Decisions, decisions, decisions. On what grounds do we make them, individually and collectively? That’s a big question these days. Many considerations inevitably come into play but basically most decisions are determined by a dialectic between fear of X and faith in Y. Which prevails depends on the story we tell ourselves.
For a minor example: when Trump came to Rio Rancho in September, the story on the street was that holding a mass protest outside his rally would prove to be dangerous so best to attend the alternate gathering sponsored by the NM Democratic Party in a safe place far from Rio Rancho. No one talked about what we sacrificed in letting ourselves be intimidated out of showing up in large numbers to make our collective voice heard when the national media would be there to record and broadcast our message. No one asked what Martin Luther King might’ve been willing to risk that day in service to the cause of saving our democracy. In short, no one seemed to put the supposed dangers of an on-site protest in context of the larger narrative about what motivates us in our work for a more just and humane world…just X, no Y.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Laura Stokes at email@example.com, Paul Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org
PDACNM IN OCTOBER
October 9, 2019
First Congregational United Church of Christ
2801 Lomas Blvd NE.
Doors open 5:30 Program begins 6:00
Progressives are going to love this program so mark your calendar. Details in the next newsletter.
PROGRESSIVES IN THE PARK – AUGUST 24, 2019
Progressives enjoyed an evening in the shade of North Domingo Baca Park with friends and family listening to progressive legislators and city council candidates. It was a friendly community get-together, sponsored by Adelante Progressive Caucus, Working Families Party and PDACNM, casual and intimate and relaxing for all. Here’s WFP Eric Griego with Democracy Dollars!
Mitch spent decades doing the nuts and bolts visionary work that real change requires, pioneering a path for progressives all over the country and lighting a fire in the belly of our New Mexico movement to build a more just and livable world for our people. He set an example by boldly speaking truth to power when that was a very risky thing to do. He showed us how to fight the good fight in the right spirit and generously mentored new leaders to follow in his footsteps. The many roles in which he gave his all include service as a campaign manager and as a front lines community organizer. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his heartfelt humanity and passion for justice infused life into the room. He was a devoted father and grandfather, a warm and forthright friend, a person you could trust, a beautiful human being who gave of himself unstintingly and in good faith.
In all ways from the personal to the political, Mitch bequeathed us something to aspire to in our own precious time on this planet. Perhaps that was his greatest gift to those who come behind. Let us honor his legacy by carrying it forward in these terrible times when the inhuman forces of greed are inflicting untold suffering on living beings everywhere. At this pivotal historic moment, with our sustaining earth being despoiled beyond recall and our hard won democracy under threat, our work is cut out for us. The stakes couldn’t be higher. As we gird up our loins to keep taking on Goliath, we are blessed to have Mitch as our intrepid inspiration and guide.
Thank you, Mitch. Rest in power and peace, dear friend. You will ever live on in our hearts, and in the work we do on behalf of generations to come.