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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter August 7, 2019 – No more” thoughts and prayers”


Moms Demand Action marches from White House to Capitol Hill after El Paso shooting


Joshua Bote, USA TODAY

“Gathered in Washington for a leadership conference called Gun Sense University, volunteers nationwide with Moms Demand Action mobilized on the last day. What was supposed to be a celebratory closing gala turned into a dire political moment upon hearing the news of the shootings at El Paso.”

“As chants of ‘El Paso’ and ‘Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go’ littered the air, protesters walked from the White House to Capitol Hill, eventually concluding the evening at Ulysses S. Grant Memorial.”

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter June 20, 2019 – Fasting for the Children – Sally-Alice Thompson

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PDACNM at office of Representive Deb Haaland on June 19

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR RIGHT AS A CITIZEN

Would you like to join PDACNM for some citizen advocacy with the staff of your US senator or representative? Every month PDACNM sits down with these friendly folks to express concerns, show support, share information and create lasting relationships.  We bring a letter each month from PDA national asking for support for specific legislation or to express our thanks for their support.  These letters are delivered by PDA chapters throughout the country. We welcome your participation.   Let us know if you can join us.  Lisa Franzen at geolisafranzen@aol.com, Laura Stokes at stokescorrales@comcast.net, Paul Stokes at stokescorrales@mac.com.

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

Union of Concerned Scientists: Your New Mexico senator needs to stop a dangerous new nuclear weapon

Paul Stokes, former member of the 18-Nation Disarmament Conference 

The Union of Concerned Scientists has asked its members to urge their senators to stop the development of a low-yield nuclear warhead that would be deployed on Sea-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) in our submarine fleet.

The W76-2 is a low-yield version of the W76 nuclear warhead carried on SLBMs.  It has been reported in the press as being considered more usable by the Trump administration because of its low yield – 6.5 kilotons.

I am disappointed that NNSA and the nuclear weapons labs (Sandia and probably Los Alamos) agreed to undertake this project. There was a time when the establishment of the nuclear weapons program in the AEC (now DOE/NNSA) and not in the Department of Defense was considered to provide some push-back on the zeal of the Defense Department to develop weapons that would increase its war-fighting capability when that capability also increased the likelihood of nuclear war.  That idealism may be totally absent today.

Many decades ago, when I was a young member of the US delegation to what was then known as the Eighteen Nation Disarmament Conference in Geneva, the Conference had become aware of the development of what were then called mini-nukes, and were worried that they would be considered more usable because of their low yields, thereby lowering the threshold for nuclear war.  I wrote a short speech for the US Ambassador, assuring the Conference that US policy on the use of nuclear weapons was the same for any yield of the weapons.  (I don’t remember what levels of authority I had to go through to get approval for that position.)

Today, US policy is apparently different, at least as reported in the media.  Now, it seems that President Trump does, indeed, want these low yield weapons because they are more usable.

The firebreak representing the policy difference regarding the use of conventional and nuclear weapons has, thankfully, held since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It would be tragic if the firebreak were weakened.

Last week, The House Armed Services Committee voted to delete language from the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act for the development of the W-76-2, the low-yield weapon for deployment on SLBMs. But it may come up again in the Senate or the Senate/House Conference Committee.Senator Heinrich sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which could stop the development of this weapon. Senator Udall sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee which might have jurisdiction. Let them know that you are opposed to the development of the W76-2, a low-yield nuclear weapon, because it would increase the likelihood of nuclear war.

Paul Stokes

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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