The Progressive Voter Alliance is a clearinghouse and point of contact for advocates of a wide range of progressive issues. We do not endorse specific candidates or causes. For an idea of the issues that have been addressed at PVA meetings, check out the Meeting Recaps. For current issues, come to the next meeting, almost always held on the fourth Thursday of the month.
August 23 Meeting
It’s election season! Many candidates and campaign staffers attended the August PVA meeting to ask for support. PVA continues to be the place to be if you want to get to know the candidates. We also heard about other topics, including ranked choice voting, the Brown & Green Coalition’s presentation at Netroots Nation, ways to volunteer on campaigns, upcoming candidate forums, movies to attend, Mexican Wolves, regional transit, and updates from El Paso Electric intervenors. You had to be there, but if you weren’t, all events announced at the meeting are posted in the sidebar calendar and the full recap is posted here.
Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7 p.m., at Munson Center. Map.
The August 2018 Unified Action is to:
Support Reauthorization and Full Funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund
Sponsored by Friends of Organ Mountains Desert Peaks
The Land & Water Conservation Fund was established in 1964 in a bi-partisan effort to save our natural resources we as Americans all share. It is funded by a small portion of off shore drilling revenue. LWCF has provided $312 million to New Mexico for over 1200 recreation and conservation projects. The LWCF is authorized to receive $900 million annually but Congress regularly diverts over half these funds to other purposes.
LWCF funded sites are a cornerstone to New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy, which generates $9.9 billion annually in NM, and supports 99,000 jobs.
Notable New Mexico LWCF sites include: Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Gila National Forest, and Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park.
Partial list of projects in Doña Ana County:
- Organ Mountains ACEC
- Laabs Swimming Pool
- Apodaca Park
- Las Cruces Municipal Tennis Court
- Las Cruces Baseball Complex
- Burn Lake
- Gadsden Tennis Courts
- Broad Canyon
- Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park
- Del Cerro Park
- Young Park
This conservation tool is set to expire at the end of September. Get more information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOMDP/.
What we are asking
Contact Rep. Steve Pearce and ask him to support reauthorization and full funding of the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
Rep. Steve Pearce 202-225-2365
The PVA executive committee will determine the next Unified Action at their September 13, 2018, meeting. Suggestions for a Unified Action can be communicated to Cheryl Frank or any member of the Executive Committee. All Unified Actions are indexed here.