News & Events


February 6, 2018:  Candidate Forum for the Taos Municipal Elections

-- 6-8 pm, Bataan Hall (UNM-Taos, Downtown)

Taos United will host a non-partisan forum where candidates for Mayor and Town Council will answer questions submitted by a panel and from the audience. If you have questions for the panel you can submit them in writing at the Forum. 

TO BE DETERMINED:  “Mueller Firing Rapid Response Rally”  
-- @ noon the day after news of the firing breaks. Our gathering place will be the corner of Kit Carson and Paseo del Pueblo, a short walk from the Plaza. 

Several national organizations have worked together to coordinate a united action IF the president fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In Taos, a rally is "scheduled" @ noon the day after news of the firing breaks. Our gathering place will be the corner of Kit Carson and Paseo del Pueblo, a short walk from the Plaza. Those who have signed up to attend the rally will receive an immediate email from the event hosts.  Similar rapid response networks have been established in hundreds of cities across the US and over 100,000 have already signed up to take part. To sign up for email notification, click on this linkhttps://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/



Taos United Community Forum Meetings

All meetings at Kit Carson Electric Co-op Board Room 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, 5:30-7:30 on first Tuesdays of each month

Next meeting Tuesday March 6, 2018  For more information about the meeting , click here 

DACA/Immigrant Events in Taos

 

To join Immigration group’s email list for upcoming projects contact Bonnie Korman bkorman@newmex.com or Wendy Clarke wendylovesdonkeys@gmail.com. Thank you.


Hot News

On October 15, we face another potential turning point in the Middle East. As bad as the current situation is (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc.), it's hard to imagine it getting worse, but it can and it WILL if Trump fails to certify Iran's compliance with the deal to Congress on October 15. Unfortunately, the Administration is trying to make the case that Iran is in violation of the agreement, The reality is that both the IAEA and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (no doubt based on findings of our Intelligence Community) affirm Iran's continued compliance with the agreement. If Trump fails to re-certify that Iran is abiding by its commitments (which it is), then Congress could impose sanctions that would effectively kill the deal. This deal, negotiated over the course of several years and subjected to dozens of hearings by Congress, has succeeded in forestalling a nuclear-armed Iran and war. Its unraveling could be the first step towards yet another war in the Middle East. Take action now!  Call your Members of Congress and relay to them the importance of the U.S. staying the course on the Iran Deal! 

 

Protect Sanctuary Cities and support Immigrant Communities

In June, the House passed H.R. 3003, or the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.”  Which Forces local jurisdictions to cooperate with ICE by threatening to strip their federal law enforcement funding.  This dangerous bill makes our communities less safe and is a clear part of Trump’s mass deportation agenda. The bill undermines local law enforcement authority and mandates unconstitutional detention of immigrants. It strips important funding from programs intended to keep our communities safe and forces state and local police to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

 

H.R. 3003 has already been received in the Senate and may come up for a vote in this Congress. Call you Senators and tell them to oppose H.R. 3003 if it comes up for a vote in the Senate, or any bill that violates the Constitution, strips critical funding from programs intended to keep our communities safe, and promotes fear and distrust between immigrant communities and local police.

 

Trump Continues His Attack on Immigrants—What You can do to Defend DACA

 

On September 5th, Donald Trump’s White House announced the end, in 6 months, of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, effectively turning 800,000 American lives into fodder for his for-profit deportation machine. Even with the 6 month delay, these young immigrants are now at greater risk than they were even before they applied for the program. It’s now up to Congress to fix this problem. It’s up to your representatives in Congress to stand up to Trump’s hateful decision and secure the futures of DACA recipients with a legislative fix:

TELL YOUR MOCS TO STAND UP FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS AND COSPONSOR THE DREAM ACT (S.1615 /H.R.3440)

Health Care is still in grave danger - Please Act Now

The GOP Graham-Cassidy Bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act will likely be decided this week in the Senate.  Although John McCain and Rand Paul have said they will vote no, unless one other Republican joins them, this devastating bill will pass, premiums will rise, rural hospitals will be endangered and at least 20 million Americans will lose health care:
Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME, 202-224-2523) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK, 202-224-6665), who voted down repeal in July, haven’t been won over yet. Sen. Rob Portman(R-OH, 202-224-3353), Shelly Capito (R-WV, 202-224-6472) and Jeff Flake(R-AZ, 202-224-4521) are 3 who could possibly flip. Please call these Republican senators as well as Senators Heinrich and Udall today and tell them to stop the Graham-Cassidy repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you have family or friends in other states whose Senators may be swayed by voter concern, please ask them to contact their Senators.

Iran

posted Aug 18, 2017, 12:28 PM by Taos United   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 9:47 AM ]

Iran

Call your Members of Congress, emphasizing the importance of the U.S. staying the course on the Iran Deal! On October 15, we face another potential turning point in the Middle East. As bad as the current situation is (Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc.), it is hard to imagine things getting worse. But they can and WILL if Trump fails to certify Iran's compliance with the deal to Congress on October 15. Unfortunately, the Administration is trying to make the case that Iran is in violation of the agreement. The reality is that the IAEA and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff affirm Iran's continued compliance with the agreement. If Trump fails to re-certify that Iran is abiding by its commitments (which it is), Congress could impose sanctions that would effectively kill the deal. This deal, negotiated over the course of several years and subjected to dozens of hearings by Congress, has succeeded in forestalling a nuclear-armed Iran and war. Its unraveling could be the first step towards yet another war in the Middle East.

