Doña Ana County Democrats Celebrate LGBT Pride Month

The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. This year we celebrate the great strides toward equality of LGBT people in recent years, including the recognition of marriage equality here in New Mexico and thirty-six other states. While we celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of all, we note that, as a nation, we still have further to go to achieve the constitutional guarantee of the equal protection of the laws for all Americans.

We also join in celebrating the many contributions that LGBT people have made to enriching the lives of all of us, and the the critical role of all people in the history of New Mexico and the nation. As an organization we pledge to work to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists. We embrace the diversity of leadership 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.

Christopher Square in New York, a national landmark, site of the Stonewall riots of 1969. The statues of the four figures gathered in the park commemorate the event.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations against a police raid that took place just after midnight on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. They are generally cited as the first instance in American history when people in the LGBT community fought back against government-sanctioned repression.

The Stonewall event marked the watershed event that led to community and political organizing in the LGBT community nationally. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

On nine occasions the President of the United States has recognized Pride Month through executive order. President Bill Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month” on June 2, 2000. President Barack Obama has declared June LGBT Pride Month eight times since 2009.

Doña Ana County Democrats Commemorate Memorial Day

052809Frontsa1_1Today, Memorial Day, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins our fellow Americans in commemorating the lives of those who have served in the cause of preserving the nation’s freedom. We pay honor to the fallen heros of every American conflict, from the fields of Lexington and Concord in 1775 to the mountain sides of Afghanistan. We honor the 2,800,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their nation, and thank the forty-eight million Americans who have served in the United States Armed Forces since 1775 until today.

On this day we join, as we should on every day, in honoring the sacrifices of those, in the words of President Lincoln, who have borne the battle, and for their families, for the cause of freedom for all of us. In that spirit we call on all Americans to come together to remember the men and women who gave their lives, in every conflict, so that we might continue to live free, and to strive for a just and lasting peace in our world.

Originally known as Decoration Day for the practice of leaving memorials at the grave sites of fallen soldiers, today’s national holiday was first observed by freed African Americans in the south at the end of spring, beginning in 1865, as a remembrance of the lives of the fallen liberators of the Civil War, both black and white, who had fought for and won emancipation. Newspaper accounts of those early annual events led General John Murray of Waterloo, New York to propose a national celebration of the lives of all fallen soldiers.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, as leader of the Grand Army of the Republic, the organization of Union Civil War veterans, issued G. A. R. General Order No. 11, establishing Decoration Day for the members, families and friends of the veterans organization. May 30, 1868 was chosen by General Logan because it was not the anniversary of a Civil War battle. By 1891 each of the northern states had established Memorial Day as a state holiday. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an Act of Congress, honoring the service of every soldier in every American military conflict.

 

Doña Ana County Democrats Mourn the Passing of Stephen DuBois

DuBois_memThe Democratic Party of Doña Ana County mourns the passing of Stephen DuBois, a lifelong active member of the Democratic Party, community leader and organizer, volunteer, and veteran of World War II and the Korean War; and a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was an irrepressible spirit, and a friend to many of us. We are greatly saddened by his loss.

A resident of Tularosa, NM, and a former resident of Deming, NM, Stephen DuBois, who often described himself as a “Harry Truman Democrat,” was frequently seen by many of us criss-crossing New Mexico to support the efforts of local Democratic Party organizations, to staff volunteer tables, and to support the membership and community outreach efforts of Democrats throughout New Mexico for many years, along with his daughter Democratic Party of New Mexico CD 2 Vice Chair Stephanie DuBois.

He was a member of the DPNM State Central Committee, and a local active member of the Otero County Democrats.

DuBois was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on April 8, 1921 and joined the U.S. Navy on June 1, 1939. He deployed to Pearl Harbor where he served under fire during the devastating Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941. DuBois went on to serve at Wake Island and New Hebrides, where he helped build a secret airbase for the VMF Fighter Squadron 212.

DuBois later served in New Zealand, Guadalcanal and at the U.S. Naval Hospital in St. Albans, New York, as well as the Haven HA-12 Hospital Ship. At the end of World War II, DuBois assisted with the evacuation of Prisoners of War from Nagasaki, Japan. DuBois also served during the Korean War in 1950 with a medical battalion and the 1st Marine Division Dog Med Company. DuBois retired from the Navy as a Hospitalman Chief, ranked E7, in 1959.

DuBois has volunteered his time, talents and expertise to the Health Clinic in Tularosa, the Planning and Zoning Committee for both Otero County and Tularosa and was instrumental in bringing the VA Clinic to the community. DuBois has served on the Red Brick School Foundation where he set up the organization’s constitution and bylaws, and is a lifelong member of the VFW and the Marine Corps League.

Stephen DuBois was ninety-five years old.

We express our condolences to his friends and family and to his loving daughter, Stephanie DuBois. Stephen DuBois was a great inspiration to all of us.

