I. Renee Murray provided an account of the very successful Peace March and Rally on March 19, in which over 200 people participated. The response from passing motorists along the march route was very positive.
II. Judy Zimmerman reported on the organizing campaign for Democratic Party precinct meetings on March 22, and the County Convention on March 30. The campaign was very successful, with numerous progressive precinct officers elected throughout the area. Congratulations to those new officers! In addition, of the 29 people from Doña Ana County elected to serve on the State Central Committee, 17 have attended one or more PVA meetings. Diane Door will find out what is happening in terms of a progressive caucus at the state level. Ollie Morgan, newly elected to the Platform and Rules Committee of the State Democratic Party, asked to hear from PVAers about what issues the party should address. Ollies number is 532-8580, and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. Ann Rohovec helped PVA launch an ambitious phone campaign aimed at reaching out to former Kerry volunteers and solidifying a strong base of progressive activists in Doña Ana County. After a short training, 36 people took phone lists and will make calls over the next few days. If you would like to help in this campaign, or if you took a list and have any questions, please call Ann at 521-0940.
IV. The Organizational Committee, after several weeks of work, provided:
V. Since the PVA is an alliance of many different interests, brought together to exercise our combined political power, much of the PVAs work takes place in individual working groups, listed below. If you would like to find out more about the groups work, or participate in its activities, please contact the person listed.
Bringing a Nationally Prominent Speaker to Las Cruces (****New Group***) (as fundraiser, to talk on important issues, etc.)
Curbside Recycling in Las Cruces (****New Group***)
Local Environmental and Quality of Life Issues
The Big Picture
Monitoring the Voting Records of State Legislators
Establishing an Alternative to Hate Radio in the Mesilla Valley
Also, PVAers Gayle Radom and Renee Murray invited everyone to the NARAL Pro-Choice America banquet, at which Lt. Governor Diane Denish will be the featured speaker. The event will take place at the Best Western on Avenida de Mesilla on Wed., April 20th from 11:30 am – 1 pm. For tickets or more information, call Gayle at 532-1780.
Jim Moore invited everyone to a presentation by nationally known lecturer Sam Keen on Faces of the Enemy to Beyond Enmity which examines how we can move past dehumanizing our enemies to a position of greater empathy. It will be held Sunday, April 24 at the Best Western on Avenida de Mesilla from 2 – 4 pm. If you would like tickets or more information, or if you would like Jim to send you a flyer via email, contact him at email@example.com