Monday, November 9, 2015

Meet Me Down At The Union Hall

 (I received the following, refreshing group email today from the New Mexico Democratic Party about a presidential debte "watch party" it's hosting at the American Federation of State and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union hall this weekend. I've often criticized NM's elected Democrats for cynically concealing their ties to unions and standing mute while unions are under constant attack nationwide and continue to decline, dragging down the standard of living of US workers overall with them. I still have never heard any of our federal delegation utter the word "union" in public. Instead of talking about things like the Employee Free Choice Act which would remove some of the legal barriers to union organizing but which languishes  and gathers dust they are more interested in not offending the business community and potential donors. I wonder if I'll see any of them at the watch party. I don't see the AFSCME union hall address listed. If they're interested, it's 1202 Pennsylvania NE.)

Dear Democrats,
This past weekend marked one year until Election Day 2016. There’s so much at stake and we have a lot of work to do. We must retake the State House, hold the State Senate, elect a Secretary of State and do our part to send a Democrat to the White House!
It’s time to get fired up and organized. That’s why we’re teaming up with Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s campaign and county parties across the state to hold watch parties for the second Democratic presidential debate this Saturday, November 14. Can you join us? 
Here in Albuquerque, the State Party will be sponsoring a watch party at the AFSCME Union hall at 1202 Pennsylvania St NE. Please mark your calendars!
There will also be watch parties at locations in Curry, Lea, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Mora, Taos, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Valencia Counties. If you'd like to attend one of these gatherings, reply to this email and we'll get you the details. If you don’t see your community listed and want to host a gathering, respond to this email and let us know. We’d love to have your help!
We’ll see you on Saturday as we cheer on our great Democratic candidates!
Debra Haaland

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