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Martin Heinrich


Martin Heinrich is a Democratic member of the US Senate, representing New Mexico.

In November 2012, Heinrich won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican Heather Wilson in the general election.[1]

Background

A native of Fallon, Nevada, Martin Heinrich graduated from the University of Missouri in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in science and engineering, and later took graduate courses at the University of New Mexico. He served as executive director of the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, a New Mexico nonprofit dedicated to educating young people on natural science and the environment, and founded his own public affairs consulting firm.

Heinrich served on the Albuquerque City Council from 2003 to 2007, which included one term as city council president in 2006. As a city councilman, he sought to reduce crime, raise the minimum wage, create new jobs, and he advocated the use of wind and solar power. In February 2006, he was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to be the state’s Natural Resources Trustee. [2]

In the mid-1990s, after his undergraduate years, Heinrich moved to New Mexico on a whim, having read a book lauding the state’s extraordinary natural beauty. There, he got a job as a research engineer at the Phillips Research Site on Kirtland Air Force Base. A few years later, he enrolled in graduate school.

As recently as 2003, Heinrich was still a graduate student—at the school of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico—and was only just starting to ponder a run for District Six’s vacant city council seat.

Javier Benavidez, a fellow student and long-time political activist from the city, volunteered for his campaign. “Like a lot of us at that school, he was focused on smart growth and community development,” he remembers.

Heinrich won that election and spent the next few years working on labor issues, conservation politics—the mayor at the time was floating plans to build a road through a landscape of ancient petroglyphs—transport policy, and other themes that endeared him to local progressives. “He was seen as a real fighter for working people. Very active when it came to labor disputes, the minimum wage, helping neighborhoods with crime issues, and smart growth. He was taking on some tough fights with big real estate and the Chamber of Commerce,” says Benavidez, who Heinrich hired on as his policy analyst.[3]

Politics

In 2008, Heinrich ran for an open House seat, and won handily 56%-44%. In 2010, he won by fewer than 8,000 votes, but ran an effective campaign in the face of a Republican tide that swept many Republicans to victory in the state and country.

In the House, he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources. A member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, last year he worked to build support for ratification of the New START agreement and this year was a leader in building bi-partisan support for full funding for nuclear non-proliferation programs.

Soltari Inc.

Alicia Maldonado and friends created several organizations to tackle the diverse needs of the community including a for-profit political consulting firm, Soltari Inc., with the goal of getting local progressive elected into office. One of their early successes was U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich; Soltari Inc. ran his first political race for Albuquerque City Council.

Despite many other victories we needed to do the long-term work on civic engagement, public policy and leadership development. We ended Soltari Inc. and created the Center for Civic Policy, a nonprofit that is part of the State Voices network and a nationally recognized innovator in the civic engagement sector. We also started the New Mexico Strategic Leadership Institute, a statewide leadership network to bring together leaders from across the state to build relationships and learn from one another.[4]

Senate

In the Senate Heinrich serves on the Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, Committee on Armed Services, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee.[5]

Radical environmentalists

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Martin Heinrich founded an environmentalist group with a convicted eco-terrorist in the 1990s.

Heinrich was elected to the Senate in 2012 with the financial backing of numerous environmentalist groups.

Prior to his political career, Heinrich co-founded and chaired the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Dave Foreman, a convicted criminal and founder of the radical environmental “warrior society” Earth First!, was among the other co-founders of the group. He also sat on the board during Heinrich’s tenure as chairman.

Foreman pled guilty to conspiring to sabotage a nuclear power plant and has openly advocated for monkey-wrenching and other forms of “environmental espionage,” according to documents. Other Earth First! members also served on the board Heinrich chaired, including Foreman’s wife Nancy Morton and Todd Schulke, according to a 2001 Wilderness Alliance newsletter.

Foreman pled guilty in 1991 to conspiracy to damage the property of an energy facility in an Earth First! attempt to destroy an electrical transmission line leading to a nuclear power plant, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice entitled “Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct.”

