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Friday, September 28, 2007

ABQ United Nations Association to Present Congressional Candidate Forum on UN Issues

The Albuquerque chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA and the UNM World Affairs Delegation will present a Congressional candidate forum to address USA-United Nations issues. The focus: How should the United States of America work with the United Nations to combat terrorism, reduce povery, reduce abuses of human rights and control epidemic infectious diseases?

The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 7:00 PM at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard NE (one block north of Constitution; about 8 blocks from the UNM Law School or 500 yards north of Lomas). The event is open to the public at no charge.

All candidates in the NM primary election races for the US House of Representatives and Senate have been invited to present their views of United States-United Nations issues. Since the United Nations has so many facets, each participant may select his or her own topic to discuss. However, we have suggested concentrating on controversial subjects such as:

  • Enlargement of the Security Council.
  • To block a Security Council action, more than one permanent member must cast a veto.
  • Should the USA become a member state of the International Criminal Court?
  • Should there be a permanent UN rapid reaction force?
  • What role is there for the UN in Iraq?

The moderator will be Professor Mark Peceny, Chair of the Dept. of Political Science at UNM. Each candidate would speak for 10 minutes. After each has spoken, there would be questions from the audience, from the moderator and from one another. Please contact Maureen Wright for more info: 881-4536, mgwright@comcast.net.

Editor's Note: You're urged to encourage the Congressional primary candidates of both parties in your district to participate in this forum. You know what to do!

September 28, 2007 at 12:13 PM in Current Affairs, Local Politics, NM-01 Congressional Seat 2008, NM-02 Congressional Race 2008, NM-03 Congressional Seat 2008 | Permalink


None of the bigwigs bothered to make it in person but the progressive wing of the Democratic party was well represented. I hope the party nurtures, not cold-shoulders this group of candidates in favor of the "establishment" candidates. They were a breath of fresh air and much more in touch with the sentiments of the people in their calls for the recall of the troops, impeachment, and removal of stodgy Democratic leadership.
In a move that gives me hope for democracy in NM, the Abq UNA and UNM WAD also invited Rick Lass to represent the Green Party and our unannounced candidates. Rick was eloquent as he pointed out that the Greens are the only party to consistently oppose the war and are the only party that has ties internationally. We are also waiting for the SoS and AG to make a decision as to whether we have ballot status or not, and waiting, and waiting . . .

Posted by: Michal | Oct 24, 2007 11:30:33 PM

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