FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The following is taken from Wikipedia:
“Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 – 2/28/1970.
Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.'”
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Josie Marrujo, a retire federal employee who personally knows how shutdowns hurt families, is working with our local AFL-CIO to provide a Food Bank and Supplies Bank for local working families.
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 16th at 10:00am
WHERE: AFL-CIO parking lot at 2300 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Suite 126, Albuquerque, NM 87106. (known as the Union Plaza)
DONATIONS TO BRING: Household supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, soap, feminine hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, pet food, etc. All those things families need beyond food.
Food for the families is coming from Roadrunner Foodbank, so let’s all help fill in with all the other needed supplies.
FMI or to donate money ahead of the event, contact Josie Marrujo at 505-615-9438.
Remember, even if the shutdown ends, these families have been without a paycheck for OVER A MONTH! Let’s all help our Sisters and Brothers who are federal employees and their families.
JOIN OUR PDACNM LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS
(You will make a difference just by taking a few minutes in a comfortable chair)
We prioritize the most progressive bills that fit our issues and send out action alerts when those bills are to come up for votes. We include an explanation of the bills and the names and contact information of legislators to email or call. If you would like to participate in these action alerts, please contact Paul Stokesat (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do whatever you have time to do. Any effort goes a long way.
2019 NM LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS TODAY JANUARY 15!
After 8 years of incompetent and corrupt state government, New Mexicans can finally have hope that actual governing is going to take place and the news coming from the Roundhouse seems to affirm that hope. One of the largest concerns of New Mexicans is the depth of crime and poverty plaguing the state and it appears that our legislators (on both sides of the aisle) are recognizing the problems and addressing the crisis with bold and just legislation that will go a long way in turning our state around. Please read the following article from the NM Political Report.
New direction, and infusion of money, seen for criminal justice system By Jeff Proctor, New Mexico In Depth
“There’s talk of a massive “omnibus” bill that would feature changes to New Mexico’s probation and parole systems, reparations for crime victims, the way law enforcement uses eyewitness testimony to seek convictions and several other laws.
Then there are the reforms that, in years past, have found support from both political parties but ultimately met the veto pen of Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor who for eight years stuck to her belief that New Mexico needed tougher penalties for lawbreakers, but largely stiff-armed proposals to address systemic injustices”
Read article here
Congratulations to Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez who has just been appointed to Senator McCorley’s senate seat.
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President Obama’s Favorite Books, Movies and Music 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Here’s my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.
Here’s a reminder of the books that I read this year that appeared on earlier lists:
Becoming by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
Educated by Tara Westover
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging by Alex Wagner
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti
The Return by Hisham Matar
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
Continue reading PDACNM Newsletter December 31, 2018 – Change, Progress and Challenge in 2019