Foreman’s guilty plea occurred years before the earliest verifiable evidence of his working relationship with Heinrich, who now sits on the Senate Energy Committee. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was formed in 1997, according to the groups website.

In his writings, Foreman has said that “World War III has already begun, and that is the war of industrial humans against the Earth.” He has also advocated for ”civil disobedience” and “environmental espionage,” and coached his followers in the methods of “conscious lawbreaking.”

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance meetings took place in Foreman’s home, where Heinrich was a frequent guest, according to a source close to the New Mexico environmentalist community.

Foreman’s wife, Morton, made multiple financial contributions to Heinrich’s 2012 Senate campaign, totaling $1,750.

Earth First! ran a campaign of environmentally motivated 'eco-tage' in the 1990s and 2000s. Among its initiatives was an unfulfilled plot to destroy power lines leading to a nuclear power plant.

Foreman, then Earth First!'s leader, pleaded guilty to conspiring in that plot. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was founded six years later, in 1997.

By that time, Foreman's criminal charge had been reduced from felony conspiracy to the misdemeanor crime of vandalism to government property. That arrangement was dependent on five years of good behavior. He later paid a $250 fine.

Other Earth First! activists including Foreman's wife also served on the New Mexico group's board of directors while Heinrich was its chairman.

In a documentary film titled Earth First!: The Politics Of Radical Environmentalism, Foreman spelled out his green pressure philosophy.

'We aren't fooled for a minute that we’re engaged in the liberal reform,' he said. 'We're sticking a wrench in the system, we're slowing it down, we're thwarting it, we’re kicking it in the face.'

That 'monkey wrenching' philosophy often extended to the personal lives of business and government leaders who the group saw as putting economic progress ahead of the planet.

'The earth is not dying,' its official motto read. 'It is being killed. And those who are killing it have names and addresses.'

The group put out several hit lists during the 1990s and 2000s, including one in its newsletter, the Earth First! Journal, that spelled out the names and addresses of biotechnology executives involved with the genetic modification of food crops.[6]

The League of Conservation Voters was Heinrich’s largest campaign contributor during the 2012 election cycle, donating $154,374. The Sierra Club spent $2 million on negative advertisements targeting Heinrich’s Republican opponent, Heather Wilson. [7]

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance board members

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Minimum Wage Bill

Under the threat that the New Mexicans for a Fair Wage coalition would get a minimum wage initiative on the November ballot, the Albuquerque City Council passed its own minimum wage ordinance on Thursday, April 20, 2006. Passed on a 6-3 vote – from the mayor that he would sign it into law – the ordinance will raise the minimum wage to $6.75 in January 2007, to $7.15 in 2008, and to $7.50 in 2009.

The vote took place after several hours of public testimony, the vast majority of which was in favor of the increase.

New Mexicans for a Fair Wage will now turn its attention to other municipalities around the state. The only other city in New Mexico with a minimum wage set higher than the federal level of $5.15 an hour is Santa Fe. As economist and New Mexico Voices for Children research director Gerry Bradley pointed out in his testimony before the Albuquerque City Council, Santa Fe has seen its economy grow and its unemployment levels drop since its minimum wage was raised.[9]

After a year of failures, the push for a higher minimum wage in Albuquerque has succeeded,thanks to a little fear and growing public support for helping low-wage workers.

The City Council's 6-3 vote to approve Council President Martin Heinrich's bill bringing the city's minimum wage to $6.75 an hour in January was bolstered by councilors' perception that outside groups would find success with a steeper increase.

