Clovis High students awarded by ACLU

CNJ staff Two Clovis High School graduates are being awarded the ACLU of New Mexico’s 2011 Guardian of Liberty Award for their efforts at organizing the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). The winners are James Walker and Steven De Los Santos. In a press release Monday, the ACLU noted the two “had attempted several times [...]

ACLU demanding immediate approval of Gay-Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is demanding Clovis Municipal Schools immediately approve creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Clovis High School before the school year ends. In a letter dated Monday and sent to Superintendent Terry Myers, the ACLU said students have been waiting approximately two months for approval [...]

School listing draws attention of ACLU

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A fledgling Clovis Municipal Schools program that links students and parents with church ministers is under investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union, according to officials. The New Mexico chapter of the ACLU requested all internal correspondence regarding the Chaplaincy Program at Clovis schools about four months ago, according [...]

Civil rights protectionism goes overboard

Ned Cantwell The American Civil Liberties Union is once again astride her black steed, charging around the countryside saving New Mexico from God. Specific target this time is God in sports. Let’s make this clear: There is no place for God in sports. Sports, and we’re talking about big-time college and professional sports, belongs in [...]

Portales man says he was arrested for practicing religion

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance [...]

Border project needs air of legitimacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The Minutemen are coming to New Mexico but it is going to take an hour or so to sort out the players. Which Minutemen are we talking about, the New Mexico Minutemen led by American Civil Liberties Union sympathizer Clifford Alford, or the Minutemen Project in New Mexico, led by [...]

Santa Fe judge dismisses sticker lawsuit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Santa Fe judge ruled Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed against District Attorney Matthew Chandler, saying the suit was filed in an improper venue. An official with the American Civil Liberties Union, who filed the suit in February on behalf of Clovis’ Dean Young, said they plan to [...]

Attorney General contesting ACLU suit

CNJ staff A lawsuit filed in Santa Fe on the behalf of a Clovis man charged with distribution of sexually explicit material to minors is being contested by the Attorney General’s office. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit early last month, listing 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler as the defendant. The ACLU is [...]

Battle brewing over devilish stickers

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Stickers on a Clovis man’s car portray cartoon images of bare-breasted female devils in sexually compromising positions. And the images have caught the attention of Clovis police. Officials have charged 31-year-old Dean Young, the owner of a yellow Ford Focus displaying the images, with distribution of sexually oriented materials [...]

Ways exist to keep Christ in Christmas

Ned Cantwell It is a rare opportunity for the rookie reporter, this ride-along with two members of the ACLU about to begin their Keep Christ out of Christmas Season Patrol. At the appointed hour, the newsman and the two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers seat themselves in an unmarked car, the only clue to the [...]