NM Civic Engagement Table

NM Civic Engagement Table We strive to engage everyday New Mexicans in the decision and policy-making processes that impact their lives and their communities. The Civic Engagement Table is a hub for integrated civic engagement activity in New Mexico.
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Over 40 grassroots, nonpartisan organizations have come together to make up the Table. It is a transformative, multicultural coalition that provides crucial tools, resources and coordination that increase the collective impact of these organizations. By civic engagement, we mean engaging everyday New Mexicans in the decision and policy-making processes that impact their lives and their communities.

Mission: The NM Civic Engagement Table is working to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy by lifting the voices of everyday New Mexicans and historically underrepresented communities.

Operating as usual

Payments to states in the U.S. West have plummeted for oil, natural gas and coal extracted from U.S. lands after low cru...
12/09/2020
Energy payments in West, including New Mexico, plummet in 2020

Payments to states in the U.S. West have plummeted for oil, natural gas and coal extracted from U.S. lands after low crude prices and the pandemic slowed drilling and mining in many areas in 2020, according to federal data:

Payments to states in the U.S. West have plummeted for oil, natural gas and coal extracted from U.S. lands after low crude prices and the pandemic slowed drilling and mining

A bill to create paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state is slated to be filed in January. The bill...
12/08/2020
A bill to establish paid family and medical leave will be filed in January

A bill to create paid family and medical leave for all employees in the state is slated to be filed in January. The bill would allow employees to take up to 12 weeks per year of paid leave for a serious medical issue, bringing home a new child or to care for a family member with a serious medical issue:

Six years into the reform of the Albuquerque Police Department, advocacy organizations are fed up and are arguing for mu...
12/03/2020
Advocacy groups criticize pace of police reforms

Six years into the reform of the Albuquerque Police Department, advocacy organizations are fed up and are arguing for much more drastic changes:

Letters call for federal judge to hold city in contempt

The “Reimagining the New Mexico Food Economy” virtual conference focused on altering the state’s food chain toward suppo...
12/02/2020
Food policy experts advocate greater support for New Mexico farmers

The “Reimagining the New Mexico Food Economy” virtual conference focused on altering the state’s food chain toward supporting local farmers — a longstanding goal proponents say takes on even greater importance in the wake of the pandemic’s effects on growers and consumers:

According to the USDA, most of New Mexico qualifies as a food desert — large areas without access to affordable, healthy nourishment.

John Arthur Smith, an eight-term state senator who lost his bid for reelection this year, resigned Monday. “I didn’t see...
12/02/2020
Longtime Democratic state senators vacate seats early

John Arthur Smith, an eight-term state senator who lost his bid for reelection this year, resigned Monday. “I didn’t see where staying on any longer would benefit me or benefit the state,” Smith, 78, said Tuesday.

To many, the departures were no surprise. Both men lost their Democratic primary races in June.

The Tiny Homes Village is expected to receive inspections and a certificate of occupancy from city zoning and building o...
12/01/2020
Tiny Homes Village set for final inspections

The Tiny Homes Village is expected to receive inspections and a certificate of occupancy from city zoning and building officials on Dec. 9, although the first group of homeless residents won’t move in until late December:

Potential residents must pass a multi-level vetting process

The executive director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health has been named a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s ...
12/01/2020
Navajo Nation health director named to COVID-19 board

The executive director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health has been named a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board:

Dr. Jill Jim has served urban and tribal communities for 18 years in nonprofit, state and federal agencies

Another year of extreme drought has prompted state agencies to scrutinize water use across New Mexico’s economic sectors...
11/30/2020
Tracking fracking

Another year of extreme drought has prompted state agencies to scrutinize water use across New Mexico’s economic sectors.

To help with that effort, New Mexico oil and gas operators must now report to the state the amount of water used to drill and complete wells, along with the quality of that water:

Reporting to state will gauge oil and gas industry's water use

Make sure to check in with your friends and family:Call toll free anytime 24/7/365 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)
11/30/2020
Experts warn suicides may rise this year in New Mexico

Make sure to check in with your friends and family:
Call toll free anytime 24/7/365 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

While the Department of Health has improved access to behavioral health services, experts fear the consequences of stress brought on by the pandemic.

11/24/2020
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Share your story on why having paid leave will help your family and your community. #ABQPTO

Watch Counselor Sena's full video here: https://www.facebook.com/Lan8390/videos/10220270232051991

Share your story on why having paid leave will help your family and your community. #ABQPTO

Watch Counselor Sena's full video here: https://www.facebook.com/Lan8390/videos/10220270232051991

-- with El Centro de Igualdad, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty , New Mexico Working Families Party, New Mexico Voices for Children, and Clearly New Mexico.

