Thursday, January 05, 2012
1/12: A Celebration of Barbara Rose Wold's Life on January 12, 2012
Please Join us for
A Celebration of Barbara Rose Wold’s Life
May 5, 1948 to December 18, 2011
to be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012
at the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Hall,
510 San Pedro SE, (SE corner of Zuni and San Pedro)
from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to her blog: DemocracyforNewMexico.com
make checks out to: Democracy for New Mexico
Mail to 8522 Flower Pl. NE Abq NM 87112 or donate through PayPal on the blog
Help us keep Barb’s passion for justice and
her legacy alive.
Due to the outpouring of love and support for Barb and Mary Ellen, we decided to change the location to a slightly larger space. So that everyone can be comfortable, we will have plenty of seating and tables, plenty of standing and chatting room, and plenty of space to Celebrate Barb's life.
Food and beverages will be provided. And some words of remembrance will be started at around 6:30. Look forward to celebrating Barbara's life with you all. With love and peace - Thank you all.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The out pouring of support for Barb has been over whelming, I am so touched and wherever the spirit goes in the after life it is my hope she is witnessing this appreciation of her time and efforts on the planet.
This song came to me this morning. I find it fitting to what we and I have to do.
I got calls to Carry On from Senator Udall and Gov. Howard Dean. I saw a message on joe monahan's blog from Congressman Heinrich and received a call from Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's staff. All expressing how sorry they are for Barb's passing, but glad we were going to Carry On here at DemocracyforNewMexico.
So Carry On I shall. And Carry On we shall. It is what Barb wanted. Her voice will be missed and as one of the comments on the previous post here I saw explaining Barb's ways, "She was akin to a surgeon, going right to the political cancer, relentless and sure." says it all. Remember it takes a village to raise a blog. Hours are passing, times a wasting, the theives and polluters and haters are running free.
So we start again. Barb is free to the spirit world. It is time to Carry On.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Barb Wold Activist Blogger Founder of DemocracyforNewMexico Passes Away
Dear DemocracyforNewMexico Readers,
This is Mary Ellen; Barb's partner, lover, and co-founder of Democracy for NewMexico. I have some really sad news for us all. Barb passed away yesterday Sunday, December 18, 2011 at noon. Barb was with us on this planet from May 5, 1948 til December 18, 2011. Barb graced me with being her partner from September 2, 1989 thru yesterday. And wow what a life we have had. I loved her with my whole heart, and she left me to early. She left all of us too early.
Many people know Barb had a feirce tongue and critique of all things political which is almost everything. She started this blog at the encouragement of Howard Dean, when his preseidential bid fell through he told his people he had engaged in the political process to stay involved. Barb listened. And she built this blog and worked on this blog daily from July 31, 2004 when the first blog post was done to her dying day.
Barb was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer on Sept 9, 2011. She was brave and honest in facing this news. Barb and I had many hours to spend together over the past months to share in incredible ways, only deepening our bond. She died real suddenly yesterday, she had a small breakfast, and was on facebook, had checked out the blog, and basically we were just being. I left the house for 10 minutes and came back to find her gone in her chair at her table with her Ipad open. And what really cracked me up is when I looked at what she was last looking at on her Ipad, it was the Bern County Blue Review. I swear to God!
So what does the future hold for this wonderful blog Barb created. Many people know that I was the photographer and would take the videos and do much of the leg work of the blog. But Barb was in my opinion the brains of the blog, she created it and I supported her in her creation of this. Barb would say it is intrinsically valueable, that is why we do this. Barb had taught me alot about the workings of the blog over the last 2 months. In fact I have been doing all of the posting over the past two months with her coaching me close by. So it is my intention to keep posting. That is what Barb and I talked about. I intend on trying to keep this blog active and a place for true progressive information to be shared. We have been able to have valuable guest blogs lately from Lora Lucero, Pat Davis, Stephen Jones in LC, Bill McCamley, Senator Peter Wirth and Senator Tim Keller.
Yes I will miss Barb's writing, I will miss her logic, wit, and honesty. But I am hoping as a community we can keep this blog going, and help make a difference in this community, state, country and world. Barb loved the blog she loved the power of what this medium could do. She was one of the pioneers of political blogging and I love her for that and her passion to help the underdog, the ones without a voice.
Most of all as my soulmate I am going to miss Barb, everything about her. From her stubborness to her forever love for me, and her passion for all most all things.
We will be having a service for Barb the first part of January. Please stay tuned for more info on that.
love to you all from Barb and Mary Ellen
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
TONIGHT 10/4: DFA-DFNM Meetup With Special Guests Marty Chavez, Jon Hendry
This month's DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 4, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Please RSVP. All are wecome to attend!
We'll be hearing from former ABQ Mayor MARTY CHAVEZ, who's a candidate in the Democratic primary race for Congress in New Mexico's First District. He'll be discussing his campaign and positions on the issues, and answering your questions.
