Election Night Watch Party – Tuesday!

PLEASE JOIN

Democratic National Committeewoman
JONI GUTIERREZ

Democratic County Chair
LIZ RODRIGUEZ-JOHNSON

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF DOÑA ANA COUNTY

State Senator John Arthur Smith
Merrie Lee Soules
State Senator Mary Kay Papen
Joanne Ferrary
Rodolpho ‘Rudy’ Martinez
John Vasquez
Federated Democratic Women of Doña Ana County

For an

ELECTION NIGHT WATCH PARTY

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016
7:00PM – 10:00PM

Hotel Encanto
705 S. Telshor Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM

Hors d’oeuvres and a NO HOST CASH BAR

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President Obama Endorses New Mexico Democratic House Candidates

President’s Support Underscores Importance of House Races

Today, President Barack Obama endorsed seventeen Democratic candidates for the New Mexico state House, including Rep. Bill McCamley (HD 33), Angelica Rubio (HD 35), Nathan Small (HD 36), Joanne Ferrary (HD 37), Rudy Martinez (HD 39), and Willie Madrid (HD 53).  They are among a select group of state legislative candidates from around the country to be endorsed by the President.

“We are proud to field such a talented group of candidates,” said Brian Egolf, House Democratic Leader. “They have been working tirelessly on the campaign trail, and they will bring that same dedication to office.  After we take back the state House, we look forward to working together to improve the lives of everyday New Mexicans.”

“We are thrilled that President Obama is endorsing our candidates in some of the most competitive races across the country,” said Jessica Post, Executive Director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “His endorsements highlight how crucial state legislative elections are to building on the progress the President has achieved and to continuing to move our nation forward.”

New Mexico House candidates endorsed by President Obama include are: Ane Romero (HD 15), Daymon Ely (HD 23), Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (HD 24), Natalie Figueroa (HD 30), Bill McCamley (HD 33), Angelica Rubio (HD 35), Nathan Small (HD 36), Joanne Ferrary (HD 37), Mary Hotvedt (HD 38), Rudy Martinez (HD 39), Stephanie Garcia Richard (HD 43), Brian Egolf (HD 47), Matthew McQueen (HD 50), and Willie Madrid (HD 53).

Early Voting in New Mexico is Underway

Early voting in New Mexico begins is underway!

Beginning on Tuesday, October 11, registered voters in Doña Ana County can vote at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Early voting at the Doña Ana County Government Center location will continue Tuesday, October 11 – November 5, 2016, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Early voting at Alternate Voting Centers will begin on Saturday, October 22.

Voters registered in Doña Ana County may vote at any early voting location, and at any of the 40 Voting Convenience Centers open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Click here for a list of voting locations in Doña Ana County.

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County is proud to celebrate diversity and to join in the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, with the 2016 national theme,Honoring our Heritage.  Building our Future.”

We celebrate both the heritage, the achievements, and the ongoing contributions of our Hispanic communities, here in New Mexico, and throughout the United States, during this observance this month, and throughout the year.

We join in the national theme “Honoring our Heritage.  Building our Future.” The theme recognizes the long history of leadership that people of Hispanic heritage have given to the nation in every field, here in New Mexico, and nationally. This year’s theme also looks to a strong future built on the foundation of the past.

We join in celebrating the diversity that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world. We also celebrate the great cultural contributions Hispanic people have brought to the American quilt, and the ongoing economic contributions of those communities, which have greatly benefited all of us throughout our nation.

Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors made a home in the American southwest, including New Mexico, and elsewhere in the United States, and those whose forebears came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. On September 16, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s El Grito de la Independencia, or “Cry of Independence,” began the long Mexican war for independence. Mexico’s Declaration of Independence fell on September 28, 1821. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.  Also, Columbus Day, which is celebrated as Día de la Raza in many Latin American nations, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15, annually. Hispanic Heritage Month as a national observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the passage and approval of Public Law 100-402.

New Mexico Democrats Honor the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Fifteen years ago, our country and the world changed forever. We honor those lost in on that tragic day, their families, and the heroic first responders who risked their lives to save others. As we observe this anniversary, let’s also pay tribute to the servicemen and women who work every, single day to keep our country safe.”

The Democratic Party of New Mexico encourages everyone to observe a moment of silence at 7 a.m. on Sunday in honor of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

Doña Ana County Democrats Mourn the Passing of Chano Merino and Justice Dan Sosa, Jr.

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County mourns the passing of two of our greatest and most accomplished civil and human rights leaders, Chano Merino and Justice Dan Sosa, Jr.

A native of Grant County, where he began as a union organizer in the copper mines, Chano Merino was a national-class labor activist during the past half century, leading national struggles over civil rights. In recent years Merino had also been active in the Democratic Party, here in Dona Ana County and throughout southwest New Mexico.

