Phone Banking and Canvassing in T or C this Saturday

Meet Rick Lass at Democratic Party Headquarters at 405 Main St. T or C at noon Saturday Sept. 17 for an afternoon of voter outreach. Never knocked on doors or called voters before? Take the plunge. Rick is an experienced trainer and can have you prepared and confident for your first venture. It’s normal to be a little scared the first time you do this, but it gets easier, and the possibility of Republicans winning because we don’t get out the vote is a whole lot scarier.

People are friendly here. You may even have fun canvassing and calling!

Tara Jaramillo Meet and Greet. Volunteer Help Wanted. Donations welcome, too.

Volunteers needed in party headquarters, especially on Saturdays. Talk to voters and hand out campaign signs and information. Contact Suzanne at 630-334-9329 if you can help. We try to split the hours between 2 shifts: 11-1:30 or 1:30-4. 

Volunteers needed to make phone calls and knock on doors to get out the vote. Contact Rick Lass at 505-920-0540 if you can help. Rick will give you instructions and provide phone banking or door knocking lists. You can make calls from home and on your schedule. We have only a short time left to reach potential voters. Turnout will make the difference in this election. If you haven’t volunteered yet in this election cycle, now is the time.

Based on few responses received from members, we are not planning to have a booth at the county fair this year. We will pursue setting up a booth at Elephant Days October 14-16 (we may do 2 days instead of 3 depending on volunteers).

We are spending down a major portion of our treasury to make donations to several candidates who are visiting with our members and to provide food for our September 21 event with Gabe Vasquez, Laura Montoya, Tara Jaramillo and Michael Lanford. If you haven’t made a donation to our party in a while, September would be a good time to do so, at our September 21 event or online though the Act Blue donation link on the home page of this site.   

A meet and greet with Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38, will be held on Sunday Sept. 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Point Blanc Winery, 820 N. Cedar St. T or C. Hosted by David Senn and Sandy Whitehead. Tara is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and longtime advocate for families.

Join the NM Democrats for Our Defend Choice Day of Action

This Saturday, July 16th, Democrats across New Mexico are volunteering to help our pro-choice Democratic ticket. We need volunteers who care about defending reproductive rights in NM to join our hybrid-virtual Day of Action at 9:00am this Saturday, July 16th.

Sign up here to volunteer for the NM Democrats to defend choice this Saturday.

We’ll launch our Day of Action with appearances by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and US Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez and Melanie Stansbury. Sign up to join us virtually or in-person on Saturday! Please forward this info to any Dems who can help us stand up for choice this Saturday. We need all hands on deck to makes sure we defend choice at the state and federal levels.

Don’t Just Get Mad: Get Together and Get Involved

We need to be working now, not just in the weeks before election day. The national news is enough to make that clear. And if you follow the local news, you’ll know that a group of Sierra County citizens who believe the Big Lie went before the county commission to express their convictions based on the material in a widely debunked conspiracy theory film. The opposition is organized and motivated, and they never stop. We can only win by out-organizing them and by motivating the discouraged and the disengaged. Our small, slow, behind-the scenes efforts matter as much as big protests and massive voter turnout, because the team doing the small things brings out the massive voter turnout.

If something is holding you back from volunteering, what is it? “I’m too busy.” “It’s too stressful.” “I don’t see what’s accomplished.” “I don’t like talking to strangers.” “I’m so upset, I feel like giving up and hiding from it all.”  

Action relieves those negative feelings! So does knowing you’re not alone!

Meet and greet at the Hillsboro Community Center July 10, 3:00-5:00 p.m

Sit down and talk with fellow Democrats and independents, share concerns, and get motivated to make November 2022 a win. Meet with candidates and their representatives and become involved. And enjoy some cookies, cake, iced tea, and lemonade.

Even if you have just one or two hours a week (or every other week), you can relieve your political distress through action. Here are two ways to get started.

  1. Postcards for Blue CD2 are a low-stress way to volunteer without talking to strangers, on your own time. Create a postcard project of your choosing. For example: want to mail postcards to registered, non-voting Democrats whose primary voting issue is the environment? Blue CD2 will provide you names, addresses, a message, and in some cases, the postcards. You choose the number of postcards you want to write and supply postage. You can narrow your project by issue, age group, gender, or county. Email bluecd2nm@gmail.com to volunteer. The steps are simple and worth taking.
  2. Volunteer for a campaign. Deep phone banking, like deep canvassing, means talking with the least engaged voters, the Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who don’t always vote, and asking what issues they care about. This helps the campaign build a plan to reach them in the future. In each two-hour session, you might have only a few such conversations, but those add up when enough volunteers participate. Calls to disconnected numbers and people who have moved out of state are actually useful, too. Yes, many people don’t answer, but slow work isn’t wasted time. Sooner or later, you reach someone who wants to talk, and the conversation is rewarding. Something is being accomplished in small steps.To volunteer to help elect Gabe Vasquez for CD2, contact Frances Gonzales fgonzales104@gmail.com 575-956-8942.

