The Census Comes Home to Roost

By Lance Chilton Last September I wrote in this newsletter about my brief stint as a Census taker. Traveling around Albuquerque and northern New Mexico to record individuals’ data, I had gained a new appreciation for the diversity of this beautiful state. I’m not sure how many people I “counted,” but they contributed to New Mexico’s numbers. The past weeks have shown…

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 the former president did not serve a second term. “We…

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 you at the table.” Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Velasquez…

Former President Barack Obama

Today, a jury in Minneapolis did the right thing. For almost a year, George Floyd’s death under the knee of a police officer has reverberated around the world — inspiring murals and marches, sparking conversations in living rooms and new legislation. But a more basic question has always remained: would justice be done? In this case, at least, we have…

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 in English. Their hope was that we wouldn't experience the…

New City Improvement Projects To Be Prioritized by Equity, Vulnerability of Communities

By Philip Hughes-Luing Racial equity, poverty, geographic equity, and social vulnerability were approved unanimously at the February 17, 2021 meeting of the City Council as criteria for how Albuquerque’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) administers approved capital expenditures, effective 2023. The ordinance was co-sponsored by Councilors Klarissa Peña (3rd district) and Lan Sena (1st district). A similar ordinance, introduced by Councilor Isaac Benton…

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 and HB 37. These two bills, one of which was…

NM Joins Four Other States in Supporting Patients' End-of-Life Options

By Jen Lewis After decades of concentrated effort in New Mexico, legislation providing end-of-life options to people diagnosed as terminally ill passed in the regular 2021 session and was signed into law April 8, 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  The legislation is nationally significant and makes New Mexico a leader in affirming human rights to decide whether and when…

Stansbury: Of the People

By Mel O'Reilly While awaiting the appointment time of my second Moderna vaccine shot, I thought about our upcoming special election, my thoughts rambled about the need to keep CD-1 a democratic seat, the restrictive voting bill in Georgia and those proposed in other states, the lives lost and the economic damage caused by Covid 19. I am drawn to…

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. A native New Mexican, she was president of the Portland,…

Janene Yazzie: Woman with a Mission

By Jerilyn Bowen As a Diné/Navajo woman who early on dedicated herself to living a life worth living, Janene Yazzie holds a vision for the future in which indigenous nations provide both the model and the leadership for a sustainable way of life on Planet Earth for all peoples.   Born in Gallup, NM and raised nearby, Yazzie comes from a family…

Sarita Nair: Albuquerque Womanpower In Action

By Jerilyn Bowen For the first time in its history, the city of Albuquerque has a woman as Chief Administrative Officer, a position that entails overseeing 19 departments of municipal government and a budget of over one billion dollars.  Since being brought on board by newly elected Mayor Keller in 2017, Sarita Nair has skillfully managed the entire metro operation while…