Emma’s artwork for “Bridging Two Worlds” Emma created this poster artwork for “Telling My Story: Bridging Two Worlds,” to be presented in November by Two Worlds and Storytellers of New Mexico. Mark your calendars for this interactive storytelling/theater performance featuring all women of color: November 9th -11th at the Q-Staff Theatre in Albuquerque. There is more information at www.storytellersofnewmexico.com and in the next issue of UNTITLED.
Sandy Eaton, RN, Dialogue & Initiative, August 2018
This year is pivotal for shifting the balance of forces in the United States away from the proponents of austerity, racism, war and fascism. People are coming together not only to resist Trump and the Republicans but to fight for economic and social survival. Health care in the US is a raging cauldron of struggle to win justice as millions campaign for access, affordability, quality and equality. Single-payer financing is increasingly recognized as essential for a just healthcare system.
The drive toward “Building a Pathway to Victory” has begun and was the focus of this year’s national single-payer strategy conference. The Minnesota Nurses Association hosted this historic meeting in Minneapolis June 22-24. Initially funded by National Nurses United, this campaign seeks to make healthcare justice, including the enactment of expanded and improved Medicare for all, an essential ingredient in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Support for improved Medicare for all has already shown itself to be a winner in Democratic Party primaries across the country, North and South. Organizers have been hired to work in key presidential primary states. Regional meetings to launch this campaign have so far drawn hundreds more activists into the fray.
Contact: Diane Wood email@example.com or 505-379-9470
Every election year the nonpartisan organization Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM), works to help voters cast their vote freely by fielding a team of volunteers “poll watchers” to help answer voter questions, locate their poll and make sure their votes are counted. CCNM is now recruiting volunteers from all over New Mexico.
Poll watchers are an integral part of CCNM Election Protection project. CCNM recruits lawyers, students and ordinary citizens from across the state organizing them to take part in our democracy and make sure it works for everyone.
After reviewing an informational packet, Poll Watchers will have answers to voters’ frequently asked questions and have the websites and toll free numbers to direct voters for additional assistance.
Ready to volunteer? Email Diane Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org
Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
Register online at the NM Secretary of State website:
Toll Free Hot Lines for Voters’ Questions
Spanish Language 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)
Asian Voters 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683)
Arabic Language 1-844-YALLA-US (1-844-925-5287)
About Election Protection New Mexico
Election Protection New Mexico is a nonpartisan project for the state of New Mexico. This program seeks to ensure that every eligible voter who wants to vote can and that every vote is counted accurately. Election Protection NM is not affiliated with any party or candidate.
Additional questions about Election Protection NM?
contact: Diane Wood, Voting Rights Director for Common Cause New Mexico
In Deborah’s words, “volunteering, activism, and working towards social justice are in my DNA.” Over the past two months, Deborah has taken the lead to organize Legal Observers to help safeguard clinics, clients, and volunteers that have been experiencing heightened aggression from anti-abortion protesters. Legal Observers watch for activity that violates the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE).
Recent editorial comment from the Albuquerque Journal.
We must look to changes that will meet future needs
THE JOURNAL published an opinion column by R. J. Samuelson,” Our heavy investment in the past is shortchanging our future,” on June 14. His point seems to be that Medicare and Social Security payments are going to come close to bankrupting this nation and must be reduced both in dollars and coverage, particularly aimed at the over-65 population and the disabled.
Samuelson in his concern for the percentage of federal spending for Social Security and Medicare fails to take into account that every wage earner since the early 1930 s has contributed to these funds. Both of these programs are self-funding through payroll taxes and do not, and have not, impacted the deficit. Samuelson states “. taxes will have to go up, but some spending will have to go down, and this is virtually impossible.” without cutting Social Security and Medicare.
It is possible by raising the cap on Social Security – fully funded to 2034 – and significantly reducing out-of-pocket costs for health care and health care costs in general by adopting Medicare for All legislation, e. g., HR 676.
