It's been an exciting couple of weeks for my campaign for Congress, and all of us at Team Deb, our supporters, and people with whom I've engaged in the community are fired up and ready to help me make history as the first Native American woman elected to U.S. Congress. Take a look at some of what I've been up to!
The Friday after Thanksgiving, I stood up for good paying union jobs and spoke out against postal worker job cuts in Albuquerque: "It’s not anything that Albuquerque or any of New Mexico needs right now...we need every single job we can have here in Albuquerque." Read the story here.
While jobs are top on my mind for CD1, I'm also very concerned about the horrible tax bill passed by the Senate in the early hours of Saturday morning that will raise taxes on a majority of families in our District. That's why I joined Indivisible's Day of Action on Monday this past week, and made my commitments to fight for a more equitable tax code that helps most American families - not just the rich.
As if the tax scam wasn't enough, Trump decided to call Sen. Warren 'Pocahontas' at a White House ceremony to honor Native American Code Talkers -- staged in front of a picture of Andrew Jackson, no less. Of course, I had a few things to say about that, just like I did the last time Trump insulted Native Americans this way. You can read all of the press coverage below.
Back to the #GOPTaxScam -- from language that attacks a woman's right to choose to cutting access to healthcare, this monstrous bill even has language attached to it that would open up the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Drilling in the Arctic Refuge is the wrong direction because climate change is the biggest threat to our way of life. You can read my full statement on the issue here.
This week I also had the chance to talk more about violence against Native women, and how Indian Country still lacks the infrastructure to address this crisis. You can read the article here, and know that in Congress I will fight for real change to protect all women -- on campus and in the military, women in the workplace, women in relationships, and women in all aspects of society. This includes making sure women get equal pay for equal work, something that is long overdue.
Some of the best highlights this past week were being out in my community, sharing my message, and celebrating local success.
I joined UNM College Democrats to talk about my commitments as the next Congresswoman for CD1, including free and debt free college for working families, and stopping this tax bill which would add even more financial burden on students;
I was the moderator for the 'Education Acts' panel at the Unidos Project Legislative Education Summit where we discussed current policy for Hispanic, African American, and Native American students; and
I had the pleasure of celebrating with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico and the ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce the grand opening of Laguna Burger here in Albuquerque, a local business development project to which I gave the green light as Board Chair of Laguna Development Corporation. Now more than ever, we need to support local business, and I'm proud to have been a part of this exciting venture.
And, last but not least -- we hit 5,000 likes on Facebook! Well, we're actually over 5,200 now, and we made this fun short video to say 'thanks' to all of our fans. Check it out below, and then comment on why you're supporting me for Congress!
It's been a busy few weeks, and we're not letting up on this momentum. I'm running for Congress because I love and will fight for New Mexico, and I know that it can be a place of strong, safe communities where our children can build healthy and happy lives when they're grown. I hope you will join my campaign today.
Democrat for New Mexico's 1st Congressional District
P.S. ICYMI, yesterday was my 57th birthday! Please watch this sweet video my daughter Somah made for me.