Progressive Alliance Aims to Engage Creative Community

Beginning in December, the shared office space of ProgressNow NM, the Center for Civic Policy, and America Votes will hang its first art “show.”

“Our community is rich with art and culture. ProgressNow and our partners are thrilled to have an opportunity to help connect local artists with our work, and our work with local artists.,” said ProgressNow NM’s incoming Executive Director, Stephanie Maez. Speaking on behalf of the Progressive Alliance she continued, We are fortunate to have physical space available for this project and are excited to be present on a daily basis with   the work of our community’s talented artists.”

Understanding well that artists in our community are some of the hardest working activists and community organizers – the organizations have decided to showcase that reality and give talented local artists prime real estate. The Progressive Alliance (PNNM, CCP, and AV)  serves as civic engagement partner to more than 90  ally organizations – it is a busy office  frequented by individuals  from all walks fighting to ensure all New Mexico’s families have the same economic and educational opportunities, that our communities are safe, that our democracy is fair and policies passed represent the richness of our culture.  .

Behind the curtain of the Koch operations: local campaign disclosures provide window on Koch campaigns (if you know where to look)

Charles and David Koch spent $960 million in the 2016 elections, mostly on campaigns attacking progressive candidates and causes.  But because much of that money flows through non-profits and PACs, their fingerprints are often hard to identify and their playbook is even harder to pin down. But thanks to some of the country’s most progressive campaign disclosure laws, their local Americans for Prosperity chapter disclosed their ads, scripts and spendings in recent local elections – if you know where to find it. Since ProgressNow New Mexico started in 2011 we’ve been tracking the influence of corporate-backed right-wing astroturf organizations who come into our state trying to influence our elections. The Koch Brothers and their affiliated organizations – Americans for Prosperity and the LIBRE Initiative – are some of the worst offenders. They do this in a variety of ways.

Happening Now: Conservatives and Progressive face off for control in ABQ, Las Cruces elections

We are entering into a pivotal time in New Mexico. In Albuquerque, citizens are approaching a runoff in the mayoral race as well as in city council district 5. And in Las Cruces, municipal elections for three city councilors and a municipal judge are happening now. We’ve all seen what happens when progressive voters assume elections are already won and decide to stay home.  In New Mexico’s two most populous cities, progressive voters could be the largest voting blocs, but traditionally under-perform in city elections.  Now, more than ever, your local candidates are counting on your vote. Albuquerque: Citywide runoff, now through Nov.

[WATCH] Sandoval County commission takes first steps to enact Koch anti-union law; right-to-work fights move from Roundhouse to counties

We reported earlier this year about the Koch Brothers and Americans For Prosperity and their meddling in ALL levels of New Mexico politics.

An update to the current situation of their involvement in things they shouldn’t be involved in shows that Sandoval County is the current target for a Right-To-Work ordinance to be forced onto New Mexican families. 

Late last week, the Sandoval County Commission held a heavily attended meeting about imposing a county level Right-To-Work ordinance.  Thursday night’s meeting was filled with supporters from Sandoval County at large, including Representative Damon Ely who spoke in opposition to Right-To-Work, emphasizing the educational opportunities and fair wages that unions provide in a state in dire need of these things.

Vote – Just Go Vote… #WhoWeElectMatters

Consider your options, talk to your neighbors, attend one of the remaining forums, and then go vote. Municipal level elections are where change is influenced most immediately. As an outlet for information, keeping people aware, informed and engaged, is always our focus. We urge you to keep the focus as we head toward October 3rd and November 8th and push your friends and fellow community members to vote. We appreciate it and you.

Mayoral Candidate: Tim Keller

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Tim Keller

 

 

 

 
Registered as a Democrat
Endorsements by community organizations:

AFSCME – American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 18
BCTWGM – Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Local 351
CWA – Communication Workers of America Local 7076
IAFF – International Association of Firefighters Local 244
IATSE – International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 423
IATSE – International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480
IBEW – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 611
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 492
IUPAT – International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 823
Iron Workers Local Union 495
LIUNA – Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 16
New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 412
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
EQNM – Equality New Mexico
Ole New Mexico
NW ABQ Political Action Group
Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico
Sierra Club
New Mexico Working Families Party

Occupation: Current State Auditor, Former State Senator  

Facebook: Tim Keller for Albuquerque 

Website: http://www.tk4abq.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report. *Publicly financed candidate
What they have to say about themselves: Tim Keller is a bold, progressive leader who will take urgent action to bring needed change to Albuquerque. Tim Keller is the only clean election candidate, running a publicly financed campaign powered by thousands of local people.

Mayoral Candidate: Brian Colón

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Brian Colón

Registered as a Democrat

Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org

Occupation: Partner at Robles, Rael & Anaya, P.C., Former Chairman Democratic Party 
Facebook: Brian S. Colón 

Website: http://www.colonformayor.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report. What they say about themselves: Brian’s involvement in politics formally began when, in 2008, he was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Mayoral Candidate: Gus Pedrotty

As part of our continued efforts to inform the voters of New Mexico about their choices when it comes to who they/we elect for public office, we are providing a comprehensive voter guide for the upcoming municipal election. See the full Voter Guide here. Gus Pedrotty

Registered as a Democrat
Endorsements by community organizations:

None listed on candidate’s public website. Endorsement lists can be sent to carlos[at]progressnownm.org. Occupation: Recent Graduate of University of New Mexico  
Facebook: Gus Pedrotty for Mayor 

Website: http://www.gusformayor.com 

Who pays for their campaign: view the finance report.