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Women’s Rights Activist Keeps Family Close

By Jen Lewis Long-time Democratic Party activist Clara Padilla Andrews learned about political parties from her grandfathers; the strength of women’s opinions, from her grandmothers. Andrews, current president of the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women and New Mexico Secretary of State from 1983-86, has been an activist her whole life....

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Claiming Our Power as Women: Martha Burk Speaks

                                                               Martha Burk has played many roles on the frontlines of the feminist movement. She presently works as a gender pay equity consultant to corporations, non-profits, and government.  Her book Your Voice Your Vote:  The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Politics, Power, and the Change We Need is a widely acclaimed resource for putting womanpower...

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Harrison’s DNC Leadership Timely

By Pamelya Herndon Following President Joe Biden ‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election, Jamie R. Harrison, a Black man, was nominated to be the Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), 153 years after the Three-Fifths Compromise was repealed.  This moment in Black History was amplified when DNC members officially elected Jamie Harrison...

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Because Black Lives Matter

By Sonia Gipson Rankin While on the red carpet at the Primetime Emmy Award in 2017, Issa Rae, co-creator of HBO’s critically acclaimed show Insecure, was asked whom she was rooting for to win.  She directly, elegantly, and succinctly replied, “I’m rooting for everybody Black.”  This Black History Month, I am rooting for...

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Bad News/Good News

The bad news first: the New Mexico state capitol is closed to the public and no one can go and buttonhole legislators to persuade them to back a favorite bill.  The good news: everyone can chime in during committee meetings considering bills.  The virtual access to legislators and legislation has never been...

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Another Choice, Another Call to the People

By Susannah Abbey Following the exciting news of Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s nomination to the post of Secretary of the Interior, a new question arose: how do we find a great Democrat to fill her seat? The answer lies in our Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) State Central Committee (SCC).  The SCC...

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Democrats, Sierra Club Align on Social Justice Issues

By Lance Chilton We Democrats have a strong ally in fighting for social justice and for our environment.  (Where are Republicans like Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves, or Teddy Roosevelt, who established the National Park Service?)  The ally, now 128 years old but showing no signs of age, is the nation’s...

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New Mexico’s Local Elections Act Makes Showing up Easier

By Susannah Abbey Voting is empowering, and even fun, but showing up on election day can sometimes be a hassle.  For years, voters in Bernalillo County might be eligible to vote in three or four elections in one year. On top of the statewide primary and general elections, Albuquerque Public...

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Message from the Chair

DPBC chair Flora Lucero addressed those gathered for the virtual New Mexico Legislative Expo on Saturday, January 9, 2021 just days after the January 6 assault on Congress, incited by the current president. The president’s role in that assault has triggered introduction of a resolution of impeachment. Flora’s remarks to...

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