[These are unofficial draft minutes; they have been reviewed and corrected by the executive committee but have not yet been approved by the caucus.]

Adelante Progress Caucus

Minutes of regular meeting
4 November 2021

The Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico held a regular monthly meeting on Zoom from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday 4 November 2021.

Attendance

Members of the caucus:

  • Edward Berge
  • Dan Fay
  • Jay Levine
  • Roger McNew
  • Karlyne Nordholm, webmaster
  • Nicole Olonovich
  • Carl Peterson
  • Scotti Romberg
  • Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (NM State Senator, District 16)
  • Jane Yee

Officers and executive committee members:

  • Cheryl Harris (CH), chair
  • Dimid Hayes, treasurer
  • Michael Sperberg-McQueen (MSM), secretary
  • Athena Christodoulou, political director
  • Samuel Nevarez, CD-1 chair

Guests:

  • Brian Colon, NM State Auditor

Meeting

Cheryl Harris called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm and asked tonight's main speakers Dan Fay and Antoinette Sedillo Lopez to introduce themselves.

The state auditor, Brian Colon, attended as a guest and spoke for a few minutes about his work as auditor and his campaign for attorney general.

Michael Sperberg-McQueen gave a brief report on the current state of the redistricting process and summarized the article Maurreen Skowran and he had written for the newsletter and the caucus web site. The key recommendation is to urge our legislators to choose one of the plans proposed by the Citizen Redistricting Committee (preferably one of the ones with bipartisan support) and not to throw them out and draft new maps from scratch.

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez spoke about the process from the legislature's point of view. She expects the choice of Congressional maps to be the most controversial.

Dan Fay spoke about the current state of broadband in NM. He is working to prepare for legislative efforts in this are in the coming session, connecting with allies and doing the necessary technical homework. There have been delays implementing the legislation passed in the last legislative session.

Senator Sedillo Lopez then spoke about the Green Amendment, covering new developments in other states and talking about the prospects for its passage in the coming session. She noted that since it's a constitutional amendment, it does not need to be included on the governor's call to the session. Nicole Olonovich also spoke on the Green Amendment and urged Caucus members to become more involved in the effort to develop support for it.

Jay Levine spoke briefly about the recent state climate summit and noted that SPARC will have an all-day meeting on 13 November to which all are invited.

Jane Yee spoke about the work of the DPBC resolutions committee; they will meet Wednesday 10 November and have eight draft resolutions ready for a vote -- with more in preparation.

Cheryl Harris shared a document she had drafted covering principles of organization and agitation and providing links to resources.

We adjourned at 8:10.