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What Happens Beyond Pride Month?

By Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director and Co-Founder Transgender Resource Center The month of June is an exciting and interesting time for us. Companies and organizations don rainbows, and now the pink and blue transgender flag, for a variety of reasons. Some genuinely support us and what we do, some are...

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Paul Tempane: DPBC Welcomes New Treasurer

When Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) treasurer Rayellen Smith was elected state party treasurer, DPBC was missing a treasurer—but not for long. Paul Tempane, a Democrat since 1976 where he was a student at the University of Minnesota, has stepped up to take over the reins at the recommendation...

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Rural Outreach: DPBC Chair Flora Lucero’s Point of View

The two New Mexico counties dominated by Albuquerque, Corrales, and Rio Rancho created a strong Democratic showing for Melanie Stansbury in the 1st Congressional District in the June 1 special election.   Thanks to all the Bernalillo County Democratic volunteers who turned out to work and to vote. Stansbury trounced Republican state senator...

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Queer History as Queer Safety

By Jennie Lusk “Our history is only as good as the documents that we have.  And our history is only as accurate as the diversity of the documents.“ That’s what Barb Korbal says, and she ought to know.   The archivist and historian has spent the better part of two decades making...

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Public Financing

By Lance Chilton Probably most of us hate the result of the Citizens United case – the 2010 Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the First Amendment right of free speech.  It had the effect of allowing business entities the right to make contributions in any amount to political campaigns, and upset the...

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Eric Shimamoto: Community Organizer Chairs DPBC Rules Committee

By Jennie Lusk Eric Shimamoto, former Ward Chair and newly appointed Chair of Rules Committee of the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC), respects the committee’s importance in ensuring fairness at the grassroots level.   His role—facilitating the work of a group whose purpose is perpetuating democratic processes that sustain the...

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Jennie Lusk: Helping Democratic Stars Shine

By Susannah Abbey Jennie Lusk is a lifelong Democrat. But it was the 2016 presidential election, which left her “dumbfounded and depressed,” that drove her to step up and volunteer for the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County. It seemed like the best way to use her time to make sure...

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New Democratic Party Chair Has Big Plans

Jessica Velasquez, elected last weekend as the chair for the statewide Democratic Party, is familiar with issues of importance both to rural and to progressive Democrats, and promises during her two-year term that, “No matter what shade of ‘blue’ you are as a Democrat, there will be a seat for...

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A Message from DPBC Chair Flora Lucero: On Hate Speech

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King, Jr. My parents, whose first language was Spanish, only spoke to us...

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Marsella Duarte: Making Room at the Table

By Jake Stern Powell An ideal starting spot for the story of Marsella Duarte’s election as second Vice Chair for the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County may be an otherwise standard, though aptly laborious virtual legislative hearing of the House Labor, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee to discuss HB 20...

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