VOTE ON FARM BILL IMMINENT. WE UNDERSTAND REP. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM IS TO VOTE NO! BUT WE DON’T KNOW WHERE REP. BEN RAY LUJÁN STANDS ON THIS VOTE. Please call his office and ask him to vote no for the reasons below:
Rep. Ben Ray Luján: DC office – (202) 225-6190; Rio Rancho – (505) 994-0499
Please thank Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her no vote. DC office – (202) 225-6316; ABQ office – (505) 346-6781
- What’s the issue: The Farm Bill was last passed in 2013, and it must be reauthorized every five years. It’s a $100 billion legislative package that covers everything from farm subsidies and agricultural programs to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps). Typically, it is a bipartisan exercise-but in April, Republicans passed a partisan bill out of committee that takes away food assistance from people (over two million people could be kicked out of the program) and instead funds unproven, unscalable job training programs that will leave people hungry.
- What to expect: The House is expected to vote on the Farm Bill the week of May 14; it will probably pass with few or no Democratic votes. The Senate will take it up after that; it’s likely they will start from scratch with their own version.
- Bottom line: Only a few months after voting to give trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, House Republicans are back to make life worse for families who rely on federal food assistance. The House vote in mid-May will only be the start of this fight; we’ll keep you updated as it goes forward.
- The Rich Get Richer – The House farm bill creates new loopholes that further tilt farm subsidies toward the largest, most successful farm businesses and away from small family farmers. The bill would allow cousins, nieces and nephews of farmers to receive subsidies even if they don’t live or work on the farm. A recent report by the Department of Agriculture found that the share of subsidies claimed by the biggest farms has tripled since 1991, and H.R. 2 would make this problem worse.
- The Poor Get Poorer – The same bill that enriches the largest and most successful farmers will also cause more than 1 million low-income households – more than 2 million people, including working families with children – to lose their food-assistance benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or have them reduced. The bill includes unworkable job training requirements that will place new burdens on states and leave many poor Americans without food assistance.
- Drinking Water Gets Dirtier – The House farm bill cuts conservation spending by $800 million, including programs designed to protect drinking water from farm pollution. Although the bill includes some reforms, these provisions are outweighed by proposed cuts and new pesticide safety loopholes.
- Diets Get Less Healthy – While the House farm bill increases funding for SNAP recipients who shop at farmers markets, the bill eliminates funding for other programs that help finance farmers markets and help farmers build local markets for healthy products. The bill also cuts funding for programs that help organic farmers.
- Rural America Gets Left Behind – At the very same moment Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was hosting a conference on the importance of broadband internet to rural America, the House Agriculture Committee was voting to cut USDA rural development funding by more than $500 million. The House bill also cuts funding from programs to help farmers produce more renewable energy.
- States Get Sidelined – The House farm bill included a sweeping amendment from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that would broadly preempt state and local food and farm laws, including food safety and food labeling laws. Although intended to block a new California animal welfare law, the King amendment would wipe away thousands of state and local laws regulating everything from invasive pests to fishing.
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Caucus members are signing up to volunteer for various committees! Would you like to get in on the ground floor of helping build the caucus and carry out its mission? Together, we can build a strong statewide caucus.
We are just getting started, so you could help decide the structure and functions of committees. The time commitment is flexible. We are especially looking for leaders. Committee leaders will receive guidance.
Below are some examples of different jobs each committee might handle.
* Content for Digital Media
* Letters to the Editor
* Press Relations
* Visual Media
Working with under-represented populations to:
* Register Voters
* Cultivate Leaders within the Caucus and the Party Structure and as Potential Lawmakers
* Serve as Liaison to Market the Caucus to those Communities and Bring their Concerns back to the Caucus
* Developing Financial Controls
Membership and Events
* Arranging Event Venues
* Arranging Event Guest Speakers
* Child Care at Events
* Data Entry
* Recruiting Members
Nominations for Caucus Officers
* Seeking candidates
* Evaluating candidates
Policy and Politics
* Candidate Recruiting and Development
* Candidate Research and Evaluation
* Developing Small-Donor Fundraising for the Party
* Lobbying Officials
* Party Rules Changes
* Supporting Candidate Campaigns
NOTE: The direction of this committee will likely depend on goals to be decided at an all-day goals session June 2, for which we have already reached capacity.
* Data Analysis
* Database Management
* Technical Aspects of Digital Media
No matter what your interests and skills, you can help build the caucus by volunteering.
PLEASE SIGN UP, by filling out the form at http://bit.ly/AdelanteCommitteesForm.
If you have any questions, please write to the interim volunteer coordinator, Maurreen Skowran, at email@example.com.