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In a 6-1 vote yesterday, the City of Las Cruces sent a resounding message to President Trump: No border wall in our backyard. Las Cruces is the county seat of Doña Ana County which shares 62 miles of its southern border with Mexico. The treaty which ended hostilities between the two countries in 1848 was signed in Mesilla, the village just west of Las Cruces and at the time, still a part of Mexico. The resolution, introduced by Mayor pro-tem Greg Smith, states among other points, “Whereas, the economic, historic, and cultural connections between our part of the United States and just across the border in Mexico is underscored by the families whose members have been connected across this region for hundreds of years before there was a border between the modern countries of the United States and Mexico.”
The dissenting vote was cast, unsurprisingly, by perennial conservative Ceil Levatino. Levatino didn’t hold back her contempt for those speaking against the wall by making a condescending joke about such a wall “becoming a tourist destination” and by glibly referencing the Bracero program, which drew harsh murmurs from the audience and a slew of angry Twitter comments.
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.
What began as a Facebook event invite and a response to the now imminent inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has quickly turned into a viral, global grassroots movement and an international day of resistance. The Women’s March on Washington launches in five days with a New Mexico delegation to represent the progressives marching here at home. New Mexico is doing its part and you can participate. On Saturday, January 21, millions of people will gather in cities across the United States and in international locations in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington D.C. In every state in the Union, more than 370 peaceful, inclusive, gatherings are playing host to an estimated 735,070 marchers and participants. Here’s what you need to know to participate in the marches happening in our state.
Earlier this year, President Obama asked cities and counties to think about how they could use local zoning and development ordinances to address inequality in everything from housing to income. UPDATE [Dec. 14]: DAC Commission passed progressive new vision for development
The idea: local governments across the country affect national growth through “Not in My Backyard” type initiatives, known as NIMBY legislation. City and county governments are often at the whim of small, special interest groups who can and do lobby to keep certain types of growth from occurring for their own benefit. This disproportionately affects affordable housing, access to good paying jobs, and medical access.
Last Saturday I attended a National Rifle Association breakfast for local Republican legislative candidates. An NRA lobbyist jetted in to tell a few lies and fire up the troops. The NRA desperately wants Republicans to control our Legislature, and will put up big bucks to keep making big bucks on gun sales. When the lobbyist mentioned that Representative Rick Little was on the Safety & Civil Affairs Committee, “one of the places a good gun bill or a bad gun bill will go,” Little quickly added “and get killed.” A pocket-sized NRA handout made clear there are no good gun bills – except one that broadens the concealed-carry law or cuts the prices for licenses.
The arguments against well-crafted gun laws – and I grant that not all legislation is well-crafted – are “slippery slope”: if you let the government require background checks or try to prevent terrorists from having guns, soon they’ll be knocking on your door to confiscate your gun.
Earlier this month marked the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history — and in the aftermath, once again, Congress failed to pass stronger gun laws. Hundreds of people turned out right here in Las Cruces for a vigil to honor the victims and to demand action to #DisarmHate. In Las Cruces, our elected leaders are listening. But we need your help. The Las Cruces City Council is voting next week on a resolution urging New Mexico to pass background checks for all gun sales — a proven way to help save lives.
It’s finally here! ProgressNow’s Progressive Voter Guide for the 2016 Primary Elections is out. We’ve been doing this progressive advocacy thing for a while and one thing we know: who we elect matters. Whether it’s a County Clerk who issues the first same-sex marriage license (thanks, Lynn!) or a State Rep. defending working families wages (thanks to lots of you!), electing the right candidates matter. Bernalillo County Voter Guide
Dona Ana County Voter Guide
*Why don’t you make one for other counties? We’re working on it. We’ll have individual guides for all 33 counties ready for the General Election. We’re a small shop and these take a lot of time, so we focused on the counties where we had staff on the ground to do the legwork – want more ProgressNow? Consider a donation to help us build that power.
Members of Las Cruces Transportation Federation Local 6341 voted to strike this week after STS-NM, a private school bus company contracted by the Las Cruces Public Schools, failed to agree to needed changes to drivers’ contracts. But late Thursday afternoon a Las Cruces district Judge issued a temporary restraining order against the union and ordered all drivers to work until at least April 12. Drivers are not currently offered sick leave, haven’t seen a pay raise in years, and often drive overcrowded buses which threaten student and driver safety. LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds sought the injunction, citing concerns about kids not being able to get to school, but didn’t seem worried about them crowding into over-packed buses with drivers who may be ill but can’t afford to stay home from work.