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Updated Jan 19 2004


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New Mexico State Legislative Session 2004
Senate & House Joint Memorial:
Upholding the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution

How to support your constitutional freedoms

This is it. This is the year that we, as citizens and as a nation, decide whether we will uphold the Bill of Rights - or not. This is the year we will decide whether we will affirm our constitutional rights as American citizens - or not. The year we will claim freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and rights to bear arms, to privacy, and to fair trial - or the year we allow these freedoms to be infringed, degraded, and violated.

It is up to us to decide if we truly care about freedom, about truth, and about the rights that have defined being 'American'. It is up to us to decide if we will hold our elected officials accountable to protect those rights, as they have sworn to do. It is up to us to take action to safeguard these freedoms and to raise our voices in their support - for voices in federal and state government have been cowed, silenced, or deluded into believing that we must give up our rights. Those that shuold be leading us in the tradition of Jeffersno and Madison, to a nation under the rule and protection of law, of and by and for the people, are now actively destroyhing the rights we take for granted.

The Bill of Rights was written as a statement of rights NEVER to be diminished in any way - these rights were the bottom line for the formation of our union, and the contract that holds us together as a people and a culture of freedom.

Now those rights are threatened - by illegal searches made legal, by removal of judicial checks and balances, by wholesale invasions of privacy of every person, business, and organization in this country. They are threatened when our right to dissent is targeted by the FBI, when our email and phones can be tapped at will, when our financial, medical, educational, and all other records can be accessed by merely a letter from the FBI demanding that information, with no justification or proof of wrongdoing. (This last power was granted the FBI when President Bush signed the Intelligence Authorization Act on the day Saddam Hussein was captured).

It is up to US.

Joint memorials in the New Mexico House and Senate are set to challenge federal actions that violate or infringe on constitutionally guaranteed liberties. A memorial entitled "Upholding the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution" will be presented to the New Mexico Senate on Tuesday, January 20. It is time then, for US to spring into action - to demand of our legislators how they can vote against support for the Constitution they swore to uphold, to demand WHY they are not defending our basic freedoms. To ask why they are playing politics with OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS - which are not *theirs* to take away.

This is exactly the same Memorial that made it through the House in the past two sessions - but with a more accurate name, one that reveals the urgency with which we should regard federal actions that damage our freedoms. Senator Linda Lopez, chair of the Rules committee, has said it will make it to Rules early next week, Jan 26 or 27. The Bill of Rights needs YOUR support> So please plan to attend hearings next week, please alert your friends, your children, your schools and businesses and colleagues, your churches and the organizations you belong to. Call your legislators, especially your NM Senator, and demand tthat they uphold the Bill of Rights - demand that they uphold YOUR rights.

If you do not, no one will.

To support these memorials, please do the following:

  • contact your state representatives and ask them to say 'yes' to Memorials in the Senate and House UPHOLDING THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
  • Contact your radio and TV stations and newspapers, and ask them why there is so little news on the destruction of our Constitutional fabric, or to the very serious threats to our fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights; ask them to REPORT ON THE MEMORIAL.
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Cities Claim Constitutional Freedoms

Cities around the country and across New Mexico are passing Resolutions supporting the Bill of Rights! 233 (as of Jan 19,2004) U.S. cities have passed resolutions; hundreds of other communities cities have them in process. New Mexico is one of the states with the highest numbers of cities and communities expressing their support for the Bill of Rights; the following NM communities have passed resolutions supporting *our basic freedoms*:
Grant County
Las Vegas
Los Alamos County
Rio Arriba County
Santa Fe
Silver City

For a full list of all communities in the U.S.across 37 states that have passed resolutions, please clicke here or see the Bill of Rights Defense Committee website

Citizens throughout the state, whether Democrat or Republican, have successfully passed resolutions that uphold our fundamental, and constitutionally guaranteed, freedoms. Won't you join us? Read these pages, or email to find out how you can participate.

Cities Defend the Bill of Rights

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