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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter May 23, 2019 END CORPORATE RULE

209 Economists Endorse Medicare
for All Ahead of House Budget Hearing

National Nurses United, May 21, 2019

“209 economists have signed a public statement (here) supporting Medicare for All

. The letter calls the current health care system “exorbitant and wasteful” and asserts that ‘the time is now to create a universal, single-payer, Medicare for All health care system in the United States.'”

“‘This letter illustrates how Medicare for All is really a win-win,’ says Cathy Albisa, Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. ‘It would lower the nation’s health care costs over time while guaranteeing everyone the care they need and financial security. The only real losers are the big health care companies profiting off of our sickness and health.'”

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National Nurses United has been a loyal supporter of PDA for years.  Donate if you can.  They don’t take corporate money.

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

Udall Holds ‘For The People Act’ Forum in Albuquerque

Discusses his efforts to enact a sweeping package of reforms that will fight corruption, fix our broken politics, and make government work for all Americans.

Senator Udall, NM Rep. Linda Trujillo; NM Rep. Moe Maestas; Paul Stokes, PDACNM;  Max Feldman, Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice; Judy Williams, President NM League of Women Voters; Laurie Weahkee; Exec. Dir. Native American Voters Alliance.

“The For the People Act is a sweeping package of pro-democracy reforms that aims to make it easier, not harder, to vote; end the dominance of big money in politics; and ensure that public officials work for the public interest. The bill serves as Senate companion legislation to H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed the House in March of this year. It builds off of Udall’s We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017, which was introduced in the 115th Congress as a comprehensive reform package encompassing a number of bills championed by Udall and others to address various shortcomings in our political system, and strengthen and revitalize our democracy.”  Press Release May 11

PDACNM applauds the Senator for taking bold steps to save our Democracy when it would be easy for him to sit back and relax now that he is no longer a candidate.  Instead, he is motivated to do the people’s work as energetically as ever.  Let’s support and promote this very important and comprehensive bill.

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter April 30 – Support Corporate Free Dems

We, all of us together, can end corporate rule!!

From time to time, we like to remind everyone that one of the essential pillars of PDA is Ending Corporate Rule. Based on that mission, we urge everyone to please consider helping out local candidates who are running for office with Public Financing. They need seed money in order to qualify as a candidate.

And we urge everyone to consider the same principle of ending corporate rule when choosing any candidate for public office – national, state, county and city. We hear Democrats say every day that we cannot save our Democracy until we get the influence of big money out of politics; and yet, those same Democrats will unquestionably support candidates who continue to feed at the trough of corporate magnanimity. This kind of hypocrisy cannot be made more obvious than by the results of recent polls that show Joe Biden leading among the announced presidential candidates. It is profoundly troubling, for the reasons listed in the article below, that millions of Americans find Biden to be the most “electable” of all the candidates.

Most of us feel powerless to challenge the vise that money has on our electoral system but one way we can overcome the evil of a corrupt system is to support candidates who refuse to play the corporate game. More and more candidates are refusing to take corporate dollars. We can make a difference by supporting those candidates.

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter, April 17, 2019 April Green

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Our community gatherings will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 2801 Lomas Blvd. NE beginning May 8.

The UCC is a Sanctuary Church which means  the church is housing and protecting a person under threat of deportation.  Therefore  there are some simple security measures as you enter the church.  There will be a PDA member at the door to assist your entrance.

Please join us in our new space with new and familiar faces; compelling presentations; passionate activism; and as always, The Raging Grannies.

Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Chapter Newsletter, April 9, 2019


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; Laura Stokes at, Paul Stokes at

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