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PDACNM is very proud to announce that the Preamble to the State Party Platform was written by one of our own, Jerilyn Bowen.  Jerilyn beautifully articulates the values mirrored in the issues on which PDA was founded and continues to support to this day.


New Mexico Democrats believe that every person matters.  We believe that all citizens should have a voice in how we as a people are governed, not just the rich and powerful.  We stand for the 99%.  We affirm the ties that bind us together as one human family.  We envision a New Mexico in which every person is treated with respect and 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.

And look for the first Progressive Caucus coming up in our state party in 2018 thanks largely to the efforts of another PDACNM leader – Cheryl Harris. More information

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PDA CNM DIGEST October 17, 2017


PDACNM NEWSLETTER SEPT 12, 2017 Single Payer and Bernie On the Move


Senator Bernie Sanders is set to introduce his single payer health care bill tomorrow.  Years of intense focus and relentless pursuit of his ideal have paid off in the face of overwhelming opposition from both political parties.  This is what statesmen do. Instead of writing a bitter memoir of why he lost the 2016 presidential primary, and he could have been justified in doing so, Bernie has continued to be a champion for ordinary Americans. It’s easy to fall into despair these days, but Bernie has shown us that we can prevail and make a difference if we stay the course.

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER SEPT 5, 2017 Justice is Not for Sale


Earlier in the summer we talked about the Summer for Progress project which is sponsored by many progressive groups around the country, including PDA, Our Revolution and Working Families Party.  The action requested was to visit offices of US House Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the following bills:

Medicare for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act
Free College Tuition: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017
Worker Rights: H.R.15 – Raise the Wage Act
Women’s Rights: H.R.771 – Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 – Automatic Voter Registration Act
Climate Change: H.R. 2242 – Keep It in the Ground Act of 2017
Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R.3543 – Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017
Taxing Wall Street: H.R. 1144 – Inclusive Prosperity Act

The results of our efforts have been published as a scorecard which you can link to here.

FYI Rep. Lujan Grisham has a score of 25% (H.R.771 and H.R. 2840) and Rep. Luján has a score of 13% (H.R.15).  Nancy Pelosi also has a score of 13%.  Reps. Barbara Lee and Jan Schakowsky have scores of 100%

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PDA CNM DIGEST September 5, 2017



A listing of some of the Candidate Forums in Albuquerque

The listed forums that will be moderated by the League of Women Voters will be done in a non-partisan manner per the League’s organization bylaws and guidelines. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose political candidates or parties and is a nonpartisan organization open to citizens over the age of 18 – that includes both men and women.  The League encourages informed and active participation in government and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

1. District 4 & 8 Coalition of Neighborhood Associations 
Mayoral Forum 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6:30 –
Eldorado Performing Arts Center
11300 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 (west of Montgomery, east of Juan Tabo)

The purpose of the forum is to hear the candidates’ opinions about the various important issues impacting our communities. We want to hear their ideas on how to solve some of the critical problems we are facing in Albuquerque.

2. MiABQ Mayoral Forum in partnership with YPA:
Young Professionals of Albuquerque
Wednesday, August 30, 5 – 8 PM
The Cell Theater
708 1st Street NW

The forum is designed to foster informative, productive, peaceful dialogue; towards this end, we will ask candidates to focus on their own platforms, priorities and action plans – and to refrain entirely from discussing the other candidates in the race – throughout the conversation. We will invite each candidate to begin with a short presentation of their vision for Albuquerque; our central prompt for this is: What will the city look like for young people, young professionals and young families after 4 years of your administration – and how will you get us there? Subsequent questions will be crowd-sourced in advance of the forum, and presented at the event by our moderators, Rudy Acosta (Univision) and Erica Zucco (KOB). This one costs 15.00 and requires tickets in advance.

3. State of the City Mayoral Forum
ABQ Center for Peace and Justice
Friday, September 1,  6 – 8 PM
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center
7521 Carmel Ave NE

Hard hitting questions on Poverty, Policing, Homelessness, Local Economy and Public Transparency–submitted questions from the audience will be posed to the candidates in the second hour. Tom Dent and Samia Assed moderators.

4.  Mayoral Forum – Connecting With The People
NAACP – Albuquerque Chapter
Friday, September 8, 6 – 8 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel
1000 Woodward Place NE

Please join the NAACP-Albuquerque Chapter in a Community Forum to meet the Mayoral Candidates of Albuquerque. If you would like to submit a question to ask the candidates, please email your question by September 2 to

5.  APD Forward Mayoral Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 –  6 – 7:00 PM
African American Performing Arts Center & Exhibition Hall
310 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87108

Moderated by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico

This will be a great opportunity to hear directly from the candidates who want to lead our city about how they intend to support APD’s reforms & oversee compliance with the DOJ’s recommendations.

6.  District 7 Coalition of Neighborhoods Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forum
Sponsored by Hoffmantown, Indian Moon and Near Neighborhood Associations
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 1:30 – 4:00 PM
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
9100 Menaul Blvd. NE

Doors open at 1:00 to allow for question preparation and seating.

Moderated by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico

Please call 293-3715 for additional information.

Please remember the forums are not political rallies.

We assume that the meetings will be open to the public and media.

We ask that you do not bring campaign information or signs into the meeting room if the forum is moderated by the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico.

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Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, August 8th at 6p.m. 1500 Idalia Rd. Bernalillo, 87004. Third floor of the Administration Building.

Sandoval County is in the process of amending its Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to deal with oil and gas extraction.

The current draft has serious flaws and does not sufficiently address potential impacts to our water, air, soil, noise, odors, or county services.  It does not require oil and gas companies to conduct environmental impact assessments before drilling. It lacks considerations for cultural, archeological, recreational and wildlife sites; and much more.
Now, the County Planning and Zoning Commission is considering whether to scrap the draft and instead approve drilling permits using Special Use provisions in the existing Zoning Ordinance. This means the County can approve each oil and gas application based on a set of general standards rather than amending the Ordinance to outline more specific requirements.

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PDA CNM DIGEST August 9, 2017