"We have a choice between a very expensive peace or a very expensive war," said Councilor Don Harris, a Republican who split from his personal ideology to vote for the measure. "I have decided I will support the expensive peace."[10]

Heinrich's signature issue was increasing New Mexico’s minimum wage in 2006. Heinrich worked with the city’s business leaders and community activists to produce compromise legislation mandating a gradual increase.[11]

The most prominent speakers in favor of the move at the Council meetings were New Mexico Voices for Children research director Gerry Bradley (a leader of New Mexico Democratic Socialists of America, and retired teachers representative Emil Shaw, chairman of the New Mexico Communist Party.[12]

"Active participant"

According to New Mexico Communist Party state chair Emil Shaw, writing in October 2007; [13]

New Mexico is offering new opportunities to trounce the Republican right next year.

Then, on Oct. 4, Republican Sen. Peter Domenici declared he would not seek another term, citing health reasons.
Suddenly all political estimates have changed here. With Domenici’s announcement, labor and progressives are looking at three possible congressional seats open for a serious contest to defeat the Bush agenda.

GOP Rep. Heather Wilson, long perceived as Domenici’s political heir apparent, announced her candidacy for his seat and said she would not run for re-election to the House. This gives the Democrats an open shot not only for the Senate seat but also Wilson’s 1st Congressional District slot.
So far Democratic leaders have been slow on the uptake. Martin Heinrich, former Albuquerque City Councilor and active participant in the local labor-community fight for a livable wage, has announced his candidacy for Wilson’s House seat....Also running is Michelle Lujan Grisham, former state health secretary and protégé of Gov. Bill Richardson. A political newcomer, she has also projected an antiwar and people’s agenda.
With close to one-third of New Mexico voters registered as independents, for the Democrats to win all three open congressional seats, they must come out fighting hard on domestic issues as well as ending the war. If the Albuquerque-Santa Fe community-labor coalition takes an independent stand on issues and candidates, it could become a big factor in the primaries and the 2008 elections.

ACORN influence

Heinrich First Decided To Pursue A Higher Minimum Wage After Speaking With Representatives Of ACORN. “City Councilor Martin Heinrich says he might sponsor a minimum wage law for Albuquerque after he was contacted by groups promoting the idea. Proponents include ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, he confirmed Tuesday. The group deals with a variety of issues centering on low-income families. Heinrich said there are other parties involved. He would not discuss details and emphasized that the matter remains under study. ‘I talked to those folks and I’m looking at the issue — trying to look at all sides and doing some research,’ Heinrich said.”

Heinrich Now Claims He Ran For City Council To Raise The Minimum Wage. “It was the reason why when I ran for city council I carried the legislation to raise the minimum wage.” [14]

ACORN led The Petition Drive To Include The Minimum Wage Question On The Ballot But At $7.50/Hr. “The petition-drive proposal calls for a minimum wage of $7.50 per hour for regular employees and $4.50 per hour for tipped employees. It would be increased annually to keep pace with inflation….Matthew Henderson of ACORN, the group that spearheaded Albuquerque’s petition drive, said the provision stemmed from the experience in Santa Fe with its local minimum wage. He said there were allegations employers tried to avoid paying the higher amount.” [15]

The New Minimum Wage Question, Supported By Heinrich, Included A “Workplace-Access Provision” That “Would Allow Any Member Of The Public To Have Access To Certain Non-Work Areas ‘To Inform Employees Of Their Rights Under This Ordinance And Other Laws.’” [16]

Heinrich Joined With Labor Unions To Support The New Minimum Wage Law. “Heinrich also expressed optimism. ‘Since this issue left the City Council, it’s been in the hands of the public, so I expect a grass-roots campaign. It’s going to do very well,’ he said. It will be promoted by the Albuquerque Living Wage Campaign, which includes labor unions, church groups, community organizations and others.” [17]

Congressional run

Encouraged by then-Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, Heinrich announced that he would challenge Republican Heather Wilson for her House seat in 2008. National Democrats backed Heinrich’s candidacy, and he defeated three other hopefuls in the primary.

In October 2007, Wilson announced her intention to give up the seat to run for the Senate. (She lost in the primary.)

