Westside Forum April, 2013

WESTSIDE FORUM™

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH 2013, 3PM
at Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation
1650 Abrazo Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM

Viki Harrison of Common Cause NM CommonCauseNM_logo

provides a wrap up of the 2013 NM Legislative Session
With discussion on what’s next.

Viki Harrison is Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, where she manages the state office in Albuquerque, organizes and coordinates legislative programs, conducts research, directs fundraising initiatives and serves as a lobbyist. Before joining Common Cause, Viki was the Executive Director of NM Repeal, where she led the winning campaign in New Mexico to abolish the death penalty. Earlier in her career she was the Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, and part of the team that successfully banned cockfighting in NM.

Ms. Harrison has extensive knowledge of the legislative process in New Mexico, having successfully lobbied in NM since 1997 on the local and state level. Viki graduated summa cum laude from the UNM with BA’s in Women’s Studies and African American Studies.

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee.

The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.

 

All are welcome.  FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice

 

Contact:  Priscilla at (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org

Westside Forum – James Lewis, NM State Treasurer

NEW! POTLUCK & MOVIE FOLLOWING FORUM

Saturday, Feb 16TH – 3PM
at UU Westside

1650 Abrazo Rd, Rio Rancho, NM

WESTSIDE FORUM™ presents

NM State Treasurer James B. Lewis

GET UPDATED ON, AND BRING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT, NM FINANCE.

The longest serving treasurer in NM State history, Treasurer Lewis serves as the state’s banker and is a member of all State financial and investment boards, with a combined fiduciary responsibility of $40 billion.

Treasurer Lewis has served in government management and finance positions, both elected and appointed, with federal, state, county and city agencies including Chief Administrative Officer for the City of ABQ, Rio Rancho City Administrator, Dir/Asst Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Director of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Division of the NM Commission of Public Lands, Chief of Staff to Gov. Bruce King, and Bernalillo County Treasurer. Army veteran Lewis holds undergraduate degrees in education and business administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration.

Among his accomplishments as Treasurer, Mr. Lewis has initiated evaluating every position in the agency and reorganized the office to enhance proficiency, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity; addressed labor/management, independent assessment, and Native investment issues.

NEW! POTLUCK & MOVIE FOLLOWING FORUM
Playing in February, Genetic Roulette

produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology
Learn the background of SB-18 GMO Labeling bill, recently killed in NM and other states.
Vegetarian food requested, but nothing will be turned away!

                                                                                                                                                           

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee. The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.
All are welcome. FREE, donations gratefully accepted.
UU is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice
Contact: Priscilla at (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org

New links from Brian Colón on NM Politics in the Age of Citizens’ United

For more about this topic, see the new links, below.

Dec. 15th,

How has Citizen’s United affected NM Politics?

Attorney and long time NM political insider Brian Colón discusses the ramifications of unprecedented funding sources on politics in New Mexico.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from an experienced politico how the Supreme Court’s “free speech” decision is influencing NM politics, how it affects you, and possible strategies for dealing with this new political age.

 

Active in NM Democratic politics since 1980, Mr. Colón has served the Democratic Party of NM as State Chair and 2008 DNC New Mexico Delegation Chair along the way being named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s Top 40 Under Forty Power Brokers.  He served as Finance Director to Hector Balderas’ recent US Senate bid, and was 2010 Lt. Governor nominee.

If you missed this discussion, or would like to learn more, follow these links from Mr. Colón:

YouTube Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5kHACjrdEY

 

A comprehensive and popular Supreme Court blog:

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/

 

Interesting Esquire articles on point:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/tom-udall-citizens-united-amendment-14761989

 

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/citizens-united-report-14124272

 

Times article:

http://nyti.ms/TVGwb3

 

 

 

Location:  1650 Abrazo Road NE  –  Rio Rancho, NM

Contact:  (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org

www.uuwestside.org

 

                                                                                   

 

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee. The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.

All are welcome.  FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice