August 2021 PDACNM Newsletter

Why We Need To End the Filibuster
By Alex Baptiste, Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Laura Williamson

The filibuster is a racist relic of our country’s past that has effectively
stopped our government’s ability to legislate. In this brief, Demos,
Just Democracy, and Truth and Conciliation explain what the
filibuster is, how it came to be, and how it continues to serve as
a white supremacist tool. Read this article and more information in our Newsletter.

Read the complete Newsletter here….

PDA/PDACNM July Educate Congress Letter Drops

Every month PDA national sends letters to Senators and Representatives in almost all states asking them to please co-sponsor certain progressive pieces of legislation.  PDA chapters in each state deliver the letters to the appropriate offices.

These letters are well researched and focus on fighting injustice and inequality, environmental issues, voting rights, peace, and Medicare for All. After the letters are delivered, PDA member throughout the country make follow-up calls to ensure the Senator or Representative received the letters.

July PDA House Letter

July PDA Senate Letter


Herbert J. Hoffman, Ph.D.

This Nation, this Democracy, is in trouble.  The danger and threat to our Constitution is real and comes, not from foreign powers, rather it arises domestically  — from within our own borders.  The Trump themes are familiar:  the 2020 election was a fake; fraud was rampant in the voting; climate change is a hoax; U.S intelligence sources are not to be believed; the “insurrection” on January 6, 2021 was simply a group touring the Capitol.

The Trump themes are false, yet have been repeated so often that many now believe them to be true.  These “lies” have now permeated the psyches of many. Among the consequences: our government is crippled as the Supreme Court fails to support voters’ rights; bills have been filed in a majority of states that aim to reduce non-white voter participation in elections.  Meanwhile, the Minority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell [R – Kentucky], has brought the Congress to a standstill regarding legislation supported by the Democratic majority.

McConnell’s dictatorial behavior has the hallmarks of fascism:

“Fascism refers to a way of organizing society with an emphasis on autocratic government, dictatorial leadership, and the suppression of opposition.”  [Merriam-Webster]

McConnell’s efforts to cripple the two most recent, duly elected, Democratic administrations are evident from the following quotes:

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” .”

“100% of our focus is on stopping this new administration

McConnell has prevented debate and votes on the floor of the Senate.  He has kept his minions in line with threats to oppose legislation on:  voting rights; pay equity; infrastructure updating; climate; a special commission to investigate the January 6 assault on the Capital.    This infection of inhibiting and stopping the peoples’ choice for governing this country is spreading and has spread to the House of Representatives, e.g., Representative Chip Roy [R-Texas] stated his party [Republican] wants ”18 more months of chaos and inability to get things done.”

It is one matter to speak of a desire to retain and exercise power, utterances which are protected by the First Amendment [Freedom of speech] to the Constitution. That protection ceases when the words are put into ACTION!


“Treason:  A betrayal of trust or confidence, a breach of faith, treachery.” [Legal Dictionary]
“Engaging in any act that weakens the might of the United States” is considered “providing aid and comfort” to the nation’s enemies.  [18 US Code 2381]

McConnell has forsaken the role of legislator/statesman in an attempt to grasp and retain power for political reasons despite his oath of office to protect the United States “against all enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC” [emphasis added] and at a significant cost to his country’s welfare.

McConnell and McConnellism must GO!  Find a way!

PDACNM Monthly Virtual Gathering Video – July 2021

PDACNM Community Gathering
Wednesday July 14, 2021

This month we are featuring a discussion of The Green Amendment with NM Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez.

We encourage you to read The Green Amendment by Maya K. van Rossum, more info here.

And learn more about the movement to pass green amendments across the nation.