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PDACNM NEWSLETTER December 6, 2017 – Who’s Next?


The blatant hypocrisy that Representatives Fajardo and Clahchischilliage exhibit in their Dec. 4 Journal letter attacking Rep. Stephanie Maez for “exploiting the current situation” of sexual harassment charges reveal a cynical political attempt at deflection. Ms. Maez actually took a stand against her Democratic colleague and asked that he drop out of the Lt. Governor’s race for sexist comments he made to fellow workers. And what do these Republican legislators say in response to Rep. Gentry’s offensive sexist insult to a colleague of equal professional standing? They, in fact, dismiss Rep. Gentry’s offense as “a sophomoric note to a colleague” and argue that his work on behalf of women is much more important.

These Republican legislators claim that Ms. Maez “attacks Gentry only when members of the Democratic Party are under fire”. In fact, Ms. Maez filed an official letter of complaint at the time of the insult from Rep Gentry. The complaint was ignored.

Senator Padilla also has a record of supporting good causes but Stephanie Maez makes the painful decision to ask that her Democratic colleague step down because as she says, “It’s time to draw a clear line in the sand. It’s time to set the right examples.” So now I am wondering where  these Republican women legislators draw the line when it comes to sexual harassment by a fellow Republican. Does just a little “locker room talk” not qualify?

The letters from Representatives Fajardo and Clahchischilliage are here.  Ms. Maez’ letter is here.

Laura Stokes

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PDACNM NEWSLETTER November 21, 2017 – Thanks to all you progressive activists


To all our activist friends, I am so thankful for all of you out there for never giving up, never getting discouraged (for long), never losing your sense of humor, always believing in the vision for justice, finding creative ways to fight injustice, loving and forgiving and encouraging each other, giving so many hours of your time and energy to the struggle and inspiring us all to keep on going by combating despair with the only weapons we have – our courage, our brains, our humanity and each other.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holidays, take a break if you wish, from the orange menace, and come back refreshed and emboldened and ready for action.

Laura Stokes, Editor

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PDACNM Monthly Meeting

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Meeting
December 13, 2017
First Unitarian Church
3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110

It’s the holiday season so come celebrate the election and the future with us.
And sample Margarita’s famous enchiladas and more.


Viki Harrison, Executive Director Common Cause NM – Citizen Lobbyist Training-the ins and outs of contacting and engaging with your lawmakers in Santa Fe on the issues that matter to you.

Pia Gallegos, Civil Rights Lawyer and Democratic Party Ward Chair, Precinct Chair and State Central Committee Member. Task Force Member/Co-Author of the “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.”

And maybe a surprise guest.  No, not that surprise guest.

League of Women Voters of New Mexico Workshop

League of Women Voters of New Mexico
Workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy 
at the Legislature

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:30 to Noon
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 322 
(enter on the East side only)
The public is invited.

Learn tips from legislators and a professional lobbyist on how to interact with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause.

League members will also provide tips on speaking for LWVNM.

Senator Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, District 25
Senator Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, District 23
Jim Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights New Mexico. 

PDACNM NEWSLETTER November 7, 2017 – Anniversary of Day of Infamy – Join PDACNM Meeting


The Paradise Papers is a special investigation by the Guardian and 95 media partners worldwide into a leak of 13.4m files from two offshore service providers and 19 tax havens’ company registries

Read about it here.

“The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain’s offshore empires.
The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive – and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth.
The material, which has come from two offshore service providers and the company registries of 19 tax havens, was obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with partners including the Guardian, the BBC and the New York Times.
The project has been called the Paradise Papers”

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Some of you received the following letter from our national director Donna Smith, Our local chapter would like to support her statement by saying that Chair Perez’s act is not acceptable to us and should be protested by all who care about unifying the party.  PDACNM strongly opposes such actions which do nothing but further drive a wedge into any efforts to unite the establishment and progressive wings of the party. I have heard no criticism of Perez’s decision by any of our party establishment leaders.  I take this to be complicitous agreement, which means, IMO, more of the same failed policies of the past.   I do thank Bill Peiffer, Chair of Bernalillo County Democrats, for his remarks in the Blue Review expressing his disagreement with Perez’s decision.  They might have been a bit more excoriating.  They might have made more of an effort to hold the DNC accountable rather than saying there is nothing we can do about it at the local level.

No doubt progressives will again be subjected to the tiresome refrains imploring us to stop whining, put the past behind us, and work together in order to beat Trump. We should work together, but only if progressive policies are given due consideration – after all, the policies advanced by Bernie Sanders made him the most popular politician in America.

Here’s what ousted member James Zogby tweeted, “This doesn’t bring the party together. It deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck for ’18 & ’20”.  Those of us who have been party loyalists for many years and those of us who believe in working inside and outside the party will continue the struggle, at least for a while longer.  But many are too young to remember Bill Clinton’s famous dismissal of progressives by saying “they” have nowhere else to go and many are choosing to ridicule those words. Therefore, we have people leaving the Democratic Party or never signing up.  This could turn out to be scarier than Trump I.  It could be Trump II.

Continue working to get progressives elected to public office and help organize a NM Progressive Caucus!!

Articles on this issue can be read here and here and here.

Laura Stokes, Editor

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