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


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.


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

Doña Ana County Democrats Annual Labor Day Breakfast


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As we commemorate the

By Honoring
NEA – LAS CRUCES (National Education Association)

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

Candidate for Congressional District 2
Merrie Lee Soules

For information, call Terri McBrayer – (831) 435-9747,


tickets @ $50.00 each pick up @ will call (must be paid by August 26th)
Tables of 10 @ $500 paid for with one check by August 26th

Make checks payable to: Democratic Party of Doña Ana County
Mail to: Democratic Party of Dona Ana P. O. Box 16144 Las Cruces, NM 88004

(No reservations will be accepted without payment by August 26th)

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions are not tax deductible for State and Federal income tax purposes.


Donald Trump: An embrace of prejudice and paranoia

Donald Trump’s campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. He’s questioned the citizenship of the first African American president, he has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, he’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and he’s promised a mass “deportation force.” He has helped an ugly, radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties and get within reach of the most powerful office in the world. Throughout this campaign, he’s shown us exactly who he is and what he stands for. We believe him.




  • Donald Trump continues to double down on his plan to deport 16 million people who are part of America’s social fabric and economic engine.
  • He would send a “deportation force” to schools, workplaces and homes, and tear these families apart.
  • Trump, on immigrants crossing the border from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
  • Donald Trump: “If you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling…somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”
  • Trump, on the use of the offensive term “anchor baby”: “Excuse me — I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’
  • Donald Trump told journalist Jorge Ramos, “Go back to Univision.”
  • On Cinco de Mayo, Trump sent the following tweet: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
  • Trump launched a series of racially tinged attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not do his job because he was of “Mexican heritage.”
  • Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI]: “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
  • Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]: “During a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Corker, a Tennessee senator who is a top-ranking Trump supporter and has been listed as a potential running mate, refused to answer on three occasions whether the Manhattan billionaire was fit to be president.”
  • Iowa State Senator David Johnson: “Iowa state senator David Johnson became the first elected official to leave the Republican Party over Donald Trump on Tuesday, likening the presumptive nominee’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Johnson announced that he was changing his registration to No Party after Trump leveled accusations of bias at Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American judge of Mexican heritage who allowed the release of some unflattering documents from a case against Trump University.”


  • In December, Donald Trump released a statement saying, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
  • In the statement, Trump cited polls showing “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim populations.”
  • Trump suggested we should create a database to track American Muslims, saying “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely…We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.’”
  • Since announcing his support for a Muslim ban back in December, Donald Trump has repeatedly stood by it, saying in May, “No, I’m not softening my stance at all.”
  • He even called for some sort of “commission” – possibly to be headed up by Rudy Giuliani – to look at “this problem.”
  • Trump defended his call to ban Muslims from the U.S. by arguing FDR “did the same thing” when he set up internment camps during World War II.
  • Trump didn’t limit his Judge Curiel insult to Hispanics. Donald Trump said that a Muslim judge could also treat Trump unfairly because of his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.



  • Donald Trump opposes marriage equality.
  • Trump has suggested as president he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks had a history of anti-LGBT positions.
  • Trump supported “religious freedom” laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans.
  • Trump would rescind the directives protecting transgender people from discrimination, arguing they were just a “tiny, tiny portion” of the population
  • Trump supports North Carolina’s hateful HB2 law barring people from using restrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
  • Trump’s religious advisory board contains a number of anti-LGBT activists.


  • Trump has continuously referred to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
  • Trump suggested Native Americans working at casinos were not “real Indians.”
  • Trump secretly bankrolled a series of racist ads to oppose Native American gaming in New York state.


TRUMP’S ANTI-SEMITISM:                                     




  • Trump is normalizing hatred and bigotry, courting white supremacists and lifting up hate groups.
  • While Trump attempts to pivot into a more “ serious” mode, he has simply doubled down on his divisive and dangerous campaign. His new campaign CEO is Steve Bannon, former Chairman of Breitbart.  Here’s more info on Breitbart:

o is a so- called news site that has given a platform to divisive, racist, anti-Semitic and anti- Muslim conspiracy theories.

o has actually been known to defend white supremacists, to create an online haven for them.

o Even David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman leader who, as a young man, was notorious for parading on the LSU campus in a Nazi uniform, has praised Trump for hiring Steve Bannon.

  • The reality is that Trump’s divisive and dangerous rhetoric has had a ripple effect across the country.  He’s bringing hatred into our communities. From school children bullying their Latino peers saying “build the wall” to:

o Washington Post: “Trump’s vitriol is making it off the campaign trail and into the lingua franca of children at an alarming rate. Just watch coverage from Trump rallies to hear the next phrases kids will be slinging at school.” [Washington Post, 3/7/16]

o Huffington Post: “Even though they can’t vote… kids are paying attention to the 2016 election. Trumps bigotry is moving from the political stage to the community level.”[Huffington Post, 5/15/16]

o Southern Poverty Law Center: “Our report found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.” [Southern Poverty Law Center, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Trump Effect’: Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools” [Huffington Post, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Parent-Child Discussion That So Many Dread: Donald Trump” [New York Times Video, 3/10/16]

o HEADLINE: “The ‘Trump Effect’ Is Contaminating Our Kids – And Could Resonate For Years” [Washington Post, 5/7/16]



Democrats Slam Pearce After He Defends Trump’s Comments on Gold Star Family

Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce after he defended Donald Trump’s abhorrent comments on Gold Star family. On Wednesday, Congressman Pearce told reporters that Trump’s comments were “well within bounds.”

“Congressman Pearce should be ashamed of himself for defending Donald Trump’s comments about Army Captain Humayun Khan’s family. New Mexico has a strong tradition of service, and our veterans deserve respect from our candidates. If this is a signal of how Republicans are going to treat our Gold Star families, we need to make sure Democrats get elected up and down the ballot in 2016, and Merrie Lee Soules is the choice for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Video of Pearce’s Comments is available here.

During the Democratic National Convention, the parents of fallen Muslim Army Captain Humayun Khan delivered remarks expressing the serious nature of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Immediately, Donald Trump came out attacking the Gold Star family on Twitter and later in televised interviews.

Despite many GOP leaders coming out against Trump’s rhetoric, Representative Pearce defended Trump. The New Mexico GOP remains silent on this issue and continues to support Donald Trump for president.

Democrats Celebrate Grand Opening of Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Headquarters


PHOTO: Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Juan Sanchez III Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Headquarters located at 110 S. Water St. in Las Cruces.

Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Juan Sanchez III Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico joined the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County to celebrate the grand opening of their headquarters in Las Cruces.

The new headquarters is centrally located and will be a place where Democratic candidates can access resources, launch voter outreach operations, and host events.

“An office in Las Cruces will be critical in getting out voters in Doña Ana County,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “The new headquarters will be a place where our Democratic candidates will be able to work together to compete and win this November.”

The Doña Ana County Democrats Chairwoman, Liz Rodriguez-Johnson expressed her gratitude at the event, “This office will be an asset for Democrats in Doña Ana County. I want to thank the volunteers, contributors, and candidates who helped make today possible, and I invite all our Democrats to come out and help us get out the vote in our community. Todos están bienvenidos.”

At the grand opening volunteers, community, and Democratic candidates gathered outside the building for a ribbon cutting, and then congregated inside to hear from the Democratic Party Chairwoman, Vice-Chair, and county party Chairwoman–all of whom emphasized the need to elect Democrats and the important role the new headquarters will play in this election.

“Doña Ana County is a critical battleground for Democrats this election, and this headquarters will ensure Democratic candidates win up and down the ballot in November,” said Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic party of New Mexico.