I just realized Breaking Bad and High School Musical both take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
But what if Walter White was the chemistry teacher at East High.
Getcha meth in the game!
A million congratulations to ABQ organizations Young Women United, NM Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Respect ABQ Women and countless independent organizers and activists in New Mexico on their takedown of the first proposed municipal 20-week abortion ban by a 55/45 margin last night! Read up on local coverage here.
Thank you, Albuquerque!
After an unprecedented effort by extreme, outside groups to try and determine what health care women in Albuquerque should be allowed to access, the voters spoke loud and clear—and rejected a city-wide 20 week abortion ban.
Last night’s resounding victory in Albuquerque is a message for anti-women’s health groups nationwide: Bills that aim to restrict women’s ability to make their own, private medical decisions will not stand. The voters have spoken: Women deserve access to the care they need—no matter where they live, no matter what.
“This was a clear counterpunch to the Republicans and right-wingers who came from out of state to push their agenda on us,” Sam Bregman.
Election day locations for the runoff & special election.
This month, there’s a 20-week abortion ban up for vote in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If it passes, Albuquerque may become the first city in the country with a local abortion restriction on the books. It’s been a contentious fight centered on a late-term abortion clinic in the area — one of the last clinics in the country that provides those services in the aftermath of Dr. George Tiller’s murder.
Early voting on the ballot initiative has already begun, and the anti-choice community is currently pulling out all the stops to drum up support for the 20-week ban. One local activist is driving around a huge truck plastered with graphic images of bloody fetuses, for instance. But the reproductive rights community is fighting back. They have formed a group called “Respect ABQ Women,” and they’re drawing on support from local faith leaders.
Led by the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a wide range of people of faith are working to defeat the proposed abortion restriction in Albuquerque. Members of Catholics for Choice — an international organization representing Catholic people who support reproductive freedom — have joined the effort, too. This week, Catholics for Choice is placing radio ads on several local stations to highlight the religious members of the community who oppose the ballot initiative. The group will also run a print ad that includes several quotes from pro-choice Catholics in the area.
“As a Catholic, I believe in social justice. Women have abortions for different reasons, and none of those reasons are for us to judge or criticize,” Bernadette, one of the Albuquerque residents who appears in a radio ad, explains.
Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.
The school board is in charge of the most important task a government official can have: regulating how and what children are being taught in public schools. Each board member typically serves an alternating four year term, usually with a background in education. Currently Secretary-Designate of Education Hanna Skandera is implementing teacher evaluations and standardized testing. This approach emphasizes test scores and in the process take away from actual learning. Skandera’s counter intuitive plan takes taxpayer money to reward schools with high test scores over schools with low test scores, who need the help the most. Voting for your local school board officials is one of the only ways to battle top down education deconstruction. School Board is one of the least voted on positions, however, it is a crucial vote in order to elect people who have the best interests for children and their education.