New Mexico lawmakers have a $330 million financial aid package on their plate – legislation aimed at providing financial...
11/24/2020
Lawmakers prepare for special session on COVID aid

New Mexico lawmakers have a $330 million financial aid package on their plate – legislation aimed at providing financial relief to local businesses, workers and families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic:

Legislation targeted to counter damage from pandemic

Officials say the initiative already has resulted in completed environmental reclamation efforts at sites spanning rough...
11/24/2020
NM increases enforcement of clean-up at oil sites

Officials say the initiative already has resulted in completed environmental reclamation efforts at sites spanning roughly 11 square miles, and the plugging of nine oil wells within the Permian Basin in southeastern New Mexico:

State is also reviewing bonding requirements for Oil and gas businesses

State Sen. Mimi Stewart, a retired teacher from Albuquerque, emerged as the Democratic nominee on Saturday for Senate pr...
11/23/2020
Stewart wins nomination for top NM Senate post

State Sen. Mimi Stewart, a retired teacher from Albuquerque, emerged as the Democratic nominee on Saturday for Senate president pro tem – the chamber’s top leadership post:

Sen. Peter Wirth re-elected as Senate Majority Leader; two others promoted

As legislators prepare for a one-day special session designed to bring economic relief to New Mexicans reeling during th...
11/23/2020
New Mexico Legislature gears up for mostly virtual special session

As legislators prepare for a one-day special session designed to bring economic relief to New Mexicans reeling during the COVID-19 pandemic, questions remain about how it will be conducted and whether a day will be enough to get the job done:

The Roundhouse will be closed to the public as a preventive health measure.

A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation's lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is g...
11/16/2020
Biden gives boost to retiring senator's climate change plan

A plan championed by retiring Sen. Tom Udall to harness the nation's lands and ocean waters to fight climate change is getting a boost from President-elect Joe Biden, who has made slowing global warming a priority for his incoming administration:

Udall, 72, worked for Biden in the early 1970s and says the election of his political mentor means efforts to address climate change and promote conservation.

More than two years after it began trying to negotiate a deal with a prominent area land owner, the Navajo Nation satell...
11/16/2020
To'hajiilee water line agreement reached

More than two years after it began trying to negotiate a deal with a prominent area land owner, the Navajo Nation satellite community of To’hajiilee has reached an agreement for the easement it needs to build a new water pipeline into its village:

Construction could begin next summer

Legislators say the new makeup of the Senate also bodes well for controversial initiatives on abortion, cannabis and ear...
11/09/2020
After election, measures like recreational pot back on table

Legislators say the new makeup of the Senate also bodes well for controversial initiatives on abortion, cannabis and early childhood education that in recent years failed to reach the governor’s desk:

While the composition of the upper chamber will differ only slightly — with Democrats adding one seat to their majority — it's likely the new faces will be more liberal,

Despite lagging behind the rest of the United States in census self-responses, officials with the New Mexico Public Educ...
11/09/2020
NM Public Education Department gratified with Census outreach efforts

Despite lagging behind the rest of the United States in census self-responses, officials with the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) appeared pleased with efforts to make residents aware of the #2020Census:

#WeCountNM #iCountNM #TodosContamos

Members of the New Mexico Public Education Department appear satisfied with efforts to educate people on filling out the 2020 Census.

Americans across race, place of origin and zip code turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other, despi...
11/04/2020

Americans across race, place of origin and zip code turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other, despite the pandemic and deliberate barriers from day-long lines to eliminated drop boxes.

We did not let anything get in the way of voting and we will not let anything get in the way of our votes being counted 🗳, so that the person the voters have chosen is the one sworn in as our president 👇🏽

#CountEveryVote #everyvotecounts #Elections2020

If you show up to vote today and you are not on the rolls, or there is an issue with your eligibility, poll workers must...
11/04/2020

If you show up to vote today and you are not on the rolls, or there is an issue with your eligibility, poll workers must offer you a provisional ballot to ensure you’re not excluded from the voting process:

#Elections2020 #election2020 #ElectionDay2020 #vote #vote2020

Most of us believe that for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. Don’t let any politicians make you ...
11/03/2020

Most of us believe that for democracy to work for all of us, it must include us all. Don’t let any politicians make you doubt our power to deliver our democracy and a better future:

#Elections2020 #election2020 #ElectionDay #vote2020

Despite long lines at the polls and eliminated drop boxes, we are turning out in record numbers to have a say in our dem...
11/03/2020

Despite long lines at the polls and eliminated drop boxes, we are turning out in record numbers to have a say in our democracy. 🗳✊🏽

Nothing can stop us now. If you’re still in line when the polling place closes, do not leave. You have the right to cast your vote. If for any reason you are prevented from voting, 📲 call 866-OUR-VOTE to report it.

#Election2020 #vote2020 #ElectionDay

With higher numbers of mail ballots this year, it may take more time to count all the votes. We may not know the final e...
11/02/2020

With higher numbers of mail ballots this year, it may take more time to count all the votes. We may not know the final election results on election night this year. But that’s OK. Ensuring we #CountEveryVote for every eligble voter is more important than quick election results.

