Civil Rights & Immigration

Local AIM, Red Nation members gather to demand Peltier’s release

BY: - February 8, 2022

Norman Patrick Brown knows what he’ll say to his friend Leonard Peltier, he says, when he sees him for the first time since 1976.  “I’m going to tell him I never gave up on him for 46 years, that I’ve prayed for him every day. That when I was younger, I was willing to take […]

FBI probes bomb threats against HBCUs; campuses reopen after no explosives are found

BY: - February 3, 2022

More than 20 FBI field offices around the nation are investigating a series of bomb threats characterized as “hate crimes” against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and unidentified “houses of worship” but have found no explosives at the sites, the agency announced Wednesday. The statement did not say whether the threatened houses of worship, […]

Can voting rights and elections bills race through the rest of the session?

BY: - February 3, 2022

The effort to expand voter protections in New Mexico has been amended and now sits in the Senate Rules Committee where it is facing a ticking clock counting down the 30-day legislative session. Changes to Senate Bill 8 do not veer from the original intent to increase voter participation in part by making it easier […]

Harsher sentences do not reduce gun violence, research shows

BY: - February 2, 2022

New Mexico lawmakers twice raised penalties for gun-related crimes in recent years. They are considering doing so again in the name of addressing growing rates of violent crime in some parts of the state, especially among young people. But criminal justice advocates say sentence enhancements do not reduce crime, while some lawmakers are questioning why […]

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The 13th Amendment’s fatal flaw created modern-day convict slavery

BY: and - January 26, 2022

The 13th Amendment is having a moment of reckoning. Considered one of the crowning achievements of American democracy, the Civil War-era constitutional amendment set “free” an estimated 4 million enslaved people and seemed to demonstrate American claims to equality and freedom. But the amendment did not apply to those convicted of a crime. And one group of […]

ACLU promises a legal fight against pretrial detention bill if it’s passed

BY: - January 25, 2022

If the pretrial detention bill Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other officials support is approved by the Legislature, the state will be forced to defend itself in court, a lawyer warned lawmakers on Monday.  “If passed, timely and resource-intensive litigation over the constitutionality of HB 5 is guaranteed,” said Denali Wilson, a staff attorney with […]

Analysts: Bail reform is not driving violent crime in Albuquerque

BY: - January 24, 2022

N.M. politicians are pushing to jail more people before their trials, but legislative analysts say that’s not likely to put much of a dent in violent crime rates. Little evidence exists to suggest that bail reform is driving violent crime trends in Albuquerque, state legislative staff reported last week. As lawmakers weigh a change to […]

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Reclaiming MLK Day

BY: and - January 18, 2022

In April of 1967, at the Riverside Church in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spoke in profound grief about the way his position on the Vietnam War was interrogated even by some of his closest supporters. “I have called for radical departures from the destruction of Vietnam, many persons have […]

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Amazon tops a list of companies to ditch in support of immigrants’ human rights

BY: - January 18, 2022

Throughout the last year, the Amazon corporation has given American consumers plenty of reasons to question whether we should be using its products and services. The news is filled with horrible stories about Amazon’s treatment of their workers. The company has an astronomical carbon footprint. The billionaire CEO has so much superfluous income he was […]

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What would MLK think about America in 2022?

BY: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Senate filibuster on voting rights criticized by advocates for the poor

BY: - January 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Progressive lawmakers Friday joined a virtual news conference with organizers from the Poor People’s Campaign and said they are not giving up on the push to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival held the virtual meeting to kick off its plans […]

Schumer insists ‘failure is not an option’ as voting rights fight intensifies

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the Senate will act as soon as Wednesday to attempt to again pass voting rights legislation.  “Failure is not an option for the democracy of America,” the New York Democrat said at a Tuesday press conference with other Senate Democrats. “We’re running out of time.” Schumer […]