Dan Sosa Jr., served our state as a New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and prior to his tenure on the Court ran as a Democratic candidate for Congress.

Dan Sosa Jr. worked to protect Hispanic workers from discrimination in the workplace, and became a founding member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), an organization that increases opportunities for Hispanic individuals to participate in political and socio-economic life.

Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate Labor Day

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The Doña Ana County Democratic Party celebrates Labor Day and the lasting contributions of working people to the history of our nation. We also celebrate the history of unions and the role of organized labor in bringing about the emergence of the middle class.

Labor’s many contributions include the eight hour day, the end of child labor, worker safety standards, health insurance, a cleaner environment, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, pensions, along with a higher standard of living and many other economic benefits for all Americans, whether or not they are members of unions.

At a time when America’s working people find those hard-won standards of living under attack, once again, we stand by the collective bargaining rights of labor here in New Mexico and across this great nation that our unions helped build. Organized labor is the bulwark of democracy and prosperity. We continue to work for fair play, a fair shot, and a fair share for all. We remember the lessons of the past and continue to fight for the future of all Americans. In the words of the traditional labor song, “we are fighting for our children, and we shall not be moved.”

The Pullman Strike and the History of Labor Day

The first Labor Day stemmed from the desire of the Central Labor Union of New York to create a public holiday for workers. It was celebrated by laborers in New York, Brooklyn and eastern New Jersey beginning in 1882. However, it was a national railway strike, centered in Chicago, and put down by military force during the economic depression that began in 1893 that led to the establishment of Labor Day as a national holiday.

pullman strikeThe strike began at the company town of Pullman, Illinois, a model workers village conceived and built by George M. Pullman, owner of the Pullman Palace Car Company, the manufacturer and management of Pullman railroad sleeping cars. As demand for sleeping cars fell in the economic downturn, Pullman laid off workers and drastically lowered wages without reducing the cost of rents and supplies in the company town where workers were required to live and shop.

Pullman’s town was built with the idea that its clean tree-lined streets, orderly row-houses, charming arcades, theater, library, park and other amenities would eliminate labor conflict. To aid in eradicating agitation and dissension, public free speech and outside newspapers, along with alcohol was prohibited in his perfect community, and company inspectors entered homes at will to enforce Pullman’s rules on and off the job. Laborers wives were told what they could, and could not grow, in their gardens. George Pullman also expected his model village to turn a profit, demanding no less than a 6 percent return from his employees, and the Pullman-run bank ensured that the fees were paid before wages were issued. When Pullman refused to lower rents for his houses, workers walked off their jobs on May 10, 1894.

Striking Pullman workers appealed to the American Railway Union for support. In June the ARU began boycotting Pullman, its 150,000 members refusing to handle Pullman Cars anywhere in the United States. The Railroads began firing union members, escalating the strike.

In July President Grover Cleveland ordered 14,000 Federal troops into Chicago to put down the strike. Violent confrontations ensued. By the beginning of August the strike was effectively broken, and the ARU crushed, but President Cleveland’s heavy-handed response led to national demonstrations against his actions. Congress rushed legislation to create a national workers holiday in an effort to diffuse the spiraling nation-wide conflict. The Federal holiday bill passed both houses of Congress unanimously and was signed into law by Cleveland in the six days following the end of the strike, establishing Labor Day as the first Monday in September.

An Ongoing Heritage

In the aftermath of the events of 1894, President Cleveland was not re-elected, one of the few sitting Presidents to be repudiated by his own party in American history. A national commission found Pullman’s feudal paternalism to be a central cause of the crisis, and the Illinois Supreme Court forced George M. Pullman to divest ownership of his town, which the Court termed “un-American.” The Erdman Act of 1898, the first national legislation to recognize the rights of labor and to create a framework for arbitration of labor disputes, ushered in the era the progressive reform. The collective bargaining rights sought under the American Railway’s Union’s model of industrial unionism, in which workers, regardless of craft, join together in a common labor union, fought by the Cleveland Administration, and backed by the Supreme Court during the Pullman Strike, were eventually recognized under theNational Labor Relations Act, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.

The Pullman Company again figured significantly in labor history when, after a protracted twelve year labor dispute in which it fought against the recognition of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), signed a collective bargaining agreement with that Union in 1937, the first African American led labor organization chartered by the American Federation of Labor. The BSCP played a key role in the civil rights movement when, under the leadership of its President, A. Phillip Randolph, the union organized the 1963 March on Washington, often most remembered for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Members of the labor movement continue to lead the ongoing fight to protect, not only the rights of working people and the economic security of all, but also civil and human rights for all of us, and America’s most cherished democratic values.

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Images above:
Pullman labor mural, S. 111th St., Chicago. Academy of Art Project, 1996 (top);
Federal troops confront strikers at Pullman, print, 1894 (right).