Living in McKinley County—where 60+% of the vote went to Democratic candidates- and living in New Mexico where we elected a majority of Democrats to both houses of the legislature, it is difficult to fathom that we ended up with the current President and Republican majorities in Congress threatening to take away the rights that we have fought for and won over the past 50 years.
Understandably, people are frightened. Fortunately, more citizens than ever are motivated to take action. Here are some of the ways that you can get involved in groups and actions that stand up for our values.
– Write or Call your Representatives and talk to them about issues dear to you.
– Attend your regular County Meetings
The DPMC will also be holding regular training for people interesting in getting more involved. If you are interested like our Facebook page and we will keep you in the loop on upcoming events.
All the Way documents the process of passing the Civil Rights Act and offers insight into the internal workings of politics at the highest level. The film tells the story of Lyndon Johnson’s first year as President, exploring his struggles to address the interests of both the Southern Democratic Party and the Civil Rights Movement, and details Martin Luther King, Jr’s struggle to hold together the multiple elements of the Movement in the campaign to pass the historic legislation.
Watch the movie at: http://www.hbo.com/movies/all-the-way
A large portion of Middle Class America lives paycheck to paycheck, struggling privately while outwardly projecting financial stability. This article explores the prevalence of financial impotence and the underlying economic trends. Gabler argues that financial impotence and fear of failure “diminish our national spirit.” Perhaps by acknowledging these hidden financial struggles, Americans can begin to articulate a new vision for the future.
Read more at: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/
Wallis discusses the role of religion in politics and explores the disconnect between Right and Left framings. Critiquing the approaches of both camps, Wallis offers a vision for incorporating religious and moral values into movements for social and political change. The final chapter (posted here) discusses how to move past cynicism and into hopeful, deep connections with others.
Read more at: https://www.resistanceschool.com/s/Gods-Politics-Closing-Chapter-and-Epilogue.pdf
Resistance School is a free practical training program. Our goal is to sharpen the tools communities need to organize and make sustained change that advances values of fairness, equality, and inclusivity.
Join us for Sesssion 4 of Resistance School, How to Sustain the Resistance Long Term on June 12th.
In our final session, New York Assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake teaches how to build coalitions and sustain movements over long periods of time. Assemblyman Blake discusses how the best movements are built from aligned impacts and goals, as well as are based on tangible and measurable metrics. He then explains how movements must be mapped strategically and thrive when individuals from many different highways contribute unique expertise.
Join us for Session 4 on Monday June 12th. The DPMC is organizing these four sessions of Resistance School, Potluck style! We’ll have a main dish. Please bring food/drink to share! For more information and to sign up contact us!
Leadership is accepting the responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty, Marshall Ganz writes. In this chapter, Professor Ganz explores the key leadership practices of relationship building, story telling, devising strategy, and catalyzing action in the context of social movements.
Read more at: https://www.resistanceschool.com/s/Chapter-19-Leading-Change_-Leadership-Organization-and-Social-Movements.pdf
For session 3 of Resistance School, Marshall Ganz’s own organizing notes provide insight into the question of what is leadership and what makes for effective leadership teams. He discusses different models of team structure and details a cycle of leadership development.
Read more at: https://www.resistanceschool.com/s/Structuring-Leadership.pdf
Retake Our Democracy is organizing a “Community Organizing & Community Conversations Training” On June 10th in Santa Fe. If you are interested, check out their website to RSVP!
You can also find a little more information on their plans to developed a grassroots People’s Platform and Budget using a highly participatory process that engages residents throughout our entire community in this post on their website.
In Session 3 of Resistance School, Marshall Ganz will use the Bible as a shared frame of reference to explore the concept of distributed leadership models. In Chapter 18 of Exodus, upon seeing Moses interacting with the Hebrew people as their one judge, Moses’ father Jethro teaches him to empower others to lead and collectively share the burden of acting as judge. Marshall will use this same principle to train us in structuring powerful leadership teams.
Read more at: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+18:1-27&version=KJV