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.

Agenda for June 15th 2022 Meeting

Democratic Party of Sierra County June 15, 2022 meeting will take place at 405 Main ST. Truth or Consequences from 5:50 to 7:00 p.m.

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

Approval of May minutes – Sid Bryan
Treasurer’s Report – Sid Bryan

Guest Speaker: Michael Lanford, candidate for Sierra County Sheriff –  updates on his campaign

Update on School Board – Barbara Pearlman

Outreach event in Hillsboro – Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger

Voter registration – Suzanne Carlstedt

Campaign Headquarters – Sid Bryan

September Fundraiser – Liz Telea and Barbara Pearlman

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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!

Democratic Poll Workers Needed; Agenda for May 18th Meeting; Weekend Events

Please consider becoming a poll worker. More Democrats are needed for this important work. Having members of both parties is required. Do your part for democracy and for the integrity of elections. In order to become a poll worker you must be registered to vote in your county and attend a training. If you are able to work during the June 7th primary, please contact the Sierra County Clerk at 575-894-2840. Deadline for training is May 18th.

Democratic Party of Sierra County Meeting 5/18/22

405 Main St. T or C at 5:30 p.m.
Agenda

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

Introductions/new members

Guest Speaker: Michael Lanford, candidate for Sierra County Sheriff

Approval of April Minutes – Sid
Treasurers Report – Sid

Report on recent activities: Fiesta, Maggie Toulouse Oliver meet and greet, demonstration for women’s right to choose – Liz and Suzanne

Get out the vote effort – Suzanne

Plans for 2022 – Barbara and Suzanne

Future of the Party – Barbara and Suzanne

Member input

Motion to adjourn

Reminders of Weekend Events

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be in T or C Saturday May 14th for a meet and greet at Ingo’s Art Café, 422 N. Broadway, T or C. She’s doing a great job protecting voting rights, and we need to reelect her. Please come! Email friendsofmaggie@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, May 15: rally for women’s rights. In response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v Wade, rallies and marches are being organized across the country this weekend. In solidarity with our fellow citizens who strongly believe that women’s rights are human rights, a rally is being held in T or C on Sunday, May 15th, at 12:00 noon at the Triangle Park where Date and Main streets meet. Please bring signs, plenty of water, and a chair if you might need one. And please pass this along to friends and neighbors!

Events: Meet NM Secretary of State, Rally for Women’s Rights

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver will be in T or C Saturday May 14th for a meet and greet at Ingo’s Art Café, 422 N. Broadway, T or C. She’s doing a great job protecting voting rights, and we need to reelect her. Please come! Email friendsofmaggie@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, May 15: rally for women’s rights. In response to the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v Wade, rallies and marches are being organized across the country this weekend. In solidarity with our fellow citizens who strongly believe that women’s rights are human rights, a rally is being held in T or C on Sunday, May 15th, at 12:00 noon at the Triangle Park where Date and Main streets meet. Please bring signs, plenty of water, and a chair if you might need one. And please pass this along to friends and neighbors!

Many thanks to the volunteers who made our participation in Fiesta a success. We drew some cheers and applause in the parade, registered some new voters, and started signing up for canvassing and phone banking to get out to vote for the primary.

Early voting starts Tuesday May 10. Remember to go to the new location of the county government offices at 1712 Date Street, in the old Amin’s building, to vote in person early or to place a ballot in the drop box.

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.)

To receive Zoom links and minutes of prior meetings, subscribe to our newsletter.

Tara Jaramillo Meet and Greet/ Fundraising Events

Tara Jaramillo, Democratic candidate for state house district 38, will hold two campaign kickoff events Sunday March 20th. She’ll be at Bedroxx/Point Blanc 165 E. 9th Ave. in T or C from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and in Socorro at 407 Park St from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Meet the candidate, ask questions, get to know her positions. Contributions are appreciated but required.

Candidate’s web site: https://www.tarajaramillofornm.com

March Meeting Reminder, Agenda, and News. Governor is Guest Speaker.

Monthly meeting will be on March 16 at 5:30 at 405 Main, next to Grapes Gallery in T or C.

Meeting Agenda

Pledge of Allegiance

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

Guest Speakers

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (via Zoom) 

Tara Jaramillo – candidate for New Mexico House District 38

Michael Lanford – candidate for Sierra County Sheriff

Dimid Hayes – update on the Blue CD2 NM campaign. 

Treasurer’s Report – Suzanne 

Need a new Treasurer – Sid 

Approval of February Minutes – Sid

Fiesta plans – Liz and Barbara

Planning for outreach and fundraising activities – Suzanne and Liz

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

News and Updates:  Gary Whitehead is hosting a meet and greet for Tara Jaramillo, candidate for NM House District 38, at Point Blanc Winery,  820 N. Cedar T or C, on Sunday March 20 from 2:0 to 4:00 p.m.. Beverages and finger foods will be served.

Here is a link to the results of the state Pre-Primary Convention

https://nmdemocrats.org/news/dpnm-releases-results-of-2022-pre-primary-convention-voting/

 

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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.