Join us in Santa Fe & Taos; Interim Hearings Near You; Report Card Coming Next Week!

Organizing meetings in Santa Fe July 2, and Taos July 8. Interim Hearings this week and next in Las Cruces, Anton Chico, Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Cloudcroft, and Alcalde. Legislative Report Card coming next week!

Hello Fellow Activists,

If you’re in or near Santa Fe, please join us for our next organizing meeting, tomorrow, Tues., July 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd. We are advancing our plans to advocate at the Interim Legislative Hearings, activate four action teams that will expand research efforts, launch outreach and organizing statewide, initiate a sustained media and marketing campaign, and clarify the scope of work of a climate action team. If you wonder how you can most effectively raise your voice on state issues, this would be a good meeting for you.  Please RSVP by emailing paul@RetakeOurDemocracy.org

Thanks to the efforts of Taos activists Christy Holden, Jay Levine, and Marjorie Luckey, Retake is holding a community meeting in Taos, Mon., July 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Taos County Democratic Party Headquarters, 729 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. If you’re in or near Taos, we hope you’ll join us (Roxanne and Paul) to discuss our 2019 Legislative Report Card, our legislative and election strategies for 2019-2020, and our efforts to organize in key regions of the state. We will devote time to hearing from Taos residents to learn more about their unique environmental, economic, and political challenges.

If you’d like us to visit your community, please email paul@retakeourdemocracy.org. We’d love to hear from you and talk with you about how Retake’s statewide strategy might support your local efforts. Visits to Dixon/Embudo and Gallup are already in the works.

Over the next two weeks, Interim Legislative Hearings are scheduled in Las Cruces, Anton Chico, Albuquerque, Tucumcari, Cloudcroft, and Alcalde. Some of them begin today! We’ll try to give you more notice next time, but these hearings are just beginning and run through the fall. If you’re in or near these communities and would like to attend, click on any of the committee names below for the agenda and click on the location name for a map. We’re newbies to the interim hearings, so we don’t have a focused strategy yet, but if you can go, please take notes and let us know what you learn!

There are lots of interesting topics and presentations including Spaceport America, the Hemp Industry, and Asylum Seekers in Las Cruces; Acequia-Based Strategies for Rebuilding Local Agriculture and more in Anton Chico; Issues with Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping, and other health issues in Albuquerque; SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, Wind Energy, and Electric Vehicles in Tucumcari; Permian Basin Production Outlook and its Demographic & Fiscal Consequences in Cloudcroft; Capital Outlay Project Management, the Public-Private Partnership Act, and Rural Infrastructure Issues in Alcalde. Follow the links below for more info.

Economic & Rural Development Committee 
July 1 - 2, 2019 
Pan American Center, NMSU, Las Cruces

Land Grant Committee 
July 1 - 2, 2019 
Anton Chico Economic Development Center, Anton Chico 

Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee 
July 1, 2019 
Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education UNM, Albuquerque

Science, Technology & Telecommunications Committee 
July 8 - 9, 2019 
Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari

Legislative Finance Committee 
July 10 - 12, 2019 
Cloudcroft High School, Cloudcroft

New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee 
July 11 - 12, 2019 
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center, Alcalde 

If you want to stay current on state and national issues, go to retakeourdemocracy.org  to check out our latest blogs on the Democratic debates, the DNC’s refusal to hold a climate change debate, and a NM private prison housing asylum seekers. If you’re not a subscriber, scroll down to the “Subscribe to Blog” button on the right side of the page and sign up.

We’ll be back in touch in about a week to send you a link to our 2019 Legislative Report Card, which we’ll release on July 9. Get the scoop on what really happened at this year’s Legislative Session and learn which Democrats are consistently undermining valuable legislation. We hope that after you read it you’ll be inspired to become even more engaged in our statewide activism network by organizing in your community. More about that next week!

In Solidarity,

Roxanne and Paul

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