Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

This article in the New Yorker discusses research on the shortcomings of our ability to think rationally based on facts. Biased towards our own perspective, we struggle to take the perspectives of others and believe we know much more than we actually do. The article suggests that many who express strong political opinions base their ideas on fairly shallow information and have little ability to explain the rationale behind their thoughts. For these reasons, providing people with facts often does not change their minds.

Read more at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/27/why-facts-dont-change-our-minds

Resistance School – Sessions 2 – How to Organize and Mobilize our Communities

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.

Even in today’s increasingly complex world, average citizens are often better equipped than professionals and academics to fight and win electoral and issue-based battles. In the second session of Resistance School, grassroots organizer Sara El-Amine explores the ineffective emphasis recent elections have placed on mobilizing compared to organizing and how organizing now will allow us to better mobilize in the future. Sara then dives into the key components of successful issue-based and electoral campaigns, focusing on the importance of the people involved in those efforts. Finally, the session ends with ways every one of us can try to persuade fellow voters, not simply in attempt to win elections, but as a more fundamental exercise in strengthening the fabric of our democracy.

Join us for Session 2 on Monday May 22nd and if you missed the first session, watch the replay!.

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!

Resistance School – Four upcoming weekly sessions!

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 1 of Resistance School, How to Communicate our Values in Political Advocacy on May 15th.

This opening session of Resistance School dives into the steps necessary for engaging in effective communication for change by building on history, exploring the tools of value-based communication, and ultimately reviewing the most meaningful ways to enact this change in the world around us. This session will draw on the political history of the United States to explore how value-based communication has galvanized support for political and social movements. Historian and activist Timothy McCarthy leads us through an interactive lecture on how to develop a compelling frame and narrative for initiating meaningful conversations that build bridges and connect people through stories.

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!

Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

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.