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
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.
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.
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.”
Thursday, December 7th marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a tragedy which took the lives of 2,403 Americans.