Taos Town Council Meeting Tuesday June 27

posted Jun 23, 2017, 9:59 AM by Taos United   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

Approvals for tall hotels seem to already be decided as this project was pushed through the Planning and Zoning Committee. Demand responsible, open government in Taos.  

The reason to attend this Town Council Meeting is to protest an unethical process, the "secret dealings" of the Town Manager exposed by his own emails, the unanswered questions regarding how this project was assured approval in conflict to existing ordinances, how ordinances were changed to accommodate one specific developer, assisted by the P&Z commissioners with the approval of the Mayor and many of the Town Council Members.  Add your voice to those of the many citizens who have protested the limiting of comments, actions in violation of NM Open Meeting Laws, and the insulting comments of Commissioners and Council members.  

Environmental Group

posted Jun 21, 2017, 10:36 AM by karen Monson

Environmental Issue Group Meeting Saturday June 24th at Kit Carson Conference Room
9:00-11:00  A.M. (Combined Environmental Issue Groups)

Today is the last day to submit public comment to EPA about the Evaluation of Existing Regulations

posted May 15, 2017, 8:03 AM by Taos United

Remember, today is the last day to submit a public comment to the EPA about the "Evaluation of Existing Regulations". If you haven't already sent one in, please find the time to do it before midnight tonight. These public comments only hold weight if you write your own. They aren't counted like votes, so just sending in masses of organization written comments does nothing. The best is to include some data or personal experience/story of the importance of keeping these EPA regulations in place.

Here is the link for submitting your comments: 

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-0042

2nd Annual Taos Land and Water Conference

posted May 3, 2017, 9:27 AM by Taos United

2nd Annual Taos Land and Water Conference will be held from 9am to 4pm at the Sagebrush Conference Center.  $15 registration fee per person, lunch is included. Students are free.  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-land-and-water-conference-tickets-33716176993

In our interconnected world, land and water issues permeate the economic, political and cultural fabric of who we are in Taos. The Taos Land and Water Conference brings together local experts, advocates, practitioners and community members to engage in dialogue, share innovation, and explore consensus around land and water in our community.
 
Keynote Address by Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez. Confirmed presenters include Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, William Brown, Ben Shelton, Luis Reyes, Rachel Conn, Gillian Joyce, Joe Zupan, and Kristina Ortez de Jones. There will be panel presentations on climate change, innovation in agriculture, policy updates and more!
 
Register today or at the door.

Sponsored by the Taos Land Trust, Amigos Bravos, NMSU Taos Cooperative Extension Services and Alianza Agri-Cultura de Taos

Support Your Rio Grande del Norte National Monument May 2

posted Apr 30, 2017, 12:08 PM by Taos United   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 12:53 PM ]

Click here for more details about Rio Grande del Norte event - With the recent executive order to review national monuments designated in the past 21 years, our own Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is under threat. Join us for a community barbecue to show how much support the monument has! - May 2nd, 5 - 7 pm
See details under Issue Groups - Environment - Public Lands:


People's Climate March - Taos Plaza Saturday April 29 10am

posted Apr 28, 2017, 6:47 AM by Taos United   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 9:35 AM ]


Meet the Staffers - a Face2Face Event

posted Apr 26, 2017, 4:01 PM by Taos United   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 2:27 PM ]

LOCATION:  Santa Fe Art Institute Main Gallery, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe.
WHEN:   May 3rd, 6:30pm - 8pm

Join Face2Face for a lively panel discussion with key senior staff members including Michele Jacquez-Ortiz (Santa Fe Director for Senator Udall) from the offices of Senators Udall,  Heinrich, and Rep. Lujan. 

This is a chance to find out what happens behind the scenes and how your calls, emails and letters are handled.  What can constituents expect when visiting Senator Udall’s office in DC or New Mexico?  How do they differ?  

Join us for an evening of enlightenment.  FREE EVENT but RSVP to:  rsvp@face2face-action.org 

The EPA is seeking feedback on reducing regulatory burden on Monday!

posted Apr 22, 2017, 8:30 PM by Taos United   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

See the Environment - Climate Change Issue Group page to see more information abut how you can be involved on Monday, April 24.

Forest Service Planning Meeting 12:00 - 2:00 - April 19

posted Apr 17, 2017, 10:20 AM by Taos United   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

The Carson National Forest district office in Taos (208 Cruz Alta) is having its final planning meeting regarding our public multi use national forest lands at noon on Wednesday April 19, These forest management plans will last for 20 or more years.  It is important to have an impressive showing of citizens there to show support for sustainable, sensible practices that protect our watershed, clean up our forests so they are healthier,  reduce fire threat, limit natural resource extraction and protect them from off road vehicle degradation.  It's important to understand what special interests are trying to get from these plans as well.   In particular,  Amigos Bravos has submitted a proposal to protect and restore the high meadow wetlands, the "wetland jewels" that feed our entire water system below. This proposal also requests that the 100,000 acres of the Valle Vidal be included in this long term management and wetland restoration plan. Ten years after it's permanent protection, it is still without a long term wetland and water restoration plan from the forest service.  We urge people to attend this only remaining opportunity to have a voice or to just be present to show your support.  To find out more go to Amigo Bravos website.  It is an excellent source of information about the significance of this plan to our corner of northern NM.

Get the word out and bring a friend along.  Please plan to arrive by 11:45. We really need you.

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