[Listen] Voices of Progress: ProgressNow’s Pat Davis Talks with Generation Justice About ProgressNow, Advice For Young Organizers and Where This All Goes

ProgressNow New Mexico is one of the state’s largest and most read political advocacy organizations.  But it wasn’t always that way.  Pat Davis, ProgressNow’s Executive Director and an Albuquerque City Councilor, sat down last week with Generation Justice on KUNM to talk about ProgressNow, complacency and activism and how the progressive movement is growing in New Mexico. Have you ever wondered why ProgressNow started and where it came from? Is this new resistance movement our Tea Party?

[Watch Video] ICE raids come to New Mexico; Protestors block streets in response

In response to reports of at least two local ICE raids Wednesday morning, Doña Ana County residents rallied at the Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces.  Immigration community advocates reported that persons arrested in the raid included at least one person who had no criminal record, contradicting the Trump administration’s ICE reports that they are only focussing on arresting previously convicted felons. Word of the ICE actions spread quickly through the tightly connected progressive community via texts and social media. After a brief rally the Federal Courthouse, participants – including ProgressNowNM’s local manager Lucas Herndon – marched to the city’s busiest intersection at the height of rush hour and shut it down with protests in the streets and supporters chanting on the sidewalks. ICE actions take place in Las Cruces, Chaparral | NM Political Report
BREAKING: Immigration raids in Las Cruces Wednesday morning – KVIA

ProgressNow’s Lucas Herndon provided video of the protest as police arrived.

Heinrich votes against giving Rick Perry nuclear weapons

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Citing Rick Perry’s past calls to eliminate the Energy Department, and “an unwillingness to commit to the applied energy research and climate science done at our national labs and universities, and the transition team questionnaire that attacked the integrity of climate scientists,” US Senator Martin Heinrich voted NO today on the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead Donald Trump’s Energy Department. The New York Times recently reported that Perry accepted Trump’s offer to be Energy Secretary believing it was a post to serve as a “global ambassador for America’s oil and gas companies.”  Only after accepting did he learn that it was not that job at all. The Energy Department enjoys a special relationship with New Mexico. National labs, including Sandia and Los Alamos, as well as our country’s nuclear stockpile housed, in part, at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque are all under the purview of the Energy Secretary.

State, local leaders issue public letter to US Senate opposing Trump’s Pruitt for EPA

More than 50 state and local elected officials signed an open letter to New Mexico’s US Senators and Congressional delegation urging them to publicly oppose President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scroll down to join these leaders in opposing Pruitt for EPA administrator. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued the EPA at least 14 times to oppose clean air and water rules.  Mr. Pruitt also allowed Republican donors and oil industry executives to write his office’s climate change policies and official policy statement letters opposing climate change and EPA rules. The full Senate is expected to take up his nomination in the coming weeks.

REGISTER: Telephone Town Hall with Sen. Tom Udall on Monday

President Trump (I still can’t get used to writing that!) has nominated a lot of troubling cabinet nominees, but none is more worrisome than Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Senate offices have been bombarded with calls and letters asking how we can help. Instead of asking you to call Sen. Udall, we asked him if he’d call you – and he said yes! Special invitation: Telephone Town Hall with Senator Tom Udall

President Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency stands out among a long list of troubling nominees he has offered. I’ve heard from countless New Mexicans with concerns about Pruitt’s appointment as EPA administrator, so I’m hosting a telephone town hall on Monday to discuss how New Mexicans who care about our clean air and water can help.

Pledge to stand with Sens. Udall, Heinrich against these Trump’s nominees

Donald Trump’s nominees are a who’s who of conflicts, billionaires and bigots and each one must be confirmed by the United States Senate.

Democrats have already given many a grilling and slowed the quick nomination processes Trump and Republican Senate leaders wanted. Our own US Senators have been front and center of those fights. Here are just a few whose appointment could mean big trouble for New Mexico.