Attention Rodey Law Firm: New Mexico is Not for Sale!!
New Mexico is not for sale, our water is not for sale, and our culture is not for sale. This is always our message when we fight to preserve our precious natural and cultural resources from outside, exploitative forces. The community has been fighting against the Santolina development for years, with hundreds of people taking action, yet the threat to our community’s water and tax dollars continues to grow.
Why are we allowing big money interests from out of state to dictate the use of our resources? Anywhere the community’s water and land are threatened- Flint, Standing Rock, Carlsbad, etc.- there’s usually a local sellout that stands to profit. In Bernalillo County, as it has been for years, that entity is Rodey Law Firm.
The final decision on this land grab rests in the hands of the Bernalillo County Commission, where it has been obvious from the beginning that three Commissioners, Art de la Cruz, Lonnie Talbert and Wayne Johnson, have decided to support the developers in spite of overwhelming public and expert opposition. This is no secret- you only have to read their op-eds of support in the paper, or attend one of the many County Commission meetings where the community voice was stifled and disrespected to realize the position of these pro-Santolina commissioners. But you may not realize how power players behind the scenes decide the future of our community, and who will pay, and who will profit.
With Santolina funded by the deep pockets of Barclays Bank and local developers, one of the few options community members had was to try and elect a County Commissioner for the District 2 seat that would actually represent their interests over corporate interests. Because corporations shouldn’t have more of a voice and representation than the community- this is a democracy, right?
Unfortunately, the District 2 County Commission primary was tainted when members of Rodey Law Firm and Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (the two organization being paid to push Santolina development) decided to contribute over $65,000 to the primary race. This money would go towards sending out hit pieces on candidates, and ultimately allowed the developers to install another pro-Santolina candidate to help them fast-track their “zombie development”.
Real democracy looks nothing like this. We are here to let Rodey Law Firm and Western Albuquerque Land Holdings know that New Mexico is not for sale. Our water isn’t for sale. Our culture isn’t for sale. The community will not stand by and allow big money interests to come in and buy off our elected officials and resources while we have so many real issues in New Mexico that our families are combatting every day.
We stand together today to show that our youth, our farmers, our families, our students, and our communities have a better vision for our well being that doesn’t rely on a pie-in-the-sky development built on a failed model of growth. We will continue to stand up to the Santolina development. And we will continue to call out the Rodey Law Firm and Western Albuquerque Land Holdings for trying to sell out our state.
¡Ya basta! New Mexico is not for sale!
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