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Single Payer Universal Health Care: Building a Pathway to Victory


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.

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PDACNM Newsletter September 5, 2018

Please join the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter for the premier showing of ‘Sacred Land, Sacred Water: Confluences in the Rio Grande Valley’ at our upcoming Sierra Club & Root Beer event.

When: 6:15 – 8 p.m. Friday, September 7
Where: Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Drive SE 

Facebook event: here

The documentary is produced by filmmakers Lewis Jacobs and Craig Barth with geologist Don Phillips, telling the story of the imminent threat by the New Mexico oil and gas industry to influence the passage of an oil and gas friendly ordinance in Sandoval County.

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PDACNM Newsletter August 27, 2018


HISTORIC DECISION!

DNC Votes to Bar Superdelegates From Convention’s First Presidential Ballot

“DNC Chairman Tom Perez spoke directly to the party’s grass-roots activists in hailing the new rules, saying, ‘We want you to have a seat at the table.”

by Reid J. Epstein, Wall Street Journal

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AND PDA AND THE NM ADELANTE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS WERE THERE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE AND ELECTION FAIRNESS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.  NOTE THE PDA LOGO AND THE RISING SUN OF THE NM PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS ON THE BANNER THAT NORM SOLOMON IS HOLDING!!

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PDACNM Newsletter August 20, 2018

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS STORY IN THE ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE GUN CONTROL BILLS THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION.  WE NEED TO SWARM THE ROUNDHOUSE WHEN THESE BILLS COME UP.

It’s time for common sense gun measures
JOURNAL EDITORIAL

Students across the state are returning to school this week with the new school supplies, energy and readiness – or not – for a new year of learning.
With that – for students, parents and teachers – also comes the renewed fear over the possibility of some deranged soul or lost youth entering their school with a firearm and leaving behind a trail of despair.

It’s a fear that increases each year as the body count at our schools – and other public places – continues to rise: Two students shot to death at Aztec High School. Seventeen staff and students shot and killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Two people shot and killed at a library in Clovis. Fifty-eight people murdered with semi-automatic rifles while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nev.

The list of fatal shootings goes on and on and on and on, and yet the leaders of our nation – and our state – have been unable, or unwilling, to push through sensible gun laws. There was a sense after the Stoneman Douglas shooting last February that the powerful gun lobby had finally met its match in the survivors of that Florida school shooting who called them out and demanded action from lawmakers. Whether that movement will move the needle on gun legislation nationally remains to be seen, but several Democratic lawmakers in our state say they plan to pursue a number of new laws in the next legislative session, which begins in January.

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PDACNM Newsletter August 3, 2018 – What You Can Do About Climate Change


NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

Rep. Maxine Waters has been accused by Mr. Trump and even members of her own party of using language that could be construed to incite violence. Martin Luther King was also at one time accused of inciting violence, Ms. Waters, like Dr. King, insists that she supports nonviolent protests but she encourages Americans to stand up to tyranny by bold acts of peaceful resistance and by speaking truth to power. This kind of resistance has been an American tradition with the likes of young black people sitting down at a lunch counter and refusing to leave until people of color were allowed to be served; hundreds of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protestors taking to the streets, willing to be arrested and imprisoned to stop that unjust and cruel war; hundreds of people willing to be arrested at sit-ins in government offices and institutions around the country to protest Trump’s vicious practice of separating children from their parents; indigenous people putting their freedom on the line to try to stop an oil pipeline that threatens their lands and the planet; environmental activists who relentlessly fight to protect our air and water by physically endangering themselves; young high school survivors of gun violence boldly confronting their elected officials; athletes defying their teams’ owners and jeopardizing their careers to bring attention to police brutality against black people. And yes a restaurant owner, a person of color, who had the courage to refuse to serve a representative of an oppressive government that is deliberately targeting people of color with its vicious and dangerous racist policies. These behaviors might not be polite and these people may not be behaving the way their parents brought them up; but silence, politeness and passivity are no longer options. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

However, those who decry the words of Rep. Waters should pay attention to the real promotion of violence in this country and that is the support for a military budget that is draining precious resources, inflicting chaos and death around the world and destroying our planet while our government seems incapable of providing adequate education, housing and food for American families.  When a member of Congress votes to expand our already bloated military without asking where the money will come from and almost in the same breath proclaiming that we, the richest country in the world, cannot afford to provide health care for all its people, that member is indirectly committing not one but two acts of violence.

Dr. Martin Luther King in his speech protesting the Vietnam war said, “The United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”  Nothing has changed.

Not one member of the US Congress or Senate has signed the PDA Peace Pledge, which you can find on our website. However Deb Haaland, who is almost certain to represent NM in the first congressional district, was one of the first to sign. Thank you, Deb.

Laura Stokes

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PDACNM Newsletter July 16, 2018

GOVERNORS! STEP UP OR STEP OUT
Policies for the People, Not the 1 Percent

Demonstration in Santa Fe, Friday July 20, 10:00 am at the
National Governors’ Conference

When: Friday July 20, 10:00 am – 12 noon
Where: State Capitol, East Side
What: Rally at the State Capitol and March to the Santa Fe Convention Center

The federal government has abandoned the people. Governors must support state policies and laws that
    • Provide affordable healthcare as a right for all
    • Increase state funding for public education K – higher education
    • Expand environmental protection and 100% renewable energy
    • Ensure women’s access to reproductive health and right to choose
    • Stop inhumane ICE enforcement, protect due process for immigrants and asylum seekers, and keep families together
    • Guarantee unions the right to organize and collect dues.
    • Protect free speech rights to support Palestine through boycotts
    • Protect voting rights and end gerrymandering
    • Enforce stricter gun control laws, ban assault weapons and paraphernalia
    • End mass incarceration and private prisons
    • Protect indigenous lands and rights

Participating organizations: New Mexico Women’s March, NM Poor People’s Campaign, Juntos, Our Revolution NM, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Frack Free Four Corners, 350.org,The Red Nation, Tewa Women United, New Energy Economy, Black Lives Matter, SWOP, Indivisible, Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter, Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ, Friends of Sabeel ABQ, Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine, Chainbreaker, Retake our Democracy, Earth Care, ABQ Peace and Justice Center, Food and Water Watch, Nasty Women NM, SF NOW, Vets for Peace SF.

What to do: Bring your banners and signs and a list of urgent priorities on your letterhead. We will present letters to the conference organizers. To add your organization to the sponsor list, contact the Step-up Governors Committee, 505-469-0714, or email JeffreyHaas42@gmail.com. Tell us how many members you expect.

 

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