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Advocacy Workshop Scheduled for December 11

Everyone is invited to our 2022 Advocacy Workshop, a Zoom webinar to be held December 11 from 10 am to noon.

Prepare for the 2022 legislative session. Learn tips from legislators and an experienced lobbyist about how to interact with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause.

For details and a registration link, see: 2022 Advocacy Workshop.

Citizen Redistricting Committee

The Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) has released their recommended maps, which now go to the state legislature for a vote. For all the latest updates go to the Fair Districts for New Mexico website.

LWVNM Advocacy Statement on Redistricting (DOC format).

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Video on Citizen Redistricting Committee

April 29, 2021:
In a webinar on redistricting, Justice Chavez gave a brief summary of the Citizen Redistricting Committee created by SB304. Peter Wattson discussed other states with similar redistricting models, and gave advice on what we can do to prepare even before the CRC starts.

Watch the video.

Documents from the webinar:

Another excellent recent article on redistricting is Politico Magazine: Is Gerrymandering About to Become More Difficult?.

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Join us!

LWVNM has four local Leagues:

You can join your local League (click on the links above), or join LWVNM as a Member at Large.

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Current Activities

The League is leading the Fair Districts for New Mexico Project, promoting fair and transparent redistricting for New Mexico following the 2020 census. Please visit the Fair Districts web site for updates.

Our Action Committee continues to monitor the legislature and advocate for bills on issues we've studied.

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Latest La Palabra

The Fall 2021 La Palabra (PDF, 2.6 Mb) newsletter is out.

Goldfarb farewell; Addressing NM Climate Change; NM Listens Project; Dispatch from a Millenial; Action Comm Report; Program Report; Tribal Law Study; Spent Nuclear Fuels Report; Local League News.

Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

For issues of La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.

Recent LWVNM News

LWVNM Approves Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Safety Position

July 17, 2021:

LWVNM approved the Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Safety Position during the April 2021 Convention following a four year study with local league consensus meetings. LWVNM seeks concurrence from state leagues where spent nuclear fuel is stored and offered a July 17, 2021 presentation nationally featuring two LWVNM Directors, both Nuclear Engineers, discussing safety aspects and concerns. This recording is the presentation by Karen Douglas and Bobbi Merryman for those unable to attend July 17th.

Watch the video here: Presentation on Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Safety

Presentations from the State Convention

April 24-25, 2021:

Two speakers from our State Convention have generously allowed us to post the slides from their excellent talks.

Before and After the Pandemic: The Future of the New Mexico Economy by Jim Peach (PDF, 1.2M)

The Future of Democracy, by Christa Slaton (PowerPoint, 628K).


April 25, 2021:

Hannah Burling of Santa Fe was elected to a second two-year term as president of the NM League of Women Voters during the League's Virtual Convention recently. Other elected officers and directors who will serve for the 2021-23 biennium are: Barbara Calef, 2nd Vice President; Dick Mason, Action Chair; Rebecca Chaiken, Secretary; Suzanne Ronneau, Treasurer. Judy Williams, Past President and Voter Services.

League directors include Jody Larson, Janet Blair, Rebecca Álvarez, Susan Haase, Kathy Brook, Meredith Machen, Akkana Peck, Bobbi Riedel, Renny Ashleman, Karen Douglas, Patricia Hawkins, Donna Sandoval, Becky Shankland, Eileen VanWie and the leadership team of the Santa Fe County League. The League also adopted new and/or revised positions on issues at the convention. These positions are adopted after study and discussion and serve as a basis of League advocacy.

New positions on Reproductive Rights and the Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) were adopted. LWVNM supports every woman's right to access affordable, high-quality reproductive health care, including access to abortion services and birth control. The extensive position on SNF lists specific conditions that must be met before the League could support such facilities.

LWVNM delegates approved updates to three positions. The Education position was extensively revised, adding language on multicultural/multilingual education and sections on post-secondary and early childhood education. The Election Procedures position now supports allowing voters not enrolled in a major political party to vote in primary elections. The Transfer of Federal Public Lands language was clarified concerning land management.

For older news items, see the LWVNM News Archive.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? See our page on Contact Info for New Mexico Legislators.

Want to reach NM’s Congressional delegation? The Congressional toll-free number is 1-866-727-4894. Just ask for your representative or senator. Please remember that you are speaking as an individual and not for the League.