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Crime Concerns Us All
Throughout September, the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) and the West Side Democrats of Bernalillo County (WSD) are co-sponsoring a series of programs looking at the problem from different perspectives—from the courts to the streets, locally to countrywide.
Prepare to join us for expert discussions of this challenging social issue. More details and links will be released in the September editions of the Blue Review. Here’s what’s planned:
The Courts and Care. The connection between crime, homelessness, and poor mental health is well documented. Could stronger support programs be a step toward better outcomes. Listen in to Lunchtime Learning, panel discussion held Wednesday, September 8. https://youtu.be/yVBh_Hg60Ec
Policies, Programs, and the Big Picture. What are federal, state and local leaders doing to solve crime problems? How do NM’s crime policies compare with other states’ in effectiveness? In costs? Can we do better? Join us Wednesday, September 15, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and hear the facts. https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7616304293654/WN_Fi6ZmslaTquUjDsV40ORxQ
Community Policing. In 2014, the Department of Justice and the city of Albuquerque signed off on an agreement to implement community policing, among other needed changes to our system. Seven years in, what’s been accomplished and what does the future hold? Come in person to the Don Newton Community Center, Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, or zoom in for discussion. https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8016304297293/WN_gezIhopyS12otDHp67VdSQ
Police and Power. Some people say the police—and their unions—obstruct progress and aggravate social inequities. Others see them as our front line against lawlessness. Is there a meeting place? Stop in to our “Lunchtime Learning” meeting on Wednesday, September 29, noon to 1:00 p.m. https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/4216304299049/WN_1dzVz_WRSJa_QnYGnU8elg
The Choice for HD 19
Kay Bounkeua: House District 19 Representative
Kay Bounkeua, currently the deputy state director for the Wilderness Society and former executive director of the New Mexico Asian Family Center, has been named House District 19 representative, replacing Sheryl Williams Stapleton. The new representative will be the first Asian American woman at the NM Roundhouse, and will serve until elections in November of 2022.
After being selected, Bounkeua released this statement: “Today I am honored to be given the opportunity to represent the diverse communities of House District 19–-a place that I have always called home. As a first-generation immigrant, having worked with families and communities in this area for the past 10 years and counting, and now building a home with my husband and my two-year-old daughter in HD 19, I understand firsthand the needs of this place and the systemic barriers that need to be dismantled to ensure we build strong, healthy communities. This firsthand experience will always guide me in my public service at the NM Legislature.”
What You Need to Know: Cannabis Regulation Act
If you missed the special WSD-DPBC July 28 forum on New Mexico’s Cannabis Regulation Act, you can still tune in. Distinguished panelists discuss:
- What’s in this bill and what isn’t?
- What is the expected economic impact on New Mexico?
- What are the hopes of producers and distributors?
- What is the City’s role in regulating where cannabis will be sold?
Click here for the YouTube recording.
Rep. Herndon, HD 28
Pamelya Herndon, Representative for State District 28
The Bernalillo County Commission voted to appoint Pamelya Herndon as the next Representative for House District 28, filling the seat vacated by the election of U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury. The vote was 4 to 0, with Commissioner Debbie O’Malley absent. Rep. Herndon will serve the remainder of Melanie Stansbury’s term in the state legislature, and will face a general election in November, 2022.
Herndon is a lawyer and nonprofit chief executive, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School at Austin who earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She has received numerous awards for her work as a lawyer, including the 2012 Public Lawyer of the Year, presented by the Public Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar. In 2015 she was named Lawyer of the Year, presented by the Albuquerque Bar Association. In 2019 she was named as a W.K. Kellogg Fellow. In 2020 she was recognized on the list of 100 Outstanding Democratic Women in New Mexico, and also received a Purple Ribbon Award for her outstanding work for survivors of domestic violence. In 2021 Herndon received the prestigious Everyday Hero Award.
She is well-known within the Democratic Party of New Mexico after serving as a member of the electoral college in 2008, and is its current secretary. She authored two articles for The Blue Review in marking Black History Month in 2021. She has served on the boards of Emerge New Mexico, the African American Performing Arts Center Foundation, the Con Alma Health Foundation, and the United States Eagle Federal Credit Union.
Her professional resume includes serving in the litigation division of the New Mexico Attorney General’s office under Patricia Madrid, as general counsel for the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department of New Mexico, as deputy cabinet secretary of the NM General Services Department, as executive director of Southwest Women’s Law Center, and founding the KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change.
DPNM Chair Jessica Velasquez released the following statement regarding the appointment:
“We are so proud to see Pamelya Herndon joining the legislature as the next Representative for District 28. She is an incredible leader, a proud Democrat, and an invaluable member of our community. We look forward to all that she will accomplish in the Roundhouse.”
Want to pull lists of the Dems in your Ward or Precinct? It’s easy!
To support your work as a Ward or Precinct leader, you can generate lists of Dems in your area quickly and with minimal effort. Find out how it’s done in a short but informative virtual training.
To access the presentation, click HERE.
Did you have a chance to participate in DPBC’s recent training on “What is my role as a Ward or Precinct chair?” If not, the accompanying PowerPoint presentation given by DPBC Chair Flora Lucero provides a valuable overview of Party structure along with solid guidance regarding your responsibilities and available resources for organizing.
To access the presentation, click HERE or on the embedded video below.
We stand with Democrats across New Mexico in our belief that every person matters. We believe all citizens should have an equal voice in how we as a people are governed, without undue influence by rich and powerful special interests.
We work for the 99%, and affirm the ties that bind us together as one human family.
These beliefs and many more important principles are presented in the Platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, which we fully support.
Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right.
Regardless of their circumstances, everyone in New Mexico and the U.S. should have access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care.
Services must include comprehensive behavioral health services, reproductive care, access to birth control, quality prenatal and postpartum care, and abortion care.
We believe that comprehensive reform is needed to provide an immigration system that is humane and non-discriminatory.
Families must be kept together.
We recognize that unions contribute to building a stronger middle class, and support their critical role in fighting for living wages, fair work rules and hiring practices, and safe working conditions.
Democrats pledge to fulfill, honor, and strengthen to the highest extent possible the United States’ fundamental trust responsibility to Indigenous Peoples, as provided in the Constitution, treaties, and case law.
Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to honor all of our veterans and wounded warriors.
The party that passed the G.I. Bill of Rights will always work to protect the benefits our veterans and their families have earned in service to our nation.
We recognize that violence against women and girls is an epidemic, and stand firm in the need for a societal shift and the prosecution of perpetrators.
Democrats are pro-choice.