ProgressNow NM Denounces Anti-Abortion Extremists

Since voting to protect safe and legal healthcare, many legislators in New Mexico have been receiving messages with personal and often times violent content. Representative Angelica Rubio (D-35) shared on Facebook the vitriol that she and even her parents have received about her vote in favor of House Bill 51- the Keep Abortion Safe And Legal bill. ProgressNow New Mexico wants New Mexico communities to know the extent of this behavior. Anti-abortion extremists have been targeting Rep Rubio’s parents, who are elders, as well as the family members of other representatives who supported the bill. Rep Rubio felt moved to address the attack on her family on her Facebook page, saying,

“So, before you decide to challenge my parents’ morality, and degrade them for an informed decision their 40 year old daughter took in the New Mexico State Legislature–which, by the way, is supported by a majority of my colleagues and New Mexicans–I suggest you call me first rather than be self-righteous and spew posts on social media.

It’s a NEW DAY in New Mexico!

With a new Governor and a host of bold, progressive, new State House representatives, one of the biggest wins this session could be in clean energy. We have a generational opportunity to reduce carbon in New Mexico, through the double-sided coin of increasing our state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS), the leading climate priority for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham; and retiring the San Juan Generating Station in San Juan County, a source of coal-based carbon emissions for decades. We now have that chance. The Energy Transition Act (ETA, SB 489) was filed today, sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria and Representative Nathan Small. Here are the top 5 things the ETA does:

It creates an even stronger new Renewable Portfolio Standard than last week’s bill, because of some pretty tough negotiating by the Governor over the weekend, setting New Mexico on a course for clean energy for literally decades to come.

Healthcare is NOT a crime- sign our petition NOW!

Healthcare is not a crime. But, all over the country, Republican-led state legislatures are working hard to criminalize pregnant people and doctors when it comes to abortion. In New Mexico, we can hold our own beliefs about abortion but respect that personal decision as something for our family members and neighbors to make for themselves. We keep our doors and hearts open to those around us and across the country- those whose access to safe and legal abortion is being stripped away. Join ProgressNow New Mexico as we work with our partners at the Respect New Mexico Women Coalition to repeal the outdated criminal statute in order to protect access to safe and legal abortion by signing on to our petition now- click here to sign.

Galvanize New Mexico!

All over the country, United State of Women is hosting summits in communities so women can hear from activists, organizers, and experts who work in those communities to share their expertise. On December 1, the United State of Women will be hosting Galvanize New Mexico- a summit to bring together women from all over the state to listen in to expertise. PNNM is excited to uplift this summit- after a historic midterm election, New Mexico is being looked to as a leader in the country for electing women and people of color up and down the ballot. It’s only fitting that Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland (CD-1) and Xochitl Torres-Small (CD-2) are two of three of the main speakers at Galvanize New Mexico! They will be joined by Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff and Time’s Up Legal Co-Founder, Tina Tchen.

Thanksgiving Is A Time For Educating Ourselves

In these political times, so much gets lost in the rhetoric and the sound bites. There are so many marginalized groups that are negatively impacted by the policies of the Trump Administration, putting real lives in danger. The lives that are not talked about too much in the media are Native lives. Thanks to Congresswoman-elect Debra Haaland (NM-1) and Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids (KS-3), the concerns that Native peoples have will be amplified, one of them being blood quantum’s place in politics; blood quantum, or how “Native” or “Indian” one is, determines whether or not a Native person will have access to certain benefits the federal government has agreed to provide Native peoples in exchange for land and other natural resources as well as access to their own natural resources. It is not a coincidence that more tribes have needed to reconsider their blood quantums and tribal constitutions.

New Mexico Elections Show the Rest of the Country How It’s Done

Barry Blitt’s New Yorker cover, “Welcome To Congress”, has gone viral and it’s no surprise why- the cover shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation) (KS-3) with a crowd of brown people behind them at a door, about to walk into a room full of white men. This is a bittersweet moment for people of color across the country- until the late 1960s, ALL American citizens were not able to vote. The legal and physical battles fought to vote were (and are) hard, bloody, and racist. In New Mexico, we have taken Blitt’s concept to the max- the Roundhouse will see a lot of newcomers, mostly women of color and including the first ever Muslim to serve in the legislature, taking their seat on the House Floor. New Mexico has a long history of racism and sexism, especially during the time New Mexico was vying for statehood.