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

Valentine’s Day the Fair-trade Way

UU Service CommitteePrograms

UUWC wishes you a Valentines Day filled with love and laughter.  We also hope you will consider a few things when choosing gifts for those you love.

For flower farmers, fair trade certification means more than just a fair wage.  It requires that farms provide employee benefits including 12 weeks maternity leave and child care. Read more  about the growers.  Each fair-trade flower sold by the Hoja Verde flower farm in Ecuador, enables the cooperative to send one more child to school.  from Bread for the World blog

We are all looking for the best value for our money.  But the least expensive often comes with hidden costs.

  • Harvesting cocoa is dangerous work with long hours. Children laboring on cocoa farms must cut cacao pods down from high branches with machetes, split them open, and scoop out the beans, while they are also exposed to harmful pesticides without the necessary protective equipment. What’s more, the children who labor under these conditions are unable to attend school or to pursue other avenues for safe and sustainable work that could bring them and their families out of extreme poverty.
  • A similar picture emerges when it comes to flowers. Many of the roses and carnations grown in South America are exported to be sold in American florist shops. In many of the flower plantations in countries with big cut-flower industries, such as Colombia and Ecuador, pervasive problems include poor health and safety conditions (especially pesticide exposure), the use of child labor, sexual harassment, and targeting of union organizers.

from UU Service Committee

If you choose to put your dollars to work creating a world that protects workers and the earth, here are some links:

Buy Fair Trade and support a local business at

Flowers & Chocolate
Chocolate

to learn more about the issues, see >>

Tainted love: The dirty truth behind America’s traditional valentines

Child Labor: The Hidden Ingredient to the Billion-Dollar Chocolate Industry?

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many more products

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