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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

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PDA CNM DIGEST April 24, 2018

Conference: Achieving a Fair Political System Building a Grassroots Coalition to Revive Our Democracy

Free, All-day Conference:
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Santa Fe Community College

Pre-registration strongly recommended as space is limited. 

Conference Mission: To convene a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals to explore how New Mexicans can work together to remove the corrupting influence of money in politics and achieve a fair political system that ensures our government equitably represents and serves all the people of our state.

Welcome by Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber
Keynote Speaker Doug Nickle, Development Director, Bridge Alliance

Speakers and Panelists include:

Miguel Angel Acosta, Lead Organizer, New Energy Economy; Co-Director, Earth Care
Rebecca Álvarez, Ph.D., NM Highlands University; NM for Money Out of Politics Board of Directors
Colin Baillio, Director of Policy and Communications, Health Action New Mexico
Graham Bartlett, President, Albuquerque TEA Party; Partner, Integrated Quality Group
Bruce Berlin, J.D., President, NM for Money Out of Politics; Author, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America
Sheila Burns, New Mexico Wolf-PAC Organizer
Camilla Feibelman, Director, Rio Grande Chapter, Sierra Club
Paul Gibson, Director, Retake Our Democracy
Eric Griego, State Director, NM Working Families Party; Fellow, UNM Center for Health Policy
Viki Harrison, Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico
Donna House, Navajo Consultant for Indigenous Peoples’ ecological and environmental policy
John House, J.D., Co-Chair, 28th Amendment Comm., NM for Money Out of Politics Board of Directors
Michele Korri, New Mexico Indivisible Congress Leadership Team
Rev. Gail Marriner, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe
Maria Perez, Director, Fair Vote New Mexico
Bob Perls, Founder and President of the Board of Directors, NM Open Primaries
Kendra Pinto, Navajo Community Organizer, Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment
Bianca Sopoci-Belknap, Director, Earth Care; Associate Director, New Energy Economy
Tom Taylor, Albuquerque TEA Party Board of Directors; President, Thermogenics, Inc.
Miranda Viscoli, Co-President, NM to Prevent Gun Violence
James Webster, M.D., former Executive Director, Chicago Institute of Medicine

Sponsored by
New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics,
The Max & Anna Levinson Foundation,
New Mexico Highlands University and 
The Santa Fe Community College 

Interested in a 28th Amendment to Reverse Citizens United?

Join us on April 22 for a unique opportunity to
meet with Jeff Clements of American Promise.
Let’s reclaim our democracy!

New Mexico is slated to have one of the most expensive election years coming up in 2018. This is the new normal but with your help we can end the domination of big money in our elections with a nationwide movement for political equality. The New Mexico legislature recently passed HJM 10 with cross-partisan support, thanks to effective and sustained grassroots pressure. Now it’s time to double down and create champions in Congress to win a 28th Amendment so that people – not money, not corporations, not special interests – govern.

Please join citizen leaders from NM MOP, Common Cause New Mexico, and American Promise in hosting Jeff Clements of American Promise. Learn how American Promise is working toward winning a 28th Amendment to reverse the effects of Citizens United and restore our democracy.

Co-sponsored by NM MOP, Common Cause New Mexico and American Promise
Free event open to the public!
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 to 5 pm
Aldea Community Center, 3 Nuevo Milenio, Santa Fe
Contact Ishwari Sollohub, (505) 231-1697,

Jeff Clements is a founder and President of American Promise and co-founder of Free Speech for People. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money & Global Corporations. In his legal career, he has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the Attorney General’s Office in Massachusetts.

PDACNM NEWSLETTER April 9, 2018 – Practice Peace


One of PDA’s 7 pillars is Ending Wars and Occupations and for this reason as well as the fact that it is the right thing to do, we make the focus of this issue  the violent actions taken by Israel against innocent protestors in Gaza. The illegal occupation of Palestine has brought unceasing misery to the lives of the Palestinians and created impossible living conditions for the people of Gaza.  As individuals we can’t be the actual brokers for a peaceful resolution to the conflict but we can use our voices to protest Israel’s murderous acts of violence and demand that our government speak out and cease our country’s moral (immoral) and financial support of this violence. Go to the rally, write letters, call your Representatives and Senators, educate your neighbors. And write and call the media and ask them why they have given either tepid or little or no coverage to this  outrage.

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PDA CNM DIGEST April 9, 2018

PDACNM NEWSLETTER MARCH 28, 2018 – “Give them a piece of your mind”

Presentation: The Danger to our Groundwater  
Hydraulic Fracking in the Albuquerque Basin

6:30 pm, April 3, 2018 in the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers, basement level of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, 1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. The city council chambers holds 250 people so please attend and bring your friends.

Hydraulic fracking presents an unique threat to our ground water in the highly fractured rock of Albuquerque Basin. The geology of the Albuquerque Basin is unlike that of the Permian and the San Juan Basins.

Please attend a presentation by Geologist Don Phillips that clearly illustrates these geologic differences in the Albuquerque Basin that make hydraulic fracking so dangerous to our drinking water and our future.

Don Phillips’ Groundwater Protection Presentation has already been seen by hundreds of concerned citizens and convinced many of them that hydraulic fracking cannot be safely done in the Albuquerque Basin. Come see for yourself.
The Presentation is sponsored by Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis and Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins.

For more information, please contact:
Jim Mackenzie

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