Democratic Party of Bernalillo County

July 10, 2020


The Blue Review

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My White Privilege

By Diane McCash

As I continue to struggle with finding my role in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and with my fury over incident upon incident of state violence perpetrated against our poor and communities of color, I am aware that folks, like me, who are white, resourced and privileged want to help but sometimes can’t quite get over ourselves.

When you hear or see BLACK LIVES MATTER do not respond, verbally, in writing, or even in your own head, ALL LIVES MATTER. All lives don’t matter until Black lives matter. Think about it: when you were growing up, were you taught that the police were there to protect you and did you believe it? When you were growing up, did you have the expectation that your teachers cared about you? Did you believe that you mattered to your community as a whole? Many black kids growing up do not have the luxury of those expectations. They didn’t have the luxury of believing they mattered “no matter what” then and they don’t have that luxury now. It is dangerous to believe that an encounter with police will lead to increased safety for you if you are a person or a child of color. It is painful to think about that. But, you know what? If you are white, resourced and privileged that is not your pain so don’t claim it as your own.

What can we do? I will share some things I try to do:
  • Do not ask your Black friends to explain things for you. Do your own homework. The emotional toll can be immense on your friend and it is not kind or fair to put people in that position.
  • Show up for actions organized by and for people of color in your community. I think it would be appreciated if you asked how you can help. Helping to fund the work is often a good way to make a difference.
  • Don’t join or start a conversation thinking you have solutions to offer. Take a step back and listen. Our communities of color have been experiencing harm all their lives and we need to listen to them for solutions.
  • Share what you’ve learned with other white people you know. If your friends or coworkers make racist comments or if your company has racist policies in place, call it out.
  • If you haven’t already, start noticing your privilege. We are slathered in it. Your experiences and the beliefs you have, based on those experiences, are skewed. That is not everyone’s reality. It is just your reality.
#BlackLivesMatter

Choosing Our Delegates to the Democratic National Convention: Important Information and Dates

As of mid-May, in response to the pandemic, the Democratic Party of New Mexico adapted its rules to allow for the possibility of remote participation by delegates from the states. The national convention, originally planned for July, has been moved back to August 17, and the Party has been discussing alternative formats to the traditional crowded gathering.

Here in New Mexico, the process of electing delegates to represent us at the convention has also changed. New Mexico will not hold post-primary Ward Meetings to Elect Delegates, nor Post-Primary County Conventions. The delegate election process began with Congressional District (CD) Elections on June 13 and will culminate with the State Elections on June 20. All delegate elections at the congressional district and statewide levels will be virtual.
  • Results of the June 13 – CD1, CD2, and CD3 delegate election
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  • June 19 – Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegate selection
  • June 20 – Statewide At Large delegate election
Electors who are certified for and cast a ballot in the congressional district elections are expected to vote in the state election. Only people who cast ballots at the congressional district elections will be qualified to vote in the state election.

Candidate Focus Forward

What we accomplished, what’s to come

For the last month, leading up to the June 2 primaries, DPBC was proud to present the Dems running in contested races for their candidacies here in Bernalillo County, and to provide voters with insights into their priorities related to the Democratic platform.

Now the primary is behind us (visit https://electionresults.sos.state.nm.us for results!), we have a strong roster of Dems in place to appear on the fall ballot. Some are running unopposed, some are heavy favorites in their locales, others face tough challenges from Republicans backed by a party with deep pockets and anxious to gain ground in New Mexico.

We don’t plan to yield a single inch.

What we do plan is to fight for Dem contenders all the way to victory in November. Right now, that means creating a place and platform to provide the candidates with visibility (especially those in tough races) and link them to our volunteers and voters. Watch for Candidate Focus Forward, coming soon!

Reading List for Racism Awareness

By Susannah Abbey

I have always enjoyed reading novels, memoirs and stories that open up different worlds, different life experiences, to me. Now more than ever, it is necessary for all of us to understand people we might think we have nothing in common with. It is vital to understand, both intellectually and viscerally, what it is like to have a different gender, a different body, different abilities.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing short lists of ‘necessary reading’ for social justice warriors and good people everywhere. Please feel free to email me with suggestions of your own: susannah.abbey@gmail.com. Most of these readings are available in libraries and at independent booksellers. Some are available free online, although we encourage everyone to buy work from living authors whenever possible. Support your favorite writers!

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Citizen, an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Announcements

Upcoming DPBC Programs: Pursuing Questions of Racial Equity

DPBC is about to launch an ongoing series of monthly programs dedicated to discussion of racial equity as it applies to critical issues and challenges arising across the country, in our state and county, in our neighborhoods, in our individual lives.

Our first presentation will address Racial Equity and Health Care. That there’s a crying need for change around this issue has been all too cruelly revealed by the heightened incidence of illness and fatalities among people of color during the pandemic. Our panelists will present the facts and talk about what we, as active Democrats, can and must do to make a difference.

The Racial Equity and Health Care discussion happens June 30 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Click here to reserve your place among the digital audience https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2015919056508/WN_LgoWqxihSFeCadLOfqlCGQ.
Storehouse New Mexico Needs Volunteers
The Storehouse New Mexico food pantry is desperate for volunteers to sort and pack food boxes for distribution. Any amount of time is welcome. Bring your own mask, gloves provided.

Storehouse New Mexico
505-842-6491
106 Broadway SE
StorehouseNM.org
10 Volunteers Needed for DPNM Phone Calls
The Democratic Party of New Mexico needs 10 volunteers to make phone calls for two hours on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20. If you can work one or both days please contact DPNM’s Party Affairs Director, Hayden Cuffman at hayden@nmdemocrats.org.
Online Classes Through the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
Did you know that you can take an online class through Bernalillodems.org? There are courses in using technology to collaborate and connect, on how to be a precinct chair, and how to elect and/or become a delegate.