Republicans fielded a strong replacement in Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White. But Heinrich tied White to the unpopular incumbent president by reminding voters that White had served as President George W. Bush’s Bernalillo County reelection chairman in 2004. White in turn questioned Heinrich’s business practices, saying nonprofit groups paid him for advocacy work without his first registering as a lobbyist. Heinrich maintained that the law had not required him to register when he was a political consultant for the Coalition for New Mexico Wilderness from 2002 to 2005. Thanks in part to that year’s Democratic wave, Heinrich won easily, 56 percent to 44 percent.[18]

Healthcare town hall meeting

Braving over 95 degree heat, more than 2,000 Albuquerquians turned out for a town hall meeting Saturday, August 22nd, 2009, sponsored by Rep. Martin Heinrich of the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico, most of whom were in support of health care reform and the public option.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, people lined up as early as 7:30 AM for a meeting that was to begin at 3:00 PM . Judging by the signs and decals that attendees wore, at least 2/3 of the turnout was in support of real health care with a public option. Terri Schleder, Field Consultant for the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans, stated that she was flabbergasted at the turnout that put her organizing efforts to good use, but dwarfed anything that she could create. While the UNM Continuing Education auditorium was filled to its 600 people capacity, 300 watched the event on separate TV rooms and the rest had to stay outside the hall.

NM labor organizers from AFSCME, AFT, and CWA were very vigorous in reminding their members of this town hall meeting, with positive results. The crowd was so huge both inside the auditorium and outside, that organized efforts to identify various participants seemed to be swamped.

In the opening remarks of Congressman Heinrich, he mentioned the effective participation of Bernice Romero and her personal health care story. As a retired member of CWA she had been fighting for health care relief due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Romero is president of the NM CWA Retirees and also a board member of the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans.

The panel accompanying Heinrich was composed of: Dr. Michael Richards, Chair of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine of NM University; Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, and Dr. John Vigil, Medical Director of Doctors On Call Urgent Care Clinics. Each question from the audience was answered by Rep. Heinrich and the panelists, if they wished. Richards came out in support of reform and public option. Gessing took the lead in opposing public option, and Dr. Vigil seemed to vacillate.

The organizers of the town hall meeting, in conjunction with the local Democratic Party, MoveOn.org, the local labor unions and the Obama organizations, had good control to keep disruption at a minimum. To get into the auditorium, people had to pass through a metal detector to avoid weapons being carried into the hall. That included my pen knife!

One of the unique things at this event was the fact that the Albuquerque Raging Grannies sang health care reform songs as people entered the building. And despite a number of individuals distributing material for single payer, the vast majority of the attendees pushed for public option.[19]

Raben connection

At the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich has been adopted by a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. He has been taken under the wing of the Raben Group, headed by Robert Raben, former aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D. Mass.) and an assistant attorney general during the Clinton Administration. Raben runs what the The Washington Examiner describes as “perhaps the leading K Street advocate of liberal causes.” Its clients include the scandal-ridden ACORN, The Center for Reproductive Rights, and People for the American Way.[20]

Introducing Huerta

Martin Heinrich, Dolores Huerta

April 2, 2011, the 18th Annual César Chávez Day March and Festival was held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. There was a large turnout of people from all walks of life and a diversity of ethnic backgrounds who are all bound by at least one thing -- a dedication to honoring the heroic labor and civil rights organizer and leader, and keeping his nonviolent activist mission alive in a new era of attacks on working people, minorities and collective bargaining itself.

Cesar Chavez, who passed away on April 23, 1993 at age 66, founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962, later to become the United Farm Workers - the UFW. Chávez worked in tandem with fellow activist Dolores Huerta, a co-founder of the union, who was this year's honored guest at the Albuquerque events.

Dolores -- now an energetic, passionate and active 81 years young -- has carried forward the work she started with Cesar, and expanded her activism to include advocacy on a variety of civil rights, economic and social justice issues over the years. She now heads the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring and motivating people to organize sustainable communities to attain social justice.

