DPBC Blue Review
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August 5, 2022
The 'A' Word in Kansas, the 'D' Word for All
By Jennie Lusk
Even conservative, Republican Kansans know that the A Word—Abortion—is essential in the dictionary of reproductive rights. Without the right to terminate a pregnancy when necessary, no one with a uterus has full range of options in reproductive health care.
Three events this week demonstrate that the D Word—Democracy—is alive, even if not well, after the U.S. Supreme Court decision eviscerating the right to choice in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health

  • On Tuesday, voters in Kansas rejected by 60 to 40% the “Value Them Both” state constitutional amendment that was marketed as a way to support both women and children, as opposed to actually removing a right generations of women have counted on as permanent. Almost twice the number of voters turned out for the August 2 election to reject the anti-choice amendment as turned out for the 2018 primary election. The resounding defeat of the proposed amendment could not have happened without Republican support, demonstrating that some within the GOP still recognize a threat to democratic principles when they see one.

A “yes” vote would “affirm there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion, and would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion,” according to the Kansas Secretary of State. A “no” vote would let the state constitution stand, and “could restrict the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion by leaving in place the recently recognized right to abortion.” The proposed amendment stated that “[T]he constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. . . . The people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”

  • The federal Department of Justice the same day filed suit against the State of Utah for its anti-abortion law that inhibits emergency room doctors from performing abortions that are necessary to stabilize the health of women facing medical emergencies.
Write Some Postcards, Make Some Dem Friends
Recruitment is underway for two postcard-writing campaigns--one to support Gabe Vasquez for U.S. Congress in the newly created, long-conservative Congressional District 2 (CD2) and one to spur Dem turnout in Bernalillo County.

If you or any of your friends can help, contact SandyDan@prodigy.net
 
Blue CD2. Volunteers for this pro-Vasquez campaign buy their own postage and commit to a one-week turn-around to get the postcards in the mail. There is some help for those willing to join in but unable to pay for postage. Here's a link for the campaign: 
 
Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC). Beginning in September and through the run-up to the mid-term elections, we are reaching out to young, Democrat-leaning, infrequent voters. Based on a strategy used in Santa Fe that is credited with getting 3.4% more voters in the 24-34 age group, the DPBC campaign is looking for as many willing and able scribes as possible. DPBC will provide the postage. Here is a link to the DPBC postcard-writing campaign sign-up. 
Community Safety: An Update 
By Lance Chilton

A year in, Albuquerque Community Safety has made great progress, though it isn’t yet everything to everyone. At a recent gathering near my home, one attendee voiced frustration with ACS, saying that it “isn’t even available during the evening when most domestic violence occurs.” I spoke with ACS Director Mariela Ruiz-Angel about that remark and other less-than-knowledgeable comments that discount ACS’s quite remarkable accomplishments during the department’s first year, and noted that most domestic violence calls come in during the 11 hours that ACS is open each day of the week.

Ms. Ruiz-Angel stated that she is very proud of Albuquerque’s progress with ACS, which has put it at a point unequaled by any comparable city she is aware of--and she travels a good deal to find best models from around the country. She is proud of the acceptance she and her department have earned from the two other public safety departments in Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Police Department and Fire and Rescue Department (APD and AFR), which, she says, often ask for ACS workers to work alongside them on vexing problems in the community. For example, in the investigation of the recent tragic shooting deaths of two West Mesa residents, ACS was brought to work with community members exposed to the trauma of these needless deaths. Similarly, when a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office fire control helicopter crashed on June 16, ACS workers were called in to work with grieving family members.

Ms. Ruiz-Angel is also very proud to have been able to assemble a strong team of professionals–including social workers, counselors, former community health workers, former teachers, and hospital and prison workers, and even former policeman and fire-fighters, to answer the many calls that come in each day. A remarkable December 2021 report, the Albuquerque Community Safety Department FY2022 Organizational Plan, documents the commitment of a number of ACS’s employees to their clients and their community.
Judge Candidate Statements

Please click HERE to read the informative statements of candidacy for those seeking the election of the County Central Committee for Metro Court Division 16 thus far. Note that the candidacy period does not expire until August 5th, so we may have many more statements for you to read after this issue of the Blue Review. Keep an eye out!

