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PDACNM Newsletter, February 7, 2019

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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.'”

PDACNM Newsletter, January 28, 2019

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JOIN OUR PDACNM LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS

(You will make a difference just by taking a few minutes in a comfortable chair.)
We prioritize progressive bills that fit our issues and send out action alerts when those bills are to come up for votes in committee hearings. 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 (stokescorrales@mac.com).  Please do whatever you have time to do. Any effort goes a long way.

PDACNM Newsletter, January 19, 2019

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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 (stokescorrales@mac.com).  Please do whatever you have time to do. Any effort goes a long way.

Promotional Information About the PDA Feb 13 Community Meeting

Join Millions for Prisoners and demand an end to the criminal INJUSTICES being done to New Mexicans every day across the state.

Selinda Guerrero, prominent local organizer and activist who represents Millions for Prisoners, Save the Kids, Building Power for Black New Mexico, and Strong Families will be joined by Kelly Garcia Chavez and Justin Allen, Field Organizers with Millions for Prisoners, to share truths, personal stories and actions we can all take during our PDA February 13th community gathering.

Get to know Millions for Prisoners at https://www.facebook.com/MillionsforPrisonersNM/

About:  In solidarity with all being held behind the walls and by oppressive institutions, laws and policies, we seek to unite activists, advocates, prisoners, ex-prisoners, their family and friends. Abolish the 13th!

Read their media herehttp://sawarimi.org/about/amani-discovering-amani-sawari-ara-re?subscribe=opted_out#blog_subscription-2

Mass incarceration includes such issues as the prison industrial complex, privatization of prisons, disproportionate imprisonment of people of color, school push-out of students of color, the school-to-prison pipeline, mandatory minimum sentences, and legalizing marijuana.

Did you know . . .

  • 25% of the world’s prisoners are imprisoned within our country’s borders yet Americans account for only 5% of the world’s population?
  • Today in the U.S., nearly SEVEN MILLION people are incarcerated, on probation or on parole?
  • New Mexico has the largest number of private prisons in the nation?
  • The profits for private prisons operated by for-profit corporations have increased more than 500% in the last 20 years?
  • ICE is now effectively in our schools? Without any legal changes, schools have become the start of a law-enforcement chain that lets ICE agents on transnational-crime task forces arrest and deport youth who are merely suspected of gang affiliation? (Hannah Dreier, ProPublica)
  • Here in NM, you can have your parole violated and be sent back to prison if a beer can is thrown in your yard and a parole officer notices it? More prison time FOR A BEER CAN that isn’t even yours!
  • Even though NM law states that people who have finished their time behind the walls can regain the right to vote, it is rarely happening? Hear Justin’s recent experience of the struggle to regain his basic right to vote!

What can I do right now?  Support HB57 (introduced by Rep. Gail Chasey). This grassroots campaign for the “Right 2 Vote NM” will allow all New Mexicans over 18 years to vote – regardless of incarceration status. Isn’t the fundamental freedom of our constitution the right for our voices to be heard through voting? Isn’t voting the primary freedom of speech? If passed, NM will be the first state to reaffirm the rights of all citizens to vote.

Call/email your NM Legislators right now and ask them to support HB57 (Senate version coming soon!

Read more about criminal justice reform here:
https://www.themarshallproject.org/records/622-criminal-justice-reform
https://eji.org/bryan-stevenson

PDACNM Newsletter, January 15, 2019

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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.

PDACNM Newsletter December 31, 2018 – Change, Progress and Challenge in 2019

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THE ARTS
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

PDACNM Newsletter December 24, 2018 – PDACNM Change of Time, Venue and Date for January

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PDA LETTER DROPS

Each month PDA members from different chapters around the country pay visits to their Senators and Representatives with letters asking them to support specific progressive legislation.  We invite you to join us.  The visits are pleasurable and productive for us and for the office staffs.  Several PDACNM folks paid a visit to Rep. Luján’s office this month to encourage him to support the Green New Deal and to thank him for co-sponsoring the resolution to stop military aid to the Saudi War on Yemen. We visited Senator Udall’s office to thank him for supporting efforts to stop US military assistance in Yemen.

If you would like to join us on these visits, please contact Laura at stokescorrales@comcast.net.