[TAKE ACTION] The time has come: John Vasquez needs to resign in the Doña Ana County Commission

While much of the state has been focused this week on the end of the Legislature’s 30-day session, the news cycle in Doña Ana County has been dominated all week by story after story about the incredibly inappropriate behavior of County Commissioner John Vasquez. 

Vasquez has been in the hot seat for a few weeks now as he refused to apologize for a series of misogynist insults and racially charged innuendo toward a local organizer in Doña Ana County, Johana Bencomo. After Bencomo formally leveled a complaint against Vasquez to the County Commission, more allegations of bad behavior began to surface. 

In a letter addressed to the Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, Richard Ellenberg, Vice-chair of the party Neomi Martinez-Parra referenced “inappropriate sexual misconduct” from Vasquez toward her. Ellenberg has since addressed the issue in an open letter of apology to Martinez-Parra, which also called on Vasquez to resign. That sentiment that Vasquez needs to resign began when Bencomo initially addressed Vasquez and the County Commission on January 19th, but has now been echoed by both Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall who have called for Vasquez’ resignation in a statement that was also signed by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and State Representative Angelica Rubio. Additionally, the entire Democratic caucus from Doña Ana County has signed a statement calling on the County Commission to “investigate and take action.” 

In the age of the powerful #MeToo movement, it is important that the public at large, not just our elected officials, stand ready to listen to women when they come forward with allegations of abuse and harassment from men in power.

#1 – Top 5 Martinez blunders as we begin another legislative session

This is it, the final, #1 example of how the Governor has been derelict in her duties and failed all New Mexicans as a leader and human being. The Governor’s attack on stream access is atrocious because it is one of the most direct examples of pay for play in recent memory, and she took away a right of all New Mexicans, and most didn’t even realize it.

#4 – Top 5 Martinez blunders as we approach another legislative session

This one hits particularly close to home, as our state’s young people are the root of the positive changes we should expect and hope for in the state we love. In September of last year, while legislators again tried to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards to improve educational outcomes for students across the state, the Governor released her own version of the standards, ignoring common sense, national education best practices, and the will of educators and parents in every corner of New Mexico.

The Importance of Progress – [Attend] 2018 Progressive Action Summit by Carlos Contreras

Working alongside and in step with organizations like, Olé, El Centro de Iguallidad y Derechos, Working Families, America Votes, The Center for Civic Policy, Equality New Mexico, Southwest Organizing Project, and more, I am excited about the possibilities, we can create together, beginning January 20th. Join me – and help me spread the word. Think about what it means for you, think about what it means for us, and then show up.

A gift Donald Trump will hate

Before we end 2017, please consider one last thing for your 2018 to-do list: making a year-end gift to help us start 2018 off right! Six years ago, Susana Martinez had just finished her first year in office promising that big corporate tax cuts would create New Mexico jobs.  That wasn’t true and we knew it, but Democrats and Republicans alike bought in. ALEC was adding new members in New Mexico and the Koch brothers were testing out new state-based strategies to attack unions and lower wages. We started ProgressNow’s network in New Mexico because we were tired of waiting for someone else to take on the fight. Today, that network is one of the state’s biggest and most vocal unapologetically progressive organizations, and the undisputed go-to source of progressive news for the state. With Trump in the White House and the possibility of Steve Pearce ending up in Roundhouse, New Mexico has never needed progressive leaders and actions more.

Transparent, honest, ethical politics – our gift to New Mexicans

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to join a network of state-wide progressive activists, organizations, and the elected officials who represent them/us. This is an opportunity to take action in our New Mexico communities, to ensure we continue to resist the advances of groups like AFP and ALEC in New Mexico. We can fight back together. Please consider joining us on January 20th.

2018 Progressive Action Summit – It’s here get your tickets now

Look forward to breakout sessions that touch on topics like “alternative” approaches to economic development, race class and gender in politics, tapping the permanent fund for early childhood education, approaching New Mexico’s opioid epidemic, and how to be a good neighbor to Albuquerque’s unsheltered populations, just to name a few.

Enjoy opening remarks by some of New Mexico’s progressive champions – leaders who have helped to assure accountability in our election processes, improve opportunities for our youth, and pushed for real growth of New Mexico’s economy. At lunch, you’ll hear from Gubernatorial candidates as to why they’re right for your vote and for our state. Needless to say, there will not be a dull moment on January 20th. Tickets will sell and sell fast – don’t wait to buy yours at the door.

[TAKE ACTION] We thought we had won. But the stream access issue is back and the people of New Mexico need to speak up

The New Mexico Game and Fish Commission has just called a last-minute emergency meeting to try to push through a new rule limiting New Mexicans access to our public streams and rivers. The proposed rule would infringe upon the constitutional rights of New Mexico citizens and tourists to utilize publicly accessible streams and their streambeds, including those flowing through or adjacent to private property, for fishing, boating, or other recreational purposes. The rule also holds out a false promise to landowners, who would be required to undergo an arduous process to have a stream certified as non-navigable and subject to the new rule and trespass statute. We wrote about this about a month ago so if you’d like to learn more, go check out that article here. And all of this is happening while the New Mexico Constitution and the New Mexico Supreme Court have already made this abundantly clear: the state’s waters are for all New Mexico citizens, not just the wealthy few.