Candidates for Metro Court, Div. 16:
  • Steven Diamond
  • Shonnetta Estrada
  • Michael Fricke
  • Claire McDaniel
  • Todd Olmos
  • Daniel Roberson
  • Carlos Scarborough

Governor's appointee for District Court Div 31: Judge David Murphy
Governor's appointee for Metro Court Div 1: Asra Elliott

Other candidates may declare their candidacy here:
Judicial Nominating Commission: https://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html
Democratic Party of Bernalillo County: https://forms.gle/46pVUHS7iVXs85gk7
Both applications must be completed.
Deadline for submission is: 5:00pm August 5, 2022
For more information on the process, check out the ABCs of New Mexico Judicial Races.
Our Campaign
Know where we are,
See where we're going,
And vote your power in November.
Keep progress and promise in New Mexico: VOTE YOUR POWER.

We’ve seen what the radical right GOP is about: They want to limit who can vote, which books we read, what lessons teachers can teach, what private medical decisions can be made between doctors and patients—all while using bigotry and racism to keep their followers stirred up.

We DON’T want any of that happening in New Mexico. Now’s the time to put our power to work for Democratic candidates—by donating to campaigns, volunteering, helping Get Out the Vote, and, above all, marking our own ballot for Dems we want to see in office.
Don't forget to follow us on social media, too!
Join In. Help Out. Pull Together. Spread the Word. Be Happy the Day After Midterm.
If you have a skill to lend to our Democratic Party of Bernalillo County efforts, now is the time to let us know! We're working to expand the party's reach throughout the summer and into the midterm elections. We need everything from people making phone calls and checking prices for goods and services to people staffing information tables and passing out brochures. We need voter registration agents. We need social media expertise. We need writers. We need planners. We need you if you need democracy.

Rise up and take action HERE: volunteers@bernalillodems.org
The War to Be Yourself
By Jake Stern Powell

Poet e.e. cummings once wrote that “to be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”

Today, the frontlines of these battles are taking place in the transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming communities. In April of this year, the Human Rights Commission noted that state legislatures introduced more than 130 bills that targeted trans rights.
Even this past week, more than 20 Republican attorneys general sued President Joe Biden’s administration to block a school meal program that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity.

In a world where making others suffer is too commonplace, it’s essential to take a step back and look at the cruelty here: The leading law enforcement officials in over 20 states are fighting for the right to discriminate against transgender children.
Fortunately, nonprofit organizations are pushing back and advocating for the rights of our trans family and community members.

Take the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, for instance. What began humbly in 2008, with a mere website and snack distribution in Morningside Park, has now grown into an organizational force.

Their work is based on three pillars: advocacy, education, and direct services. Perhaps the best example of their advocacy within the New Mexico legislature was their work on the Vital Statistics Modernization Act of 2019.
Helpers is a regular column introducing Blue Review readers to worthy organizations helping in our communities. Our goal is simple: to open a window into the mission, methods, and needs of organizations working to do good in unenviable circumstances. If learning about these worthy helpers inspires you to get involved with the nonprofit, even better. While we cannot shine a light on every deserving nonprofit, we hope to hear from you, too. If there’s a 501c3 organization whose work you believe we should highlight, please let us know at helpers@bernalillodems.org.
UA Local 412 Kick Ass Awards
South Valley Fiesta with Gabe Vasquez
Coffee with Damian Lara
Campaign Kickoff for John Allen!
Campaign Kickoff w/ Janelle Anyanonu!
Join us in support of Janelle!

Unite Nite for August - Crime and Solutions
Justice Briana Zamora will join us for our August Unite Nite to present on a commission on crime that she's put together, and Justin Allen, an organizer with Millions for Prisoners, will present on some criminal justice reform legislation that he's working on. This will be a terrific way to get informed about how New Mexico is hitting crime head on, so be sure to register below. UNITE NITE, Tuesday, August 23 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. Click here to register.
Decades Dance for John Allen!
Meet & Greet with Rep. Roybal Caballero
September Fest

September 18 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Music, food, car show, tabling by multiple organizations, kids’ area, and much more. 
Can you help? We need you now to join us in having lots of fun while doing significant work. To volunteer, drop a note to: volunteers@bernalillodems.org.

Meanwhile, give generously! You can make your contribution HERE. Thank you!
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