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Democratic Party of New Mexico Moves on Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

Democratic Party of New Mexico Moves on Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on their trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. Today, DPNM released their policy to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines. New Mexico’s state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico requested the assistance of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (NMCSAP) to ensure there are clear and specific guidelines to increase the impact on building workplaces where volunteers, canvassers, and staff feel safe and empowered.

The outline of the policy states, “The Democratic Party of New Mexico acknowledges that sexual harassment, assault, and violence is a pervasive issue that plagues both sides of the political spectrum and is far-reaching in society. With community action on this issue, we are focused on proactively preventing sexual harassment and assault, creating an environment where anyone feels safe coming forward and setting the standard to build work environments that are professional and respectful.”

The program announcement is just the first step in setting clear guidelines that seek to set a gold standard of conduct for all New Mexico political campaigns. The Democratic Party of New Mexico is currently developing specific guidelines with the expertise of NMCASP that will be distributed to campaigns early next year.

Kim Alaburda, Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs said, “Our organization is tackling this issue head-on and we’ve seen an outpouring of requests for information. We are putting our focus on creating substantive changes. The Democratic Party of New Mexico has taken an important step to combat sexual violence. As we move forward, we will be developing comprehensive programs that will create a culture of accountability, respect, and dignity in the workplace. We welcome other parties and agencies to follow the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s lead.”

Specifically, the program:

  • Requires candidates to complete a sexual harassment prevention training session in its entirety in order to receive support the State Party provides;

  • Requires that each campaign have a robust anti-sexual harassment policy that includes independent review and investigation of reported harassment that protects the privacy of the person who experienced harassment, a highly structured disciplinary action plan, anti-retaliation clause, reporting guidelines, canvasser and volunteer safety, and disclosure transparency;

  • Enforces the new policy by limiting resources available through the State Party if requirements are not met, including access to the voter file, data support and training, volunteer-based outreach, public speaking opportunities at State Party Events, press assistance, social media advisement, featured promotion on State Party literature or email program, event access, and administrative support.

The program outline is available here

DPNM Statement on Senator-elect Doug Jones Victory in Alabama

DPNM Statement on Senator-elect Doug Jones Victory in Alabama

New Mexico – 
 
Tonight, the Democratic values of dignity and respect prevailed, and Alabama elected a candidate who will focus on investing in the state, stand up for local communities, and hold President Trump accountable.
“This is a victory for the American people, and a signal that in 2018 we will elect candidates right here in New Mexico who will put our state back on track and pull us out of the rut this Republican Governor has put us in.”
DPNM: It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women, their families

DPNM: It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women, their families

New Mexico – Today, Steve Pearce put out a press release touting the fact that he continues his long effort to limit New Mexico family choices and play politics with women’s health.

“New Mexico is a place where women are respected and feel safe making personal decisions about their own health without government interference. It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women and their families by pushing a wedge issue that doesn’t have anything to do with the health of New Mexico families,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Steve Pearce has a long history of obstructing women’s health initiatives. In 2015, he supported a measure that would have limited state funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides contraceptive treatment, cancer prevention screening, and other primary health services. When Pearce pushed this issue in 2016, there was a clear indication that his panel inappropriately used taxpayer dollars on a report which sought to criminalize women’s healthcare providers in the state. And just this year, Pearce fundraised on his attack against women’s health.

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

New Mexico – With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight. In 2015, Democratic Representative Bill McCamley (Las Cruces) introduced House Bill 33, which would have guaranteed safety oversight of intrastate pipeline facilities on behalf of New Mexico, but New Mexico House Republicans killed that bill in committee. 
 
“Workers and families across our state deserve safe communities, but Republicans put their political ideology ahead of the safety of New Mexicans. When disasters happen that could put families and workers in danger, we need to look for solutions, and two years ago Republicans stopped a solution that would have increased safety,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 
 
In 2015, Republicans held the majority in the New Mexico House and N.M. House Bill 33 was never heard in the N.M. House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, under the former Republican Chair of the committee James R.J. Strickler.   

N.M. City with Democratic Leadership Ranks in Top Safest Cities in the State

N.M. City with Democratic Leadership Ranks in Top Safest Cities in the State

Las Cruces – The New Mexico city with Democratic leadership just made the rank of one of the safest cities in the country according to, an analysis by Wallet Hub. Las Cruces ranked 32 out of  182 cities.

“Democrats believe in community-driven policing, supporting law enforcement, and investing in our communities  When Democrats lead, we can attack crime through many avenues and build strong communities in the process–Las Cruces is a great example of this, ” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair.

The Wallet Hub compared 182 cities across 35 key indicators of safety, including assaults, hate crimes, road quality, and unemployment.

 

DPNM Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

DPNM Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after reports of a shooting at Aztec High School were confirmed:

“This news is heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the Aztec community, Aztec High, and the victims’ families. We renew our call for real solutions to gun violence, so no community has to go through this again.”

Governor Martinez Auditor Appointment Demonstrates Disregard for Transparency, Accountability

Governor Martinez Auditor Appointment Demonstrates Disregard for Transparency, Accountability

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Governor Martinez appointed Wayne Johnson as State Auditor in a clear swipe at the role of the office. 
 
“Today’s appointment clearly demonstrates Governor Martinez’s complete disregard for transparency and accountability by appointing another Republican politician rejected by voters. Additionally, Wayne Johnson is facing his own ethics complaint for ignoring the County Code of Conduct. New Mexico deserves an auditor who will hold Governor Martinez accountable.” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 
 
Wayne Johnson has a history of breaking the Bernalillo County Code of Conduct. According to a complaint filed with the Albuquerque city clerk, Johnson accepted almost $40,000 in campaign contributions from individuals and companies who do business with the county.
Under Republican Governor, New Mexico Falls to Bottom of Forbes List of Best States for Business

Under Republican Governor, New Mexico Falls to Bottom of Forbes List of Best States for Business

New Mexico – Under Governor Martinez, New Mexico falls to the bottom of another list of best states for business for fifth consecutive  year. Today, Forbes released their list of Best States for Business, New Mexico ranked 47th out of 50 despite Governor Martinez’s political posturing promoting a failed Republican economic agenda. The article specifically cites a “weak labor supply and lousy current economic climate.”

“It’s obvious that Republican policies under Governor Susana Martinez failed—New Mexico remains at the bottom of the list for businesses, and our families have yet to feel the economic boon the Governor promised,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “But we have an opportunity to change course and elect a Democratic governor next year so New Mexicans can have the opportunity to get ahead.”

Under the current Republican policies, New Mexico has seen damaging budget deficits, a drop in credit rating, and the highest unemployment in the country. Earlier year, Hulu sited a need for “larger labor pool” as the reason for choosing to create jobs in a different city. In spite of this, Republican Governor Martinez vetoed higher education funding for every college and university in the state, limiting the state’s ability to create a larger labor pool.

Currently, Republican Steve Pearce is running on the same economic agenda that failed to provide a stable economic footing for New Mexico families. Just this month, Pearce voted in favor of the GOP Tax Plan that would force New Mexicans to pay for tax cuts for the very wealthy and large corporations.