My First Time at the Legislature – POV from a Newbie

On November 1st, I accepted a position as the Community Engagement Strategist for ProgressNow NM. When I spoke with Executive Director, Pat Davis about the job, what it entailed, what my skill set was and how it applied, and how it didn’t – in regards to the things I would “learn on the job,” I was still feeling like a foreigner in only a slightly less intimidating environment.

PNM looks to close coal-fired San Juan plant (if they get a rate increase from the PRC)

Santa Fe, NM –  PNM is beginning the process to plan for a permanent shutdown of the coal-fired San Juan Generation Station by 2022. The SJGS is responsible for generating nearly 60% of the state’s power, but it relies on coal power and a nearby coal mine PNM purchased last year to support it. PNM proposed two scenarios for future power production: one to keep the plant in operation after 2022, the other to close it and shift to a larger renewable portfolio.  But, PNM added a catch: the scenarios supporting closing the plant are tied to PNM’s latest rate increase request to the PRC which asks for electricity rates to increase by as much as 14% for New Mexico customers. “I want to stress that is only a preliminary finding regarding our San Juan Generating Station,” Vincent-Collawn told the Albuquerque Journal.

Governor Martinez Vetoes Hemp

HB144 hit its only snag on Thursday, the Governor’s desk…
That’s right, Governor Martinez chose to veto a bill that received support from multiple committees, and cleared the floor of both the House and Senate.

Save My Care – On The Move Through New Mexico

The Save My Care Bus Tour visited Albuquerque and Las Cruces on Wednesday. Faith leaders and other community members stood in opposition of congressional Republicans and their rushed effort to take away 266,000 New Mexicans’ health care. The Save My Care Bus Tour is a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans who will lose their health care under Congress’s dangerous repeal plan. Members of Health Action New Mexico, AFSCME, ProgressNow New Mexico, New Mexico Voices, the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, AARP, SEIU, and Interfaith Worker Justice rallied to stand against Congressional Republicans’ plan to take health care away from 266,000 New Mexicans, in both Las Cruces and Albuquerque. At the respective  events, health care advocates, religious leaders, and community members who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act shared their stories and urged Congress to protect affordable, quality health care.

Did You See The SIGNS? New Mexico Responds En Mass

No, President Trump has NOT released his tax returns. Albuquerque residents did however release anger and creativity on January 19th, in preparation for this past weekend’s Women’s March on Washington event. ProgressNow NM was out in numbers, both here in Albuquerque, and in the South end of the state, in Las Cruces. ProgressNow New Mexico’s Lucas Herndon can be seen below. No matter where you were, you witnessed the collective power of concerned citizens, who are not taking the recent developments at a national level lightly.

Artists’ Town Hall Meeting #3 – What To Expect in 2017

The answer is: “yes.” What are we going to create: a place for people to connect, act, talk, feel safe? The answer to all of those questions is unequivocally, “yes.” The Artist Town Hall Series started in late 2016 and will continue with the first meeting of 2017 on January 30th, at Central Features Downtown. The minds behind the first of the event series were: Nancy Zastudil Owner of Central Features, Carlos Contreras local poet and activist, and Ebony Booth an all around performer and event planning professional.

A Recap – Progressive Action Summit 2017

Red River, and Raton, and Farmington, and Hobbs, oh my! People came from near and far on January 7th, for ProgressNow NM’s first ever, Progressive Action Summit. The Summit was a jam packed day of exactly that – action. If you weren’t able to be with us, you might be wondering what happened:

22 Community Organizations: delivered presentations, workshops or panels, concerning and or addressing current and or proposed legislation, while gathering awareness and support around their issue. 22 Elected Officials: gave time out of their day to participate, present, engage with and respond to citizens and leaders from our communities.