The march and festival were organized by the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee, whose mission is to educate our youth and communities about the legacy, life and work of the great American civil rights leader, César Chávez.

After the march, participants gathered to celebrate the historic legacy of César Chávez with food, dancing, entertainment and more at the NHCC's Plaza de Major, Also addressing the crowed were a variety of speakers including Dolores Huerta, who was introduced by Rep. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and City Councilor Rey Garduno.[21]

SWOP connections

Heinrich is close to the SouthWest Organizing Project.

Javier Benavidez connection

As recently as 2003, Martin Heinrich was still a graduate student—at the school of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico—and was only just starting to ponder a run for District Six’s vacant city council seat.

Javier Benavidez, a fellow student and long-time political activist from the city, volunteered for his campaign. “Like a lot of us at that school, he was focused on smart growth and community development,” he remembers.

Heinrich won that election and spent the next few years working on labor issues, conservation politics—the mayor at the time was floating plans to build a road through a landscape of ancient petroglyphs—transport policy, and other themes that endeared him to local progressives. “He was seen as a real fighter for working people. Very active when it came to labor disputes, the minimum wage, helping neighborhoods with crime issues, and smart growth. He was taking on some tough fights with big real estate and the Chamber of Commerce,” says Benavidez, who Heinrich hired on as his policy analyst, and who now runs the SouthWest Organizing Project.[22]

Montoya connection

Michael Montoya of Center for Civic Policy previously ran political programs for the SouthWest Organizing Project. He was also a field organizer for the successful 2008 Martin Heinrich for Congress campaign.[23]

New Mexico Digital Justice Coalition

February 24 2011, a coalition of public interest advocates with the New Mexico Digital Justice Coalition met with US Rep. Martin Heinrich to encourage his support for the expansion of community media centers and net neutrality. The meeting comes in the wake of the Congressional Review Act used by US House conservatives to challenge the FCC's recently announced net neutrality rules and the introduction of the Community Preservation Act that would address some of the challenges facing public access television.

Out of a coalition of 15 separate community-based organizations, 6 were able to attend the meeting - the Media Literacy Project, Quote...Unquote, Encuentro, the SouthWest Organizing Project, Generation Justice, and La Comunidad Habla. These organizations combined represent roughly 30,000 immigrants, rural New Mexican residents, low-income urban residents, and media producers.

"We're at a crucial crossroads in communications rights," said Andrea Quijada, executive director of the Media Literacy Project. "On the one hand we have influential telecommunications companies who are investing millions of dollars to lobby Congress against net neutrality and many New Mexicans who need affordable access to the Internet and strong net neutrality rules to meet their everyday needs. We can't let New Mexico fall farther behind because of telecom pressure on Congress. And we're hopeful that Representative Heinrich will move us in the right direction by advocating for the communication needs of his constituents."

"Time and time again we hear immigrants say that they feel excluded from the rest of world because they don't know how to use computers and they don't have access to the Internet," said Andrea Plaza, executive director of Encuentro

"The majority of my student's children have to do their homework utilizing the Internet," said Azucena Molinar, a communications outreach specialist with La Comunidad Habla.

"The Internet has provided local youth journalists the opportunity to develop their passion for writing and their advocacy skills," said Roberta Rael, director of Generation Justice, a youth-based media production organization.

"Our organization knows the importance of communication and media as organizing tools," said George Lujan, communications organizer with the SouthWest Organizing Project. "The recent immigration march in Santa Fe was almost entirely organized online. We reached out to our members through social networking and emails to encourage them to march for immigrant rights. We're afraid that if we don't implement strong net neutrality regulations, our ability to organize New Mexico to advocate for their selves will be compromised. We hope Representative Heinrich will help to promote an open and neutral network in New Mexico."

