Be Remembered in Revolution, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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It’s known that when a champion of human rights dies, we mourn today and organize tomorrow. Well, tomorrow has come. Now, more than ever, is the right time to organize. With the past four years (feels like way more, we know) under the Trump presidency, every day holds a new, angering, decision made against BIPOC folx everywhere. While rulings oftentimes were halted by the Supreme Court for unconstitutional efforts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one to thank. While she worked up until her last day, and died on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, today, tomorrow and forever, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be remembered in righteousness.

As a Clinton appointee, Ruth Bader Ginsburg held her seat as a Justice for 27 years, her power helped secure rights in reproductive health and justice, making it possible for women to obtain a checking account without a male co-signer and obtaining birth control without their husband’s permission. For LGBTQ folx, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was essential for securing rights against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, same-sex marriage and protected employees against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

She also helped secure more protections in equal pay, criminal justice reform, immigration, public education, environmental protections, worker’s rights and so many more.

This past weekend, ProgressNow New Mexico and over a dozen organizations co-hosted When There Are Nine: Remembering RBG & A Call To Action, a night honoring RBG. She was our champion for nearly three decades, and while she struggled through cancer over the period of two decades and died this weekend due to complications, we remembered— RBG held it down for the people, ‘til her last breath.

“We came together in collective loss and grief,” said Marianna Anaya, Deputy Director of ProgressNow New Mexico in a statement. “For years, we’ve been chipping away at archaic policies in our legislature. There’s never been a more important time to repeal New Mexico’s old abortion ban, ensure access to high quality public education, safeguard worker and immigrant rights and protect our land and water.” Anaya added.

“For years, we’ve been chipping away at archaic policies in our legislature. There’s never been a more important time to repeal New Mexico’s old abortion ban, ensure access to high quality public education, safeguard worker and immigrant rights and protect our land and water.”

Carry the Torch

Now, it’s our turn. We need all hands on deck from now on. Because with Mitch McConnell waiting a few hours after her death to release a statement about her replacement, we know we’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us all.

What We Can Do

  • Text “RBG” to 50409 to let your senator know you don’t want a Supreme Court Nominee until after the inauguration.
  • Register to vote. Because every vote counts, your community desperately needs you and your vote— especially in this upcoming election.
  • Armed militia members seek to scare off voters at the polls this election. If you’re already a regular voter, sign up to be a poll watcher and help protect the sanctity of our democracy.
  • If you’re a regular voter of any sort, request your mail-in ballots as soon as you can and send it back quickly.
  • Join the revolution with us and other ProgressNow affiliates at RBGRevolution.com. We’re ready to call, email, text, organize, register and vote to honor her memory.So, are you with us? Now’s the time!

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Alissa Barnes is Executive Director at ProgessNow New Mexico where she leads a team that works on message development, issue and voter education, and amplification of progressive messages and values. She leads the organization in strategy development, fundraising, and organizational growth and sustainability.

Alissa’s background includes nearly 12 years at Roadrunner Food Bank where Alissa led the development and creation of multiple programs that are now national models, invested in community building and collaborations, and worked closely with elected officials, educating about hunger and why policies would either benefit or hurt clients in food lines. She has a BA from the University of New Mexico and various non-profit certifications.
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Marianna oversees strategic messaging and creative implementation tactics for issue-based and political campaigns. She leads the team’s digital and earned media programs, bringing a New Mexico values-based approach to her work. 

Marianna’s background includes race and ethnic studies in education as a focus at UT Austin and UCLA, political campaign work, staffing former Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham as well as leading organizing and communications work for the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.

  • She currently serves as the Board President of Emerge NM. 
  • Her hobbies include getting more women, queer folks and BIPOC elected to office.
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Lucas Herndon :: Energy and Policy Director
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Lucas’ focus is on all things energy and environment, election integrity projects and general messaging strategy. He is often the front facing voice for PNNM when it comes to issues surrounding methane, renewable energy, oil industry accountability, and public lands issues. 

Lucas has an extensive background in public lands and solar energy. He was instrumental in the creation of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in 2014 and has participated in every local election since 2012 through phone banking, online organizing, and poll watching. Lucas is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces where he has served in various capacities of leadership including as President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, District Director for the Dona Ana County Democratic Party, and attending and completing the inaugural classes of the Las Cruces Neighborhood Leadership Academy and the Las Cruces Tree Stewards. 

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Josette Arvizu is the Communications Director at ProgressNow New Mexico where she oversees the development and implementation of systems that further the external and internal communications of the organization.

Josette’s background in marketing includes copywriting, paid media, SEO and content strategy for businesses and nonprofits, including convention and visitor bureaus from Bermuda to Anaheim. She began her career teaching writing to college students while in New Mexico State University’s MFA in creative writing program. Her previous work promoting diversity and inclusion includes coordination of writing and traditional arts workshops for Native American youth at the Tucson Indian Center.
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Jackie Aguirre :: Communications Specialist
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Jackie’s focus is on graphics and social media marketing that promote progressive issues across our state. 

Jackie’s background includes work in the Reproductive Justice space focusing on Latinx, Chicanx and Mexican-American communities.

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  • She is a long-time volunteer for Planned Parenthood and works with college students to provide condoms/dental dams, menstrual products & other resources
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Edgar Cruz :: Communications Specialist
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Edgar Cruz is a Communications Specialist at ProgressNow New Mexico where he focuses on video creation and research that promotes progressive issues across our state.

Edgar has a background producing multimedia initiatives. With over five years of radio production experience, he is a movement agent who believes in exploring all avenues of media to inform and engage community.

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  • First discovered his passion for organizing as a high school student after joining the Youth Alliance in 2009