Statement of Support for the United Graduate Workers of UNM

We, the Albuquerque Democratic Socialists of America, unequivocally endorse and support the United Graduate Workers of the University of New Mexico and their campaign for union recognition as members of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America.

To quote the preamble of the Industrial Workers of the World’s constitution: 

    “It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially, we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.”

We believe that the University of New Mexico is acting in bad faith by refusing to recognize this new union. In exploiting students and disrespecting their labor, the UNM Administration has provided a glaring example of the rot infesting our economy and our education system. We demand that the United Graduate Workers of the University of New Mexico be afforded the justice and dignity they deserve as soon as possible – substantial recognition which includes fair, good faith bargaining in all future proceedings. 

If you agree that they deserve better, please sign the United Graduate Worker’s petition demanding that the UNM Administration recognize their union. https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-unm-should-recognize-graduate-workers-right-to-unionize

For more information about the United Graduate workers of UNM, please see their website here: https://unmgrads.ueunion.org/

For Immediate Release: Trigger Warning: Death, Grief

We, the Albuquerque Democratic Socialists of America, are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Hannah Colton, local reporter and news director at KUNM. We also want to pass on our deepest condolences to her friends, family, and colleagues.

Hannah was a friend of the chapter and wrote positively about our Brake Light Clinics and other work. https://www.kunm.org/post/abq-socialists-offer-brake-light-repairs-avoid-contact-police

Her passing is a loss for all of Albuquerque, she will be missed.

For more information about memorials, please follow KUNM for more updates. https://www.kunm.org/post/hannah-colton-kunm-news-director-and-reporter-dies-29

As stated in the KUNM’s article “Please keep your loved ones close. And please know that if you need to talk to someone you don’t know (because sometimes that really helps), there are places to do that, too.
There’s the state’s Warmline for non-crisis calls. 1-855-466-7100.
The Crisis and Access Line is 1-855-NM-CRISIS.”

Statement on the Coup in Bolivia

The Albuquerque Democratic Socialists of America condemn the right-wing military coup which has forced Evo Morales to resign as President of Bolivia and flee to Mexico for the sake of his safety.

Chalking this event up to disputed election results, as mainstream media coverage has done, is extremely disingenuous. While the Organization of American States has declared the legitimacy of Bolivia’s election results suspect, they’ve provided no evidence to support their conclusion. Further scrutiny has also failed to produce evidence for their claims, with a statistical analysis conducted by the Center for Economic and Policy Research finding no evidence of irregularities or fraud in the vote tallies. Furthermore, the fact that the United States is the largest financial contributor to the OAS and accounted for 44% of the organization’s funding in 2017 clearly indicates that the OAS cannot be impartial on this issue. This is a coup, and it is part of a historical pattern of imperialist violence being used to quash democratically-elected socialist governments and silence indigenous voices.

As a member of the Aymara people, Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia. His political legacy includes the expansion of rights for the indigenous majority, widespread reduction of poverty, and re-nationalization of Bolivia’s oil and gas resources. This coup is not just an attack on Evo Morales, but an attack on his indigeneity and socialist principles. Since his removal, right-wing forces have burned the homes of his cabinet members, destroyed the Wiphala flag, and committed acts of violence against indigenous protestors

We stand for truth, socialism, and indigenous rights. We stand with Evo Morales and Bolivia.