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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter June 6, 2019 – Join PDA at the Guild

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Biden Campaign Admits Plagiarizing Part of Climate Plan From Fossil Fuel Groups

‘In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, climate researcher and University of California, Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes said Biden’s proposal to confront the climate crisis – which was released amid growing pressure and criticism from grassroots environmental groups – reads like a ‘cribbed plan.'”
” ‘As a professor, I’ve seen plagiarism before,’ Stokes wrote. ‘It’s like his team copied off of his competitors, using all the same keywords (‘environmental justice,’ ‘Green New Deal’) but with less substance.’ “
” ‘I have no problem with campaigns borrowing ideas with one another,’ Stokes added. ‘But there needs to be substance and commitment behind those plans. I am wary that we will find empty words with the Biden team.’ “

“Green groups echoed Stokes’ concerns about the substance of Biden’s plan prior to accusations that parts of the proposal were lifted straight from industry-friendly organizations.

In a statement following the release of Biden’s plan on Tuesday, Wenonah Hauter – executive director of Food & Water Action – described the proposal as ‘a cobbled-together assortment of weak emissions targets and unproven technological schemes that fail to adequately address the depth and urgency of the climate crisis we face.’

“‘This plan cannot be considered a serious proposal to tackle climate change,” Hauter said. ‘Biden’s focus on ‘net zero’ emissions, carbon capture programs, and vague pollution pricing schemes all point to one outcome: a society continuing to be dominated by fossil fuels, and a future of irrevocable climate chaos’ ” Read article here.

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams, June 5, 2019

 

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter May 23, 2019 END CORPORATE RULE

209 Economists Endorse Medicare
for All Ahead of House Budget Hearing


National Nurses United, May 21, 2019

“209 economists have signed a public statement (here) supporting Medicare for All

. The letter calls the current health care system “exorbitant and wasteful” and asserts that ‘the time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All health care system in the United States.'”

“‘This letter illustrates how Medicare for All is really a win-win,’ says Cathy Albisa, Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. ‘It would lower the nation’s health care costs over time while guaranteeing everyone the care they need and financial security. The only real losers are the big health care companies profiting off of our sickness and health.'”

Read article here.

National Nurses United has been a loyal supporter of PDA for years.  Donate if you can.  They don’t take corporate money.

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter May 17, 2019

Udall Holds ‘For The People Act’ Forum in Albuquerque

Discusses his efforts to enact a sweeping package of reforms that will fight corruption, fix our broken politics, and make government work for all Americans.

Senator Udall, NM Rep. Linda Trujillo; NM Rep. Moe Maestas; Paul Stokes, PDACNM;  Max Feldman, Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice; Judy Williams, President NM League of Women Voters; Laurie Weahkee; Exec. Dir. Native American Voters Alliance.

“The For the People Act is a sweeping package of pro-democracy reforms that aims to make it easier, not harder, to vote; end the dominance of big money in politics; and ensure that public officials work for the public interest. The bill serves as Senate companion legislation to H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the House in March of this year. It builds off of Udall’s We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017, which was introduced in the 115th Congress as a comprehensive reform package encompassing a number of bills championed by Udall and others to address various shortcomings in our political system, and strengthen and revitalize our democracy.”  Press Release May 11

PDACNM applauds the Senator for taking bold steps to save our Democracy when it would be easy for him to sit back and relax now that he is no longer a candidate.  Instead, he is motivated to do the people’s work as energetically as ever.  Let’s support and promote this very important and comprehensive bill.

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter April 30 – Support Corporate Free Dems

We, all of us together, can end corporate rule!!

From time to time, we like to remind everyone that one of the essential pillars of PDA is Ending Corporate Rule. Based on that mission, we urge everyone to please consider helping out local candidates who are running for office with Public Financing. They need seed money in order to qualify as a candidate.

And we urge everyone to consider the same principle of ending corporate rule when choosing any candidate for public office – national, state, county and city. We hear Democrats say every day that we cannot save our Democracy until we get the influence of big money out of politics; and yet, those same Democrats will unquestionably support candidates who continue to feed at the trough of corporate magnanimity. This kind of hypocrisy cannot be made more obvious than by the results of recent polls that show Joe Biden leading among the announced presidential candidates. It is profoundly troubling, for the reasons listed in the article below, that millions of Americans find Biden to be the most “electable” of all the candidates.

Most of us feel powerless to challenge the vise that money has on our electoral system but one way we can overcome the evil of a corrupt system is to support candidates who refuse to play the corporate game. More and more candidates are refusing to take corporate dollars. We can make a difference by supporting those candidates.

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