Tell these legislators to DUMP ALEC NOW
August 12, 2013
These state legislators outed themselves as ALEC members when they signed a letter to a US Senator.
In just the past two elections, ALEC dumped more than $1,000,000 into the campaigns of New Mexico legislators and the ALEC caucus in the Roundhouse is growing.
CALL THESE ALEC MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO DUMP ALEC NOW
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R- Alamogordo) : (575) 430-2113
Sen. William Burt (R-Alamogordo): (575) 434-6140
Sen. Lee Cotter (R - Las Cruces): (575) 525-3200
and ALEC State Chairman Sen. Bill Payne (R- Albuquerque):
New Mexico is a target for corporations looking to buy our politicians –
ALEC is adding members and the Koch Brothers are setting up shop.
You already know ALEC as the organization that pushed the NRA-backed
“Stand Your Ground” law on Florida and is pushing pro-big oil “free to frack”
legislation that keeps us from knowing what chemicals they pump into our
Common Cause New Mexico has already asked our attorney general to
investigate the secret ALEC “scholarship” slush fund but until he does
they keep using it to fund lavish trips like this for some speed dating
with big corporate funders.
The first thing we have to do to take back our democracy is get our
legislators out of ALEC.
Call these ALEC members and tell them to DUMP ALEC NOW! They went to the ALEC convention and sold New Mexico as open for business – we have to welcome them home with another message.
“ALEC is not right for New Mexicans": former ALEC member, State Senator George Munoz
Why is Whole Foods banning Spanish?
Update: June 14, 2013:
It took more than a week and more than 15,000 voices to make it happen but we just received word that Whole Foods Markets has revised their policies and no longer require to speak English-only on the job and they specifically credit you for the change!
First, we sincerely apologize that a section of our handbook regarding Team Member interactions in the workplace was not clearly written, and for any misunderstandings or offense it has created. Its intention was to foster inclusion, not exclusion.
Second, our senior leadership team has reviewed and changed the wording of this section and will ensure that this new wording and, more importantly, the intention behind it is reviewed and discussed at the next Team Member meeting at every store and facility throughout the company, which will be within 45 days time. The original as well as the revised guidelines in their entirety are included below for your reference…
… Last week, we were contacted by LULAC - New Mexico, and we have sent them a copy of our original and revised language for their feedback. We were also contacted by the ACLU in New Mexico and are communicating with them. And, we have been contacted by ProgressNow New Mexico via Moveon.org members who delivered a petition asking us to change our language guidelines. We will continue to have conversations with these organizations.
Whole Foods’ new policy no longer says “it is essential” that conversations between employees occur only in English. Revisions announced today now permit employees to “switch to a common language” whether dealing with customers or co-workers.
Whole Foods reaffirmed its commitment to diversity and we commend you for pushing them to do it!
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Two employees at a Whole Foods Market in Albuquerque were suspended last month when they complained to their manager for banning them from speaking Spanish on the job.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to organic and natural foods has made it a national leader in responsible food choice, but their policies prohibiting employees from speaking their own language or organizing to overturn these anti-diversity policies directly contradict their commitment to "team member excellence and happiness."
New Mexico is one of the most diverse states in the country - the only one to explicitly protect the Spanish language in our Constitution - and companies who want our business should welcome all of our people as customers and employees.
In 2009, a Taos hotel owner made national news when he fired his Hispanic employees who refused to change their names and speak only English on the job.
Whole Foods Market is doing it all over again. Not only were these Spanish-speaking employees suspended for speaking their native language among themselves, Whole Foods won't let employees like them organize together to fight discriminatory policies like this.
That's why we're telling Whole Foods we won't patronize their store until they embrace the diversity of all of their employees.
Sign this petition standing up for the workers Whole Foods is silencing with their discriminatory policies.
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Tell our extremist legislators New Mexico doesn't need their extremist politics!
That’s the first comment on a story we broke just hours ago.
State Rep. Cathrynn Brown just introduced a bill to charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence." Don’t believe us? Read it for yourself:
HB206 (Brown): Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime.
Read News Coverage Here:
6 More Republicans Join anti-Women Women to Sponsor Forced Ultrasound Bill
In addition to pursuing legislation to prosecute survivors of rape for terminating a pregnancy resulting from sexual assault, New Mexico's Kooky Conservative Caucus is also pushing legislation to force women to undergo medically-unnecessary procedures prior to obtaining legal, safe abortions.
House Bill 122, introduced by Rep. Nora Espinoza is titled the Woman's Right to Know Act. It could more appropriately be titled "Forcing Women to Undergo Needless Procedures Act." The bill is model legislation pushed by Americans United for Life, a pro-life organization, pushing similar legislation in dozens of states across the country.
As of January 24, these 11 Republican legislators have joined Rep. Espinoza in sponsoring this bill:
Other "Kooky Caucus" Bills
This is a model nullification bill pushed by Tea Party extremists in multiple states. Also known as “Save America Foundation Bill”, and part of the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act and the Firearms Freedom Act. It puts police officers in jail if they enforce federal gun laws. It also seeks to prosecute gun store owners who comply with federal regulations, including background checks and laws prohibiting criminals from purchasing bazookas and machine guns.
Bills Sponsored by: Nora Espinoza