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DPNM Statement on Doña Ana GOP Chair Resignation After Racist Post

DPNM Statement on Doña Ana GOP Chair Resignation After Racist Post

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after a racist post caused the resignation of Doña Ana County GOP Chair.

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans couldn’t be more clear. While the New Mexico GOP was managing the fact that their official posted blatantly racist rhetoric, New Mexico Democrats were attending vigils, condemning violence and taking a stand against bigotry. This resignation is good news, but it by no means changes the fact that hate and racism exists in the Republican Party.”

La Camarilla Hispana del Partido Democrata Conmemora el Aniversario de DACA

La Camarilla Hispana del Partido Democrata Conmemora el Aniversario de DACA

Nuevo México – Hoy los co-presidentes de la Camarilla Hispana del Partido Democrata, Patricia Roybal Caballero y Ben Salazar, conmemoran el aniversario de DACA, el programa que proteja inmigrantes indocumentados que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos como niños.

“Hoy, recordamos que el progreso de nuestras comunidades y las ganancias de DACA, están en peligro. En nuevo méxico, sabemos que nuestras comunides son más fuertes porque los inmigrantes agregan a nuestra cultura, economía, y belleza de nuestra estado.

“Republicanos, incluyiendo Steve Pearce, quieren forzar cientos de miles de jovenes que se separen de sus familias afuera del país que llaman su hogar.

“Como Democratas, estamos firmes y cometidos asegurar que nuestras comunidades permanezcan fuertes y unidas. Lucharemos para la justicia y nos mantenemos firmescontra Steve Pearce y cualquier otro republicano intento a separar nuestras familias y debilitar la columna vertebral de nuestra economía.”

DPNM Hispanic Caucus Chairs Mark DACA Anniversary

DPNM Hispanic Caucus Chairs Mark DACA Anniversary

New Mexico – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s (DPNM) Hispanic Caucus co-chairs, Patricia Roybal Caballero and Ben Salazar, marked the fifth anniversary of DACA, a program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children:

“Today’s DACA anniversary comes with a reminder that the progress our communities made under President Obama is at risk. In New Mexico, we know that immigrants add to our culture, economy, and beauty of our state.

“Republicans, including Steve Pearce, want to put hundreds of thousands of young people at risk of being torn from their families and forced out of the country they call home.

“As Democrats, we are holding steadfast to ensure our communities remain strong–and that means we will fight for justice and stand up against Steve Pearce and any other Republican attempts to tear families apart and weaken the backbone of our economy.”

New Mexico Democrats Condemn Violence Fueled by Bigotry in Charlottesville

New Mexico Democrats Condemn Violence Fueled by Bigotry in Charlottesville

New Mexico – In case you missed it, the Democratic Party of New Mexico condemned the violence fueled by bigotry in Charlottesville:

DPNM added, “It’s heartbreaking that our country is mourning the deaths of innocent lives caused by blatant racism and hate. It is our sincere hope that our country heals from these tragedies and that we come together against bigotry and violence.”

Democrats’ Efforts to Prepare High School Students for Jobs in Tech, Expand Broadband Access Prevail

Democrats’ Efforts to Prepare High School Students for Jobs in Tech, Expand Broadband Access Prevail

New Mexico – In court today, Democrats’ efforts to prepare high school students for jobs in tech and expand broadband internet access in communities across New Mexico prevailed.

“Governor Martinez proves again that she can’t do her job correctly. In this case, it means that Democratic efforts to increase opportunity for New Mexicans and build our economy prevailed,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We urge Governor Martinez to accept the outcome of this decision, and stop opposing bills that are good the for the state and make sure our people get a better deal.”

During the legislative session, Governor Martinez vetoed several bills without providing justification, and today the court ruled that those bills will become the law of the land.

More information on the bills that will become law as a result of this decision is available here and here.

Dems Help Prepare Students for School

Dems Help Prepare Students for School

 Democrats know that every child, no matter who they are, how much their families earn, or where they live, should have access to a high-quality education, from preschool through high school and beyond. ~Democratic Party Platform 

Democrats are working to ensure students are ready to learn in the upcoming school year, by hosting school supply drives in Sandoval, Valencia, and Bernalillo Counties.

“Every student deserves the tools to learn, and Democrats are committed to ensuring students arrive to the first day of school prepared for success. We’re asking everyone to contribute some extra supplies to school supply drives,” said Neomi Martinez-Parra Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “As a teacher, I see the need in our communities, and it is incredibly important that our students and classrooms are ready for the new year.”