New Mexico Democrats Welcome Presidential Primary Campaigns to Our State

Today, Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) Chairwoman Debra Haaland welcomed the Democratic presidential primary campaigns to New Mexico. Recently, Secretary Hilary Clinton’s campaign opened offices in Las Cruces and Albuquerque and announced plans to open statewide. President Bill Clinton will also host events on Secretary Clinton’s behalf. Over the weekend, Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced they will be opening an office in Albuquerque the evening of May 16.

“We are excited to have both our presidential primary candidates actively working in New Mexico. Their offices will bring energy and get Democratic voters involved this election,” said Debra Haaland, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders are qualified candidates that have valuable experience and substantive policy ideas to lead our country, unlike Donald Trump, who lacks the judgement and the temperament to be president. The Democratic Party of New Mexico will be working hard to ensure our candidates have the support they need to fight Trump’s racist rhetoric, harmful attitudes toward women, and reckless policy ideas.”

More information on Senator Bernie Sander’s campaign is available here.

More information on Secretary Hilary Clinton’s campaign is available here.

Important Information on Democratic National Convention Delegate Plan and Forms

BELOW IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS. NOTE THE DEADLINE TO FILE PAPERWORK FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO BE CANDIDATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA

Want to become a national delegate? Read the Delegate Selection plan to learn about the process!

Locally the process will begin with District Meetings on Thursday, June 2; and a Doña Ana County Post-Primary Convention on Saturday, June 11.

The 2nd Congressional District Post-Primary Convention will be held in Las Cruces on Saturday, June 18. Details on these three meetings are forthcoming.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA. In 2016, New Mexico will send 43 delegates to represent our state in Philadelphia as we nominate our next Democratic nominee for President. Seven Delegates will be elected from New Mexico’s Second Congressional District.


IMPORTANT: REGISTERED DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO RUN FOR NATIONAL DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA, EITHER AS A DELEGATE FROM THE 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; AS AN AT-LARGE STATEWIDE DELEGATE; OR AS A PARTY LEADER OR ELECTED OFFICIAL DELEGATE MUST SUBMIT THEIR PAPERWORK AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF CANDIDACY NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016 AT 5:00 PM.

The Link to the Forms Are Below**

Want to be a part of history? Here’s what you need to know to participate in the process.

You can read the Delegate Selection plan here.

Step-by-step Infographic on the Selection Process: Click Link Here.

Presentation on the 2016 Delegate Selection Process — Click Link Here.

Below you will find the required forms you will need to complete. We will also post training documents to help explain the details of the plan. Thank you for your interest in this process. We look forward to working with you.

BELOW ARE THE CANDIDATE FORMS FOR CANDIDATES TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION. STATEMENTS OF CANDIDACY MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016:

**Form A District: Click Link Here:
http://www.dpnm.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Form-A-District.pdf

**Form B At Large: Click Link Here:
http://www.dpnm.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Form_B_At_Large-1.pdf

**Form C PLEO: Click Link Here:
http://www.dpnm.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Form_C_PLEO.pdf

Presentation on the 2016 Delegate Selection Process — Click Link Here.

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This information is also available online at the DPNM Website:
http://www.dpnm.net/2016/02/14/philadelphia/

 

DPNM Slams New Mexico GOP on Support for Trump

Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) slammed the New Mexico GOP on its announcement of support for Donald Trump. Shortly after Donald Trump was named the winner of the Indiana Republican Primary, Ted Cruz left the race and the New Mexico GOP announced its they will be backing Trump.

“The New Mexico GOP is totally off base. Their endorsement of Donald Trump means that Republican candidates in the state will be following Trump’s lead. Trump is all wrong for New Mexico–he perpetuates racism, holds harmful attitudes toward women, and has no idea how he will run our country. Republican candidates in our state will have to be transparent and answer tough questions on whether they stand with Trump and his racist rhetoric and reckless policy ideas,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Doña Ana County Democrats Commemorate Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of the history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In commemorating the heritage of these many communities in the United States, the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County joins in celebrating diversity and the critical role of all people in the history of New Mexico and the nation. We particularly wish to celebrate the significant role of our many immigrant communities in the making of the nation.

Asian American laborers on the Central Pacific Railroad forge the rail link across the continent in 1869.
Asian American laborers on the Central Pacific Railroad forge the rail link across the continent in 1869.

The month of May was chosen as Asian-Pacific Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks that connected the United States, through the mountains and deserts of the wilderness, and forged the bond of east and west, as well as establishing a single national economy, from ocean to ocean, were Chinese immigrants.

We also join in celebrating the diversity of leadership 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.

On Oct. 2, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Joint Resolution and the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week was celebrated in May 1979. In 1992, the week was expanded to a month-long recognition when President George H. W. Bush signed the law permanently designating May of each year as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The law was unanimously supported by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.