A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Today, at 12:49 p.m. MST, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The President also released a statement this morning on the tragedy:

“A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

“We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on — perseverance, freedom and love.”

LULAC Condemns Yesterday’s Hate Crime in Kansas

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) laments the lives lost at a Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Kansas City, Kansas. Yesterday, on the day before the Jewish Passover Holiday the founder and former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the White Patriot Party shot to death 3 people leaving behind a distraught community.

“As a civil rights organization that fights against oppression and acts of injustice, LULAC condemns the hateful acts of violence committed by an individual who has been described as a raging anti-semite,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “It is specially tragic that the violence was committed on the eve of Passover, a significant time for the Jewish community.”

Last year in Kansas City, LULAC participated in a rally meant to counter a demonstration which was organized by hate groups. These groups were celebrating the hateful acts of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which marked the beginning of the Holocaust. LULAC Vice President of the Midwest, Darryl Morin, participated in the rally.

In reaction to the shootings yesterday, Mr. Morin stated, “LULAC rejects any and all hateful acts of violence that are solely based on race, religion or creed against any community. We call on our elected officials to stop using inflammatory rhetoric that all too often contributes to these extreme views, and we urge that we work together to pass legislation like immigration reform, that will unite us, not divide us. May their memory be a blessing.”

LULAC fully appreciates that hate crimes targeted at a given community, is really an affront to all communities and will continue to fight against such ignorance and intolerance.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic American civil rights organization

Donna Brazile: 50 Years Later Voting Rights Still Threatened

50 years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, gender, and more. The law strengthened voting rights and pushed for an end to racial segregation in schools, at the workplace, and in public places. The law passed with bipartisan support — in fact, Republicans helped lead the charge and break the filibuster.

Unfortunately, today’s GOP retreats headlong from the battle towards greater equality. In fact, many Republican are trying to sabotage or undermine crucial protections in the Civil Rights Act.

One of the critical goals of the Civil Rights Act was “to enforce the constitutional right to vote.” But instead of ensuring this right, today’s Republican Party wants to make it more difficult for people to cast their ballots.

Republicans are engaged in an aggressive and sustained campaign to make voting harder for millions of Americans. Across the country, Republican controlled legislatures enact laws that put barriers between voters and the ballot box. Apparently, Republicans have decided that if voters reject their ideas at the polls, they’ll just rig the system by decreasing participation and making it more difficult to cast a ballot.

  • In Texas, Alabama, Arizona, and Kansas, they have passed strict photo identification and proof of citizenship laws. The result: voters who change their name because they get married or can’t provide an original birth certificate find it more difficult to have their vote counted.
  • In Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina, the GOP is restricting early voting periods.
  • And in Minnesota, Republicans are trying to sue the Secretary of State to stop that state from implementing online voter registration.

Voting restrictions like these impact all Americans, but they disproportionately hurt African Americans, Hispanics, working people, seniors, young people, and women – the very groups the Civil Rights Act has been helping for fifty years.

Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to our mission of ensuring that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. Because we know that our nation has never moved forward with less participation. So as we mark 50 years since the Civil Rights Act became the law of the land, it is more important than ever that we recommit ourselves to protecting and expanding the franchise for ALL Americans.

And it’s not just on voting rights that the GOP is standing on the wrong side of progress:

  • Republicans made clear this week that they do not support legislation that would move us closer to equal pay for equal work and address the persistent discrimination that millions of American women experience in the workplace.
  • On rights for LGBT Americans, the GOP blocked the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and in many states authored legislation to enshrine discrimination in the legal code.
  • Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act and take us back to the days where insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions, or even for just being a woman.
  • The GOP continues to oppose and obstruct efforts to raise the minimum wage and ensure folks who work full time don’t remain in poverty.
  • Republicans refuse to act on immigration reform, dividing families and leaving millions of people stuck in a broken system.

When it comes to civil rights, equality, and progress, Republicans are not only on the wrong side of the issues, their positions stand in stark contrast to the views of the American people. As Democrats, we will keep fighting to move our country forward, and work to get even closer to the ideals embodied in the Civil Rights Act over the next 50 years.

Donna Brazile is the Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee.

Weekly Address: Ensuring Equal Pay for Equal Work

In this week’s address, the President underscores the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlights the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women.

