September 15 2021 Meeting and Agenda

We will meet in the courtyard of the Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C, 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday Sept. 15. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

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. 
Minutes: Suzanne Carlstedt for Leslie Sekavec
Treasurers Report: Sid Bryan and Tom Hinson

Guest Speaker:  George Szigetti, T or C Public Utility Advisory Board 

Candidate speakers if any request speaking time
Outreach efforts with money from Senator Heinrich’s office: Barbara Pearlman and Cathy Berger
Fundraising for fall: Sid Bryan
Women’s March to protect the right to choose October 2, cooperative effort with Indivisible:    Leslie Sekavec

Next Blue CD-2 postcard campaign: Patty Kearney
Update on local school system – Barbara Pearlman
Member input

Motion to adjourn

Zoom session for those who can’t attend in person. To receive Zoom links, sign up for our mailing list.

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.

June Meeting Agenda; Volunteer Needed for Treasurer

The next Democratic Party meeting will take place Wednesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm outside at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C.

Please consider whether you could volunteer to take on Treasurer duties or know someone who could take on this vital role. Training for county party treasurers will soon be available. A small core group has been doing much of the local party’s work, and we need additional people to share the load as long-term volunteers step down.

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.

Secretary’s Report – Leslie Sekavec
Treasurer’s Report – Tom Hinson/Suzanne Carlstedt
Guest Speaker – Superintendent of Schools, – Dr. Channell Segura
Discussion of Party Financial Matters and Treasurer – Sid Bryan, Suzanne Carlstedt
Preparation of outreach materials for County Fair booth, etc. – Suzanne Carlstedt
Voter registration – Sid Bryan
Update on Blue CD2 NM – Guest speaker (via Zoom) Rochelle Williams, founder
Member input
Motion to adjourn

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May Meeting Wed. the 19th

Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 pm, courtyard at Pelican Spa, 306 S. Pershing, T or C. Weather permitting, we will meet outside. It’s predicted to be 86, partly cloudy, with winds only 12 mph, so outside is probable.

Note: New Mexico has not, to our best knowledge at the time of this posting, lifted the mask mandate, and covid cases are still occurring in Sierra County, so please respect the possibly unvaccinated among us who may choose to attend in person.

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.

April Minutes – Leslie Sekavec

Treasurer’s Report and Secretary of State audit of our financial reports – Tom Hinson and Suzanne Carlstedt

Guest speaker from Elephant Butte irrigation district will talk about water issues

Yard Sale postponed–Sid Bryan

Request for Funding from Senator Heinrich’s office – Suzanne Carlstedt

Republican “Back the Blue” event June 6 -Sid Bryan

Member Input

Motion to Adjourn

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April Meeting Reminder and Agenda

Sierra County Democratic Party Meeting Wednesday, April 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

We have changed to Zoom only after all. Sierra County is going back into yellow status Wednesday, so we’ve decided to do tomorrow’s meeting on Zoom only.

Those who wish to attend via Zoom or telephone, please subscribe to our mailing list to receive the links.

Agenda

Pledges

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

Guest: Jessica Velasquez, candidate for State Party Chair

Democratic Party Scholarship, status and funds needed     Sid Bryan

Fundraiser yard sale    Liz Telea

Fiesta booth?   Suzanne Carlstedt

Funding for county parties available from Senator Heinrich   Suzanne Carlstedt

Blue CD2   Patty Kearney

Newsletter mailing list    Patty Kearney

Melanie Stansberry Campaign for CD-1   Suzanne Carlstedt

Member input

Motion to adjourn

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.

Action of the Week 3/21/21: Civic Engagement Toolkit Part Two

Civic Engagement Toolkit Part Two: Resources for Issues, Bills, and Votes

Time required: Five minutes to save this information and take a quick look at the sites—or an informative hour or more when you start looking into voting records and upcoming legislation.

Goal: Being informed and ready to act

Federal:

  • Congress.gov — Official Congressional site.  Easy to use. Search for the bill(s) you’re interested in, and see what’s currently up for votes.
  • GovTrack.us – Non-government site. Provides updates on bills’ progress, outlines and full text, and even study guides. Voting records on the House and Senate floor are available for every bill as well.
  • https://votespotter.com Downloadable app.
  • https://votespotter.com/community/ Blog with current bills and votes
  • https://clerk.house.gov/Votes If you already know what a bill is about, this is a quick way to check on your representative’s votes. All bills recently voted on are listed. For any bill, you can search votes by party or by state.
  • https://www.senate.gov/legislative/votes_new.htm This is even briefer than the house info. Daily updates on roll call votes.

State:

https://retakeourdemocracy.org/

This group provides an all-in-one site for information and activism. The best resource for New Mexico legislation. The session just ended, but while the legislature is meeting, Retake sends regular updates on bills coming up for votes so you can make your voice heard.

The state legislature site https://www.nmlegis.gov/ strikes me as cumbersome for tracking votes and legislation. (If anyone has any easy way to navigate it, let me know before the next session.)

 State and National:

This site, https://justfacts.votesmart.org, provides information on key votes, politicians’ stands on issues, their funding sources, and endorsements and ratings they have received. You have to know what the organization doing the rating or endorsing stands for to understand the meaning of their endorsement, but that’s a small drawback. You can search voting records by issue category, such as environment or energy. It appears few people (if any) take the site’s Political Courage Test by answering a fixed set of questions. However, the site’s authors quote politicians who didn’t take the “test” making strong public statements on controversial issues, so the test is irrelevant. This is still an excellent resource.

If you missed the Civic Engagement Toolkit Part One—public officials’ contact info—here’s the link.  Put the two parts together and you’re equipped to create your own actions to share with others.

Action of the Week #3: Commit to Participate in Party Election

It’s important to have input and active participation from as many members of the Sierra County Democratic Party as possible, not just the few who show up for regular Zoom meetings. The Ward meeting and elections have to be virtual this year. For ballot security, we aren’t publishing the balloting links on the website.

To vote in our party elections or run for office or for County Central Committee, sign up for our mailing list to access the ballots and candidate forms, or contact sierracountydems@gmail.com