Labor leader JON HENDRY, who serves as President of the New Mexico Federation of Labor and the business agent for IATSE local 480, will also be speaking to the group. He'll discuss workers' rights and the role of unions in today's anti-working class, anti-middle class political environment dominated by corporate and right-wing greed.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Attend DFA-DFNM Meetup Tonight With Eric Griego, Hector Balderas
This month's DFA-DFNM Meetup will take place on Tuesday, September 6, and will feature special guests Hector Balderas, a Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Senate, and Eric Griego, a Democratic primary candidate for Congress in NM-01. Hector and Eric will be discussing their campaigns and taking questions. The Meetup takes place at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall at the First Unitarian Church located on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque.
This will be an excellent opportunity for folks to interact with the candidates in a small, informal setting, so come on down. All are welcome to attend. Click here to RSVP and/or to join the Meetup group.
Note: Tonight's Meetup will be starting at 7:00 PM sharp so that both guests can have adequate time to engage the group. Please arrive before 7:00 PM so the Meetup can start on time!
Photo Credits: Eric Griego by M.E. Broderick; Hector Balderas by Stephen Jones.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
7/23: Join Us at Backyard Cookout in Support of NM Senator Tim Keller
Dem Party Ward Chair and Emergista
Cara Valente Compton
For a backyard cookout in support of the
District 17 State Senator Tim Keller
Democrat Party “Rising Star” Designee
Chorizo Report Champion for Justice
100% Conservation 2010 Voting Record
Saturday, July 23rd, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
At the Compton’s in ABQ’s International District
4837 Southern Ave SE
Click for Flyer (pdf)
Bernalillo County Dem Chair Ana Canales, Young Dem President Benai Padilla, Dem Women’s Chair Nili Lang, and Dem Party Executive Director Scott Forrester,
Barb and Mary Ellen from Democracy for New Mexico,
and IATSE 423, frm Party Chair John Wertheim, frm Counciler Michael Cadigan and Traci Cadigan, Charlie Bennett, Vernon Butler, Tomas Garduno, Katy Duhigg, Debra Haaland, Dorothy Temer, Jacob Candelaria, Sanders Moore, Javier Martinez, Neri Holguin, Nikki Denis, Rachel Lazar
With special guests:
Representative Mimi Stewart, City Councilor Rey Garduno and frm Representative Lenton Malry
Food and Beverages Will Be Provided
$25 for supporters, $150 for promoters, $350 for benefactors, $500 for champions Any amount welcome!
Donate Online: www.TimKellerForNewMexico.com
Or send check to Tim Keller for New Mexico
at 11023 Vistazo Pl SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87123
There will also be a NM Democratic Party update
and open discussion on the issues!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
REMINDER: Tonight's DFNM Meetup to Feature US Senate Candidate Martin Heinrich
Come on down at 7:00 PM tonight to the Democracy for New Mexico Meetup at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Take advantage of an opportunity to hear from Dem U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich and get his answers to your questions in a small setting. All are welcome to attend. As you know by now, the Senate race in New Mexico is shaping up to be an exciting contest, so don't pass up your chance to interact at an informal event with Rep. Heinrich. (Never fear, we plan to host Dem challenger Hector Balderas at a Meetup soon.)
As usual, we'll also be discussing other topics like Van Jones' new Rebuild the Dream group and the NM-01 House race. You're encouraged to join the discussion. To learn more and/or join the Meetup group, click here.
Friday, July 01, 2011
7/5: DFA-DFNM Meetup with Martin Heinrich, More
The next DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for Tuesday, July 5, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Please RSVP now to let us know whether you'll be attending. (You can also join the group at that link.)
We're very pleased to have Rep. MARTIN HEINRICH as our special guest this month. He'll give a short talk about his campaign for U.S. Senate, and then take your questions and hang out a bit to chat. Don't miss this chance to interact with Martin and hear the latest on the hot Senate race in NM. We hope to have a large turnout to welcome Martin and let him know we appreciate his taking time during his busy schedule to meet with us.
We'll also be discussing Van Jones' new grassroots group, Rebuild the Dream, as well as the race for the House seat in NM-01. Come on down!
Note: FYI we plan to hear from the other Dem candidate for U.S. Senate, Hector Balderas, at a Meetup soon. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Tonight: DFA-DFNM Meetup to Feature Analysis of 2010 Census, Role of USDA Rural Development
This month's DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for tonight, April 5, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche. Click here to RSVP and/or become a member. All are welcome.
The group will be hearing from two knowledgeable folks about two important topics. Meetup member Sterling Ray Fluharty, who has made a careful study of the demographic changes captured in the 2010 census, will discuss their meaning for politics in New Mexico. Terry Brunner, the State Director for USDA Rural Development in New Mexico, will fill us in on what his important agency does to support communities in NM, and how its focus fits in with the demographic changes highlighted in the recent census.