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: Asegurando Igualdad Salarial por el Mismo Trabajo Realizado

En el mensaje de esta semana, María Contreras-Sweet, la nueva Administradora de la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas subrayó la importancia de asegurar la igualdad salarial por el mismo trabajo realizado y resaltó los pasos que el Presidente tomó para expandir las oportunidades y reducir la brecha salarial que existe entre los hombres y las mujeres. Esta semana – en el Día de la Igualdad Salarial – el Presidente tomó acción para mayor transparencia y para que sea más fácil reconocer cuando hay discriminación salarial. La Administradora Contreras-Sweet resaltó que la Administración de Obama continuará luchando para la igualdad salarial porque cuando las mujeres tienen éxito, Estados Unidos tiene éxito.

English/Inglis: Watch and share President Obama’s weekly address.

En Español: Video mensaje de la Casa Blanca.

Congressman Steve Pearce Endorses Prejudice and Bigotry

Racist blogger hired then fired within days—comment comparing President Obama to Hitler ignored by Pearce

Steve Pearce is disgrace and embarrassment to all New Mexicans, has no values, hires racist and prejudiced individuals with taxpayer funds and then sees nothing wrong with defaming and insulting racial and ethnic groups that don’t swear allegiance to the Republican Party.

Can you donate $25, $50, or $100 today to help us defeat Steve Pearce and send him home?

Congressman Pearce, representing the 2nd Congressional District and its 698,000 residents decided it was okay to hire a racist bigot as his press secretary, paid for with taxpayer funds. After the ensuing firestorm controversy that developed, this individual was fired but her comments were never disavowed. Why?

Select Tweets:

  • makes light of the holocaust–“Jews went up in smoke”
  • equates slavery to abortion
  • compares political reporters to war criminals
  • compares President Obama to Hitler

REALLY? And Steve Pearce finds NOTHING offensive or insulting in these comments?

Can you donate $25, $50, or $100 today to help us defeat Steve Pearce and make sure CD-2 constituents are represented by a Member of Congress that says insulting anyone at anytime is never acceptable?

DPNM is building a future of hope for all New Mexicans that does not discriminate against anyone at anytime.

Join us.

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Governor Martinez Unveils First TV Ad For 2014

Slick ad ultimate in hypocrisy

Yesterday Governor Martinez unveiled her first TV ad for 2014. This ad presents a rosy picture of life in New Mexico. Judge for yourself if you think New Mexicans are better off now than 4 years ago.

Here is the link:

http://youtu.be/H1LsrdV4458

Will you contribute $10,$25 or $50 to help defeat Governor Martinez and Governor Jay McLCeskey so that we can elect a Democratic Governor that will focus on jobs and education for New Mexicans? Please help us by contributing whatever you can spare today.

Here is the sad reality for New Mexico after 39 months of Governor Martinez and Governor McCleskey’s policies:

NM ranked last in job growth for 12 month period ending in February; one of only 3 states that lost jobs in last year

Worst New Mexico economy in 80 years, huge job and population losses, record commercial real estate vacancies

NM ranks 50th in well being of children and first in child hunger, 2nd for adults

Mental health and substance abuse services cut for 30,000 residents.

No plan for drought

No plan or vision for anything

Had enough?

Please contribute $25 or $50 to help defeat Governor Martinez and stand up for New Mexico’s working class families.

Governor Martinez is the worst Governor in New Mexico history. Her policies are cruel, mean spirited and her only priority is getting elected to the next political office outside of New Mexico.

DPNM has candidates working to build a future that will actually help New Mexican families get good paying jobs and obtain a world class education for their kids.

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DASWCD Tax Increase Overwhelmingly Defeated at the Polls

The Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Mill Levy tax question was resoundingly defeated by Doña Ana County voters on Tuesday. Voters braved long lines at the five designated polling places to cast their ballots overwhelmingly against the proposed tax increase. 85% of voters rejected the DASWCD tax increase.

A broad-based coalition of Doña Ana County voters, including the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County, came together to oppose the DASWCD tax increase. The Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District  had exercised its’ statutory right to hold a vote on the tax increase Tuesday.

The seven member DASWCD, a regional quasi-governmental body, has passed resolutions opposing, among other issues, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Mexican wolf and jaguar recovery, and  a free-flowing Gila river.

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Democratic Party thanks the voters of our county for rejecting this ill-conceived tax increase.

