Planned Parenthood inches ever closer to being defunded as part of the GOP’s gleeful plan to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and gut the Affordable Care Act. As soon as President-elect Trump takes office, 40% of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded budget could vanish, leaving hundreds of thousands of women without health care (or access to a safe, legal abortion). Women aren’t the only ones at risk. There are health concerns that impact men only – Planned Parenthood provides services for them as well. Men are also at risk when it comes to the loss of Planned Parenthood funding.
Facing an increasingly determined and growing community of protestors and pressure from federal legislators and community groups, the federal Army Corps of Engineers announced late Sunday that it would deny the permit for the last leg of the DAPL, a controversial federal oil pipeline through sacred tribal areas in North Dakota. New Mexicans have made high-profile efforts to join the opposition in recent months. State Democratic Party Chair Deb Haaland, herself the only Native party chair in the country, traveled there last month.
Senators Udall and Heinrich also issued letters to President Obama called for the permit denial.
Heinrich calls on Obama to move Dakota Access Pipeline | NM Political Report
Heinrich concerned over violence against Standing Rock protesters | NM Political Report
Udall also wants Dakota Access Pipeline moved, denounces violence | NM Political Report
From the New York Times:
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Ms. Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
The administration also signaled its intent to require a full environmental impact report and public input. Both were deemed unnecessary by the applicants but were seen as critical components to future opposition plans.
Again, The Times:
The consideration of alternative routes “would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis,” Ms Darcy said in a statement.
Albuquerque’s latest luxury condos currently under construction went up in flames in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The Carlisle at 3600 Central Avenue South East in the heart of the Nob Hill District was heavily damaged in a multi-alarm fire that began after 1 am. The three-story, 34-condo building, currently taking reservations was slated for occupancy by the summer of 2016 but appeared to have been unoccupied at the time of this morning’s fire. Fire crews worked for hours to extinguish the aggressive flames that seemed to emerge from multiple sides of the building. Area homes temporarily lost power as firefighters battled to contain the flames.
As President-Elect, Donald Trump is wasting no time filling his administration with hardliners pro-corporate, anti– (well, most anything progressive) leadership (they are also all white guys, have you noticed?). With a White Nationalist as a chief advisor and an attorney general who was rejected for a federal judgeship because of racists remarks, what else could they do to reverse centuries of progress in just four years? Turning over control of national parks and public lands to a corporate big oil tycoon, for one; and New Mexico’s Senator Martin Heinrich isn’t having it. This tweet from Heinrich is getting a lot of attention:
What has him all riled up? Probably this note from Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump is just starting to arrange the team that will advise him and implement his policy agenda.
In the first few hours after Trump won the presidential elections, hundreds of reports of biased attacks against immigrants, Muslims, African-Americans, Latinos and gays were reported nationwide. This was all news to Donald Trump who learned about them not from advisors who should be watching these things, but from Leslie Stahl during his 60 Minutes interview last weekend. He stumbled through a response, eventually settling on a directive to his followers to “stop it.” If those hate-motivated Americans feel emboldened by Trump, they do so for good reason: his campaign went from bad to worse when Trump named Breitbart News publisher Steve Bannon to lead his campaign. Now, as President, Trump named Bannon his chief advisor.
The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the Albuquerque Journal launched an editorial calling for “action” against “illegal immigrants.” That’s not a surprise to Journal readers who also had a few things to say about the election that shocked the world. A quick hat tip to our own reader Charlotte Lipson of Las Cruces who flagged these letters, along with her own providing some balance to the populist analysis. Here are a few excerpts from letters to the Journal this week:
Election results deserve acceptance
AMERICA, THE land of the free and the home of the brave; a place where we can rest easy knowing that our constitutional rights are protected by a strong military and great leaders. If you’ve read your history books, you have learned that these freedoms didn’t come easy.
Artist’s Respond: Some of Albuquerque’s best are set to take the stage November 14th, 7:00-8:30pm, as a community approaches the creative process, and how it is used to process trauma and violence. DETAILS HERE
WHY ART? “I believe that we learn more about ourselves when we observe and appreciate the truths of another person’s art. I also believe that we learn the most about ourselves as artists when we are vulnerable enough to share our truths with an audience of strangers. Together, we all grow and become more connected,” says Ebony Isis Booth, featured artist at Central Features’ November 14th “Artists’ Town Hall.”
“I think that art and activism are inextricably linked.
Donald Trump has never seemed to care much for Susana Martinez (remember that “she’s done a bad job” moment from his campaign stop in Albuquerque earlier this year?)
But while the rest of the world is still coming to grips with the idea of a President Trump, Republicans are already lining up for cabinet spots in the new administration. Susana Martinez doesn’t appear to be among them a report from Politico indicates. See who IS on top of the list for Interior (a big oil tycoon), Attorney General (oh my!) and more.
Politico: Meet Trump’s Cabinet-in-waiting
He’s expected to reward the band of surrogates who stood by him…
In 725 days, New Mexicans will pick a new governor. That may sound like a long way off but for a job that big, no time is too early to start. That’s why, on Tuesday night, just hours after the country learned that Donald Trump was moving into the White House potential candidates started lining up to test drive their ideas to dig New Mexico out of this hole that Gov. Martinez keeps digging. First up was Sen. Tom Udall (D), a former attorney general, congressman and current progressive champion in the United States Senate.
During post-election analysis on KANW FM with Joe Monahan (and our own ProgressNowNM board member Sandy Buffett), Sen. Udall called in to say that he was considering a run for governor.
When one thinks of the context of the next twenty years, and the future of people and land in the Southwest region, it is likely that that person thinks about the advancement of: people, communities, access to resources, and ensuring the safety of youth as they approach adulthood, and access to said resources for generations to come. When talking about resources, sure, gas and oil might come to mind, but staples for life and livelihood ought to strike a more urgent cord – things like: water, should top that list. Although “list toppers,” in regards to topics might change depending on whom you ask. Ask the Bureau of Land Management about the next twenty years and the Southwest region, and their “plan” is sure to include fracking on land throughout the Northwest and Four Corners areas. In fact, more than 38 million acres have been designated and identified for BLM use, only 57% of which is currently being used for drilling, but plans exist that would allow for use of other designated areas, over time.