tables on the DCCC and So Can We     

 

by Jerilyn Bowen

As we progressives know all too well, the neoliberal power brokers in the Democratic Party have long been dead set on preventing those of our persuasion from obtaining a decisive voice in the party.  Top example:  the national party establishment overrode the grassroots uprising of the Sanders campaign in 2016, contriving to prevent Bernie from getting the presidential nomination and thereby throwing the country to the wolves.  Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by three million but Bernie would almost certainly have done what needed to be done to win in the electoral college as well.  Given his demonstrated grassroots support in the industrial and midwestern states that narrowly handed Trump victory, Bernie would likely have taken the White House, bigtime.  And we wouldn’t now be living this nightmare the Republican cartel is inflicting on the country.

So what did Democratic Party centrists learn from the avoidable debacle of 2016?  That election was theirs to lose and they blew it.  Did they then recognize the error of their ways and move to open the party doors to the influx of vital energy coming from grassroots progressives?  No, they did not.  Instead, following the remarkable and most fortunate 2018 midterm House victories, they moved to circle the wagons to protect their hegemony against the invaders who were instrumental in bringing that victory about.  Among other things, under the leadership of Cheri Bustos in 2019 the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) instituted draconian new rules designed to prevent progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), and Ro Khanna (CA) from running for office by denying anyone who challenges a Democratic incumbent the funding they need to hire consultants and vendors.

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2020: Renewing our Commitment to Challenge Racism, Just Mercy Film & More

Every day, select some media to widen your understanding and listen to diverse perspectives.  Here’s some to get you started:

 The movie JUST MERCY – opened Jan 10th

Powerful true story about Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative!

– Bryan talks about the film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVWayl3BjU

– Film trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78

– Equal Justice Initiative:   https://eji.org/

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Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter Newsletter – Solidarity

The Legislative Action Expo was a big success last year. Please help make it even bigger and more successful this year.  The 2020 Legislative Session promises to be exciting and promising but it takes all of us to push for bold progressive legislation that is so urgently needed in our state. Come learn about the issues and the bills for 2020.

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