Democratic Party of Bernalillo County

July 10, 2020

Weekend Blue Review

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A History of Juneteenth

By Cliff Robertson,

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or neither of these version could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.

One of General Granger’s first orders of business was to read to the people of Texas, General Order Number 3 which began with:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer."

Reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former 'masters' - attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom. Even with nowhere to go, many felt that leaving the plantation would be their first grasp of freedom. North was a logical destination and for many it represented true freedom, while the desire to reach family members in neighboring states drove the some into Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Settling into these new areas as free men and women brought on new realities and the challenges of establishing a heretofore non-existent status for black people in America. Recounting the memories of that great day in June of 1865 and its festivities would serve as motivation as well as a release from the growing pressures encountered in their new territory. The celebration of June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and grew with more participation from descendants. The Juneteenth celebration was a time for reassuring each other, for praying and for gathering remaining family members. Juneteenth continued to be highly revered in Texas decades later, with many former slaves and descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date.
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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
  • 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 PLEO and state elections. Only people who cast ballots at the congressional district elections will be qualified to vote in the PLEO and state elections. Please look for your ballots in your email inbox Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.

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 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, Part 2

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: 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!

  1. The Origin of Others By Toni Morrison
  2. How to be an Anti-Racist By Ibram X. Kendi
  3. The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander
  4. Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and PrematureBirth By Dana-Ain Davis
  5. Savage Inequalities By Jonathan Kozol


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
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
106 Broadway SE
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
Online Classes Through the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County
Did you know that you can take an online class through 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. 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

Introduction to Inclusive Practices
Tools and techniques that help candidates, activists and party members understand the importance of inclusivity and intersectionality.
How to Show Support for the Black Community in Albuquerque
In the past weeks, 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

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:

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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.
DPBC June Program: Racial Equity in Healthcare
Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Mario Cruz, MD, Director of Quality and Informatics, UNM School of Medicine
Teresa Gomez, Community Activist
Sara del Campo de Gonzales, MD, Medical Director, Young Children's Health Clinic

Moderator: Sonya Smith, Director of Primary Health Care for Southwest Cares
Register here:
  • June 30, 6:00 pm
  • Zoom Webinar

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