April 25th, 2013 | Comments Off
You can listen to the entire interview below.
Working America’s New Mexico state director Chelsey Evans was testifying on behalf of increasing the minimum wage when Kush called her a “radical bitch” on Facebook and Twitter.
Kush has since been suspended by the county party.
“I just think any time a voice is stifled because of a derogatory comment, it is very unfortunate and it hurts the entire community,” Evans said.
“Nothing can take away what was said,” Evans said when asked about Kush’s suspension. “Nothing can fix what was said last night and I think that’s unfortunate.”
Evans did say that she had accepted the apologies of Kush and former county party official Bob Cornelius, who was also involved in the Facebook discussion.
Evans also wanted to put the focus back on the reason for the hearing — the raising of the minimum wage in Bernalillo County to, eventually $8.50 per hour. The current minimum wage in the state is $7.50 per hour.
“For me, I tried to look beyond that and, again, look at the victory that we had and really focus in on that and less on the comments that were made,” Evans told St. Cyr.
The Bernalillo County Commission had voted 3-2, on party lines, to raise the minimum wage. Working America was one of the labor-aligned organizations that helped push for the pay increase for minimum wage workers.
And Evans vowed that she would continue to push for economic justice for working families.
“This will not stop us, we will continue to fight for working families,” Evans said. “Working America will continue to be a huge advocate here in New Mexico to make sure that everyday New Mexicans are given an opportunity to get involved in a healthy way, a way that was meaningful.”
Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
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