Activists holding Tuesday protest against NMSU’s jab mandate

On Tuesday, the New Mexico Freedoms Alliance (NMFA) is holding a protest to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) jab mandate on-campus, which is forces all students and staff to get the jab by December 8. 

“This mandate violates the fundamental right of bodily autonomy and prevents Informed Consent,” the group claims.

“In response to the mandate, NMSU staff and students will be having a peaceful demonstration to show that they do not agree with this mandate. Vaccinated and unvaccinated alike will stand … together in solidarity for the human right of being able to choose one’s own medical treatments. The demonstration will be on Tuesday, November 9th from 1-3 pm at the sundial on the horseshoe,” a press release reads. More logistics about the event:

What: Demonstration Against NMSU Vaccine Mandate

When: Tuesday November 9th from 1-3pm

Where: Sundial on the NMSU Horseshoe, Main Campus

“These mandates are not only going to cripple the workforce at NMSU but will affect the many families that rely on this job to feed their families. How many are going to become homeless due to this mandate? This is not a  choice, this is coercion by our government,” said Karen Montoya, an administrative assistant on NMSU’s main campus.

“We have many custodians, admin assistants, instructors, professors, and students who demand the right to choose. Coercion is not a choice. Our individual rights are undeniable, and NMSU will lose many talented,  dependable and essential people if it continues down this path.” 

Robin Korody, an adjunct instructor at NMSU said, “This mandate violates my rights, and it does not even make sense. I work remotely and have no contact with students or other staff. I also have natural immunity to the virus. I will not agree to take a shot I do not need, nor to be tested weekly. I do not consent.”  

“I should not have to choose between my livelihood and being forced to receive a medical treatment. How can people sit by and watch this level of discrimination and unequal treatment? Just like everyone else, I deserve the right to weigh my own healthcare decisions and discuss them with my doctor, without any threats or coercion,” said Kass Sammons, an administrative assistant in the Cooperative Extension Service. 

NMFA continued, “NMSU’s vaccine mandate is coming at a time when the effectiveness of all COVID-19 vaccines at preventing spread is being called into question. The CDC has acknowledged that vaccinated people can easily spread the illness to others.  Requirements to test only unvaccinated students and staff do not make sense in light of these facts”

“Furthermore, no government or institution can know what is best for everyone’s health decisions. People have diverse healthcare needs, and one-size-fits-all medical solutions are not appropriate. All NMSU students and staff deserve the right to choose what happens to their own body. The people who want to get vaccinated should do so. Those who don’t  want to do so have the fundamental human right to say NO!”

2 thoughts on “Activists holding Tuesday protest against NMSU’s jab mandate”

  1. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. — Martin Niemoller

    Who there today marched when David Clements stood?

  2. Meanwhile, another partisan dispatch from Chancellor Arvizu’s weekly pro-Biden message to the NMSU community:

    “At the federal level, we’re also delighted to see the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill get signed into law. This bill has funding for several areas that are not just vital to our nation’s infrastructure….”

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