This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories. Demanding Progress.”
Speakers from across the state will discuss issues that directly affect healthcare, unfair electoral systems, constant fear of deportation, racial equity, women’s rights, and environmental devastation making a basic quality of life impossible.
Volunteer legislative experts will be providing hands on training and tours 8:30 a.m. to noon for citizens who want to learn how to effectively reach and communicate with their own elected officials. Last year around 100 first-time community attendees to the state legislature participated.
Speakers will begin at noon and include members from the Poor People’s Campaign, Planned Parenthood, NM Dream Team, Common Cause, Organizers in the Land of Enchantment (OLE), Millions for Prisoners, Food and Water Watch, and other individuals speaking about the importance of fully funding Medicaid and passing a budget that benefits families in New Mexico and not just the well-connected insiders.
The NM Progressive Coalition has also researched and chosen a list of top priority legislation and constitutional amendments for this session, including some for passage and others that should not pass. Citizen lobbyists will be discussing these with elected officials.
Organizations who will be tabling in the east hall include: the Sierra Club, OLE, the Poor People’s Campaign, Retake Our Democracy, Common Cause, Health Action, ERA, NOW, ABQ Center for Peace and Justice, Food and Water Watch and other listed sponsoring organizations.
Music will be provided throughout by the New Mexico Musician’s Coalition.