Take Action! Regarding the tax bill ASAP!

Dear Friends,

Here’s an idea about a unique leverage point New Mexicans have regarding what we can do about the tax bill.

We all know that calling Congressional legislators is fairly useless if you are not a constituent of theirs.

Now that he’s running for Governor, I believe Representative Steve Pearce may be vulnerable to pressure regarding the federal tax bill because his constituency has now changed. As long as he stayed in his Congressional District, he had a good chance of being re-elected, but if he wants to be Governor, he needs to appeal to a state-wide audience, and the tax bill is very unpopular. 

I propose a short term but intense campaign, putting a spotlight specifically on Pearce and the tax bill. If he ultimately votes for the bill, at least it will have been highlighted for use in the gubernatorial campaign.

 Letters to the editor can be extremely short – needing to be no more than “Why is New Mexico Congressman Pearce, who is now in the running to be our Governor, supporting a bill that raises my taxes and takes hundreds of millions of dollars from New Mexico?” In fact the really short LTEs have a better chance of getting published.

Wonks can go to town with longer op-eds; organizations can create demonstrations or place bill boards; and anyone can call in to local talk radio, and especially, everyone should call his office.  

 We have networks all over the state. Encourage efforts from Taos to Las Cruces and everywhere in between. Indivisible even has branches in Pearce’s own turf.

 Please, everyone write, call, and pass this along. It could be fun, but time is of the essence. This initiative must happen immediately while the House and Senate are reconciling the two bills each chamber passed.

 Leslie Lakind

Below is the LTE I’m submitting.


Dear Editor, 

How many readers plan to leave their kids over 5 million dollars? Repeal of the estate tax in the federal tax legislation benefits very few.  The legislation also will cost  New Mexico hundreds of millions of dollars of mineral revenue, negatively affecting all New Mexicans.

 Congressman Steve Pearce voted for this bill.  Once House and Senate versions of the bill have been “reconciled,” Pearce has another opportunity to vote for or against.

 The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concludes that taxes go up for people making less than $100,000 per year, while the .01% benefit greatly. But Pearce intends to vote for the final bill.

 It increases the deficit by over a trillion dollars, throws 13,000,000 off health insurance, and cuts Medicare.

Call Congressman Pearce, post on facebook, tweet – tell him that if he wants to be Governor, he needs to care about all New Mexicans, not just the .01%. 

Take Action! Saturday, December 9th, 2017 from 9am-12pm – Sleeping Bag Donation Drive

The cold is setting in and winter is almost upon us. Cold Santa Fe weather makes for miserable sleeping conditions for some in our community. Help us make those nights a bit warmer for those in need. We will be holding a new & used sleeping bag drive to benefit La Famila Medical Center – Health Care for the Homeless. Monetary donations will also be accepted at Fort Marcy Park (checks made payable to ‘La Famila Medical Center’). Please contact us directly to make other arrangements for donations.

Fort Marcy Park

101 Artist Rd, Uppr, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Sandra Adrianne and Nic Collins

Take Action! Thursday, November 30th, 2017 @ 6pm – County Commissioner Anna Hamilton for a District 4 Town Hall Meeting

Join County Commissioner Anna Hamilton for a District 4 Town Hall Meeting on this evening at 6 p.m. at the Hondo Fire Station II (645 Old Las Vegas Hwy). Commissioner Hamilton will be sharing updates on District 4 activities, as well as on Countywide issues. 

County staff from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Public Works, Community Services, and our Sustainability Team will be on hand to answer your questions.

Don’t Forget to bring your ideas and concerns! 

P.S. and bring a reusable water bottle (let’s make this meeting sustainable) and we’ll provide water and light snacks! 

Take Action! Monday, December 4th, 2017 @ 3:30pm – Santa Fe City Council will convene for a special meeting on Ranked Choice Voting implementation

Be there to support Ranked Choice Voting at Special Meeting Called for Monday, December 4th, 2017 @ 3:30pm.

Following the District Court decision ordering the City to implement Ranked Choice Voting, the Governing Body will convene for a special meeting on Monday, December 4th, beginning at 3:30pm.

Council to meet in executive and open sessions to determine course of act. The body will receive a briefing in executive session from the City Attorney’s Office and then take action in open session to set a course forward.

Location: City Hall – 200 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe














Take Action! Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. – Join Commissioner Ed Moreno at a Town Hall meeting

Join County Commissioner Edward Moreno for a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the ECIA Railroad Building. 

Whether you have concerns or praise for the current road improvement program, or ideas to share about other County Services, Commissioner Moreno is interested in meeting you.

County staff will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Thank you, ECIA for providing light snacks!

Take Action! Tuesday November 28th @ 6:00pm – City Council District 2 Forum – Santa Fe

Tuesday, November 28

6:00 pm, come and talk, light refreshments; forum starts promptly at 6:30 and runs through 7:45 pm at the Center for Progress and Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe

Wards 4B, 4C, and 4D, which together make up City Council District 2,
invite all District 2 residents, and all interested others, to attend this
forum to meet the candidates for our open City Council seat:

Nate Downey
Carol Romero-Wirth
Joe Arellano

They will answer questions about their priorities for Santa Fe during
the next 4 years, how they plan to work with the city government
under the new structure (strong mayor), and similar matters.


Take Action! Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 @ 9am – ‘Second RCV hearing at District Court’

Please come show your support for #rankedchoicevoting in Santa Fe. We had a big win last week when District Judge Thomson denied the city’s motion to dismiss our case, and scheduled this hearing to get testimony from the Secretary of State and others about the availability of the voting software needed to run an RCV election. Good news is, the software is available and ready! We have waited almost ten years for RCV, we shouldn’t have to wait any more.
Last week we had over 60 people in the courtroom. It was standing room only, and that was a powerful sight to see. Please come to show your support again if you are able, and if you couldn’t make it last week, this is your chance to support RCV for Santa Fe.

Park free in the Roundhouse garage and walk over to 225 Montezuma @ 9am, First District Court. Go upstairs to Judge David Thomson’s court room. No food, no drinks, no cell phone use in the courtroom. Laptops okay. See you there!


Take Action by December 9th, 2017! – Red Nation’s #NoDeadNatives clothing drive in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Gallup

The Gallup Report on border town violence in Gallup N.M. stated that during the winter of 2014 and 2016, twenty-six (26) Natives died from exposure. The Red Nation then set up a clothing drive for those who are un-sheltered and remain susceptible to the environment.

Priority needs are for Mens XL Winter Coats, Scarves and Gloves as well as blankets, sleeping bags and outdoor/camping gear. There is also a need for children’s winter coats and feminine hygiene products.  If you can, please contribute, If you cannot, please share the The Gallup Report to help raise awareness about issues in reservation border towns,

There is now a Santa Fe drop-off Location at 1420 Cerrillos Road for the Red Nation’s #NoDeadNatives clothing drive. This collection point is just inside the door and open from 10AM-5PM daily and sponsored by the Santa Fe DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) local chapter and is hosted by IATSE Local 480 through December 9th.

Information for Albuquerque and Gallup drop off locations: https://therednation.org/2017/11/15/call-to-action-nodeadnatives-clothing-drive-for-our-unsheltered-relatives/

We can save lives with this effort!