Keep Sandoval Blue Fundraiser

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First Friday Luncheon and Other Announcements

Hello Sandoval County Democrats:

The dog days of summer are hitting us all with extreme heat and with hardly a drop of rain in site. When the monsoon season finally gets here, I’m sure we will be breathing a sigh of relief. Speaking of inundations why has there been a drought of protest from Republicans about Trump’s racist rantings at the squad? Where on earth were these folks supposed to go to? Three of four were born here! If we disagree with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao—who also happens to be Mitch McConnell’s wife—can we tell her to “go back where she came from?” What about Senator Ted Cruz who was born in Canada?

The incompetent mutterings of the conservative movement and the Republican party reminds us why it’s so important for Democrats to stand, united together as we march forth towards November 2020. Here in New Mexico we have a chance to increase our majorities in the legislature, hold on to the county offices and overturn the Republican majority on the County Commission. We will have to be out in force canvassing, phone banking and fundraising and I look forward to your active participation. Be sure to look at our new Twitter handle for the latest in announcements, news and snark aimed at Republicans: DPSandovalCO. You do not need a Twitter account. With that said I have a few announcements:

Sunday is Funday – The annual Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday is this Sunday, August 18 at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Boulevard from noon to 4:30  pm.  $1 entry charge and shuttles are available from the Intel parking lot should parking on the streets not be available.  The theme of this year’s event is “Rio Rancho is Stronger Together!”  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?  We will be at booth 93 (see attached map) so come out and show Rio Rancho how Sandoval County Democrats help make Rio Rancho stronger. Please contact Nancy Gloman at 505-228-0140 or njgloman@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Green Amendment – On August 19, Indivisible Nob Hill is hosting Maya K Van Rossum, author of the book The Green Amendment and founder of the For the Generations Initiative.  See   https://forthegenerations. org/  “The goal of the For The Generations initiative is to advance a Green Amendment movement that sweeps the nation and secures for all people constitutional recognition and protection of their inalienable rights to clean water, clean air and healthy environments.  We seek to inspire and support pursuit and passage of Green Amendments (environmental rights amendments) in the Bill of Rights section of every state constitution across the U.S. and ultimately at the federal level.  Once Green Amendments are accomplished (currently only 2 states have such a provision (Montana and Pennsylvania), one as the direct result of this Green Amendment movement), we will work with communities to ensure their strong and meaningful implementation.”  Given the current Governor’s and legislature’s interest in environmental issues, the time may be ripe for a Green Amendment in New Mexico.

The meeting is at O’Niells Pub, 4310 Central Avenue SE.  The Indivisible meeting starts at 5:30 pm and Maya will speak from 6:15 to 7:00 pm.

Precinct Chair Training – POSTPONED until November 16thOn Saturday, September 7 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Bernalillo City Council Chambers (829 Camino de Pueblo in Bernalillo) our fearless DPSC Secretary Ruth Bouldes will be leading a precinct chair training session. This is for those who are already precinct chairs and want to know more about what their position entails and for those who are interested in helping us in this capacity. We will also be having a special guest appearance by Billie Helean, Democratic Candidate for House District 57 and Joel Wadsworth will be giving a broad overview of how Votebuilder fits into our organizing efforts.It is Democratic Presidential Debate season! The next two debates are scheduled for June July 30/31 and September 12/13. If you are interested in hosting a debate watch party please get in touch with me or your relevant Ward chair. This would be a good way to engage your neighbors and get them excited for the upcoming election season.

We are looking for additional precinct chairs across all wards. Please get in touch with your relevant ward chairs if you can help. Please see http://www.sandovaldemocrats.org/wards-and-precincts/

I would like to send shout-outs to Deb Dapson, Nancy Gloman, Doris Fields and Leah Baczkiewicz for organizing the July 4th parades in Rio Rancho, Placitas and Corrales. I would also like to give a shout-out to Theresa Trujeque for organizing a Votebuilder training for her Ward on July 23rd.

For this month’s Why Am I Democrat I will be highlighting Kitty Perez. Should you be interested in being profiled in our next newsletter please email me here.

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Progressive Democrats of America Central NM Community Gathering


August 24 PDACNM Community Gathering

PROGESSIVES IN THE PARK
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
North Domingo Baca Park
7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Download the flyer and give it to freinds!

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Kitty Pérez – Why I am a Democrat

When John asked me to put into writing why I chose to belong to the Democratic Party, it occurred to me that I can’t ever remember not being a Democrat!  As the proud daughter of immigrants, and having lived in several different countries, I was taught to appreciate the vast variety of human beings and their cultures.  The diversity found among the citizenry of the United States reflects the entire globe, and is something I relish.  Not only is immigration a natural human process, it is what keeps our country strong and innovative. It is the very foundation of our country. The Democratic Party has not forgotten that fact.  It is the party that welcomes new ideas, and the plethora of people who bring them. It is the party of inclusion and compassion, not exclusion and fear. It is the party of curiosity and tolerance, not ignorance and hatred.

