Happy Birthday New Mexico, you beautiful Capricorn you

New Mexico was admitted into the United States on January 6, 1912, to become the 47th state in the Union. We sure do love A LOT about living here, but we also see some places we can keep improving to make New Mexico that much better in the years to come! THINGS WE LOVE: I love our food, the deep culture, and above all the way we protect and lead in reproductive justice. New Mexico has been ahead of the curve in changing the paradigm around this, and other states actually defer to our methods/policies! ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Creating better access and equity of care in our mental health and recovery infrastructures. Developing and implementing sustainable programs and training for whole health, cultural competency, and epigenetic traumas for caregivers/providers.

ProgressNow New Mexico adds new voice for Reproductive Justice

ProgressNow New Mexico is excited to announce the latest addition to our team, Erica Davis-Crump. She is our Reproductive Justice Organizer and Content Associate. Her focus will be to provide communities and partners all applicable updates, information, and awareness around reproductive justice issues in New Mexico! 

Erica is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque and utilizes lived experiences with reproductive health and other past experiences to work diligently and emphatically. She has specialty certifications in family wellness, mental health awareness, and suicide awareness and prevention. For the past seven years, she has provided training on Healthy Relationships, Mental Health Awareness, and Suicide Prevention in every county in New Mexico, to over 40,000 students and guardians.

Martinez is 6th “least popular” gov in the country: What do the falling approval numbers actually mean?

This week, a national polling company released findings showing that Governor Susana Martinez, already the two-time recipient of “worst run state” award, is now also the 6th LEAST popular governor in the country. This after her approval rating has dropped a full ten points since the beginning of this year. As Martinez moves into the final year of her governorship, it’s really not hard to look back over the last seven years and find a litany of blunders, bad policy, and downright criminal behavior. Not to mention the infamous Pizza Party that brought worldwide attention, unfortunately, to Martinez and the state. But what is it about this year that has New Mexicans fully pulling their support from the two-term Republican even as her party has taken the highest seats in government?

TAKE ACTION: Tell Trump not to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

In July, a federal judge convicted Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of willfully violating a federal order to stop using his police force to target residents based on race.  Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would travel to Phoenix, launching speculation that Trump would pardon his long-time ally. Tuesday afternoon, White House communications staff said that Donald Trump was not prepared to talk about pardoning the former sheriff. Four hours later, Trump mentioned it anyway.

Republican death penalty “selfie” pic going viral

A shockingly callous image of house republicans posing for a macabre selfie before passing highly contentions legislation (in the middle of the night) to reinstate the death penalty is already going viral. The image was first captured by Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report who Tweeted it out at 12:40 am Thursday. Before they take up the death penalty bill, a selfie. #nmleg #nmpol pic.twitter.com/d7V9xKNORr
— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) October 6, 2016
It was then shared by Representative Javier Martinez after hours of debate on the proposed death penalty bill and shared to his Facebook and Twitter. It has been shared hundreds of times since on both Facebook and Twitter.

New Death Penalty Bill includes public pregnancy examination for accused women, antiquated “retard” provisions

Buried within House Bill 7, the Republican bill to reinstate New Mexico’s death penalty, are provisions requiring accused women to undergo forced public medical examinations “in the presence of the court” and includes antiquated provisions governing processes for “retarded” persons and the “insane.” “Either the sponsors don’t know what is in this bill or they are so out-of-touch that they don’t understand the implications.  Either way these antiquated terms and barbaric assumptions show how extreme and political this entire death penalty proposal has become,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico. Section 10 of HB7 adds “new material” from the bill writers governing the punishment of “mentally retarded” persons. Section 14 governs the “insanity of the defendant.”

Thousands sign petition to Gov., Legislators opposing death penalty plan for NM

Update: Friday, Sept. 30, 2016:
Friday morning, our team at ProgressNow printed out almost 2,000 pages with messages like yours from New Mexicans opposing the Governor’s new death penalty plan. Gov. Martinez & Legislators: Don’t create a new death penalty for New Mexico: http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/gov-martinez-legislators

We marched right up to the 4th Floor of the Roundhouse and personally delivered them to the Governor’s office, then gave copies to members of the House Judiciary Committee which heard the bill that same day. That’s a good first step, but we can’t stop there. That same day, we started reviewing the bill and found big problems with the death penalty draft no one else had written about.