Need even more motivation? Excerpt from statement by state Democratic party chair Jessica Velasquez:

The stakes are high this election year. Republican candidate for governor Mark Ronchetti promises to make abortion illegal and wants to pass policies that punish women and their doctors for making their own healthcare decisions. The GOP candidate for Lt. Governor, Ant Thornton, believes that abortion should be illegal with no exception, even in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk. 

Additionally, each New Mexican GOP congressional candidate including Alexis Martinez Johnson and Yvette Herrell have made it clear that they strongly support the undoing of the protections of Roe v. Wade and want to undermine access to abortion across the country. Herrell even co-sponsored legislation that would ban all abortion, even when the woman’s life is at risk, and restrict access to commonly used contraceptives.

Thanks for reading and for getting involved. If you have the ability to donate to Democratic candidates, please support them in that way, too.

Phone banking opportunities! 

Voters who participate in primaries are more likely to become engaged and vote in the general election. Sign up for phone banking with the Democratic Party of New Mexico this weekend and next weekend for two Early Voting Weekends of Action. In these calls, you will be helping our low turnout Democrats make plans to vote early, absentee, or on election day.

There will also be phone banking every single day from June 1st – 7th to help these voters make a plan to vote on election day!

To receive the sign-up links, email sierracountydems@gmail.com, and let us know which you want to sign up for. Virtual Early Vote Weekend of Action Phone Banks, 5/21 – 5/22 and 5/28 – 5/29 or Get Out The Vote Phone Bank, 6/1 – 6/7.

You can choose to do as few or as many days as you want. Thank you!

Fiesta Volunteers Needed, 2022 Primary Election info

Can you help staff a table at Fiesta? We need six volunteers total, two people for each of three two-hour shifts, 11:00-1:00. 1:00-3:00 and 3:00 to 5:00. At least one of the people on each shift should be a third-party Voter Registration Agent. (1:00 has one person so far, a VRA.)

Can you walk in the parade carrying our banner? Two people are needed to walk the loop of Broadway and Main each holding one side of the banner. Our planned banner carriers are unable to be there due to an unexpected event. It’s an easy job but important. Show Sierra County and T or C that there are proud Democrats in our community. Since several of the candidates will be with us in the parade, you’ll probably get to meet them while participants line up—a bonus for giving your help. Arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.. More details when you volunteer. Contact sierracountydems@gmail.com

Outdoor or indoor meetings?What would you prefer? Let us know.

2022 Primary Election info

  • May 10: Voter registration (by mail or online) closes.
  • May 10: First day that absentee ballots can be mailed to voters (who have submitted an absentee application), and first day of Early Voting (at the county clerk’s office).
  • May 21: Expanded Early Voting begins at alternate voting locations.
  • June 2: Last day to request an absentee ballot.
  • June 4: Last day of early voting.
  • June 7: Primary Election Day.

You must be registered as member of a party to vote in that party’s primary. Same day voter registration is available. You can register online as well.

Early voting hours Sierra County: May10-June 3 M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat. June 4 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Election Day Voting Locations: T or C Civic Center, Albert J. Lyons Event Center, Elephant Butte Community Center, Hillsboro Community Center, Ken James Senior Center, Winston Country Church, Monticello Fire Station, Caballo Fire Station

April 2022 Meeting Agenda

Democratic Party monthly meeting will take place Wednesday 4/20 at 405 Main, Truth or Consequences (next to Grapes Gallery) and on Zoom. 

Agenda
Pledge of Allegiance
New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.

Guest Speakers: candidates for office

Approval of March Minutes
Treasurer’s Report. May be delayed due to turnover in the position
Purchase of laptop

Teaching about culture and race in K-12 schools – Barbara Pearlman
Fiesta Parade and booth – Barbara Pearlman and Liz Telea
Member Input
Motion to Adjourn

Secretary Position Open

We need a volunteer for party secretary. Special thanks to Liz Telea, who already does so many other things for the party, for filling in and taking the meeting minutes. Secretary should also be able to attend executive committee meetings and handle occasional correspondence. (The position does not involve the managing the website or the newsletter.)

