Just when we believed 2020 could not get any worse…

As you are now aware, we lost Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18th. Words cannot express what she has meant to us, and to New Mexico generally.

Without question, Justice Ginsburg is one of the finest legal minds in a generation and a pioneer for women’s rights. In addition, she has become an unquestioned cultural icon and a symbol of resistance during these surreal times. However, Justice Ginsburg has also left an indelible mark on New Mexico in other ways. Along with other fans of the Santa Fe Opera, I will miss her presence there specifically, and around Santa Fe more broadly. One of my biggest regrets was missing her at the Lensic.

But now is not the time to weep. Justice Ginsburg and the late John Lewis both need good trouble.

Good trouble is volunteering with one of our local campaigns. Good trouble is registering people to vote if you are a voting registration agent. Good trouble is making phone calls to your legislator. And yes, good trouble is protesting for what you believe in.

He did his part. She did her part. Now it is time for us to do ours.

Rest in Power Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kenny Scott
Chair
UPCOMING WSD MEETINGS
Ballot Initiative #1 and the Power of the PRC
Wednesday, September 30
6:00 pm
This election, the voters will decide whether they approve of an amendment to the NM State Constitution that would change how members are chosen for the Public Regulation Commission (PRC).
Do you know how you will vote on this important issue?
Join us for our next WSD meeting to learn about the ballot initiative and, more importantly, how the state’s most powerful regulatory body impacts us every single day. We will hear from two candidates who are running for two of the five PRC seats – Cynthia Hall and Joe Maestas. They will share their thoughts on the ballot initiative and help us understand the intricacies of the PRC.
Panelists:
  • Cynthia Hall, PRC commissioner, District 1
  • Joe Maestas, candidate for PRC commissioner, District 3
  • Fred Nathan, Executive Director, Think New Mexico
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Public Banking and YOU!

Wednesday, October 21
Time: 6:00 pm

There has been a lot of chatter lately about public banking. So what is a public bank and why is it good for New Mexico? Can a public bank increase the amount of investment right at home? Please join Sarah Manning from the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity and a distinguished panel as we discuss this exciting new institution that might be coming to New Mexico!
TRAINING TONIGHT
Ever wonder how to talk to an Independent voter or a swing voter?
 
This will be the timely topic of the 4th Monday Training Series on

Monday, Sept. 28
6:00-7:30 pm

Katharine Clark will be the presenter.
 
This will be a virtual training. To receive the link to the meeting, please register here

This training will cover the psychology of political persuasion and how to:
  • listen to,
  • relate to and
  • persuade voters
who are in the middle of the political sphere.
 
This monthly training series is co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) and the West Side Dems (WSD).
 
Contact Sue Wolinsky, a member of both organizations, with questions: suemwolinsky@gmail.com.
 
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Katharine Clark brings an unusual background to the virtual classroom. She is a political strategist specializing in political messaging and swing district strategy. She has experience in the private, non-profit, and academic arenas.
 
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY TRAINING
In these challenging times, it is critical that “We the People” show our resolve to fight for a better, more inclusive country. From a global pandemic threatening our health to the Trump administration’s relentless assaults on the Constitution and our freedoms, there has never been a more important time to fight for the cause of justice.

In the coming months, there will be many opportunities to protect our neighbors and our very own freedoms right here in New Mexico. That’s why we’re calling on you to join us on Thursday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m. for an online-only Interim Legislative Session Training to learn how you can join our cause.

Candidate Profile: Harold Pope
Senate District 23 is a long held Republican seat. Harold Pope is challenging Senate District 23 incumbent Sander Rue, who has been in the senate for 12 years.
Harold brings a strong background in public service to his first campaign. He is an Air Force Veteran, worked for the City of Albuquerque, was a substitute teacher in APS and has led many volunteer organizations. Harold has always put service before self. That is why he will make an excellent Senator and represent the Westside honorably.

Running against an incumbent in the time of Covid is difficult. Let’s help get Harold Pope elected to the Senate. Volunteer!!!
COVID-19 is Devastating America and Donald Trump Intends to Eliminate the Affordable Care Act: What will Joe Biden Do?

For more information on Joe Biden’s plans for dealing with COVID-19, check out https://joebiden.com/covid-plan/

On September 16, with 188,802 Americans dead of COVID-19, Joe Biden tweeted “We’re going to get this virus under control and get your life back on track.”  He plans to do this by:
Newcomers With Political Will to Move Land Grant Fund Legislation Forward

By M. Benevento

With nearly $20 billion on deposit, many legislators believe it’s time to put a portion of dividends to work for our state’s children and families. Yet, in past years, proposals to tap New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) have never made it to the point of a vote in the Senate. Just last February the Senate Rules Committee saw a walkout by members opposed– so that a vote proposing to tap the Fund couldn’t be held.
New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund – Its Origin, Current Use, and Future Possibilities

If you missed this compelling panel discussion earlier in the month, here’s another opportunity to tune in. There’s much to learn — and much at stake.

Participants:
Comm. of Public Lands, Stephanie Garcia
Sen. Linda Lopez, SD 11
Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, HD 16
Rep. Javier Martínez, HD 11


Key Dates for the 2020 General Election

The 2020 General Election is only weeks away! Let’s get ready. By now some of you will have received an absentee voting application. You do NOT need a reason to vote absentee. Here are some key dates to know for the election lead-up:

October 6, 2020
  • Clerks begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have requested them.
  • Books close for online and paper voter registration.
  • Absentee Voting Begins
  • In-person Absentee Voting and Same Day Registration (SDR) begin at Clerk’s Annex (Oct. 6-16, 2020, M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

October 17-31, 2020 – Early Voting and SDR (Click for locations) M-S, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 20, 2020 – Deadline for clerk to receive a mailed absentee ballot application

October 27, 2020 – Recommended final day for voter to mail absentee ballot

November 3, 2020 – Election Day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Your Voice, Your Vote

Oct 02, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Your Voice, Your Vote. Friday, October 2 at 6:00 PM MT. With just about a month until Election Day, please join us for a special virtual conversation with guests Maggie Toulouse Oliver our NM Secretary of State and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (SD15).

Lit Drop and Lunch with Claudia

Oct 03, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location is TBD

Lit Drop and Lunch with Claudia Saturday, Oct 3rd Pick up Lit at 10am Lunch with Claudia 1pm - 3pm Catered by Greenside Cafe Enjoy some fresh air and exercise while you help share Claudia's message.

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