civil rights


V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016
Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush, 2005
Public Domain

Event Horizon

Armed with Knowledge

Sunday, Dec 4: Third Annual Nelson Mandela Commemoration

Learn more about the life and ideals of the South African patriot and president who changed the world.
V.25 No.46 | 11/17/2016

Event Horizon

Four Years of Grabbing Back Starts Now

Friday, Nov 25: Civil Rights Workshop

Discuss the threats to American civil rights expected during the next four years. Donations will be taken for ACLU N.M. and Planned Parenthood.
V.25 No.12 | 03/24/2016

News

The Daily Word in fake plane hijacking secrets,more violence at Trump rallies and goodnight and good luck from Al Jazeera America

The Daily Word

One of the Donald's campaign aides has been charge with assaulting a journalist at a Trump rally.

Sunset Memorial Gardens cemetery lost a WWI veteran's headstone after replacing it with a headstone meant for another man of the same name.

Even repeat offenders have the same civil rights as all citizens have.

Details continue to emerge about the "fake hijacking" of an Egypt Air flight.

Oh Lord, no. Some dude in Taipei beheaded a three year old girl in the street.

Some last words from Al Jazeera America, soon to be no more.

V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016
morguefile.com

Event Horizon

King Forever

Saturday, Jan 16: Rise Up! You are the Dream

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday celebration.
V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
From left, the Hutchinson Family Singers, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and N.W.A

Aural Fixation

Revolutions Per Century

A brief history of American protest music

American August March examines the storied history of the aural tradition of protest in the USA.
V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012
Mary Han
Courtesy of Rosario Lynn Vega

News

Two years later: A look back at Mary Han

As the announcement broke Tuesday that our police force is under investigation by the feds, I was making the final edits to an article about civil rights lawyer Mary Han. She died two years ago, and though the Albuquerque Police Department declared her death a suicide, people who knew her say there’s no way.

The crime scene was so badly handled, according to her family, it will be nearly impossible to find out what happened to Han, an attorney who never shied away from taking on APD or the city. Twenty-six people—officers, APD brass, high-ranking city officials—went to Han’s house that day, according to the civil lawsuit.

I got a chance to speak with a friend of Han’s about her passion and dedication. If it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone, says the family’s attorney, Rosario Vega Lynn.

V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
Mary Han
Courtesy of Rosario Lynn Vega

Newscity

Legal Legacy

Civil rights lawyer’s family sues APD and the city

When a local civil rights lawyer died, 26 people arrived at the scene. APD mishandled the case, say her family members, who are suing the police and the city.
V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012

news

ACLU: Pharmacist refuses to refill a birth control prescription

Susanne Koestner called a Walgreens in Albuquerque to refill her birth control prescription in mid-June. The pharmacist working told her he wouldn’t do it and she should get her birth control the next day from someone else, according to an American Civil Liberties Union news release. He said it was against his religious beliefs.

So Koestner had to call a different Walgreens because she couldn’t wait. (Birth control is time-sensitive.)

“Something is very wrong when a man can walk in to any pharmacy and buy condoms, but a woman can't fill a birth control prescription prescribed to her by a doctor,” says Koestner in the release. “As a patient, I am at the mercy of licensed pharmacists and pharmacies when it comes to being able to receive the medications my doctor has prescribed for me.”

This was a hot topic in 2005, when states were considering whether to make emergency contraception available over the counter. Former Alibi Editor in Chief Christie Chisholm wrote about the issue back then.

Some states have made laws protecting a pharmacist’s right to refuse: Pharmacists can refuse to dispense specifically emergency contraception in Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi and South Dakota. So-called “conscience clauses” got their start in the ’70s after Roe v. Wade.

In Illinois, a law was passed demanding pharmacists dispense contraception.

The local chapter of the ACLU says the Albuquerque pharmacist’s refusal constitutes sex discrimination. “... Walgreens is free to accommodate the religious beliefs of its pharmacists,” says ACLU-NM Staff Attorney Alexandra Freedman Smith in the release. “However, religion cannot be used to discriminate against people, and that is exactly what happened here.”

The ACLU and the Southwest Women’s Law Center sent Walgreens a letter requesting that if a pharmacist on staff can’t fill prescriptions due to religious beliefs, another pharmacist should be on duty who can.

V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Chuck Hosking prepares to ride to Kirtland Air Force Base.
Rebecca Belletto

From the Foxhole

Preach the Gospel Always

If necessary, use words

Chuck Hosking is an American marvel, as close to a homegrown prophet as you’re likely to come across.
V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012

News Feature

Last Request

Doctors seek clarity in New Mexico's assisted suicide law

The statute on the books makes it a fourth-degree felony to help someone take his or her life. A lawsuit brought by two doctors argues that the law doesn't apply to a licensed physician providing aid to a dying person who's mentally competent.
V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011

Gene Grant

More Voices, Louder Voices

Let's look back at the highly publicized detainment of photographer Adolphe Pierre-Louis, who ended up in cuffs, on his knees for 30 minutes, on the side of I-40 for all the world to witness.
V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011
Adrien Lawyer performs with A Band Named Sue at a 2010 fundraiser for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico.
D'asha Stephens

News Profile

Trans Mission

In the fight for equal rights, transgender issues have been left in the dust

In the fight for equal rights, transgender issues have been left in the dust.
V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011

Neverending Stories

“Please Save Us”

Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory

Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011

news

U.N. explodes in rainbows

While I watched the Gay Pride parade roll by in Albuquerque last week, cities everywhere celebrated in style. There were feathers and Lady Gaga and assless chaps.

June is LGBT Month, and even the U.N. Human Rights Council knows it. Unless, of course, you consider the 19 countries that voted against today's resolution to investigate and condemn human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure expresses “grave concerns at acts of violence and discrimination.”

Under the umbrella of religious and cultural beliefs, the opposing diplomats argued that the resolution is illegal and unnatural, as well as unpopular within their countries. The historic first exclusively LGBT-oriented resolution does not sit well with many African and Middle Eastern nations, Russia and Moldova.

Nigerian diplomats said the proposal contradicts the wishes of most Africans, and others said the U.N. was replacing the natural rights of human beings with unnatural rights. I can only assume “natural” refers to the right to perpetuate violence and harassment against those different from you.

Countries in opposition to LGBT rights will not suffer consequences because apart from shaming violators, the U.N. Human Rights Council does not have any enforcement tools. The high commissioner will document discriminatory laws and practices around the world, but the resolution does not put forth a plan to enforce equal rights.

It makes me wonder what will be condemned. Prohibitions of same-sex marriage? Leniency on hate crimes? Politicians running on the platform that God told them to stop the gays? Barriers to same-sex adoption? Therapy sessions to "cure" homosexuality?

And how does our country measure up?