Unofficial Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District Tax Election Results

For % For Against % Against
Absentee 2 8% 22 92%
Radium Spring Community Center 34 34% 67 66%
Las Cruces Home Builders Association 131 24% 628 76%
Doña Ana County Govt. Center 224 13% 1415 87%
Good Samaritan Society Village 86 11% 671 89%
Gadsden Learning Center (DACC) 23 27% 62 73%
 Total 500 15% 2865 85%

Equal Pay Day Fact Check: Congressman Pearce Opposes Paycheck Fairness

Today marks Equal Pay Day—the annual reminder of how much longer women must work to earn the same pay as men do for the same work. In 2014, women working full time are still only paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to men.

Equal Pay Day is also a reminder that Congressman Pearce has blocked equal pay legislation to address the inequality for New Mexico’s working women and their families. The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the penalties courts can impose for pay discrimination, and forbids retaliation against workers that inquire or disclose information about employers’ wage practices.

“Equal Pay Day is an important reminder to New Mexico’s women that Congressman Pearce has continually put special interests ahead of women and middle class families,” said Rocky Lara. “As a small business owner, I find it reprehensible that in this day and age pay discrimination is even an issue, but it should come as no surprise given Congressman Pearce’s record of opposition to legislation that would address pay inequality for women. It’s time Congressman Pearce stands up for New Mexico’s middle class families and supports equal pay for equal work.”

Background

Congressman Pearce Claimed He “Unequivocally Believe(s) in Equal Pay.” In a statement, Congressman Pearce said he “unequivocally believe(s) in equal pay.” [Congressman Pearce Statement, 4/08/14]

Congressman Pearce Voted Against Considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2013, Pearce voted against consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen the penalties courts can impose for pay discrimination, and forbids retaliation against workers that inquire or disclose information about employers’ wage practices. [H Res 146, Vote #97, 4/11/13Huffington Post, 4/11/13]

…And Again Voted Against Considering the Paycheck Fairness Act a Few Weeks Later. In 2013, Pearce voted against considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. The previous question was ordered so the bill was not brought up. [H Res 198, Vote #132, 5/07/13]

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on National Equal Pay Day

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on National Equal Pay Day:

unnamed“On National Equal Pay Day, we are reminded of how we impede our own success when we refuse to compensate women equally. Women still make just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Over a lifetime, that adds up to more than $430,000 in lost compensation for her, her family, and our economy. For Hispanic and African American women, the gap is shamefully even greater.

“Women now constitute nearly half of the nation’s work force. More women are acting as their family’s primary breadwinner, and many families rely on the paycheck of a wife or mother just to make ends meet. Pay equality is not just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue, and an economic issue.

“As the party of inclusion, empowerment, and opportunity, these issues are priorities for Democrats. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama, and Democrats in Congress continue to fight for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In addition, Democrats support increasing the minimum wage, because no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. We also recognize that real economic equality includes enabling women to decide for themselves when to start a family.

“The contrast with Republicans is clear. Republicans stood steadfast against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, oppose increasing the minimum wage, and have repeatedly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act. They continue to double down on their obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and with it the provision that bars insurance companies from treating being a woman as a preexisting condition increasing the cost of health care for women and their families. The net effect is that while Republicans are fighting against bigger paychecks for women, they would also subject them to higher health care costs. That is an unsustainable proposition for America’s families.

“Equal pay is about more than just women’s rights. It’s about the economic security of our families. It’s about ensuring that our daughters enter a work environment that treats them with fairness and respect. And it’s about growing our economy, because we know that when women succeed, America succeeds. It’s high time Republicans get on board.”

Vote NO Today on the DASWCD Mill Levy Election

Please be aware that the Doña Ana Soil & Water Conservation District (DASWCD) has exercised its’ statutory right to hold a Mill Levy Election on April 8 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Please be aware that the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Executive Committee URGES A NO VOTE on this Mill Levy election

The Mill Levy Election, should it pass WILL RAISE property taxes.

Five Voting Places. April 8, 2014 8 am to 5:00 pm:
Las Cruces Home Builders Association, 2825 N. Main St., Las Cruces
Good Samaritan Society Village, 3011 Buena Vida Circles, Las Cruces
Doña Ana County Government Bldg., 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces
Doña Ana Community College Gadsden Learning Center, 1700 E. O’Hara Road, Anthony
Radium Springs Community Center, 12060 L.B. Lindbech Road, Radium Springs
It is important that we all get out to vote today on this important issue.

You will find on their website that the DASWCD has passed resolutions opposing the : Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Mexican wolf and jaguar recovery, and  a free-flowing Gila river.

DASWCD’s web site is http://www.daswcd.org/home/documents

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