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PDACNM Newsletter December 10, 2018 – Nobel Peace Prize Nominee David Swanson

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PDA Challenges Racism in Our CNM Chapter

In accord with our national PDA statements about racism and recognizing the pervasiveness of systemic racism in all our institutions, the Central New Mexico chapter is committed to confronting racism and bias, and changing our group culture.

Why do we need to explore whiteness, bias and racism for our current progressive political work?

  • “Our future depends on creating a multiracial progressive movement that will fight for racial and economic justice together-and we are ready.”  – Heather McGhee, President of Dēmos.
  • “And if a class-conscious multi-racial party attuned to anti-sexist, anti-homophobic and anti-militaristic issues and grounded in ecological commitments can reconfigure our citizenship, maybe our decaying democracy has a chance. ” – Cornel West

To move forward with this work, this year we:

  • Invited an anti-racist facilitator to work with our Planning Committee
  • Conducted three Exploring Whiteness training sessions
  • Created an overall plan for doing our anti-racist work
  • Incorporated a “Calling-In” strategy for our planning meetings where we notice microaggression and racist language and provide feedback so that the white people on the Planning Committee can learn more inclusive communication
  • Currently, we are preparing a statement of our organizational commitment to ending racism.

Understanding Microaggressions can be an important place for white people to start exploring anti-racist work. Build the skill of noticing the language you use and what language you tolerate around you.

What are Microaggressions? “Brief everyday slights, indignities, put-downs, or invalidations that people of color experience in their everyday interactions with well-intentioned and well-meaning people who are unaware that they are delivering a put-down or invalidation.” Dr. Derald Wing Sue

What are some examples of Microaggressions? This concept is beautifully and painfully represented by students from Fordham University and the real things people say/do to them all the time, from 2013:

I want to learn more – a great video about microaggressions by Dr. Derald Wing Sue.
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PDACNM Newsletter November 28, 2018 – Make Peace

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Dignity Kits for Asylum Seekers

Thank all you PDACNM supporters for contributing  Dignity Kits for asylum seekers. Here is Deborah Marez-Baca beside a rented van stuffed to capacity with hundreds of Dignity Kits donated by many friends of PDACNM.  Deb and husband Larry drove to El Paso over the Thanksgiving weekend and delivered the kits to those in need at the border.  We will be making more deliveries in the future of whatever items the agencies think are necessary to help these courageous and desperate migrants seeking safety.


Webinar: The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead

November 26: Webinar: The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead (Socialist Education Project and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS))

The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead
Webinar of the CCDS Socialist Education Project
Nov. 26, 8:30 -10:30 Eastern time, 7:30-9:30 Central time.

The Democratic Party regained control of the US House of Representatives and numerous state and local offices but lost ground in the US Senate.  There was a huge voter turnout, and a record number of women won office including younger women of color and open socialists.  Is the progressive voice now stronger within the Democratic Party?  What is the future direction of the Party and how can the Left and the people’s movements have influence?  How does all of this shape up for the Trump resistance and the opening dynamics for the 2020 presidential election?

A special two-hour edition will examine these and other questions resulting from the historic 2018 elections. There will be presentations and reports, followed by discussion.


  • Steve Cobble — co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America and associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.
  • Donna Dewitt — president emeritus of AFL-CIO of South Carolina, and activist in women’s issues and single payer health care
  • Kathy Sykes — Representative in Mississippi House of Representatives, longtime civil and immigrant rights activist of Jackson NAACP
  • CCDS members from around the country, and other invited Left and socialist speakers.

Topic: The Impact of the 2018 Elections: Looking Ahead
Time: Nov 26, 2018 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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PDACNM Newsletter November 12, 2018

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Time to Act! Oppose the Presidential Proclamation
on Asylum Seekers

Last Friday, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation banning entry into the U.S. between designated ports of entry, denying people their full right to seek asylum in the United States along the southern border. The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security have issued a new joint rule ensuring that migrants subject to the Proclamation are ineligible for asylum in the U.S.

It is not a crime to seek asylum at a border, port of entry, or other location within the U.S. The right to petition for asylum is firmly established in both the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act and international law as a critical means of protection. JRS/USA continues to oppose any effort to limit entry into the U.S. and requests for asylum based on place of origin, religion, or vulnerability.

As an organization working with asylum seekers, refugees, and others who have been forcibly displaced in over 50 countries around the world, JRS witnesses first-hand the risks that individuals and families take as they flee their homes in search of peace. JRS Mexico is currently responding to the needs of the migrant caravan by providing legal services, emergency food assistance and psychosocial support for those who have suffered trauma.

To protect the rights of asylum seekers and continue the American tradition of providing due process to all, it is crucial that we take action. Please take a moment today to send a letter to the Administration and your policymakers urging them to oppose this Presidential Proclamation and advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees.

Thank you for taking action.
Executive Director
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

PDACNM Newsletter November 7, 2018 – The Day After


The losses in Texas, Florida, and Georgia weigh heavy on our hearts as we celebrate astonishing victories in our NM state and federal races. Xochi’s still in the running as of 7:30 this morning!! There are still absentee and other votes to be counted. But progressives can take courage and comfort in the enormous strides we have made in just a few short years and the Andrews and Betos and Staceys and Xochis will return, multiply and win next time.

Congratulations to all the hardworking Democratic House candidates who won last night.  And to those who came so close, thank you for your efforts in trying to make NM a better place to live and raise a family.  It was a great night for women and progressives in NM.  Let’s be a presence in Santa Fe to push for bold progressive legislation that effectively tackles the challenges we face in NM and the rest of the country.

But first, take a break and join PDA on Nov. 14 for a wrap up with Dede and then some open mic song, poetry and story as we gather in hope and solidarity and plans for actions going forward.


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PDACNM Newsletter October 29, 2018 – The horror that is Trump – Go Vote!


Upcoming BLM Oil and Gas Lease/Sale

Most of us have heard about the upcoming BLM oil and gas lease/sale that will effect the Greater Chaco Area and the people who live there. But maybe you didn’t know that some of this BLM lease/sale land is in the Rio Chama watershed on the east side of the Continental Divide. If it’s in the Rio Chama watershed it’s in the Rio Grande watershed. 70% of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority drinking water is San Juan Chama Diversion water. A pollution event on the Rio Gallina could shut down the surface drinking water usage for over 600,000 users of the ABCWUA. See the short ABCWUA film below. We are all stakeholders and it’s all connected.

This article published yesterday and written by Laura Paskus can help tie our current and future water dilemma all together. The water in the Chama is at risk. Horizontal fracking has changed everything. When they extract the 6 million gallons from the aquifer to frack a single well it may cause a draw on the surface water. This is exactly what the current Texas v New Mexico lawsuit is all about. It’s also what the Texas v New Mexico lawsuit on the Pecos was all about. And we lost that suit. This is a water issue from the potential surface and subsurface pollution standpoint. As well as a water issue from the extraction of water to frack and the disposal of water in only who knows where places. We are not putting all of the pieces together.

Here is a link to the NEW documentary film Sacred Land Sacred Water.  It explains the extreme dangers of fracking in the Albuquerque Basin. Watch it. Protect the water.

Mike Neas

Next MRCOG Board Meeting

Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: MRCOG Board Room, 809 Copper Ave. NW, ABQ

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