DPNM’s Day of Action Focused on Defending Reproductive Rights
Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico held a hybrid virtual and in-person Day of Action to Defend Reproductive Rights with volunteers ready to contact voters across New Mexico. At a virtual rally launching the event, DPNM Chair Jessica Velasquez, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez, and Representative Melanie Stansbury shared the importance of grassroots organizing and voter contact efforts in defending reproductive rights in New Mexico with well over 100 motivated Democrats.
“We will fight to protect rights in New Mexico and make sure that we stay a beacon for women and their families and other people who deserve privacy protections, constitutional protections, and clarity around reproductive rights,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at the rally. “The only way that occurs is to get Democrats up and down the ticket.”
Participants in the Day of Action contacted voters by phone banking and door-to-door canvassing throughout the day. Volunteers conducted these efforts on behalf of the entire pro-choice Democratic ticket.
“Our volunteers heard from voters throughout the day the sincere disgust that New Mexicans have for Republican attacks on reproductive rights and they can’t wait to vote for our Democratic ticket,” said Markela Clinton, Regional Field Director for the Democratic Party of NM. “For many people who participated today, it was their first time volunteering for any political cause, but that just shows how fired up people are.”
Since the June 24th reversal of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, the Democratic Party of New Mexico has seen a surge of enthusiasm from everyday New Mexicans signing up to volunteer. The substantial volunteer turnout of this Day of Action is evidence New Mexicans realize the stakes for the future of reproductive health in the upcoming election.
“We have to mobilize Democrats so New Mexico remains a safe haven for reproductive rights,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Jessica Velasquez. “With the races for New Mexico’s Second and Third Congressional Districts very likely determining which party will control the House for the next two years, the work of our volunteers and organizers is monumentally important to protecting abortion access and reproductive health at the state and national levels.”