Last fall, voters in southern New Mexico sent an exciting new delegation of progressive champions to Santa Fe to represent us. Now that the 2017 Legislature is coming to a close, let’s check in on some of their successes and how they’ve helped move New Mexico forward!
Congressman Steve Pearce came back to his district (CD2) for a town hall event this past Saturday and ProgressNow NM was there and broadcasting LIVE on Facebook because he held it in Ruidoso, a village of 8,000 people two hours away from Las Cruces, the largest city in his district.
But, Pearce has scheduled a last-minute town hall meeting TOMORROW, March 4th, in Ruidoso. Situated in the heart of Lincoln County, which Pearce won by nearly 75% in 2016, the meeting is likely intended to bolster his image by catering to his base. Scheduled for 9 am on a Saturday, such a meeting is obviously not intended to be very accessible.
State Representative Joanne Ferrary experienced her first success in passing a bill she carried to the House Floor on Monday night. Ferrary a progressive State Representative worked incredibly hard to gain bipartisan support for House Bill 185.
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.
Progressive candidates fought off pro-Trump Tea Party candidates in school board elections around the state, Tuesday. It was the first election test of the newly energized progressive movement in the Trump era. The results are still coming in but the early results are already clear: this movement isn’t just about resistance in the streets – we’re voting, too! “Voter turnout in Albuquerque was almost double what it was two years ago, and early numbers show that those voters came out for a slate of progressive candidates endorsed by educators unions, progressive elected leaders and community organizations, including ProgressNowNM,” says Pat Davis, executive director of ProgressNowNM. In a sign of progressive voting power:
ProgressNowNM’s Progressive Champions PAC Voter Guide was viewed online more than 25,000 times – 14,511 times in the 7 days preceding the election.
Last Friday ProgressNow New Mexico’s own Lucas Herndon was recognized by the New Mexico State University College of Arts and Sciences during their annual A Starry Night award ceremony. “The Stars of Arts and Sciences recognizes living individuals who have achieved state, national, or international distinction by their accomplishments and leadership, all while supporting their community and the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences,” according to their website. Herndon is the Communications Manager for ProgressNow New Mexico based in Las Cruces. As a graduate of NMSU with a degree in History, Herndon has continued to work and live in southern New Mexico to help his community however he can. “I grew up here.