This week two hearings will take place in Albuquerque and Las Cruces on a measure to stifle free speech in the state of New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez vetoed legislation earlier this year that would have forced organizations into exposing supporters’ private information, yet Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has circumvented the legislative process and brought the issue back up.
This measure hides behind the guise of “transparency,” yet its goal is to exposes citizens and the causes they support, opening them up to intimidation and retaliation. Our rights to free speech, whether publicly or anonymously, are foundational to a free society. They must not be infringed upon.
Citizens of New Mexico, do not let your rights be trampled on by self-interested politicians. Defend your First Amendment rights by practicing them in opposition to this measure:
- Call your elected official. Tell them to oppose this measure that stifles free speech, and to stand by the rights of the First Amendment.
- Email the Secretary of State. Tell Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to protect free speech by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign a petition. Put your name on a petition demanding the right to speak freely is always protected.
- Attend a hearing. Show your support for the First Amendment in person by attending a hearing in New Mexico this week. Tomorrow’s hearing will be held in the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard in Las Cruces
This is an opportunity to make your voices heard. Free speech must be protected and civil discourse promoted over shutting down opposing views. Seize this opportunity and Defend the First!