ABQ DSA Endorses Selinda Guerrero for CD-1

The Albuquerque chapter of the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) voted to endorse Congressional District 1 candidate Selinda Guerrero for the 2021 special election. At the close of the voting period, Albuquerque DSA members voted overwhelmingly to support Guerrero’s candidacy, with 94 percent of votes cast in favor of endorsement. The special election to fill the seat, vacated by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, is set for June 1st, 2021.

Selinda Guerrero is a Democratic Socialist, an organizer for Black Lives and a human rights activist. Guerrero’s family was evicted in the summer of 2020 due to economic impacts associated with the pandemic, and if elected she would bring the vital, and too often unheard, perspective of the working poor directly to the halls of Congress.

Guerrero has organized in CD-1 for over 20 years, and is explicitly running on a people-policy powered campaign. Albuquerque DSA explicitly supports Guerrero’s call for a universal healthcare that is truly universal, including Undocumented, Trans, and Mixed-Status communities, and which protects and expands reproductive justice. As democratic socialists gathered together on Tewa territory, we support Guerrero’s call for a Green New Deal that centers indigenous leadership, especially when it comes to long-term sustainability.

If elected, we believe Guerrero would continue the work done for our district be Sec. Haaland, and would work further in transitioning our nation, and our district, out of a permanent war economy and into a form that meets the needs of the many by taxing back the ill-gotten gains of the few. Plotting a course to a more just society out of the ruin of the pandemic demands a government that heeds the voices of those most directly impacted by the policy failures that led us here. We, as the Albuquerque chapter of the DSA, believe Guerrero is that candidate, and are proud to endorse her for CD-1.

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.”