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PDACNM Newsletter August 3, 2018 – What You Can Do About Climate Change


Rep. Maxine Waters has been accused by Mr. Trump and even members of her own party of using language that could be construed to incite violence. Martin Luther King was also at one time accused of inciting violence, Ms. Waters, like Dr. King, insists that she supports nonviolent protests but she encourages Americans to stand up to tyranny by bold acts of peaceful resistance and by speaking truth to power. This kind of resistance has been an American tradition with the likes of young black people sitting down at a lunch counter and refusing to leave until people of color were allowed to be served; hundreds of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protestors taking to the streets, willing to be arrested and imprisoned to stop that unjust and cruel war; hundreds of people willing to be arrested at sit-ins in government offices and institutions around the country to protest Trump’s vicious practice of separating children from their parents; indigenous people putting their freedom on the line to try to stop an oil pipeline that threatens their lands and the planet; environmental activists who relentlessly fight to protect our air and water by physically endangering themselves; young high school survivors of gun violence boldly confronting their elected officials; athletes defying their teams’ owners and jeopardizing their careers to bring attention to police brutality against black people. And yes a restaurant owner, a person of color, who had the courage to refuse to serve a representative of an oppressive government that is deliberately targeting people of color with its vicious and dangerous racist policies. These behaviors might not be polite and these people may not be behaving the way their parents brought them up; but silence, politeness and passivity are no longer options. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

However, those who decry the words of Rep. Waters should pay attention to the real promotion of violence in this country and that is the support for a military budget that is draining precious resources, inflicting chaos and death around the world and destroying our planet while our government seems incapable of providing adequate education, housing and food for American families.  When a member of Congress votes to expand our already bloated military without asking where the money will come from and almost in the same breath proclaiming that we, the richest country in the world, cannot afford to provide health care for all its people, that member is indirectly committing not one but two acts of violence.

Dr. Martin Luther King in his speech protesting the Vietnam war said, “The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”  Nothing has changed.

Not one member of the US Congress or Senate has signed the PDA Peace Pledge, which you can find on our website. However Deb Haaland, who is almost certain to represent NM in the first congressional district, was one of the first to sign. Thank you, Deb.

Laura Stokes

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Join Swing Left’s Candidate Call with Xochitl Torres Small and Help Flip NM-02 Blue!

Hello Progressive Democrats of America Central New Mexico!

I’m reaching out from Swing Left to invite you to join our general election kickoff webinar with Xochitl Torres Small! Xochitl will talk to Swing Left staff about her district, the importance of grassroots fundraising and volunteering, and why we need everyone involved to help her win.

What: Candidate kickoff webinar with Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02)
When: Wednesday, July 25th at 7:00pm MT
Why: Meet Xochitl, and learn how you can help her win in November.
Can I count on you to share the details for the call with Progressive Democrats of America Central New Mexico’s email and social channels?

With your help, Xochitl can win this critical Swing District and help flip the house!

Let me know if you can make it!

Maddie and the Swing Left Team

PDACNM Newsletter July 16, 2018

Policies for the People, Not the 1 Percent

Demonstration in Santa Fe, Friday July 20, 10:00 am at the
National Governors’ Conference

When: Friday July 20, 10:00 am – 12 noon
Where: State Capitol, East Side
What: Rally at the State Capitol and March to the Santa Fe Convention Center

The federal government has abandoned the people. Governors must support state policies and laws that
    • Provide affordable healthcare as a right for all
    • Increase state funding for public education K – higher education
    • Expand environmental protection and 100% renewable energy
    • Ensure women’s access to reproductive health and right to choose
    • Stop inhumane ICE enforcement, protect due process for immigrants and asylum seekers, and keep families together
    • Guarantee unions the right to organize and collect dues.
    • Protect free speech rights to support Palestine through boycotts
    • Protect voting rights and end gerrymandering
    • Enforce stricter gun control laws, ban assault weapons and paraphernalia
    • End mass incarceration and private prisons
    • Protect indigenous lands and rights

Participating organizations: New Mexico Women’s March, NM Poor People’s Campaign, Juntos, Our Revolution NM, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Frack Free Four Corners,,The Red Nation, Tewa Women United, New Energy Economy, Black Lives Matter, SWOP, Indivisible, Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter, Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ, Friends of Sabeel ABQ, Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine, Chainbreaker, Retake our Democracy, Earth Care, ABQ Peace and Justice Center, Food and Water Watch, Nasty Women NM, SF NOW, Vets for Peace SF.

What to do: Bring your banners and signs and a list of urgent priorities on your letterhead. We will present letters to the conference organizers. To add your organization to the sponsor list, contact the Step-up Governors Committee, 505-469-0714, or email Tell us how many members you expect.


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PDACNM Newsletter July 10, 2018



They will be here at Roosevelt Park from 2-4 on 7/11.  Bring a lawn chair and a new voter with you.  There will be a BBQ and a DJ.  Come show your solidarity with this group of survivors who are busting their rears right now to help inspire and educate youth about gun violence, and prep them for the upcoming election/s.  Here is what they told me:

They have all of the permitting, contracting, voter registration people, food, music and details handled. Wow!

