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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Summary of PDA Meeting – 8/8/2018

Much gratitude to Sue Queen for coalescing us around a focused topic for SGW (Stop Global Warming) to host the August monthly meeting. Sue and Scott Lake’s research and action handout are great! Christina provided 2 handouts to focus people’s actions on the farm bill and regenerative agriculture.

Sue Queen kicked us off with her presentation on the 2017 increase in investment in fossil fuels and concrete ways we can all divest. Delese Dellios from 350NM provided a strong Power Point presentation (click here to view) to help us think broadly across the state and about rural electric issues.

Learning about the NM PRC and the 2 progressive candidates got rave reviews from many people. Thanks to Commissioner Cynthia Hall and candidates Steve Fischmann and Kevin Sanders. And Ted Cloak topped off the evening sharing his lived-experience of urban solar living and electric driving!

Karen Bentrup (Leader Stop Global Warming Action Team)

For more information see an expanded article on Divestiture and the program handout.

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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Summary of PDA Meeting – of 7/11/2018

The PDACNM Healthcare Not Warfare Action Team delivered a  very interesting, informative and convincing presentation on US House Bill 676 and related legislation.  They have been meeting and discussing this legislation for many months and are very familiar with its practicality, economic advantages, and implementation.  They really made us believe that an affordable and comprehensive national Medicare for All plan is attainable and doable in the near future.

THE CALCULATOR

Created by Kris Hardy, the calculator is the culmination of months of work to provide a very practical and tangible way to demonstrate how most Americans will benefit financially by implementing Medicare for All.

How much money could you and your family save if the US health care system changed to Medicare-for-All Single-Payer system? Find out by going to this website: https://www.mfacalc.com.

Congratulations Deborah Marez-Baca from PDACNM


“RCFRC” Volunteer of the Month – Deborah Marez-Baca

In Deborah’s words, “volunteering, activism, and working towards social justice are in my DNA.” Over the past two months, Deborah has taken the lead to organize Legal Observers to help safeguard clinics, clients, and volunteers that have been experiencing heightened aggression from anti-abortion protesters. Legal Observers watch for activity that violates the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE).

Citizens United Must be Overturned

 

Editorial Opinion By Judith Deutsch (PDA Member)

If you disagree with the law of our nation which maintains that corporations have the same First Amendment Rights as people and that money is the same as speech, and that corporations, although they can’t give unlimited amounts of money to candidates, can spend unlimited amounts on political ads, please ask Senators Udall and Heinrich and your Congressional Representative to support HJ Resolution 48 (which you can find at the end of this column).

These Supreme Court of the United States decisions have determined the above:
The 1866 County of Santa Clara vs. Southern Pacific Railroad case which has been cited as settling that corporations are persons within the provisions of the fourteenth amendment; the 1976 Buckley vs. Valeo case which equated money with speech since every form of communicating costs money; the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC case which states that limiting a corporation’s ability to spend money is unconstitutional because it limits the ability of its members associate effectively and to speak on political issues.

Furthermore, the Federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit 2010SpeechNow.Org v.FEC case resulted in individuals  and PACs being allowed to give unlimited amounts for the purpose of making independent expenditures, thereby creating super-PACS.

Thus millions are spent by corporations and individuals to influence our elections. (Jonathan Easley, a National Political Reporter for The Hill, has reported that the Koch Brothers network plans to spend $400 million on the 2018 elections.)

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