The coalition also addressed the Community Access Preservation Act introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that would give public access television stations more autonomy over their finances, make cable television-related laws and regulations applicable to all landline video providers and expand the FCC's oversight of public access television finances to ensure states adequately support these stations.

The Digital Justice Coalition is a newly formed network of 15 organizations across New Mexico who are committed to reforming media policy to meet the communication needs of New Mexicans.[24]

Senate race

New Mexico’s Democratic establishment was eager for Heinrich to run for Jeff Bingaman’s seat as soon as the senator announced his retirement. Heinrich drew a Democratic primary opponent in state Auditor Hector Balderas, who hoped to tap into the state’s sizable Hispanic vote. But the party rallied around the more politically experienced Heinrich, and he won the primary with 59 percent of the vote.

That set him up for a general-election matchup against Republican Wilson, which was seen as a contest between two well-regarded candidates. A former Air Force officer and National Security Council staffer, Wilson was the political protege of popular former GOP Sen. Peter Domenici. With the help of Domenici’s network of supporters, she won several close reelection races in the House before losing to Democratic Rep. Tom Udall in the 2008 race to succeed Domenici in the Senate. In the 2012 GOP primary, she trounced Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards with 70 percent of the vote.

In running against Heinrich, Wilson stressed her independence from her party, but Democrats painted her as too conservative for the state. Heinrich accused her of withholding her plan to address entitlement programs’ financial shortfalls while cutting spending. Wilson consistently trailed Heinrich in polls, eventually prompting national Republicans to turn their attention elsewhere.[25]

ARA lobbying

While Congress was home for recess July 2010, Alliance for Retired Americans members across the country met this week with members of Congress and staff including: Reps. Brad Miller in North Carolina; Sen. Claire McCaskill and Reps. Russ Carnahan, Emanuel Cleaver, and William Lacy Clay in Missouri; Reps. John Boccieri, Mary Jo Kilroy and Steve Driehaus in Ohio; Rep. Patrick J. Murphy in Pennsylvania; Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Harry Mitchell in Arizona; Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Martin Heinrich in New Mexico; and Reps. John Spratt, Jr. and Jim Clyburn in South Carolina.[26]

ARA endorsement

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Oct. 12, 2012 , at an event in Albuquerque, the Alliance for Retired Americans announced their endorsement of Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate and Michelle Lujan Grisham for U.S. House. ARA represents more than 4 million members nationwide, including more than 14,000 members in New Mexico.

"The Alliance supports Martin Heinrich for Senate because he believes strongly in the need to provide more affordable health care for older Americans, as well as the need for stronger retirement and pension security, and quality long term care. Martin has shown strong opposition to cutting Social Security and Medicare, including privatization, cuts in benefits and raising the eligibility age. He has confirmed his commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of life for older Americans earned a 100% perfect lifetime score for his pro-retiree votes in Congress, according to the Alliance for Retired Americans 2011 Voting Record," said Barbara Easterling, President of the ARA.

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Together, we will continue the work of protecting and strengthening vital programs like Social Security and Medicare so that seniors can live independently and with dignity now, and for generations to come," said Martin Heinrich. "I will fight any effort to privatize Social Security and Medicare, and will always stand on the side of New Mexico's seniors when these programs are at risk. We can and must reduce our deficit, but I will never agree to doing so on the backs of our seniors."

Always standing on the side of New Mexico seniors when Social Security and Medicare are at risk, Heinrich has also received the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Veterans and Military Families for Progress. Heinrich believes that we must keep the promises we've made to seniors, and he knows that generations of seniors have been able to live independently because of the safety net provided by these crucial programs.

New Mexico Field Staff for the Alliance for Retired Americans Terry Schleder said, "Martin Heinrich understands New Mexicans and will continue to fight to keep Seniors and the Middle Class strong. His record of opposing cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is a winning one for retirees and aging workers who would lose-out under the GOP plan to privatize programs that make our state healthier and economically secure."

