Former Sen. Dede Feldman
Former Senator Dede Feldman will speak about Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.
This “Authors Speak” talk, which is based on her new book, Another Way Forward, will highlight the work of non-profits, social enterprises and grassroots organizations traveling another route to economic development and healthy communities.
Another Way Forward profiles innovative organizations and inspiring local leaders who are changing the world in New Mexico, one neighborhood, one clinic, and one classroom at a time. Feldman reveals their secrets of success and gives tips on how readers can make a difference at the community level.
Her alternative path is focused on community—as well as economic—development and features food hubs, land trusts, fire departments, medical homes, outdoor classrooms and even weird museums.
Along the way the reader meets asparagus farmers, EMTs, neighborhood hell raisers, radical teachers, public health advocates and social entrepreneurs. Together these resourceful citizens are drawing a roadmap to permanent jobs and healthy communities, something that often eludes national and state officials.
Feldman spent 16 years in the New Mexico Senate and is the author of landmark health, consumer protection and campaign finance laws. She will sign and sell copies of her book, Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico as well as Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots Suits and Citizens.
More information on both books and ordering information can be found at www.dedefeldman.com.
The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more.
The series is sponsored by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments. In May, June and July the Library will present two authors each month.
For more information, call the Library at 662-8250 or visit the Library page on the Los Alamos County website, www.losalamosnm.us
What They’re Saying
“After her decades on the front lines of progressive change in New Mexico, Senator Dede Feldman recognizes that many of the best ideas to move our state forward are homegrown. This uplifting book offers not only well-deserved appreciation to many community champions and change agents. It also serves as a call to action to each of us to engage in making New Mexico a better place to call home.”
—Senator Martin Heinrich, US Senator, New Mexico
“If you want to change New Mexico from the bottom up buy this book and read it—cover to cover! Dede Feldman chronicles local heroes, innovative startups, social entrepreneurs and persistent problem-solvers who work for everyday New Mexicans…It’s a source of inspiration and a practical guide to action.”
—Alan Webber, co-founder, Fast Company magazine
About the Author
Feldman represented the North Valley of Albuquerque from 1997-2012 in the state senate where she served as chairman of both the powerful Public Affairs Committee and the interim Health and Human Services Committee. She is best known for health care legislation (including measures to control health insurance premiums and create a brain injury services fund, as well as ethics and campaign finance reform (public financing of PRC and judicial races, limits on campaign contributions). She is a former journalist, adjunct professor of Political Science at UNM and currently trains aspiring leaders, reformers and candidates.