Bernlillodems.org also offers Transgender 101, and Introduction to Inclusive Practices. Check one out today!

Transgender 101
This class covers basic terms, definitions, and concepts; how to begin to be a good ally to transgender and gender nonconforming people. Presented by Adrien Lawyer, Transgender Resource Center of NM
https://bernalillodems.org/courses/transgender-101/

Introduction to Inclusive Practices
Tools and techniques that help candidates, activists and party members understand the importance of inclusivity and intersectionality.
https://bernalillodems.org/courses/introduction-to-inclusive-practices/
How to Show Support for the Black Community in Albuquerque
In the past week, protests demanding justice for Black victims of police violence have swept the nation. Protesters are voicing their outrage at decades of state-sanctioned violence against Black people.

Here you’ll find some suggestions on local and national ways to support communities impacted by police violence along with a list of local Black owned businesses in Albuquerque. This list is by no means exhaustive, and the road to reform goes far beyond financial support. However, it is a good place to start. We encourage you to send us your feedback and other suggestions ways to help by emailing support@abqtodo.com

Upcoming Events

Workers First Caravan: Burque Cruise for Essential Workers
Wed, June 17, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Essential working families are calling for the Albuquerque community to come out and join our Workers First Caravan. We are cruising in our caravan with a message.

• We want safer working conditions for all
• Paid Leave when placed in quarantine after exposed at work
• Safe staffing
• Compensated for the risks we take every day under COVID-19 (Hazard Pay).

Show your appreciation for our work,
decorate your car, and cruise with us and make some noise.

Gather at 5:30 pm, drive at 6

Route: From Robinson Park, caravan will take Central Ave. East to Girard passing Presbyterian Hospital
Continue down Central Ave. and at Girard, caravan will turn Left heading North to Lomas Blvd.
Taking Girard north, at Lomas Blvd. caravan will turn Left onto Lomas and pass UNMH westward riding slow and making noise for all the Wednesday workers and bosses to hear how much Burque cares about hospital workers.

Working families from Albuquerque, NM will join thousands from across the country in a Workers First Caravan passing two of Albuquerque’s largest hospitals, in an all-out action of national solidarity calling for implementation of America’s Five Economic Essentials and passage of the HEROES Act.

• Keep front-line workers safe and secure.
• Keep workers employed and protect earned pension checks.
• Keep state and local governments, our public schools and the U.S. Postal Service solvent and working.
• Keep America healthy—protect and expand health insurance for all workers.
• Keep America competitive—hire people to build infrastructure.

Call your Senator and tell them to push to pass the Heroes Act: 866-832-1560
Senator Tom Udall
Senator Martin Heinrich
DPBC June Program: Racial Equity in Healthcare
Tuesday, June 30
6:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2015919056508/WN_LgoWqxihSFeCadLOfqlCGQ

Community Resource Guide

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DPBC volunteers have put together a comprehensive Community Resource Guide. In this resource, you’ll find everything from ways to support local farmers and food banks, to how to get supplies to senior citizens in need and where to donate dollars to organizations delivering critical social services. Plus lists of places where you can volunteer. As well, there are listings of sources for free meals, child care, unemployment assistance, health hotlines and much more.

Click here for quick access: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tsoapH-oS5wqYXBFj-SyMh1ZvOOKeSol4993HboYrFo/edit?usp=sharing

You + DPBC + Social Media

You can help us expand our audience by joining us on social media. Follow us on Facebook at the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County, on Twitter at @DPBC, and on Instagram at bernalillodems.

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Events in Bernalillo County
DPBC Event Calendar: CLICK HERE
Event listings are open to Democratic candidates, their representatives, and organizations whose philosophies are in line with Democratic values. Event listings are a service to the community. They do not indicate endorsement of a candidate by the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County.
Due to coronavirus, please contact event organizers for information regarding cancellations.
Individualized Phone Canvassing and Texting Training
Virtual PB and Txt trainging
Twiddling your thumbs while staying at home?
We've got a way to put your thumbs to good use! We are building a team to send out texts, along with a team of phone canvassers, to get out the word about absentee voting and to let folks hear about Claudia's message. It's easy, quick, and best of all, it makes a big difference in our community and our state all while sitting at your own kitchen table. Sign up here and we will be in touch to set up a time for a training.

This is on-going training.
Claudia's Virtual Brown-bag Lunch
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Join us for a free flowing conversation between Claudia Risner, former Senator Dede Feldman and Senator Jeff Steinborn. Claudia and the Senators will talk about ethics reform in New Mexico and absentee voting for the general election in November. RSVP for Zoom meeting ID and Password here
  • June 16, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rep. Day Hochman-Vigil Virtual Town Hall
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Please join Rep. Day Hochman-Vigil for a Virtual Town Hall on Facebook Live on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30pm. She will be sharing a preview of the upcoming Special Legislative Session and will be answering your questions and listening to your views, ideas and thoughts. Rep. Daymon Ely will join her to share how they are working to stimulate local businesses and put New Mexicans back to work.
https://t.co/N5oZwBzivy?amp=1
  • June 16, 5:30 pm - 6:30
Virtual Fund Raiser for Julie Brenning HD 31: Tea with Julie
Tea with Julie
Gail Womack to host a virtual "Tea with Julie" fundraising event.
Registration: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/teawithjulie
Friend $25, Team Member $50, Donor $100
Enjoy tea, meet Julie & hear from special guests Representatives Joy Garratt and Liz Thomson
Tuesday June 16, 7:00pm
  • June 16, 7:00 pm

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