Message from the Chair
As Black History Month ends and Women’s History Month begins, I would be remiss if I did not mention the issues that occurred over the last few weeks.
Many of you are probably aware of the events of Secretary Sonya Smith’s confirmation. Senator George Baca, the minority leader no less, made racist and inappropriate comments in committee. Secretary Smith, of course, handled the entire situation with grace and poise, but it should not have happened in the first place.
But that was not the only incident to raise eyebrows during the session. During a committee hearing, Representative Stefani Lord called the cops on Alexandria Taylor, who is the deputy director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, had the police weaponized against her for speaking up and using her considerable expertise.
These events are connected.
Not only are these two both leaders in the black community (right here on the west side) but they are women. As we start to celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s remember to support women right here in our own community. To say that the modern-day GOP is hostile against women is an understatement. In addition to the two events mentioned above, you also need to pay attention to legislation: An attack on trans women in HB304 and the GOP’s unified opposition to abortion rights in SB10.
As democrats, we must stand against blatant attacks against the women in our community. While it is 2021, that work is not done. While we celebrate the role of women in our history, let us not forget that we still have much to do.
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During the Trump administration, thousands of children have been separated from their families, deported, or remain in US custody. Has anything changed under the new administration?
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The WSD 2020 Annual Report is now available.
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The report presents the WSD 2020 goals (that came from the January 2020 brainstorming session) and addresses how each goal was addressed in WSD activities throughout the year.
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused WSD to redirect activities to only those allowed by the state-mandated safety restrictions, most of the 2020 were met in mostly virtual ways.
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