The son of an IBEW lineman and a factory worker, Heinrich has received overwhelming support from New Mexico's labor community.[27]

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Carol Moseley Braun, a former US Senator from Illinois, and long time Communist Party USA affiliate, serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[28]

Heinrich was one of 12 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.[29]

He was one of 17 supported in 2010.

Council for a Livable World connection

2012 CLW Senate victories

2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[30]
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The Council said of Heinrich;

He wrote: “Strengthening nuclear threat reduction efforts remains our first line of defense to reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism. Failure to secure or remove bomb-grade materials where they are most vulnerable will unnecessarily increase the likelihood that terrorists or countries hostile to the United States will acquire a nuclear weapons capability.”

Heinrich supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the Kissinger-Schulz-Nunn-Perry vision of moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons. He also opposes building a new generation of nuclear weapons.

On the Committee on Natural Resources, the Representative has worked on clean energy issues as part of a drive for energy independence.
Additionally, Heinrich has pressed President Obama to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Congressman Heinrich received a perfect 100% on the Council’s voting scorecard.
If Martin Heinrich is elected to the U.S. Senate, he will be positioned to be an active leader on our issues for many years. Council for a Livable World has a history of helping to elect new candidates who can make a difference in the Senate, such as a little-known state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama and a 29-year old Joe Biden in his first statewide contest.[31]

CLW Inauguration event

Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation hosted an event on Monday, January 21, 2013 celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and theirr endorsed candidates in the 113th Congress. The event was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel ballroom across from Union Station and just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

A number of prestigious guests attended the event, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, Angus King and Bernie Sanders, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene, Lois Frankel and Mark Takano, United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz and Vicki Hansen Thackray from the executive committee of Democrats Abroad.

Gary Collins, President of the board of Council for a Livable World, kicked off the celebration with a short speech highlighting the work of the Council during the 2012 election cycle.

Board member Robert K. Musil introduced Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). Senator Heinrich, who is well known for his environmental and clean energy advocacy, spoke about the importance of grassroots support. Over 1,300 council contributors gave more than $100,000 to Senator Heinrich’s campaign with an average gift of $75.[32]

Filibuster reform

The Communications Workers of America is to make filibuster reform a top cause and they're trying to bring the rest of the union movement along. The union reiterated that goal in post-election comments.

"The 2012 election makes the reform even more paramount," it said. "Seven Democratic senators-elect - Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) - have all already pledged to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to support rules reform. And Maine's Independent candidate, former Gov. Angus King won on a platform included filibuster reform as a major campaign issue.

"The American people want their elected officials to debate and address the major issues of our time and to move past obstruction for obstruction's sake," added CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson.[33]

Honoring Cesar Chavez

Friday, March 29, 2013- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich released the following statements after introducing a resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez, and recognizing March 31 as "César Chávez Day."

"In the long march of human rights, César Chávez is a towering figure," said Udall. "On the anniversary of his birthday, we honor his compassion, sacrifice and dedication to the rights of workers and the dignity of every human being. With remarkable courage, and humility, César Chávez gave a voice to those who were so often unheard. This great American continues to inspire us, and we truly honor him when we remember that his cause endures and the promise of America moves forward."

"It is an honor to pay tribute to César Chávez, a true American hero and a remarkable public servant," said Heinrich. "César Chávez is revered by people throughout the world as a humble activist who led a monumental fight to achieve fair wages, worker protections, human rights, and human dignity for the most underrepresented in our society. Let us continue to meet each challenge the way César Chávez did, with hope, determination, and service to others. And to always remember his great rallying cry, ¡Sí, se puede!"

New Mexico is one of 10 states to honor the life and legacy of César Chávez on March 31 of each year. In New Mexico, César Chávez Day brings communities together to celebrate and contribute to service and learning projects across the state.