So . . .  they want us to focus on getting them turnout – especially the new voters. Even if a youth has already registered to vote, this event will inspire them and they are encouraged to attend and become part of this sense of community that is developing around the issue of gun violence prevention.

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PDACNM Action Alert June 28, 2018

Rally at Civic Plaza at 9:00 on June 30 to protest Trump’s inhumane policies.
Please donate to make this happen at gofundme.

Ways to Help

Statement from the NMHBA:
Parental rights “in the care, custody, and control of their children” are “perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court.”  –

Troxel v. Granville.

530 U.S. 57, 66 (2000).

We, the Board Members of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association (NMHBA), an organization comprised of more than three hundred attorneys and students throughout New Mexico, stand in solidarity with immigrant families and against President Trump’s policies that separate families and any policies that indefinitely place families in detention.  We support and stand by the statements released by the Hispanic National Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  Though we may hold different views on national immigration policy, we can agree that it is inhumane to separate children from their parents at the border.

While separation of parents and children has taken place on an incidental basis in the past, it has never been applied uniformly as a strategy to deter migration.  It is apparent from the public comments of several high-ranking Trump Administration officials that a primary purpose of the “zero tolerance” policy was to serve as a deterrent for migrant parents who enter the United States without authorization and are accompanied by their children.  Not only does existing law suggest that this policy violated rights to family integrity and due process, but the policy is unfair, inhumane and ineffective. These federal constitutional rights and protections have been applied equally to immigrant and citizen parents in child welfare cases.  See, e.g., In re Doe, 281 P.3d 95 (Idaho 2012); In re E.N.C., 384 S.W.3d 796 (Tex. 2010) and In re Interest of Angelica L., 767 N.W.2d 74 (Neb. 2009).

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order geared toward “ending” family separation.  This Order indicates that immigrants who are arrested while entering without documentation will continue to be prosecuted criminally and that families will be detained indefinitely.  Current law does not require that immigrants be jailed for entering the United States without permission – that is merely a narrative pushed by the Trump Administration.  The Executive Order also directs the Attorney General to seek to modify the Flores Settlement, so that children will be detained with their parents in jail rather than being released to close relatives or being detained in the least restrictive conditions possible.

We must call on the Trump Administration to immediately reunite the families that have been separated due to his policies.  The newly signed Executive Order is not a reversal of the previously implemented policy.  It merely serves as optics for the administration to claim that they are not ripping families apart.  The Executive Order is expected to temper the moral outcry from concerned individuals, but we must continue working to assure humane treatment and due process for families crossing the border.

Long term, the NMHBA looks forward to assisting in developing and advocating for policies that promote due process and family integration within our immigration system.  Our nation has always served as a beacon of hope for those fleeing violence or persecution.  We cannot now, or ever, become the evil that we seek to rescue others from.

For those that are looking to help out immediately, we suggest several avenues:
  • VOTE
    • New Mexico General Election
      s: Tuesday, November 6, 2018


The Board of Directors for the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER June 25, 2018. Making America Great Again?


We are all  horrified by what is happening to these families.  It’s a human reaction to the horror and overwhelming fear one feels at the thought of having one’s child ripped from one’s  arms with no knowledge of where that child is going, what kind of care she is under and if it will ever be possible to find her again.  Anyone who has momentarily lost a child in a crowd knows that chest tightening, throat clenching sense of panic and helplessness.  Imagine feeling that panic for days, months, even years.  Only people with no conscience can stand by or approve of this ghastly turn of events and of the mad monster who dreamed it up.

And we can take no solace from Trump’s decision to stop the practice of separating children from their parents because we knew this was not an act of compassion, that something equally bad or worse would result.  Sure enough there is no plan to reunite the families but there is a plan to keep families together in detention indefinitely, defying the Flores decision, a decades-old court settlement that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention centers for more than 20 days,  And we progressives are outraged and all are saying, “This is not US.”  How soon we forget.  The Obama administration would never have allowed this latest inhumane practice to occur but there was certainly plenty to object to concerning the Obama administration’s immigration policies. Perhaps if progressives had been as vocal then as they are now, something like this current obscenity might have been prevented. Why are we so reluctant to hold our own party accountable for evils that we are all too willing to protest when the other party is at fault?  While we need to spend our energies on the immediate danger, we must begin to  face the reality of past US immigration injustices, past and current interventions in the economics and  politics of our neighbors to the south (and everywhere else in the world), and the ridiculous but profitable  “War on Drugs”. Else we will continue to have desperate people coming to our borders trying to escape the terror that our country has played a large part in creating. Laura Stokes

DemocracyNow! is a very good source for what is happening with this situation.  Following is part of an interview with Clara Long, senior researcher with Human Rights Watch.

Continue reading PDACNM NEWSLETTER June 25, 2018. Making America Great Again?



