Hello Sandoval County Democrats:
Don’t forget the Second Saturday lunch is at 11:30am on September 14 at M’Tucci’s Moderno in Rio Rancho. The tentative speaker will be Corrales Mayor Jo Anne Roake.
*This is the corrected version of this email. It is Indivisible Nob Hill-not Indivisible Corrales-that will be leading a group of protestors to the Star Center on Monday evening.
I am writing this email to you this evening in lieu of our normal monthly newsletter. Please read this to the end as it will contain a couple announcements about events in the month of October.
Trump is coming to Sandoval County (Sept.16). While we all wish we could put him in a box and send him away-preferably in the cheapest box and delivery method possible-we will not be able to do that. There any number of reasons why we oppose Trump’s presence here in New Mexico:
- We have our own positive vision of what a community looks like. That is hard, hard work and we have been doing that here in Sandoval County and New Mexico more generally for years. The progress has not always been linear. What does that community look like? It’s a community that welcomes everyone into the American family, no matter your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political persuasion, etc. It’s a community that values sustainable and equitable growth. It’s a community that believes in civility and mutual respect. Trump has shown, through words and deeds, that he stands in opposition to this vision.
- Our county and State is one of the most diverse in the nation. Our population consists of many individuals and entire communities that have recent experience with hateful speech and actions. I feel this viscerally as an openly gay man. Many of these people feel threatened by Trump’s actions and deeds. Whether the Conservative Movement/Republican Party is aware of this highly debatable. But until they understand that we will continue to make clear that we oppose Trump’s presence and his policies.
- While our State is flush with resources at the State level, we have a lot of catching up to do from the Great Recession. We need investments in education, infrastructure and diversifying this economy. Trump’s visit, with the resources that one day visit will consume, in a state that is extremely unlikely to go in Trump’s electoral column, is a waste of precious resources. Both monetarily and emotionally.
There are going to be options on Monday (as well as over the weekend) to respond to this. I understand the passions behind it and the debate that rages over the best way to approach this visit. In having this debate, we cannot be our own worst enemy and imitate Trump’s slashing style amongst ourselves. A phrase often heard at rallies goes “Tell me what Democracy looks like! This is what Democracy looks like!” Democracy means many things. One of those things is mutual respect. While I will be listing all options, known to me, below my own fervent belief is that you must not stay home that night. On that night you must engage with the community around you and show that we are not a divided community, state or nation, whatever Trump tries to do to tear that down. With that said, I strongly urge you to take one of these steps. I will be sending updates on plans as I receive them on our Facebook page.