Dark Money in New Mexico

It’s hard to get a bill through the New Mexico legislature that regulates oil and gas or banks or pay day lenders or — you name it — any business that crosses interstate lines BECAUSE of the influence of money from outside New Mexico in our campaigns. (Think Koch brothers money.) In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court said there were NO LIMITS on the money that could be spent, as long as it wasn’t coordinated with a campaign (the Citizens United decision). Almost every state passed laws requiring the sources of political money be disclosed … but not New Mexico. We tried for six years and failed.

But this year the Legislature passed a bill requiring the disclosure of “dark money”: SB 96. Its sponsor, Sen. Peter Wirth, pulled it back when Gov. Martinez was in the midst of tantrum-vetoes, but it’s going to her desk this week. The right wing’s fighting it, claiming it will muzzle all charities, but it won’t affect true charities. It will force groups that want to bankroll campaigns to declare their presence.

Please contact Susana Martinez with this message: Sign SB 96 to require disclosure for “dark money.” Citizens deserve to know what they’re voting for. Call 505-476-2200 or use the contact form at this address: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/Contact_the_Governor.aspx.

If you want to read more about it, the Santa Fe New Mexican published a good op-ed on the bill, http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/my_view/looking-in-governor-should-sign-dark-money-bill/article_4164c35e-8267-577c-94a9-1287ecee677a.html

Cesar Chavez Day: Saturday, April 1

Let’s get an Indivisible contingent together for the Cesar Chavez March on Saturday, April 1.

At 8:30 a.m., we will meet at the Torreon (round building) at the National Hispanic Center, 1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Soon after, we will take a shuttle to South Valley Gateway Park, for a ceremony renaming the park “Dolores Huerta Gateway Park.” Huerta, a native New Mexican and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, will be on hand. The march starts from the park at 10:30 a.m. and returns to the National Hispanic Cultural Center at noon.

Huerta will be the keynote speaker. Music and festivities will follow. For more information about the event, see http://www.cesarchaveznm.org/.

RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS: March 28

Coordinated by MoveOn

All are welcome to attend

Tuesday 11:30 to 12:30

Simms Building 400 Gold Ave SW

Topics:

  • NO Trumpcare! Let’s celebrate!
  • Protest the impact the Federal Budget will have on NM
  • No Gorsuch
  • Protest several State Bills and more.

A member of Senator Heinrich’s DC Staff will speak.

Chants, songs, handouts… Bring your signs, your American Flags and your voices!

Democratic Precinct Elections: March 25, 2017

Bernalillo County Democratic precinct and ward elections are coming Saturday, March 25. This is a way to have a say in the party at the very local level, and possibly do more. Many precinct positions are vacant.

There is not one central location for the elections. They vary by ward. Details are now out, at http://www.bernalillodems.org/Joomla151/.

First, you will need to know your precinct, which you can look up at https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/Home.do. Use your precinct number to look up your ward number at http://www.bernalillodems.org/downloads/Ward&DistrictLookup.pdf.

To vote in the precinct election, you have to be registered in the county as a Democrat.

Meeting Agenda: March 18, 2017

Meeting Agenda Indivisible ABQ and Albuquerque Indivisible 3.18.17
1.    Welcome
2.    Guest Speaker: Roxanne Allen from Democratic Party of Bernalillo County. Roxanne is speaking about the Democratic Ward and Precinct Chair Elections, March 25
3.    Merger of Indivisible ABQ (IA) /Albuquerque Indivisible (AI)
a.    Website: AlbuquerqueIndivisible.com
b.    Facebook:
i.    phasing out IA, using AI FBook page (moderated page vs forum)
c.    Emails: IA uses email to communicate group directives. Will continue this at least for awhile
d.    Cross Group Committees or Teams: please consider joining one to participate fully as an Indivisible group member
i.    Communications
ii.    Events
iii.    Government and Issues
e.    Questions from audience
4.    Old Business
a.    Phone Calls: Calls to Action
i.    National Indivisible agenda
ii.    5calls.org or dial direct on your own phone
b.    Town Halls: Rep MLGrisham Feb 25
c.    #RTT Rally weekly on Tuesdays, last hosted by Indivisible ABQ & Albuquerque Indivisible on March 14
d.    Banner update
e.    T-shirt update
5.    New Business
a.    Communications Team
i.    Website update: website: Albuquerque Indivisible — Report by Web team — Julie Reichert
ii.    Facebook Updates & Policy to come
iii.    RTT publicity — Debbie Freeman did press release.
iv.    Indivisible Front e-zine
v.    Other activities available for interested people. Some possibilities: photo, video, audio, social media, letters to the editor, diversity outreach.
b.    Events Team
i.    Town Halls: recess April 8-23
ii.    #Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies: next up for AI/IA is April 4
iii.    Upcoming Events sponsored by collaborator groups
1.    Cesar Chavez Day March: April 1
2.    Tax Day March: April 15, Santa Fe
3.    March for Science: April 22, Albuquerque
4.    Training for Action, April 23
5.    March for Climate: April 29
c.    Government & Issues Team
i.    City Council and Mayor:  speaker: Alan Wagman
ii.    US Legislators & POTUS
iii.    NM Legislators and Governor
iv.    Issues
6.    Small Group Break-Out Discussions: What brought you here? What are you most interested in? What is working? What is not working?

Meeting — Saturday, March 18

Join us at the Main Library, 501 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, at 2:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. We will meet in the large community room.

We’ll discuss what the group has been working on to disrupt the Trump agenda and how you can take action. We’ll also seek your ideas for improving communications and outreach.

In addition to metered street parking, up to two hours of free parking is available at the Very Special Arts parking garage on the southeast corner of 5th and Copper. Bring your parking stub from this garage to the Circulation desk for validation.