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Do you want our legislature to pass the Health Security Act, increase the minimum wage, get money out of politics, protect a women’s right to choose, and begin a just transition to renewables? Even if your primary interest is in the environment or in animal protection, no doubt you would love to see these other bills pass, too.
For the past two years, Retake Our Democracy has been planning for this moment, the moment we can finally play offense, to pass many good bills that have stalled or been vetoed in the past.
Retake Our Democracy has developed a legislative strategy designed to help you advocate for good bills in an informed way and from your home. Not everyone can get to the Roundhouse every day, but that doesn’t mean your voice doesn’t matter. Not everyone can sort through the estimated 3,000-6,000 bills that will be introduced in the 2019 legislative session. But that doesn’t mean you can’t endorse a few bills that you know reflect your values and priorities.
We began to develop our strategy immediately after the 2016 election. We had teams of individuals lobbying at the Roundhouse in both 2017 and 2018 and sent out action alerts asking people to show up or to write to their legislators. We assumed that with a Democratic majority in each chamber, good bills would pass, forcing the Governor to veto them. That didn’t happen.
Many, many bills seemed to simply disappear from sight without a committee vote that could be traced and without a floor vote. Frustrated, our team of 10 began making calls to 20+ experienced non-profit advocates like Sierra Club, Common Cause, Planned Parenthood, and NM Voices for Children. We learned a good deal about how bills passed or languished and how much of the action was in committees. We learned which legislators subtly undermined good legislation, and which bills our non-profit allies most wanted to see passed into law.
From our conversations with our allies, we knew that legislators cared far more about the views of their own constituents. And so, over the past year, we’ve been building a communication system, a set of MUST PASS bills, and relationships with our allies to ensure timely communication throughout the Roundhouse Session. We are constantly communicating with our advocate allies to hone our MUST PASS bill list as new bills emerge.
It is one thing to identified bills we would like passed, but how can we organize advocates across the state to lobby their legislators whenever one of those bills goes to a committee on which they sit? That is why we created the Statewide Roundhouse Rapid Response Network. Click here to find out how it will enable you to advocate for good bills from wherever you live in New Mexico.
By signing up for the Rapid Response Network (RRN), you will receive timely Action Alerts when a good bill is going to a committee where your Senate or House representative will be voting on it. You will receive the bill number, title, speaking points and contact information for your representative. In two minutes or less, you will be able to call or email your representative to tell them why you support that bill.
This is a very effective form of advocacy, and we are making it as easy as possible for you. But you do need to sign up to join the Network to provide us with your info to receive the alerts.
Retake our Democracy will also provide you with online resources to help you communicate effectively with your elected representative as well as with suggestions as to how to develop a growing base of constituents in your district who want to join you in advocacy.
When you sign up, you will also be given the opportunity to sign up for a variety of volunteer roles and we now have teams with Coordinators who will reach out to wherever you are to help you become engaged in our work. Without question, the most important thing we need are people who sign up to be organizers or canvassers in your community. It is a great way to help us build this movement and help you form a community of activists in your community.
Get started by clicking here to sign up.
For us to communicate effectively with you and target your advocacy, we need some basic information
about you. We will NEVER share this information with other organizations. We need:
Contact info so we can call or email you. Calls will be infrequent, as most of our communication
will be via email.
Your NM House and Senate District, Public Regulation Commission District and US House
District. We provide a link where you can obtain this in one click, simply by providing your County and your birthday as long as you are registered to vote.
What you might want to do. We also want to know what kinds of things you might want to do.
Our most pressing need is to identify a handful of people in your House/Senate districts who will
help us expand the number of people from your district participating in the Network. The more
people who are willing to join the Network and just spend a few minutes a week to advocate for
good bills, the more good bills we will get passed. But to have more folks in your district, we
need a few people in your community who know that community, the organizations (labor,
faith, Democratic Party, Indivisible, MoveOn, and other groups) that might be interested in what
we are doing and help recruit members. Only people in your community can help with that and
we will provide scripts and other tools for doing this.