Drop off locations and details are below:

  • 1504 Juan Perea Road, Los Lunas between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
  • 322 Adams SE, Albuquerque, 9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday​
  • 925 S Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, 11:30am to 1pm on Friday September
“Every student deserves the tools to learn, and Democrats are committed to ensuring students arrive to the first day of school prepared for success. We’re asking everyone to contribute some extra supplies to school supply drives,” said Neomi Martinez-Parra Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “As a teacher, I see the need in our communities, and it is incredibly important that our students and classrooms are ready for the new year.”
Amidst Crime Crisis, ABQ Mayoral Candidate Dan Lewis Hosts ‘Shoot Out’

Amidst Crime Crisis, ABQ Mayoral Candidate Dan Lewis Hosts ‘Shoot Out’

Albuquerque, NM – In a shocking lack of sensitivity for Albuquerque’s crime crisis, Albuquerque mayoral candidate Dan Lewis announced he will be hosting a “shoot out” this month.

“When crime is on everyone’s mind in Albuquerque, it’s sickening to know that Dan Lewis would host a ‘shoot out’. Dan Lewis’ lack of consideration for families who have lost a loved one to gun violence or to folks who don’t feel safe in their communities demonstrates how unprepared he is to tackle the challenges facing New Mexico’s largest city, ” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg.

In January, it was reported that Albuquerque saw it’s highest homicide rate in twenty years, and that two thirds of murders in the metro area involved a gun.

Dan Lewis has a history of disregarding the communities concerns on crime when he was absent for a key city council meeting addressing initiatives that will help the city better address crime.

TODAY: Panel to Answer Questions on Obamacare in Sunland Park

TODAY: Panel to Answer Questions on Obamacare in Sunland Park

Sunland Park, N.M. – A local district of the Doña Ana County Democratic Party and Indivisible are partnering to bring a panel discussion on the Affordable Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, to Sunland Park. At the event panelists will answer questions about the positive impact the ACA has on New Mexico, how we can all play a role in making the law better, and action the community can take to defend the bill against repeal efforts.

Information at the event will be available in both English and Spanish. Everyone is welcome to attend.

***Press interested in covering this event should email felicia@nmdemocrats.org or call (505)750-2585***

WHAT: Healthcare Panel to discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare

WHERE: San Martin de Porres Church, 1855 McNutt Rd, Sunland Park, NM 88063

WHEN: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:30pm

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Memo to Steve Pearce: New Mexicans Will Not Forget Your Vote on Health Care

Memo to Steve Pearce: New Mexicans Will Not Forget Your Vote on Health Care

Congressman Voted to Take Insurance Away from New Mexicans

New Mexico – Despite the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act last night, New Mexicans will never forget that Congressman Steve Pearce voted to take health care away from thousands of his own constituents.

Congressman Pearce, a far-right conservative ideologue, voted for the House version of the health care bill the back in May, calling it a “step in the right direction.”

New Mexicans know that’s just not true.

In reality, Pearce voted to:

  • Take coverage from nearly 300,000 New Mexicans, by gutting Medicaid funding.
  • Shift $427 million of Medicaid costs onto New Mexico’s budget.
  • Hike premiums for older and poorer New Mexicans.
  • Kill health care jobs across the state.
  • Devastate rural health care infrastructure forcing many rural hospitals to close.
  • Bankrupt hospitals by increasing uncompensated costs.

Now Pearce is running for governor. As he travels the state, he will have to justify his vote to every single person he meets.

“As long as he remains in public life, Rep. Steve Pearce will never escape his vote to strip health care from New Mexicans,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Richard Ellenberg. “Pearce showed every New Mexican his true colors as an extreme conservative, more worried about politics than working families. This vote alone disqualifies Pearce in his run for governor and we will never let him forget it.”

DPNM Statement on Republicans’ Failed Attempt to Take Away Healthcare

DPNM Statement on Republicans’ Failed Attempt to Take Away Healthcare

“This is a victory for all New Mexicans. The people in our country stood up and took action to hold Republicans accountable for putting political ideology ahead of our health and well-being.

“Republicans should shift focus from this reckless repeal and work with Democrats on productive solutions. Democrats will continue efforts to boost job creation, improve the Affordable Care Act, and create opportunity for New Mexico families.”