Our democracy is going through a harrowing time but perhaps we needed this scare to regroup and rebuild our foundations. What we must not do is become cynical about voting and question why it matters. A civilized society only exists if the people have faith in its institutions.
It is true the deck is stacked by the Republican’s gerrymandering and voter suppression, but if each of us got just one other person who does not ordinarily vote to the polls we could return the government to the people.
I’ve updated the Elections Page to include the New Mexico ballot measures. We are still working on the rest of the candidate comparisons and should have them finished in the next few days.
There are two things coming up this week where you can help. On Friday, the 19th we are planning to paint signs, both for individual candidates and to encourage voter participation. Roger Montoya is providing space at his studio in Velarde from 1:00 to 8:00 pm for anyone to drop in and work. We’ll have stencils or you can make your own. The same goes for house paint and wood panels. It should be a lot of fun.Then on Sunday, the 21st, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan will be at Delancy Street for a rally which goes from from noon to 4:00. Sen. Richard Martinez and candidates Joseph Sanchez and Susan Herrera will also be there. There will be free food and live entertainment. Let’s all turn out!
Now, we turn to a critical issue which we must all address by midnight on Monday. The Trump administration is proposing to drastically curtail our ability to gather on the National Mall and make our voices heard. Protests on the the White House sidewalk would be limited to a lane only 5 foot wide, signs could not be carried from one area to another, spontaneous demonstrations would be limited, and the Park Service could charge protesters fees. You may have seen the article in the Sunday New Mexican. Here is a summary prepared by the ACLU.
Here is the comment page. Again, you must weigh in by the end of the day Monday.
Here is an issue we covered briefly before. The administration wants to allow ICE to hold children in detention indefinitely, and set up and oversee its own family detention centers. Now, after seeing photos of the detention facility in Tornillo,Texas, I am absolutely convinced we must put a stop to moving migrant children at night from regulated foster facilities and homes to this desolate tent city. Unlike foster care, no schooling is provided, only optional workbooks to fill out. We are better than this.
We oppose the government’s proposal to end the Flores Agreement because every human being, every child, should be treated with dignity. My taxes should not be paying for the indefinite detention of children in secure facilities at huge cost.
Click the dark blue “Comment Now!” button. The deadline is November 6th.
Keep up the resistance. We are now 22 days from the most important election of our lifetimes.