An equitable and just democracy is critical to ensuring that our government serves and represents all New Mexicans and all communities. The communities hardest hit by climate change and plagued with legacy pollution – rural, Indigenous and/or communities of color – have also historically been denied access to the ballot box.
In 2021 alone, 19 states passed 34 laws restricting access to voting, and more than 440 bills were introduced in 49 states. These restrictions disproportionately target voters of color, creating more obstacles to prevent communities from exercising their right to vote.
CVNM works to connect communities of color, Indigenous communities, low-wealth communities, rural communities, and young voters to our country’s civic process. The power to fight back against corporate polluters and take state action on climate grows when every voice in every community is represented in our democracy.
Public Hearings on Methane in the Four Corners Region
Credit: Sierra Club
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- The Inflation Adjustment Act (IRA) is now law, with unprecedented funding for renewable energy production and manufacturing, public lands protections, oil and gas regulatory reform, and investments that reduce climate pollution across every sector of the economy.
- Moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the nation’s most historic climate legislation to date – the Inflation Reduction Act. This is history in the making! This legislation now goes to President Biden’s desk for signature.
- New Mexico will boost democracy with its Voting Rights Act By Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Luján, Melanie Stansbury, Gabe Vasquez and Teresa Leger Fernández Published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on February 27, 2023 On Jan. 6, 2021, a group of insurrectionists sought to overthrow a legitimate American election, challenging…
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