About 382,000 voters had already cast their ballots through Wednesday morning — turnout equal to about 29% of the state’...
10/22/2020
NM turnout reaches 29%

About 382,000 voters had already cast their ballots through Wednesday morning — turnout equal to about 29% of the state’s registered voters.

Early voting is available until Oct. 31st!

SANTA FE -- Election Day is less than two weeks away, but plenty of New Mexicans have already locked in their votes. About 382,000 voters had already cast their ballots through Wednesday morning — turnout…

“All of this spells trouble for a New Mexico that is heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues. New Mexico must establis...
10/22/2020
IEEFA U.S.: Plummeting oil and gas prices leave New Mexico’s budget short by hundreds of millions of dollars. - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

“All of this spells trouble for a New Mexico that is heavily dependent on oil and gas revenues. New Mexico must establish a more reliable basis for its revenue base. Short-term cuts and spending restrictions will bide the time but will not, alone, rebuild the state’s economy. The state should overhaul its economic development programs to broaden its industrial and commercial base, boosting sectors that produce job growth and rising profitability.”

– Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)

October 20, 2020 (IEEFA) — After years of benefitting from record oil and gas revenues, global markets are signaling the beginning of the end of New Mexico’s financial reliance on fossil fuels. Leases, royalty payments and taxes from the oil and gas industry have directly accounted for as much a...

'There is nothing more basic to life than food and water. And, yet, here in New Mexico we have among the highest rates o...
10/20/2020
OPINION | NM must address state's food, water insecurity

'There is nothing more basic to life than food and water. And, yet, here in New Mexico we have among the highest rates of hunger in the country and communities that are without access to water."

OPINION | There is nothing more basic to life than food and water. And, yet, here in New Mexico we have among ...

If you live in Doña Ana County, here's the breakdown of the process to vote absentee. Remember OCt. 20th is the last day...
10/19/2020
How absentee voting works in Doña Ana County, and what to know to ensure your vote counts

If you live in Doña Ana County, here's the breakdown of the process to vote absentee. Remember OCt. 20th is the last day you have to request an absentee ballot online or by mail:

#2020election #election2020 #VoteReady #VoteNM

The Sun-News was given a look at how the process works by County Chief Deputy Clerk Lindsey Bachman, who is in charge of administering the election.

Over 183,000 New Mexicans have cast ballots as of Friday morning, according to numbers provided by the Secretary of Stat...
10/19/2020
Over 183,000 New Mexicans have cast their ballots

Over 183,000 New Mexicans have cast ballots as of Friday morning, according to numbers provided by the Secretary of State’s office. This includes over 100,000 absentee ballots that have been returned to county clerks’ office.

To find your voting options make sure to visit: NMVote.org
#2020Election #VoteReady #VoteNM

Last bit of time to respond to the #2020Census! Don't delay and complete your census today. Your participation will secu...
10/16/2020

Last bit of time to respond to the #2020Census! Don't delay and complete your census today. Your participation will secure funding that will be critical for NM's recovery during the next 10 years:

🖥️my2020census.gov
📞 (844) 330-2020 (ENG)
📞 (844) 468-2020 (SPA)

#WeCountNM #iCountNM #TodosContamos

The deadline to fill out your #2020Census is TODAY at midnight. Make sure your community receives the resources it needs...
10/15/2020

The deadline to fill out your #2020Census is TODAY at midnight. Make sure your community receives the resources it needs by filling out your census NOW! And tell your family & friends to do theirs.

🖥️ my2020census.gov
📞(844) 330-2020 (ENG)
📞(844) 330-2020 (SPA)

#WeCountNM #iCountNM #TodosContamos

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help in their own county as a poll watcher or monitor can sign up for training at: http...
10/15/2020

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help in their own county as a poll watcher or monitor can sign up for training at: http://protectthevote.net OR by calling: 575-571-8507.

Common Cause New Mexico is teaming up with the ACLU of New Mexico to run a nonpartisan voter protection program this year to assist voters who encounter problems in voting, either by mail or in person. The organizations will operate teams on the ground to field questions and staff a hotline for voters to report problems.

People with legal backgrounds who want to volunteer for the hotline contact: https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org OR call: 575-571- 8507.

Anyone who wants to volunteer to help in their own county as a poll watcher or monitor can sign up for training at: http://protectthevote.net OR by calling: 575-571-8507.

Common Cause New Mexico is teaming up with the ACLU of New Mexico to run a nonpartisan voter protection program this year to assist voters who encounter problems in voting, either by mail or in person. The organizations will operate teams on the ground to field questions and staff a hotline for voters to report problems.

People with legal backgrounds who want to volunteer for the hotline contact: https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org OR call: 575-571- 8507.

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