THIS WEEK IN BRIEF:
- Contact your Mayor to request that s/he join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
- Email your city council member to request that they sign the National League of City's letter to the President
- Save the date: May 1st, International Workers Day: strikes, rallies, and marches
- A note about the Santa Fe Pre-K Soda Tax
THIS WEEK IN DETAIL:
GLOBAL COVENANT OF MAYORS
On the heels of the incredible turn out for the Science Marches on Earth Day, and in anticipation of this Saturday's Climate Marches, it's a great time to take part in environmental efforts.
Trump continues to make moves that show disregard for the environment and a lack of concern for climate change, but when they go low, we go local.
Climate policy cannot wait another four years or another election cycle for action. In both red and blue states, cities — which account for about two-thirds of the country’s emissions — are taking the lead in the fight against climate change. More than 130 American cities have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and all are determined to see that we meet our Paris goal. Their local policies — expanding mass transit, increasing the energy efficiency of their buildings, installing electric vehicle charging stations, creating bike share programs, planting trees, to name just a few — will help ensure we do.
As Matt Zone, City Council Member in Cleveland and President of the National League of Cities recently, said “cities will continue to lead ...even if Washington will not…”
Here in New Mexico, only two cities (Santa Fe and the village of Eagle Nest) have joined the Global Covenant of Mayors so far. If you live in Santa Fe, call Mayor Javier Gonzales to thank him for joining the Compact of Mayors, and if you live anywhere else, contact your mayor to ask that he or she join this critical Covenant.
ALBUQUERQUE Mayor Richard Berry, call(505) 768-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS CRUCES Mayor Ken Miyagishima, call (575) 541-2067 or email KMiyagishima@las-cruces.org
ROSWELL Mayor Dennis Kintigh, call(575) 624-6700 or email email@example.com
SANTA FE Mayor Javier Gonzales, call (505) 955-6590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SILVER CITY Mayor Ken Ladner, call (575) 534-6346 or email email@example.com
SOCORRO Mayor Ravi Bhasker, call 575-835-0240
TAOS Mayor Daniel Barrone, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm calling/writing to ask Mayor _____ to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. Climate change and its threats to our world are real and urgent and we need to fight for our planet even if the White House won't. Please visit globalcovenantofmayors.org and add our city to the list of cities worldwide that are committed to fighting Climate Change.
Then, email your City Council member and email them asking that they join the National League of Cities’ efforts to combat climate change by signing THIS LETTER.
MAY 1st STRIKES, RALLIES, MARCHES
May 1st is International Workers Day. A National Strike has been called for and Somos Un Publo Unido asks that we wear white in support of this strike. There will be rallies and marches hosted by Somos Un Pueblo Unido throughout the state on this day. For more information on May Day actions, check our CALENDAR. We'll be updating it throughout the week with the latest information on next Monday's actions.
SANTA FE PRE-K / SODA TAX – A NOTE
After we sent last week's email about voting YES on the taxing of sugary beverages in order to fund Pre-K in Santa Fe, we heard from a few members that they opposed this tax. It is very heartening to see so many people who are engaged in the local process and we understand that we will not always agree with everyone on our list on every issue. We really appreciate the people who took the time to write to us and while the two of us will still be voting in favor of this tax we believe there should be room for disagreement within our diverse membership. We will continue to endorse legislation and candidates that are in line with the progressive organizations that we support, and our goal is to consolidate information and make engaging easy for you. However, we are not here to tell you what to do or how to think and we hope that you will research this subject, and any other in our emails for yourself and act according to your conclusions. No matter what you decide about this particular tax, please, no matter what, VOTE! Again, early voting is open now through April 28th at the Office of the City Clerk on Lincoln Ave, and at the Geneva Chavez Center. The election will be held at your polling location on May 2nd.
Thank you for all you are doing!
Amelia + Marisa