Webinars with Gateway Green Alliance

UPDATED! GPAMA will have a panelist on the program on “Removing Pesticides From our Public Spaces” on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:00 p. m. MDT.

Register in advance:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oce2rqjIjHtZqIYtbLbi488_nlVEV6lWs
Speakers:
Dr. Warren Porter (Emeritus Professor of Integrative Biology, University of Wisconsin) will share how agricultural chemicals influence immune systems, endocrine systems, and neurological health.

Bertha Lewis (Executive Director, The Black Institute, Brooklyn NY) will present evidence of the overuse of pesticides in communities of color.

Em Ward (Green Party of the Albuquerque Metro Area) will share pearls and pitfalls in the effort to stop the use of glyphosate on county-administered properties in Bernalillo County.

Daniel Romano (St. Louis Green Party and No Spray St. Louis) will share difficulties  using Sunshine Requests to document herbicide usage in city parks.

Kent Rowe (engineer and air pollution investigator in Wichita, works with the Sierra Club and Green Party) will share alternatives to herbicides for pest control.

Delilah Barrios (Texas Green Party, The Populist Voice podcast) will moderate.

We shared earlier information about the webinar on suppression of minor parties. The Gateway Greens out of the St. Louis area have hosted multiple informative webinars. GPAMA is a co-sponsor of the Zoom webinar, Berta Cáceres in Defense of Water Rights (click link to register).

Lakhani’s book available at Verso

To the Ramparts! Essays on the Plutonium Pit Production Program

Part 6 is here!

Parts 4 and 5 added:

We are sharing an informative series of essays by John Wilks. The first three essays can be found below.

Part 1: Technical Introduction

Part 2: National Defense Authorization Act

Part 3: Call to Action and Strategies

2021 NM Legislative Session

Updates in bold (Feb 22). Below is a listing of items of interest. Please check out this handy bill finder with links to other information, including the session calendar.

HB211/SB199 — REDISTRICTING ACT Would create independent redistricting commission. House Judiciary and Senate Rules Committees, not scheduled.

HB 99 — SMALL LOAN ACT MAX ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE Still in Judiciary Committee
SB 66 — PERMITTED PERCENTAGE RATES FOR LOANS Senate Judiciary Committee on 2/22/2021

HB 106/SB 84 — COMMUNITY SOLAR ACT relating to utilities; enacting the community solar act; prescribing requirements for community solar facilities, subscriber organizations and subscriptions; prescribing requirements for administration of a community solar program; directing the public regulation commission to adopt rules to implement a community solar program. Still in House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee. Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee on Feb 23.

SB 10 — REPEAL ABORTION BAN Passed both chambers. Needs gubernatorial signature.

SB 32 — ROXY’S LAW relating to wildlife; enacting the wildlife conservation and public safety act; providing for restrictions on the use of traps, snares and poisons; providing penalties. Currently in Senate Judiciary Committee but not scheduled.

SB 80 — NO SCHOOL DISCRIMINATION FOR HAIR relating to race; prohibiting the imposition of discipline, discrimination or disparate treatment in schools based on the hair or cultural headdresses of a student; defining terms in the public school code and the human rights act. Currently in Senate Judiciary Committee but not scheduled.

SB 86 — USE OF WATER FOR OIL & GAS OPERATIONS — relating to natural resources; prohibiting certain uses of fresh water in oil and gas operations; providing penalties for the spill or release of oil, gas or produced water; creating the oil conservation division data compilation fund; directing the oil conservation division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department to adopt rules relating to produced water and nondomestic wastes that are protective of public health, worker safety and natural resources; requiring the tracking of produced water; alphabetizing definitions and adding definitions for “fresh water”, “water pollution”, “recycled water” and “treated water” to the oil and gas act; amending the produced water act to conform to changes in the oil and gas act; clarifying requirements for water quality control commission rulemaking related to the use of produced water outside of the oil field. Currently in Senate Judiciary Committee but not scheduled.

SB 103 — RESTRICTING USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDE Currently in Senate Tax, Business & Transportation Committee but not scheduled.

HB 236/SB 313 — PUBLIC BANKING ACT Currently House Judiciary and Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committees, not scheduled.

SB 155–ENERGY TRANSMISSION AUTHORITY CHANGES–RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES; REINSTATING REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR PLANT ABANDONMENT COSTS TO PROTECT RATEPAYERS; AMENDING A SECTION OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACT PERTAINING TO COST RECOVERY; AMENDING THE ENERGY TRANSITION ACT; PROVIDING ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPROVAL OF A FINANCING ORDER; CONFORMING FINANCING ORDER APPEAL AND REHEARING FILING DEADLINES WITH COURT RULES: TABLED IN COMMITTEE.