Government is one of the defining elements of a civilization. It provides organization to our communities, by establishing and maintaining systems that keep its population healthy, safe, and educated. But is incumbent on that population to be vigilant in order to ensure that their form of government continues to keep their well-being in mind. During my lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the ideology and platform of the Democratic Party aligns closely with my own beliefs. I believe that Democrats express more willingness to examine and renovate their government in order to meet the changing needs of the United States and her citizens.

This being said, below is a brief summary of what the Democratic Party supports, and I am happy to stand behind these goals:

  •  Raising wages, closing the wealth gap, strengthening Social Security
  • Lowering health care costs; ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care; stabilizing Medicare and Medicaid
  • Sensible immigration reform that keeps America’s promise
  • Defending our borders, our ideals, and our institutions
  • Supporting our veterans and military families
  • Fixing our criminal justice system to eliminate systemic racism
  • Guaranteeing rights for minorities, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ community, and all Americans
  • Acting to advance women’s rights, protect access to reproductive care, fight for equal pay, stop violence against women, and elect more women to public office
  • Protecting and promoting every American’s fundamental right to vote
  • Advancing clean energy and climate change action
  • Common-sense gun reforms
  • Smarter infrastructure investments
  • Advancing access to liberty and equality for all
  • Investing in modern education and jobs programs that prepare our kids for tomorrow’s challenges (https://democrats.org/about/what-we-believe/)

Sincerely, and in total solidarity,

Kitty Pérez

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Sherianne Pierce – Why I am a Democrat

I grew up in a household parented by a single mom.  Hard times were many, but we persevered.  My mother was not a political creature though, in her circumstance, she should have been.  As a child of color with two white half siblings and a white mother, I noticed early on that people treated me differently from my brothers.  I didn’t understand this was prejudice, but that understanding changed as I grew older.  I remember, when I was in school in central California, many of my classmates were first generation Mexican Americans.  They were not allowed to speak Spanish on the school grounds.  I thought something about this was very wrong.  These children were brought in to translate for their Spanish speaking only parents during parent/teacher conferences, but they couldn’t speak their native language at school any other time.

This was the beginning of my awakening. This awakening continued as a young woman, married to an abusive spouse (who was white).  When law enforcement became involved, I was treated differently than I would have been as a white woman.  The seeds of championing the disenfranchised were planted, and have grown over almost half a century.  I learned to speak my own truth, and I listened to politicians; I wanted to hear the ones I felt understood my plight.  The ones who seemed to understand the best were Democrats.  Therefore, the first time I registered to vote, I registered as a Democrat.

I feel in my heart that Democrats understand what I and other disenfranchised persons go through just to exist in these United States.  Since that ill-fated election in 2016, it has become even less safe for people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, and other disenfranchised persons.  I believe Democrats try to do the best they can for all of us, not just a select few of us.  From DC to Corrales, I’ve marched, canvassed, carried petitions, registered voters, and given money to those people I believe have my best interests at heart.  Those people are Democrats, and that is why I am a proud Democrat.

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Steve Conrad — Why I Am a Democrat

I grew up in a Republican household. I love my Republican family (as well as my many Republican friends). But from a young age, I knew I was a Democrat at heart. I knew it as clearly as I know that I’m tall, and left handed, and have brown eyes. It seems as if it wasn’t even a choice on my part, but more of a predisposition. But why? At the tender age of 10 or so, I wouldn’t have been rationally assessing and comparing the policy positions of the two parties (although as a budding nerd, I probably could’ve taken a decent stab it it). Why then? I think it comes down to deep-seated intuitions about morals and values. Democrats have always cared deeply about protecting and lifting up the disadvantaged and about providing equal opportunity for all. We’re not rugged individualists and we don’t tend to engage in “Us Versus Them” thinking and we’re not afraid of changing the status quo for the better. Instead, we build community by working in service to one another. This sense of building a caring community and striving to provide fairness and justice and opportunity for all citizens — not just the white and the wealthy and the powerful — is what appealed to me at a gut level and at a young age. It still appeals to me now. Now more than ever!

I remember back to the early 1980s when I first moved out west to go to school at New Mexico Tech. Love Canal, the first Superfund site, was still in the news and I was studying earth science with an ambition toward contributing to the environmental movement. I was writing to a childhood friend and proclaimed, “Is this a great country or what? I have the opportunity pursue my dreams. I can grow up to be whatever I want!” I didn’t fully understand until years later that not everybody had the same opportunities as I had. I was born on 2nd base and didn’t even know it! My family was by no means wealthy, but we had stability and sufficient resources to live in a nice neighborhood and go to good schools. All I had to do was to work moderately hard and not screw up too badly. I have since come to understand that many in our society don’t have nearly the same opportunities and they certainly have far less margin for error.

I’m grateful for all the advantages I’ve received. And like any good Democrat, I want to “pay if forward” (https://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/the-science-of-paying-it-forward.html). I can’t undo the privilege conferred on me by birth and gender and race. But I can use my many advantages along with some of my time, and money, and energy to help elect democrats and to work to create a society that offers improved opportunities for all. And that is why I am a Democrat.

 

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