We'll also be discussing what's going on in the pro-worker movement here and nationwide, and what we can do to keep the momentum going.
Monday, February 28, 2011
3/1 Meetup: One Good Reading of Lakoff and Hartmann Deserves Another
This month's DFA-DFNM Meetup is set for tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church located on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. The group will get to participate in a special workshop presented by Janet Resnick and Lisa Franzen on strengthening the liberal, progressive movement using effective messaging based on the linguistic framing principles of George Lakoff. To join the Meetup group and/or RSVP, click here.
If there's one thing that right wingers are beating us on, it's messaging -- they have become masters at simplifying and framing complex issues so that they strongly impact people's emotional cores and speak to their innermost values. Janet and Lisa have been working within a group that has been exploring framing and its applications in political rhetoric. Tomorrow, they will share what they've learned and how to apply these principles to everyday interactions in order to be persuasive and effective in advocating for liberal positions.
Workshop participants will learn how to communicate in a way that successfully conveys and gains support for progressive values and positions. Lakoff argues that one of the reasons liberals have had difficulty since the 1980s is that they have not been as aware of their own guiding metaphors, and have too often accepted conservative terminology framed in a way to promote authoritarian values.
Lakoff insists that liberals must cease using terms like partial birth abortion and tax relief because they are manufactured specifically to allow the possibilities of only certain types of opinions. Tax relief, for example, implies explicitly that taxes are an affliction, something someone would want "relief" from. To use the terms of another metaphoric worldview, Lakoff insists, is to unconsciously support it. Liberals must support linguistic think tanks in the same way that conservatives do if they are going to succeed in appealing to those in the country who share their metaphors.
As Janet Resnick explains:
"It would be a comfort to us all if the events in Wisconsin continued to inspire the liberal movement through the next election cycle and ushered in a new political bottom line where universal health care is seen as a requirement for economic stability, Fox News fires Glen Beck and hires Keith Olbermann, Sara Palin decides to go back for a degree in International Studies -- at Berkley, and the Tea Party tells the Koch brothers they can keep their money because campaign finance reform is the next bill they will support in Congress.
"Ok, then I woke up.
"Indeed, there is some invigoration of the liberal side -- yay -- but how successful it will be, how much impact it will have and for how long, remains to be seen. Let us not be deluded: there is a massive, barroom brawl ahead. It’s not about a singular issue. It is about the fundamental difference between liberal and neo-conservative values. In this country, arguable in most of the industrial world, the polling results lean left or right at any given moment. The fluctuations in public opinion make outcomes of any poll an imprecise science. Often, the deck is stacked. Wordsmith for the right, Frank Luntz, convinced reporters at Fox News to use the phrase “government option” in place of “public option” because the frames that were evoked with the use of the word “government” provided the negative spin they were after.
"The way we talk about our values, and how our values determine the policies we support, help others to build an understanding and appreciation for liberalism. The neo-conservatives have been perfecting their arguments for decades. Needless to say, the liberal side of the debate has a lot of catching up to do.
"The presentation on Tuesday, March 1st, will share how our group of five people are learning about, and using framing, to create more effective communication."
Note: Lakoff just wrote an excellent piece on the real issues that are at play in the Wisconsin battle over unions and collective bargaining. You can read it here.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
2/8: DFA-DFNM Meetup with Sam Bregman, Candidate for DPNM Chair
The DFA-Democracy for New Mexico Meetup is set for today, Tuesday, February 8, at 7:00 PM at the Social Hall at the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche. You can join the group and/or RSVP here.
Our special guest will be Sam Bregman, a candidate for Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Whether you already support a candidate in this race, haven't yet made up your mind or just want to discussion the future of the Party, we hope you will help us welcome Sam, give a listen to what he has to say and participate with your questions or comments at tomorrow night's Meetup. We think it's important to give everyone a fair shake, and it will be a great opportunity to discuss the direction the Party should take as we continue to battle against the right-wing agenda in NM and nationally.
With the help of Dory Shonagon, we'll also be discussing what's happening at the New Mexico Legislature during this 60-day session, and a new grassroots initiative called Keep the Promise of New Mexico's Future that demands an end to education cuts and ways to increase revenues to improve education. You can read more here.
All are welcome. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Tonight's DFA-DFNM Meetup: DPNM Chairman Javier Gonzales, Citizen Lobbying, More
Tonight's DFA-DFNM Meetup is set for 7:00 PM at the Social Hall of the First Unitarian Church on the SW corner of Carlisle and Comanche in Albuquerque. Click to join the group and/or RSVP.
As part of his state-wide listening tour, our special guest will be Javier Gonzales, Chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. He wants to hear your comments and questions about where the Dem Party is and where we should be headed. Dory Shonagon will fill us in on effective citizen lobbying at the NM legislative session that starts at Noon on January 18, and we'll also be discussing grassroots actions we can take to support a progressive agenda there and beyond. All are urged to attend and start the New Year off right -- active and engaged!