There is also a joint resolution, known as the Green Amendment, that would put to the public the question of amending the state constitution to include environmental rights.

SJR 3 — ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS (GREEN AMENDMENT) proposing to amend the constitution of new mexico by adding a new section of article 2 that provides the people of the state with environmental rights, including the right to a clean and healthy environment and the right to the preservation of the environment, and directs the state to protect environmental resources for the benefit of all the people and by repealing the current pollution control provisions of article 20, section 21. Senate Judiciary Committee not scheduled.

Methane Rules Hearing

The 10-day Public Rule-making Hearing of the Oil Conservation Commission started January 4, 2021. Download the schedule (docket) below.

The hearing is about the rules to be put in place to govern how oil & gas companies deal with methane waste. Methane waste vented into the atmosphere is believed to be a significant factor in global warming. The rules must address the problem of leaks.

Learn more about the methane problem in New Mexico.

Send a public comment request to florene.davidson@state.nm.us or to OCC.hearings@state.nm.us

NM 2020 Election Results

Unofficial Returns


HOWIE HAWKINS AND ANGELA NICOLE WALKER Green 4,379
JO JORGENSEN AND JEREMY "SPIKE" COHEN Libertarian 12,459
JOSEPH R BIDEN AND KAMALA D HARRIS Democrat 497,202
SHEILA "SAMM" TITTLE AND DAVID CARL SANDIGE Constitution 1,792
DONALD J TRUMP AND MIKE PENCE Republican 400,447
GLORIA LA RIVA AND SUNIL FREEMAN Party for Socialism and Liberation 1,627
Total Votes 917,906
STEPHEN A VERCHINSKI              Green                   5%       759
SARAH RICH-JACKSON                   Republican          31%     4,525
CHRISTINE TRUJILLO                     Democrat             60%     8,916
JOCELYNN RENEE PADEN              Libertarian             4%        538
Total Votes                                                                        14,738

Victory for Election Integrity

Statement from the Stein Recount Campaign
October 30, 2020
Contact: Stein2016Recount@gmail.com

Not hearing about this election story. The full statement can be found at Stein FB page.

“The courts have affirmed that the largest manufacturer of voting machines in the US, Election Systems & Software, has no right to suppress the findings of our upcoming inspection of key election software. That inspection will bring much needed transparency and accountability to the software that counts our votes. This win affirms that corporations cannot shield the voting software we rely on from public scrutiny.”

In 2018, Stein settled her recount lawsuit with the state of Pennsylvania for a guarantee that the state would replace all paperless voting machines with systems using voter-verifiable paper ballots by 2020, and in 2022 would introduce post-election risk-limiting audits to verify the vote before results are certified.

Hawkins/Walker 2020: Debates, Interviews

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for President of the United States. Angela Walker is the Vice-Presidential candidate. Below are links to some debate performances and interviews.

DEBATES (Free & Equal, Hawkins)

Debate #1, Debate #2, Debate #3

INTERVIEWS

Hawkins on C-SPAN

Hawkins on Morning Joe

Angela Walker on Amped Up

Angela Walker on imwil

May 8, 1970: A Day to Remember Zoom Panels

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, GPAMA, VFP-ABQ, and MACCS presented a program about the protests at the University of New Mexico during which National Guardsmen bayonetted several people. Below are the links to videos of the two panel discussions.

Panel 1: Remembrances

Panel 2: Healing Trauma & Youth Activism

Many thanks to the panelists and all who helped with this event and video.

Keep Elected PRC

Vote NO on Constitutional Amendment 1, Appointed Public Regulation Commission Amendment

Besides the usual lineup of candidates on the November 3 ballot, there is “Constitutional Amendment 1.” This proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would phase out the Public Regulation Commission (PRC)’s elected officials and replace them with officials appointed by the governor.

Several glossy postcards arrived in voters’ mailboxes in August, touting the disadvantages of “professional politicians” and painting utility and energy company “experts” as the correct approach. The approach was smooth, non-specific, and boilerplate–almost as if the message were lifted from similar campaigns around the country seeking to take the “public” out of public regulation bodies. Current commissioners have been in tune with and responsive to public sentiment. It begs the question as to why we would want to replace these commissioners with unknowns representing industry interests and stockholder-owned utilities.

Let us not be fooled by a set of well-worded and slickly produced industry-sponsored messages that weave fancy tales that public utility decisions should be made by representatives of the utility companies. Is oversight by accountable citizens an old-fashioned notion? Let us remember that privatizing energy and utility regulation removes oversight and the public interest from the decision-making loop. Having industry regulate itself is just another case of the fox guarding the hen house.