We were saddened to read “Progressive group wants City Councilor Davis to resign” about ProgressNow New Mexico’s unfortunate demand that Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis resign. Our legislative districts overlap with City Council District 6, where Councilor Davis has been a key leader and ally to us for years on progressive policies related to gun control, criminal justice and police reform, immigration, cannabis legalization, LGBTQ protections and many other important issues.
Like candidates and officeholders across the state, we are gearing up for one of the most important and consequential elections of our lifetimes. As Democrats, we stand united as the party of inclusion, equity and opportunity for every New Mexico child and family. We have a vision and agenda worth fighting for, and we have real opponents standing in our way from the top of the ballot all the way down to county commissions and local elected offices.
Our country is engaged in a reckoning about race and responsibility on a social and individual scale. As Democrats, and particularly as progressives, we owe it to the movement to rise above the next Twitter war and get down to work on the change we truly need.
Throughout our legislative careers, we have striven to develop a shared understanding of the deep-rooted structures we all inherited. It is disappointing the new leaders of groups like ProgressNow did not stop to study the source of attacks on an ally, which was discredited by the Albuquerque Journal and Associated Press, or to understand the story of reform from former Republicans like Davis who now proudly carry the progressive flag. Ironically, those groups know of Davis’ story because he has so courageously recounted his experiences himself in countless policy fights for criminal justice reform and social equity.
On police reform in particular, shouldn’t we support the voices of those most impacted with that of former officers trained in those tactics, like Pat, who cross the thin blue line and organize with those fighting for change? If we do not encourage growth and evolution within our community, then we will never reach the broader base of support we all desire.