Understanding the Issues:
  • Israel prosecutes in military courts as many as 700 Palestinian children each year – 10,000 children since 2002. They are not allowed attorneys. Israel is the only country in the world that systematically tries children in military courts. Right now, hundreds of children are in military prisons.
  • The Israeli military routinely uses violence on as many as 3/4 of all detained children – chokeholds, beatings, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, verbal attacks, and emotional abuse, and threats that extort confessions.
  • Since 2000, over 1,800 children have been killed in occupation-related violence.
  • All of this in direct violation of international conventions. Israel ratified in 1991 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, committing Israel to providing all children with a safe childhood and protection to ensure that childhood is a time free from insecurity, violence and abuse.
  • Read more here.
What everyone can do to help!
1. SUPPORT LEGISLATION: H.R. 4391 – Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.   Introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (202-225-6631).
  • Ask your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 4391. (Talking points above & on back.)
    • Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM D1): 202-225-6316, 505-346-6781
    • Steve Pearce (NM D2): 202-225-2365, 575-522-0771
    • Ben Ray Lujan (NM D3): 202-225-6190, 505-984-8950
  • Direct email to your legislators: here
  • Call the members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs listed below.
2. Sign the online petition for No Way to Treat a Child campaign: here
3. Promote the #nowaytotreatachild campaign on all your social media: 

4. Join the campaign and support the cause:  here
5. Educate yourself and friends: 

6. Get involved locally! Have these groups speak at your organization meetings or join these groups:
     You can always check with the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice – 505-268-9557
Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act

Bill Summary:

This bill prohibits U.S. assistance to Israel from being used to support the military detention, interrogation, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in violation of international humanitarian law or the use against Palestinian children of: (1) torture, inhumane, or degrading treatment; (2) physical violence or psychological abuse;  (3) incommunicado or administrative detention; (4) solitary confinement; (5) denial of parental or legal access during interrogations; or (6) force or coercion to obtain a confession.  The Department of State shall annually submit to Congress: (1) a certification that none of the funds obligated or expended in the previous fiscal year for assistance to Israel have been used to support any of such activities; or (2) if the State Department cannot make such certification, a report describing each activity and the amount of funds used by Israel in violation of this bill. The State Department shall include in each annual report on the barring of development assistance to a country that engages in human rights violations a description of the nature and extent of detention, interrogation, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children by Israeli military forces or police in violation of international humanitarian law.
24 Co-sponsors – list here
Why should MoCs support and vote yes to bill H.R. 4391?
  • The U.S. provides $3.8 Billion in military aid to Israel every year.
  • Nothing prevents Israel from using this aid to mistreat Palestinian children.
  • H.R. 4391 would bring transparency to how Israel uses American aid and would protect children.
Also will help create movement toward equal justice under the law, and create conditions that could lead to a just and lasting peace.

Call the House Committee on Foreign Affairs members. ALL NUMBERS START 202-

Chairman Ed Royce R-CA, Commt. office – 225-5021. Francis Rooney R-FL , Vice Chairman – 225-2536

Eliot Engel D-NY, Ranking Member – 225-2464.     Ami Bera D-CA, Vice Ranking Member – 225-5716

Christopher Smith – NJ – 225-3765
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – FL – 225-3931
Dana Rohrabacher – CA – 225-2415
Steve Chabot – OH – 225-2216
Jose Wilson – SC – 225-2452
Michael McCaul – TX –  225-2401
Ted Poe -TX –  225-6565
Darrell Issa – CA –  225-3906
Tom Marino – PA – 225-3731
Mo Brooks – AL –  225-4801
Paul Cook – CA – 225-5861
Scott Perry – PA – 225-5836
Ron DeSantis – FL – 225-2706
Mark Meadows – NC – 225-6401
Ted Yoho – FL – 225-5744
Adam Kinzinger – IL – 225-3635
Lee Zeldin – NY – 225-3826
Daniel Donovan – NY – 225-3371
Jim Sensenbrenner -WI – 225-5101
Ann Wagner – MO – 225-1621
Brian Mast – FL –  225-3026
Brian Fitzpatrick – PA – 225-4276
Tom Garrett – VA – 225-4711
John Curtis – UT – 225-7751
Brad Sherman – CA – 225-5911
Gregory Meeks – NY – 225-3461
Albio Sires – NJ – 225-7919
Gerald Connolly – VA – 225-1492
Ted Deutch – FL – 225-3001
Karen Bass – CA – 225-7084
William Keating – MA – 225-3111
David Cicilline – RI – 225-4911
Lois Frankel – FL – 225-9890
Tulsi Gabbard – HI – 225-4906
Joaquin Castro – TX – 225-3236
Robin Kelly – IL – 225-0773
Brendan Boyle – PA – 225-6111
Dina Titus – NV – 225-5965
Norma Torres – CA – 225-6161
Brad Schneider – IL – 225-4835
Thomas Suozzi – NY – 225-3335
Adriano Espaillat – NY – 225-4365
Ted Lieu – CA – 225-3976


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