On Saturday, March 20, grassroots organizers are planning statewide rallies against New Mexico’s COVID-19 lockdowns. The event “will be a non-partisan, peaceable, statewide rally for freedom. Organizers from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Edgewood, Las Cruces, Roswell, Portales, and other cities will stand with fellow New Mexicans at sites across the state to support ending lockdown,” says a press release from the various groups, many being part of the New Mexico Freedom Alliance, organizing the statewide event.
The rally occurs “on the same day that freedom rallies will take place in dozens of countries all over the world, including Canada, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Australia, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Norway.”
Sarah Smith, of Free People of the Southwest, said, “The Governor’s Lockdown policies are killing our state. New Mexicans have suffered from higher COVID-19 death rates than states with far fewer restrictions, such as Texas, Idaho, Utah, and Florida.”
She added, “Hundreds of NM businesses have failed, leading to long-term loss of livelihood for thousands, increased food insecurity, high rates of unemployment, rampant depression, and other mental health issues, as well as increased suicide rates, especially among children. The lockdown has to stop. The immediate and long-term health of New Mexico’s citizens is at stake. There is ample evidence, from across the country and around the world, that restrictive lockdown policies are unnecessary and harmful. There is no reason to extend this tyrannical lockdown in New Mexico.”
A lawsuit to end the lockdown filed against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham by New Mexico Stands Up! is now working its way through the Federal Court. Ana Garner, the lead lawyer on the case, said, “The lockdown and other mandates in New Mexico are causing vast harm, are ineffective, and are medically unnecessary. We have overwhelming evidence and testimony to prove it. It also violates the U.S. Constitution, the New Mexico Constitution, and all precedent of human rights and civil liberties. We call upon our elected representatives and justices to end this crime against New Mexico now.”
Jesse James, a Roswell resident, and organizer of Concerned Citizens for New Mexico added, “People can’t take this any longer – and they shouldn’t have to. The Governor’s illegal and immoral abuse of power in New Mexico cannot be tolerated. Whatever party you identify with, it’s time to raise our voices and say ‘No more!’”
The No Lockdown, Yes Freedom rally is the first statewide protest to show that New Mexicans from diverse communities and belief systems oppose lockdown in New Mexico, according to the press release.
Locations of the protests, directions on what to bring, and who to contact for more information can be found here.
Contact Sarah Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.