To sign up, first click here to set up an account on this web site. You'll then receive email with a link to activate the account. After you have activated the account, you will be able to volunteer for specific roles within the Roundhouse Rapid Response Network.
What is the Roundhouse Advocacy Team?
After the 2016 election, we began to focus on developing legislative strategy for the 2017 legislative session. We had teams of individuals lobbying at the Roundhouse in both 2017 and 2018 and sent out action alerts asking people to show up or to write to their legislators.
We assumed that with a Democratic majority in each chamber, good bills would pass, forcing the Governor to veto them. That didn’t happen. Many, many bills simply disappeared from sight. Frustrated, our team of about 5 folks began making calls to 20 experienced non-profit lobbyists like Common Cause, Planned Parenthood, and NM Voices for Children. We learned a good deal about how bills passed or languished and how much of the action was in committees. We learned which Democrats subtly undermined good legislation, and which bills our non-profit allies most wanted to see passed into law.
We have used what we learned to increase our effectiveness in advocating for good legislation in the New Mexico State Capitol. We will be providing training to volunteers who are interested in advocating at the Roundhouse. We'll teach you how to cultivate relationships with legislators, their staff, and the staff for committees. We'll also teach you to research, summarize and create speaking points on bills we support or oppose.
Our IT Team created the Statewide Roundhouse Rapid Response Network to make it easier for those who work or live too distant from Santa Fe to have an effective impact on advancing good legislation in the Roundhouse. Retake Our Democracy advocates will sit in committee hearings and send Action Alerts to anyone signed up on our Response Network.
Since committee hearings are where good bills die, we will target the alerts to those Network members whose representatives will be sitting on a committee that is considering one of our priority or MUST PASS bills. Each alert will include the Bill Number, Title, Sponsor, a three-sentence summary about why it is important, and speaking/writing points and contact information for your legislator. In two or three minutes, from your couch, you will be able to tell your legislator how you feel at precisely the most important moment: when a bill is going to be considered in committee. While your representative may not care about 30 Santa Feans sitting in the hearing, she will care about 30 of her constituents emailing her about bills.
Retake advocates will be sitting in every committee hearing whenever one of our bills is being considered. We will see if your legislator leaves the room when a vote is being taken, or if by voice vote, she or he votes to table the bill. These are the subtle ways that bills die and these votes are not recorded. But we will be there and will report to you on how your representative behaved during the hearing. Since we are Santa Fe-based, we can be your eyes and ears, but you must provide your voice.
Sign up for the Rapid Response Network and you will be on your way to being a part of the team that will ensure that good bills become good laws, that our planet is better protected, that our most vulnerable New Mexicans are supported, and that justice advances. We’ve waited a very long time for the 2019 session and while we got a good deal done, but we left so much on the table. In 2020, we need get more good bills passed into law. Let’s do this.
Get started by clicking here to sign up.
Meg Meltz wants to volunteer 2019-02-03 12:39:25 -0700
In 2019, we had a Democratic Governor and a strongly Democratic Roundhouse. While much was accomplished, much was left undone, most painfully the legislature failed to protect a woman's right to choose, our immigrant neighbors, and our planet. We have much more left to do in 2020 and Retake Our Democracy has a plan to do it.
As a member of the Rapid Response Network you will receive action alerts about important progressive legislation making its way through the New Mexico Roundhouse, along with easy and fast suggestions for contacting your legislators whenever they are going to vote on one of these bills. We have heard from hundreds of New Mexicans just how helpful these alerts were and how many New Mexicans were more involved than ever in the legislative process.To sign up for the alerts you must provide us information about your legislative district and your contact info. Below you will find other options for how you can be even more involved in the legislative session and in the primary and general elections. But if you don't have to check any other boxes to get the alerts, just provide contact info and district info and click submit. You will get a confirmation email immediately and all you have to do is click the link provided to "activate your account."
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