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News, Plans, and a Volunteer Needed

Our March meeting will be on March 16 at 5:30 at 405 Main, next to Grapes Gallery in T or C. We will have a report on the results of the state Pre-Primary Convention and a discussion of future plans including Fiesta, voter registration, and the campaign to turn Congressional District 2 Blue again. We ask that you wear a mask to the meeting. If you prefer to participate via Zoom,

Sign up for our mailing list to receive links. https://sierracountynewmexicodemocrats.org/2021/03/02/join-our-email-list/

We will post another meeting reminder closer to the date.

Our  current Treasurer is moving away in the near future. We owe him a debt of gratitude for dealing with an audit by the Secretary of State’s office, improving our record keeping and reporting, helping us understand and comply with campaign finance laws, and helping in many ways with last year’s art auction fundraiser.

We need a new Treasurer now to carry the party forward to the 2022 election. Please consider helping our party and joining our executive committee in this important role. Training and consultations with our State Party Treasurer are available, and once trained, the time commitment is usually 2-4 hours per month. Please contact sierracountydems@gmail.com to volunteer or request more information. 

Laurie Ware has withdrawn her candidacy for state house district 49. An event in Magdalena this weekend for petition signings has been canceled.

Aug. meeting agenda and location; thank you; and more volunteer opportunities

We will be meeting in a new location Wednesday, August 18 at 5:30 pm: 405 Main Street, near Grapes Gallery. We encourage wearing a mask.

Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

New Mexico State Pledge: I salute the flag of the State of New Mexico and the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures.

June Minutes

Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/ Sid Bryan

Guest speaker: Verrel Lukman Eugenio and Rendabel Radian : on outreach to youth and minority voters and on going off to college

Audit by Secretary of State’s office resolved. Special thanks to Tom Hinson.

County Fair – Cathy Berger

Fall fundraising? Fundraising rules – Sid Bryan

Donation from Martin Heinrich’s Office – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from State Party – Suzanne Carlstedt

News from School Board – Barbara Pearlman

Postcards for Blue CD2 NM Campaign – Jan Thedford

Municipal elections – Suzanne Carlstedt

COVID Protocol -future meetings – group discussion

Member Input

Motion to adjourn

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the initial Blue CD2 NM postcard effort. It was great to see people step up already this far ahead of an election.

If activism by mail is your thing, take a look at Vote Forward. They organize letter writing campaigns to Democratic leaning voters in order to get out the vote in key races. Virginia is a major focus right now.

Two Opportunities to Support Democrats

Blue CD2

New Voters. New Voices. New Mexico.

The group is still in the early stages of development, working toward the following goals:

  1. Support the Democratic candidate in the 2022 CD2 Congressional race
  2. Register Democratic-leaning CD2 residents
  3. Deliver messaging around “what Democrats are doing for you, your family, your businesses, and your communities in CD2 right now” via postcards, billboards, social media campaigns, and letters to editors.
  4. Coordinate with other CD2 groups to support Democratic candidates in races up and down the ballot

To join, contact bluecd2nm@gmail.com

Letters to the Editor Group

Join others in writing letters about issues that matter to Democrats and progressives in New Mexico. This project is coordinated by Chris Spigarelli, formerly of T or C. Contact her at eldoradosf@yahoo.com if you’d like to participate. Chris encourages others to borrow as much of her original model as they want and then sign and send.

Below is an example of one of her letters on the subject of the CD1 special election.

By now most people are aware that there is a very important election occurring on June 1, which will decide who will take Deb Haaland’s seat in Congress. Why is this so important to New Mexico & our Nation?

This Congressional seat was recently held by a Democrat who had our New Mexican visions and values at heart. We need this seat to remain in the hands of a leader who has our traditional and tribal values and visions always in mind and at heart. 

Melanie Stansbury:

~helps our families by tackling urgent food & hunger issues.

~is a leader in climate change with her scientific background.

~wants to grow the economy with meaningful jobs.

~will protect our water and lands.

Mark Moores:

~voted against cannabis legalization, which has now passed and will bring much-needed funds to our state as well as expunge records of those with minor cannabis violations.

~is against women’s reproductive health rights and choices.

~is even against improving broadband access to all of our state.

~would have voted against the American Rescue Plan along with his Republican colleagues.

What can you do right now?

Read about the issues & make your decision for the candidate you feel will best represent New Mexican values and interests here and in Washington, DC. You can find information on candidate’s websites.

Volunteer (phone bank, text, talk with your friends & neighbors especially in CD1 precincts, write letters to the editor).

Donate—every little bit helps…more if you can.

But mainly, it is of upmost importance in the up-coming CD1 election to get out and vote. 

>Find your Precinct number on your voter registration card.

>Locate your voting place by going to your County Clerk’s website.

>Make a plan: WHEN & WHERE you will vote.

And then, JUST DO IT.