The Senate Resolution is backed by the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, which both Senators serve on.[34]

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras' upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[35]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[36]

Working America

Working America, the AFL-CIO’s more than 3 million-member community affiliate for people without unions, celebrated its 10th anniversary 2013. To mark the occasion, Working America unveiled its “50 in 5” initiative to expand into all 50 states in five years, as well as new efforts to organize workers at their workplaces. Said Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum:

Every day, we talk to people struggling to support their families or piece together a living with their current jobs. These are people who want to see changes in their communities or on the job. This expansion allows working people to make a difference in new states and communities.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Working America is an example of the way the AFL-CIO’s door has to be—and will be—open to any worker or group of workers who want to organize and build power.” The expansion to 50 states, he said, means that every week, at front doors, workplaces and community gatherings all over America, thousands of people can build power locally.

Along with its expansion efforts, Working America will continue its year-round community organizing and electoral and legislative work, as well as pilot different methods of organizing workers on the job. Those models and tactics include a workplace organizing site set to launch in May called FixMyJob.com.

In 2013 , Working America was in a dozen states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan and Oregon. It recently opened offices in Texas and North Carolina.

Working America hosted a “50 in 5” launch at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., that included Trumka, AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney, American Bridge 21st Century President Rodell Mollineau, U.S. Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other guests.[37]

JStreet endorsement, 2012

In 2012, the the JStreet PAC endorsed seven Senatorial candidates, all of whom emerged victorious. The Senate slate, which has more than doubled in size since 2010, included pro-Israel leaders Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). The PAC also backed winning candidates in some of the most competitive Senate races in the country, raising more than $100,000 each for Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Governor Tim Kaine (VA) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM).[38]

2014

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed several "off cycle" Senators in 2014, including Martin Heinrich. [39]

2016

JStreet endorsed Heinrich in 2016.

. Heinrich has been a consistent supporter of pro-Israel, pro-peace initiatives in Congress, fighting to preserve funding for both the Palestinian Authority and Israel.[40]

Lobbied by communist

‎National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare New Mexico, volunteers Mandy Pino, Pablo Trujillo, Tim Cunningham visited Senator Martin Heinrich's office, March 2014. Spoke to Stephanie Russo Constituent Services Representative. Encouraged Mr. Heinrich to Endorse HR 3118 recommending several improvements to Social Security: CPI-E, Raising the Wage Cap and increasing Social Security Benefits by an average of $70 a month.[41]

LULAC convention

Martin Heinrich, Kiki Vigil, Pablo Martinez, PLO Amb. Maen Rashid Areikat, Jinah Khalaf, Maggie Rivera of LULAC, in the back members of Las Cruces Hispano Chamber

Senator Heinrich attended the New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens, May 25, 2014 State Convention. He posed with Palestine Liberation Organization envoy Maen Rashid Areikat.[42]

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[43]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats - Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [44]

"Principles for a Progressive Foreign Policy"

"Principles for a Progressive Foreign Policy- What Congress Must Do" by Senators Chris Murphy, Brian Schatz, and Martin Heinrich was published in Foreign Affairs, June 8, 2015.

The new world order demands that the United States think anew about the tools that it will use to lead the world, including reaching beyond the military budget to rediscover the power of non-kinetic statecraft. As relatively new members of the U.S. Senate on the Foreign Relations, Appropriations, Armed Services, and Intelligence Committees, we believe that Congress needs to help chart a new course to meet these challenges and play a more active role to help shape foreign policy coming out of the executive branch...
Human rights and gender equality should not be viewed as secondary to security issues, but appropriately recognized as essential to long-term global stability.
Finally, we believe climate change presents an immediate threat to the world, and the United States must invest time, money, and global political capital to address this crisis. In 2007, a group of 11 retired three-star and four-star admirals and generals unequivocally stated that climate change is a “significant national security challenge” that can serve as a “threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.” The United States must acknowledge what the science and national security experts are already saying—climate change is real, it is happening now, and it is solvable if the United States acts quickly.[45]

Planned Parenthood

Heinrich received $2000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

External links

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