July 19, 2009
July 19, 2009
A little bit about myself
I know that there is a God, and that He hates injustice…I see the storm coming, and I know that His hands are in it. If He has a place and work for me, and I think he has, I believe I am ready.
Abraham Lincoln, 1860
My vision for the city: “google” “KNME Donna Rowe Albuquerque” (toward very end of the video) or http://www.newmexicoinfocus.org/watch.php?v=2009-08-21_IF_306&bw=0
For Albuquerque to become a model city, a city of compassion, one that other cities will want to emulate; one where city government practices the principles “of the people, by the people”; a city where everyone’s “voice” matters; one where “everyone enjoys the rights and freedoms that all of humanity is entitled to”.
I believe we can reach a place in Albuquerque where the sanctity of life is honored and where differences among our fellow citizens are celebrated, not targeted or penalized. I envision a city that strives to alleviate inequality and to let everyone know that they “count” and that there is hope.
I envision a city who through the proper administration of a true democratic government, requires that public officials be impartial and responsible to the people and that allows its citizens to have access to “petition the government for a redress of grievances”.
I have lived in Albuquerque since 1963. I have two children: a son who lives in Tuscon, age 28, mechanic and sprint car racer; my daughter, age 21, lives in Socorro and attends NM Tech, biology major, research assistant.
My mother lives here in Albuquerque; my father in Rio Rancho. She is disabled and retired from Civil Service. He is retired from the Army.
I have three brothers. I am the oldest. The next one in line lives in Florida and works as a systems engineer for a major aviation company. He is also retired from the Air Force.
The “middle” brother is a special ed teacher in Albuquerque.
My youngest brother lives in Rio Rancho: APD officer and officer in the National Guard.
A.A. in Business Technology, 1988, University of New Mexico (UNM)
B.A. in Criminal Justice, 1993, UNM, 2001
Post Graduate classes in Psychology with an emphasis in Drug and Alcohol Studies
Intern with CASAA UNM Dept. of Psychology 1990-1991
Intern with 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s office Victim Impact Program, 1992
Have been an advocate for the incarcerated, both working with inmates as an outsider on a professional level and from the inside as a fellow inmate.
I have been both an advocate for victims of domestic violence and a victim myself. I have some great solutions and ideas in regards to this city-wide epidemic. We need to treat the offender as well as the victim.
Since 1993 I have been in the “trenches” with the homeless, the working poor, troubled youth, the incarcerated, convicted felons, the at-risk, the disabled (primarily the mentally ill) and other disenfranchised populations living within Albuquerque.
Check out this “trailer” from 2003 made by Jim Morrison: htttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH_eOLBE1Ug
I am best known in the City as the director of Youth in Transition, Inc.; a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization formed in 1995 to help the City’s street youth; youth unable to access other services. I am also known as a woman who speaks honestly and is known for my outspoken activism and commitment for all those in need.
Presently I live on disability income (my disabilities will not affect my ability to serve everyone as your mayor). Coming from a fairly traditional, middle-class background, I have experienced “normalcy”, but I have also experienced poverty and what a painful and degrading experience that can be.
Check out 2009 KRQE (channel 13) footage. “Google” Donna Rowe Albuquerque KRQE or link to http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/politics__krqe_albuquerque_2_main_candidates_miss_mayoral_forum_200908291841
I have seen and experienced, not only for myself, what is lacking in Albuquerque and what is needed, but have also seen these things in the eyes and lives of countless members of OUR city. Remember, if we all pull together to help the less fortunate, it benefits everyone and the city as a whole.
Let’s talk. Let’s strategize together for the benefit of ALL of Albuquerque’s citizens; not the mayor’s (a servant to the people) city but OUR city. I would appreciate and if given the chance, look forward to working for ALL of you as your next Mayor.
I think it is so important to insist on the “recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights” of everyone in Our city, “with the understanding that these recognitions are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace” within Albuquerque.
July 19, 2009
It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of good deeds could of done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; whose strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at least knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing so, greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (“I Have aDream”, 1963)
…but we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt…We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the vaults of opportunity…and so we’ve come to cash a check…a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice…Now is the timeto make the real promises of Democracy…Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children…Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred…We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and disciple…No, no we are not satisfied and will not e satisfied until justice rolls down like the waters and righteousness like a mighty stream…I am not unmindful that some of you come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by storms of persecution and staggerd by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive…Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends – so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is adream deeply rooted in the American drem. I have a dream that one day this nation (this city) will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…
Gettysburg Address (Abraham Lincoln, 1863): …a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
In the words of the great poet and Lincoln-biographer, Carl Sanburg: He (Lincoln) has stood that day…saying that democracy was yet worth fighting for…His cadences sang the ancient song that where there is freedom men have fought and sacrificed for it, and that freedom is worth men dying for…He had a dramatic occaion declaimed, howsoever it might be read…”All men are created equal”.
Statue of Liberty inscription: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
To win the respect of intelligent people…
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a little better,
whether by…or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
THIS IS THE MEANING OF SUCCESS.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above above all, be a sheep.
July 19, 2009
As they happen. see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH-eOLBE1Ug
Right now, I am looking for supportive venues and money to pay for adverting. quickly,$600, and we can put in a small ad in the CNM Chronicle, the Daily Lobo (UNM), and the Alibi.
Need help “manning” the polls on early election days (now-Sept.29, 8:30-4:30)and on election day (Oct. 6).
Have been both invited and included in some tv and print media. Thanks to those responsible to those who have shown an interest. Have been both invited and excluded from several debates/forums (and these are just the one’s I know about. Remember to let people know I am a REAL candidate. Certified. Have to abide by all the rules, regulations, reporting guidelines as the candidates who made it on the ballot (darn, we got close).
In Focus, channel 5, 8-21-09 http://www.newmexicoinfocus.org/watch.php?v=2009-08-21_IF-306&bw=0
small ad in “Voter’s Guide”, Albuquerque Journal, 9-16-09
Certified as a write-in candidate on Aug. 18, 2009 at City clerk’s office.
Meeting with the Board of Ethics on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at City Clerk’s office.
Vecinos United Mayoral Forum
3-5pm, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009
Main Library, Downstairs/auditorium
PNM candidate forum, “Meet and Greet”
Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, 11:30-1
in Alvarado park, in front of PNM, 415 Silver SW
Sept. 26, 2009, Saturday, 11-12:00
Ceasar Chavez Community center, 7505 Kathryn SE
Forum before the “Asian Community”
Oct. 2, 2009, 10 am-2 pm
Disability Awareness Day by Student Union Bldg. at UNM
Oct. 1st interview in the Weekly Alibi coming out
Look on-line, alibi.com for a “response to questions”