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Learn about Lyla JUNe's "Fast for the Future"

I will be fasting for seven days on the Capitol steps in prayer for the next seven generations to come.

From January 20-26, 2020, Lyla June Johnston will be doing a seven day prayer fast on the capitol steps of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is calling it a “Fast for the Future.” She has two purposes for her fast: 1) to be in contemplative prayer for life on earth in the face of the Climate Crisis, 2) to kickstart a conversation about her “Seven Generations New Deal.” The capitol address is: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe,NM, 87501.

In December, Johnston announced her candidacy for New Mexico House of Representatives, District 47.She chose this district because it is home to the current Speaker of the House for the state of New Mexico, Brian Egolf. As a new democratic candidate running against an established democrat, she hopes to hold the democratic party to higher standards. Egolf’s major PAC and campaign donors include: Marathon Oil, Chevron,PNM, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Anheuser-Busch, among others (source: She seeks to bring attention to the urgency of the Climate Crisis and the inadequacy of the political norm (corporate influence in lawmaking) to serve Planet Earth at this time. Egolf has held the seat for 9 years without a primary challenger in this majority Democrat district.

Johnston will drink buffalo stew broth in the morning and evening. She will have juices and other liquids, but no solids for seven days so long as her medical team allows it. She will have R.N. Nicolle Gonzalez and M.D. Rupa Mary a monitoring her health and vitals before and during the fast. She will also have basic security to ensure she may complete her fast peacefully.

For the first six days, she requests, “Please eat for me. As you do, think about what we are praying for.Think about all the things that happened for that food to be on our plate and our indebtedness to the earth.”She requests that if people would like to fast with her, that they only fast on Sunday, January 26th.

The Seven Generations New Deal is a policy proposal that she hopes to amplify during her fast. It is a seven-point economic, ecological and social restoration model that approaches the Climate Crisis from a holistic perspective. Johnston will be using her political campaign (primary vote is June 2, 2020) as a vehicle of community engagement around the proposal. “By the end of this process, the community will have recasted my proposal completely so that they own it. The beauty and brilliance of New Mexicans will weave together the final draft, something much more effective than I could have created alone.” She will bring the model to the people of her district and to frontline communities affected by oil and gas industries in New Mexico.

Importantly, each day of the fast at 12:15 PM Johnston will be presenting a different element of of her seven point proposal for climate action from the capitol steps. Joining her each day will be local and national climate experts providing their view on the task at hand. Team Lyla is incredibly excited to break theRoundhouse norm by engaging in authentic dialogue and co-creation of policy with District 47. As the famed ancestor Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can create for our children.”

The Issues



We can no longer betray future generations and the magnificence of planet Earth. We must act with the serious urgency our times are calling for. New Mexico stands poised to show the world what climate leadership looks like. Climate action and economic restoration strengthen one another and New Mexico has the brilliance and innovation to create this in concrete terms.


We need education that is both equitable and adequate for every child, regardless of their economic or cultural background. We desperately need to decrease school dependency on the uncertain and short-lived oil and gas market so our children will thrive far into the future. I will fight for a public school system that has sophisticated funding sources, 21st century curricula and a safe, nurturing environment for every child.


We need a healthcare system that serves people, not the pharmaceutical industry. We need a healthcare system that honors and serves healthcare workers. We need a healthcare system that supports culturally-appropriate treatments for our diverse state. I am committed to supporting and seeing universal healthcare to completion and protecting it from corporate corruption.

Indigenous Health

The Indigenous People of New Mexico provide the foundation for our artistic and cultural wealth. Yet we continue to be exploited and marginalized. There are not enough voices in the legislature who have the sensitivity and dedication needed to tackle the issues that face our communities. We must fight for and protect the original stewards of this land who have been cheated for far too long.


I stand behind grassroots leaders of New Mexico who have been researching and working on this issue with immense dedication. We have made some good steps towards commonsense gun safety and violence prevention. I will stand by our communities working for safer towns and cities and will fight for them in the Roundhouse.


The energy sector of New Mexico has short-changed our workers, polluted our land and corrupted our state and local governments for decades. I will fight to protect vulnerable frontline communities and workers from the political corruption that is destroying our home, our climate and our future. It is time for us as a people to stand up to out-of-state corporate interests and take our democracy back.


There is a long history of those in power incarcerating minorities for political and monetary gain. Knowing that children are in cages at our border demands immediate action. Immigration reform that treats everyone with dignity, provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and keeps families together should be implemented with the urgency it deserves.


Substance abuse has reached epidemic levels in our state. Access to affordable long-term treatment, coupled with a job placement initiative, is desperately needed to help those in dire straits due to addiction. With current leadership of District 47 accepting large campaign contributions from billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies, it is not likely real action will be taken any time soon to end the opioid crisis.


While I am personally pro-sobriety, I understand the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color through incarceration for non-violent offenses like marijuana possession. If these industries grow, let's keep them out of the hands of corporate control and strongly benefiting communities who have been impacted by the War on Drugs.