What we're about

A place for liberals in Albuquerque to gather and share a drink while discussing politics and anything else you're passionate about!

"Promoting democracy one pint at a time. Share your politics while you share a beverage at your local progressive drinking club. An informal gathering of like-minded, left-leaners who may want to trade ideas, get more involved, or just enjoy each other’s company. " - Drinking Liberally

Reconstituted in February 2016, the Albuquerque Chapter has a diverse mix of ages, new members, and regulars. When you come, our host (Gene or Vicki) will greet you and get you introduced and settled in. We hold two meetings a month: on the Second Wednesday we meet at a local bar or restaurant for an informal social gathering and on the Fourth Tuesday we're at O'Neill's Pub in Nob Hill (https://www.oniells.com/location/nob-hill/), sometimes with speakers on topics of interest, political candidates, or organized events like political debate watch parties.

You don't have to belong to a particular political party and you don't have to drink to join us. We don't charge dues or event fees. We do encourage you to contribute to our "Tip Jar" at our events or donate on-line (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/llsite) to help pay for our web site (Living Liberally.org (https://livingliberally.org/)).

Upcoming events (3)

New Place for Drinking Liberally: Nexus Blue Smokehouse

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We'll try a new location for July 13th -- Nexus Blue Smokehouse, Ken Carson's second brewery on South Broadway in downtown Albuquerque. Look for us in the meeting room of their new bar and dine-in area of the restaurant. They have NM Soul Food and delicious barbeque plus appetizers and salads, craft beer, New Mexico wine, or your favorite cocktails, mocktails or non-alcoholic beverages. Gene Brooks will be your host for this event. Everyone takes care of their own tab.

Speaker: NM SOS Maggie Toulouse Oliver

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Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NM Secretary of State, will speak at 6:30PM. She is the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State for New Mexico. Maggie was the Bernalillo County Clerk for 10 years before her election to the position of SOS for New Mexico. She was responsible for expanding voter access in Bernalillo County and has been a fierce defender of voter rights in New Mexico as the Secretary of State since 2016. She is running against a 2020 election conspiracist endorsed by Donald Trump, Republican Audrey Trujillo.

Some biographical information for Ms. Toulouse Oliver, according to Wikipedia:
"Following the resignation of Dianna Duran as Secretary of State, Toulouse Oliver defeated Republican Nora Espinoza in the November 2016 special election to fill the remainder of the term.[15] She was sworn into the position on December 9, 2016.[16]
As Secretary of State, Toulouse Oliver has modernized the voter registration system in New Mexico,[17] and advocated for automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration,[18][19][20][21][22] both of which are now law in the state.[23][24]."

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Speaker: NM Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard

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We will have Stephanie Garcia Richard, NM Land Commissioner, as our speaker at this event. The State Land Office is responsible for "funding public education and other public institutions. Commissioner Garcia Richard is tasked with overseeing 9 million surface acres and 13 million mineral acres. We make money by leasing state trust land for a multitude of purposes including oil and gas, renewable energy, agriculture, and a broad array of commercial uses."

In the November 2022 election, she is the Democratic Party nominee running against Republican Jefferson Byrd, currently a member of the NM Public Regulation Commission. Byrd was recently called out by the Albuquerque Journal "for a duplicitous 'public survey' about energy issues he distributed statewide" as a member of the NM Public Regulation Commission.

Please arrive by 6:00PM to get your food and beverage orders in as Ms. Garcia Richard will speak at 6:30PM.

The following biography was provided by the Stephanie Garcia Richard Campaign:
"Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard is the first woman, the first Latina, and the first educator to serve in the position as New Mexico’s Commissioner of Public Lands.
Born in Tucumcari and raised in Silver City, Stephanie learned at a young age the importance of serving others. Her father, a WWII veteran, was a teacher; her mother was active in their church and community. Stephanie grew up in a family that operated ranches on the eastern plans and northern mountains of New Mexico, sparking the strong connection to our land that she holds today. After graduating from Silver High School, Stephanie went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York.
Stephanie was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 2012. During her six years as a State Representative, she championed laws to increase access to a quality education, transparency, and investments in renewable energy, job training, and economic development. She served as Chair of the House Education Committee for two years before being elected Land Commissioner in 2018.
As Land Commissioner, Stephanie is focused on raising as much money as possible while always keeping an eye toward stewardship and preserving the land for generations to come. We can diversify the revenue that comes into the Land Office by tripling the number of renewable energy projects, promoting outdoor recreation, and encouraging new and innovative commercial development on state trust land. With the largest continuous oil and gas resources potential ever assessed in the world sitting in Southeast New Mexico, and land that is prime for wind and solar development, Commissioner Garcia Richard is committed to working to make more money for New Mexico while protecting the health of our land."

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Let's Celebrate Juneteenth Together!

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