New Name and Affiliation with RepresentUs
New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics has changed its name to RepresentUs New Mexico (RUNM) and has created a state chapter of the national organization, RepresentUs! This transition is the result of the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee’s work for over a year. The committee was aided on this project by SCORE, a nonprofit organization that specializes in advising and helping small and medium-sized nonprofit and for profit businesses to succeed and grow. With help from SCORE leaders Mike Mendez and Marcia Swain, the committee worked to reimagine the organization, reignite the passion and vision that the organization began with in 2017 and develop new plans and strategies.
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Vote EARLY. Here’s How to Vote and Make Sure It Will Count.
We at RepresentUs New Mexico recognize that along with issues of earth shattering proportion like the environment, healthcare and the economy, the American Experiment with representative democracy itself is at stake in this election. Embattled and battered already, our democracy is down but not out. Yet. But some forces in this country, within government and without, want to continue to push our government even further towards plutocracy, oligarchy, and even autocracy. The American people can stop and reverse this devastating trend in November only if we come together and vote for candidates who represent us, the People.
The vote is not only our right as citizens of the United States. If we want to keep our republic and not lose it, it is our solemn responsibility. To countermand the voter intimidation, voter disillusionment and suppression of the vote that is and will be brought to bear on the voting public to undermine this election, all of us must vote. The key in this election is to vote EARLY and make certain that your vote is counted.
We at RUNM have, in cooperation with other New Mexico activist persons and groups, created two nonpartisan procedural guides to inform and help New Mexicans vote as safely and securely as possible. The more general guide, applicable to voters anywhere in the state is available here. The other guide, which is specific to voters in Santa Fe County, is available here. Please copy them, print them out, pass them out and spread them around. Please encourage every person eligible to vote, regardless of his or her political ideology or affiliation, to vote in this election. What you do will make a difference.
The System is Broken. How do we fix it?
Due to unlimited amounts of money in our elections, our political leaders are too beholden to wealthy donors, big corporations and special interests because they must rely on their donations to get elected. As a result, they do not truly represent the needs of the American people. We believe the only force capable of challenging the corrupting influence in government is a diverse, nonpartisan, grassroots movement.
We Must Work Together.
RUNM is dedicated to reforming corrupt lobbying practices, ending gerrymandering, protect voters’ rights and preserving the integrity of our elections, and promoting public campaign finance measures. RUNM also remains committed to ix our broken campaign finance system through a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous decisions in Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC, Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett and McCutcheon v. FEC and other disastrous cases. We help raise awareness of these problems and what it will take to solve them. We lobby our federal, state and local elected officials on this important issue, as well as on other democracy reform legislation (see our Mission and Goals on this website here). Finally, RUNM, working with other national, state and local nonpartisan organizations, is helping to build such a democracy movement to meet this urgent need. To do that, the American people have to unite. It’s our government. No one will fix it for us. We have to do it. RUNM’s programs and initiatives make it easier for you to get involved and help participate in and fix your government. Join us today.