Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The core of our democracy is deeply rooted in the right to vote. Eighteen states have now enacted 30 new laws that make it harder to vote.
Texas is the most recent state to restrict voting rights. After the Texas legislation is signed into law by the governor, it will add new ID requirements for people seeking to vote by mail; add new criminal penalties to the voting process; empower partisan poll watchers; and ban drive-through and 24-hour voting options, a step taken last year in Houston, Texas to help ensure that people were able to vote during a deadly pandemic. The Texas bill imposes criminal penalties on those who assist voters, including those with disabilities, in casting their ballots.
Purpose shall be to remain current on political issues affecting African American communities throughout the State of New Mexico at local, state and national levels, to inform the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) about such issues, and to work together to seek resolution to such issues when appropriate to do so.
The New Mexico Black Caucus is planning its Second Annual Vote, Influence, Represent Conference As we prepare for the interim elections, it is important to make sure that we all stay engaged in the voting process. If you are interested in sponsoring or helping to plan the Conference, contact Clarence Smith as ClarenceLSmith62@gmail.com.
The Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be spread by vaccinated people as easily as the unvaccinated, an internal C.D.C. report said. Per the latest CDC guidance, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is recommending New Mexicans wear a mask indoors out of an abundance of caution.
The New Mexico Department of Health announced that beginning August 2, all New Mexicans, again eligible for a $100 incentive for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Effective through August.
Michelle Lujan Grisham [takes]decisive action by implementing an indoor mask mandate to keep New Mexicans safe in response to the rising threat of the Delta variant, particularly among unvaccinated Americans. Governor Lujan Grisham’s action will allow New Mexico’s economy to continue its recovery while...READ MORE
Black Community Investment Fund
One million dollars in grant funding is available through the One Albuquerque Fund to support Albuquerque's Black-owned businesses and organizations that work within the Black community.
Applications for the Black Community Investment Fund are now open to Black-owned businesses and nonprofits, who serve Black communities, and are seeking funds to support necessary expenses and resources used to help these organizations grow their businesses or services. To learn more about the Fund and/or apply, visit the website here.
DPNM Vice Chair
Pamelya Herndon (Black Caucus President)
Permitting an individual to bring a claim against a public body or person acting on behalf of or under the authority of a public body for a violation of the individual's rights, Privileges or immunities arising pursuant to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of New Mexico.
Creating Department Liaison; creating an advisory council; providing powers and duties; requiring racial sensitivity and anti-racism training or professional development for school personnel.
Prohibiting discipline, discrimination or disparate treatment in schools treatment in schools based on the hair or culture headdress of a student.
Help ensure that previously incarcerated individuals had access to voting after they completed their prison sentences.
The legislation to provide alternative methods for children to testify who have been abused, other than being in the same room as their abuser, traumatizing these children again and again.
Legislation to act on capping interest rates so low income families could have access to financial resources at reasonable rates.
Congratulations to Representative Melanie Stansbury in winning Congressional District 1 Democratic election to represent the Party on June 1 to fill the seat left vacant by Deb Haaland. Melanie received 51.2% of the votes cast by the State Central Committee members. She will face Senate Republican Mark Moores in the June election. Please help to keep this congressional seat blue in supporting Representative Stansbury's bid financially or administratively.
Congratulations Secretary Haaland
Monday, August 9, 3 pm
San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center
Wednesday, August 11, 3 pm
Eastern New Mexico University, Instructional Technology Center
Thursday, August 12, 3 pm
New Mexico State University, Golf Course Clubhouse
Saturday, August 14, 1 pm
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Rooms Chaco 1 & 2
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