U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M.; and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will headline the Santa Fe March for Science this Saturday. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican:
The march leaves the Plaza at 10:30 a.m, followed by a rally with speakers at the Capitol at 11 a.m., and Science Expo booths until 2 p.m.
“We’re going to ensure that regardless of what they do federally, in New Mexico we take care of women and families and let them choose what’s best for them in deciding if and when and how often to have children.” — Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque
Respect New Mexico Women, a coalition of organizations, supporters, and healthcare providers launched their 2017 legislative campaign today at the NM State Capitol. In a packed meeting room, the Respect Campaign described three bills the coalition will introduce in committee during the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session. The bills are designed to protect and expand legislation that safeguards reproductive healthcare for women. Read about the Respect Campaign Press Conference at NM Political Report.
The Santa Fe chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) rides the momentum of the Women’s March on Washington by hosting a celebration of Roe v. Wade decision in the NM Capitol Rotunda. On Tuesday, February 7 from 10am -11am supporters of a woman’s right to decide her reproductive health will gather to honor the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling. The January 22, 1973 United States Supreme Court ruling that ensures a woman’s right to obtain a safe and legal abortion from a health care provider is under threat like never before, in state houses across the national and in Washington. Within the first week of his tenure, the 45th President of the United States has threatened Planned Parenthood with defunding. He also waved his pen and reinstated the Global Gag Rule that blocks U.S. aid to international organizations that perform or even talk about abortion.
To make a visual statement and a strong declaration of solidarity with protestors at the Women’s March on Washington, knitters (along with those who crochet and sew) are stepping up their craft game and New Mexicans are doing their part to show their true colors. With only three days to go before the inauguration of the President-elect, there’s a nationwide run on pink yarn as people scramble to complete their “pussy hats” in time for the Women’s March on Washington. The Pussy Hat Project, created by Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman has added new meaning to craftivism. Initiated shortly after the election results that declared Donald Trump the winner, Suh and Zweiman’s went to work to launch a nation-wide effort to encourage the making of pink hats for visual impact at the march, and to represent people who wished to attend but could not. The result is the creation thousands of hats for marchers to don at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.
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.
[NEW!! CLICK HERE to read the latest on march info: Five New Mexico Cities Host Women’s Marches This Saturday: What You Need to Know . . .]
New Mexico Women will march on the New Mexico State Capitol and in Washington, DC one day after the pending inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump, soon to be the 45th President of the United States. The gathering in New Mexico will culminate in a rally at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe in what will be a national day of action. The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for Saturday, January 21 is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of women to the nation’s capital to collectively denounce Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric aimed at minorities and women.
New Mexico’s primary day is often overlooked by national candidates since it comes on the very last possible day for primaries nationwide. But this year is special because the Democratic nomination is still unsettled and the candidate will be selected based on delegates picked on our primary day – June 7th. Even though there are a lot more delegates available in California and other states that day, neither the Clinton nor Sanders campaign are treating the Land of Enchantment like a flyover state this year. Both campaigns are coming to NM this week and here’s where you can see them:
Friday May 20
3pm, Santa Fe Community College, William Witter Fitness Center: This event with Senator Sanders is limited to just 2,500 people. Doors open at 1, so get there early.
Everyone has that one co-worker or cousin who gets a little too tipsy at the holiday party, but Governor Martinez just took it to a whole new level.
When the staff of the El Dorado Hotel called Santa Fe police at 1:30 am last weekend to evict the partiers in room 465, the partier-in-chief called 9-1-1 herself demanding to know why they were coming.
“I am the governor of the state of New Mexic-oooo… I’m sitting in there with my sister, who is disabled, and about six other people eating pizzz-aa” Susana Martinez tells 911. “Call them off!”
Update, Mon. Dec. 22, 8:00pm : The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacon (@danieljchacon) reports that, “under public pressure,” Councilor Bushee will remove language calling for Santa Fe to renew an agreement with PNM:
Under public pressure, City Councilor Patti Bushee removed language calling for a franchise agreement with Public Service Company of New Mexico from a controversial resolution she is sponsoring.“It’s turned into a red herring, so I’m happy to remove it,” she said Monday… Bushee said City Attorney Kelley Brennan had advised her to include the franchise agreement language in the resolution, which Brennan denied. “I urged you not to include negotiation of the franchise in the draft,” Brennan wrote in an email to Bushee on Monday.
Campaigns to put the question of marijuana policy to voters in Santa Fe and Albuquerque became a central issue this week in the governor’s race after Republican Governor Martinez and Democrat Gary King came out on different sides of the issue. KOB-TV profiled both candidates on the issue:
Martinez previously told the Associated Press she opposed local elections on the issue, citing the likelihood of increased voter participation. The Reduce Marijuana Penalties Campaign is a grassroots effort in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It was launched by ProgressNowNM and Drug Policy Action of New Mexico earlier this year. Read more about the campaign at ReducePenalties.com.