GPNM Updates

23 November 2021

Redistricting–GPNM is part of the coalition gathered by Fair Districts New Mexico to promote citizen involvement in the redistricting process at the state level. The Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) forwarded three maps each for redrawing districts for U. S. House of Representatives, the New Mexico House and Senate, and the Public Education Committee. At this point it is up to the state legislature to adopt maps from the CRC or create its own. We ask that you contact your legislators or write letters to the editor of your local news publications about this. Points to emphasize include adopting a CRC map that is strongly population balanced; avoids partisan and incumbent gerrymandering; protects historically oppressed and underrepresented communities; and respects tribal, county, and municipal boundaries to the extent possible. Please point out that the redistricting process should comply with the Open Meetings Act with proceedings open and accessible to the public–no backroom deals!

Gateway Greens Webinar–This has been a great series. Currently the focus is on agriculture. The next webinar is titled, “Healing a Broken Agricultural System” on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:00 p. m. MST on Zoom. Topics include moving from corporate-controlled, pesticide-based monoculture to regenerative and sustainable food systems and a discussion of decolonizing agriculture with urban farming. Register in advance at Zoom or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/603408037475032/?ref=newsfeed or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1392269120939428/permalink/2100597693439897/

Petitioning–We continue collecting signatures for a ballot line in 2022. Please reply if you can collect signatures for an hour or two in the parking lot of the Railyards Holiday Market, December 11-12, 10am to 4pm, at the Railyards in Albuquerque. We will not have a booth but will remain outside the event. Please let us know how your local efforts are going. Thanks. In other important ballot access news, one of the onerous requirements for new parties in Montana was declared unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more at gp.org/ninth_circuit_strikes_down.

Candidates–We call for candidates for the 2022 General Election with the caveat that the Green Party is still working to obtain a Green Party ballot line. Please contact us for the implications of that with regard to candidates’ signature requirements. Regular local elections across the state occurred early this month. Local elections are non-partisan in New Mexico and are an opportunity for Greens to get elected to public office. The next state-wide regular local elections will be in 2023. Please start thinking now about how you may serve your community on a school board, conservation board, improvement district, governing council, or as mayor. In 2021, approximately 40 Greens were elected to public office in the USA.

Holtec Update–Holtec was late responding to a Request for Additional Information (RAI) from the NRC. The schedule for the publication of the safety evaluation review (SER) will be delayed from the previously planned January 2022. The new schedule regarding the application for a nuclear waste storage facility in Lea County has yet to be determined.

Toward a Greener New Deal

GPNM adopted the following resolution on June 12, 2021, at the Annual Meeting/Convention

Whereas, energy sources that are not fossil fuels themselves require fossil fuels in their extraction, production, and delivery;

Whereas, industrial solar and wind power, hydropower, geothermal power, and nuclear power all carry a range of negative effects on the environments and communities surrounding sites of extraction and production that may or may not be offset to some degree by the benefit of energy production;

Whereas, resource extraction is often linked to loss of land, resources, rights, culture, and life of indigenous or impoverished communities around the world;

Whereas, energy consumption and production can be reduced through decreased demand;

The Green Party of New Mexico resolves the following:

A. To stand in solidarity with global communities negatively affected by energy resource extraction and production and to demand that these communities be given the power of informed consent, adequate compensation, and on-going reparation and management of resulting environmental, cultural, and health degradation resulting from extraction.

B. To support implementation of public and private policies that a) reduce the standard work week without forcing increased production from individual workers, b) strengthen and enforce efficiency and emission standards in transportation and construction, and c) promote and provide accessible public transportation and human-powered transportation opportunities without displacing historically and culturally under-represented communities.

C. To support amendments or additions to the Platform of the Green Party of the United States that meaningfully address the concerns and conditions listed above.

Public Health Measures Make Petitioning Impossible

Governor Lujan Grisham issued Executive Order 2020-004 on March 11, 2020, as a timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting series of Public Health Emergency orders increasingly restricted public gatherings and interpersonal contact. The stay-at-home order was recently extended through April with the expectation that measures would be in place at least through the middle of May.

Political candidates, regardless of party affiliation, have petition signature requirements for federal, state and local offices. Candidates of minor parties and independent candidates were not permitted to begin petitioning prior to publication of petitions and signature requirements by the Secretary of State (SoS). The SoS published these items on March 2, 2020. The statutory end of the petitioning period for minor-party and independent candidates is June 25, 2020. The Green Party calls for relief from petition requirements and placement of candidates selected at the Green Party of New Mexico (GPNM) State Convention on the ballot for the November 2020 General Election. The right of minor parties to actively participate in the election process as minor parties should not be infringed by the extraordinary circumstances of this public health emergency.

The Green Party was established in New Mexico in 1994 with a platform based on Ten Key Values: Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice and Equal Opportunity, Ecological Wisdom, Non-Violence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice, Feminism and Gender Equity, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility, Future Focus and Sustainability. The Green Party has run candidates at the local, state, and federal levels.

2020 Annual Meeting/Convention

The 2020 GPNM Annual Meeting/Convention is planned for Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p. m. to 4:00 p. m. in the Community Room in LaFarge Library in Santa Fe. WE ANTICIPATE PUBLIC GATHERING RESTRICTIONS. Teleconferencing 1:30 p. m. to 3:30 p. m.

NOTE:  Must be registered Green continuously from March 26, 2020 to vote at convention.  If you want to run for office, please contact GPNM by April 18, 2020.

Agenda items include

  • 2020 GPNM Platform Discussion and Adoption
  • Candidates for Public Office
  • GPNM Officer Elections
  • Rules amendment and modification of social media protocol
  • Other business to come before the convention
C.  Proposed amendment to §V-B-i of the Rules & Regulations:
Current language:

Membership: A Member of the Green Party of New Mexico is considered a member of the Local in which the person is registered to vote.

Proposed language (Italics indicates new language.):

Membership: A Member of the Green Party of New Mexico is considered a member of the Local in which the person is registered to vote.  A Member may affiliate with another Local or County party for the purposes of voting and holding local or county party office as long as there is no approved Local or County party where the Member is registered to vote or legally resides.

Green Party of Taos County Annual Convention

The Green Party of Taos County is holding its Annual County Convention on Saturday March 23, 2019 from 2 to 4PM at SOMOS. Please plan to attend this convention and take part in the important discussion and decision-making process of your Party regarding election of new officers, goals for the year as well as delegates and proposals to bring to state convention.

When: March 23, 2019

Time: 2 to 4PM

Where: SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM 87571

Questions? email: info@greenpartytaos.org or call: 575.779.9445

Green Party of New Mexico Annual Convention

The Green Party of New Mexico announces their annual convention to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The Green Party of New Mexico state meeting and convention will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11:45am until 2:45pm. at the Oliver LaFarge Library, 1730 Llano Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GL6EqBAU5gt

The agenda is as follows:
1) call to order
2) seat delegates
3) establish quorum
4) additions to the agenda
5) approval of the Green Council minutes from February meeting
6) officers report
6.1) treasurer
6.2) National representative
7) other national committee/caucus reports
8) local reports
8.1) GPTC (15 minutes)
8.2) GPAMA (15 minutes)
9) Solar workshop (15 minutes)
lunch break
10) results of legislative session
11) GPNM officers elections
11.1) Co-Chairs
11.2) Secretary
11.3) National Committee representatives
12) 2019 candidates for public office
13) 2019 action plan
14) other business
15) announcements
16) adjournment