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ACLU Annual Meeting – THIS FRIDAY

ACLU annual meeting silver city nm october 24 2014

Please visit and support: ACLU of New Mexico – Annual Meeting, open to all members and the public, will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Woman’s Club in Silver City. We welcome you to attend this event, beginning at 6:00 pm.

via Grant County Beat

SILVER CITY, NM – Peter Chase, an Albuquerque resident, has been selected as the winner in the Southwestern Chapter of the ACLU-NM’s Annual Singer/Songwriter Competition. He has performed at, Jamm Music Fest in Jemez Springs, Glenwoodstock and Soccorofest. In 2008 he took third place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, and in 2010, won Honorable Mention from the same festival. His latest CD, “Special Deluxe,” is his twelfth collection of original songs. Peter was one of three finalists in the 2012 and 2013 competition, and has been selected to for his submission Attica, a lament on the horrific nature of prisons, this year’s theme.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Southwestern Chapter of ACLU-NM has sponsored a competition for singer/songwriters on a topic of Constitutional Rights as part of their Annual Meeting. This year’s competition began with performers from New Mexico, Southern Arizona, and West Texas being invited to submit entries. Peter Chase will be performing his winning entry, as well as his entries from previous years’ competitions at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Chapter of the ACLU of New Mexico.

The Southwestern Chapter of the ACLU of New Mexico incorporates the counties of Grant, Catron, Luna, and Hidalgo. Their Annual Meeting, open to all members and the public, will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Woman’s Club in Silver City. The event, beginning at 6:00 pm, will include addresses by knowledgeable speakers on the subject of Prisons and Incarceration, as well as the performance by Peter Chase.

Matthew Elwell – The Director of the Luna County Detention Center, and the former Operations Administrator at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. Mr. Elwell will be discussing State and Local policies and initiatives for Detention Centers and Prisons, as well as some of the issues being faced by them.

Peter Ossorio – An ACLU-NM Board Member from Las Cruces, an Attorney, and a former Federal Prosecutor has a unique perspective on the topic, having been a jailer prior to becoming a lawyer. Mr. Ossorio will discuss the increasing dependence on incarceration in the State and Nation. He will also touch on the topics of jails being used to house the mentally ill, imprisonment for marijuana possession, and profusion of For-Profit Private Prisons.

The doors will open at the Woman’s Club located at 1715 Silver Heights Blvd (Hwy. 180) in Silver City at 6:00 pm, and the program will begin at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments, good music, good conversation will be available for free.

Thanks from Hugh: Join Us

LGBT Silver

Hugh Epping Wrote:

I thank all of the volunteers that helped set up and take down the AIDS Names Quilt and those that sat with the quilt as others visited. Over 150 persons viewed the quilt at Graham Gym and over 30 attended the reception. The two local names were moving for those attending.

The Daily Press and Sun News were supportive with articles as was KURU with announcements. Gamma Mu Foundation for the funding and WNMU for providing the venue. The Board of LGBT Grant County thank you all.

If you attend any WNMU home games (football, basketball, volleyball and softball) you will see the LGBT Grant County and PFLAG Silver City banner supporting WNMU sports and on view for all spectators.

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Thanks to Silver City Sun-News for Press Coverage – Please Join Us at WNMU This Week

AIDS Memorial Quilt on view at WNMU through Friday

Wednesday is International Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Sun-News report

Posted:   10/14/2014 09:22:33 AM MDT


SILVER CITY >> Six panels containing 48 names of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view in Graham Hall at Western New Mexico University through Friday. The display will be part of the International Latino AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday. Viewing times are 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 1 to 5 p.m. today and Thursday. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Established in 1987, the NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, according to a news release. The Quilt began with a single 3 by 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. The quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 by 6 foot quilts, each one commemorating the life of someone who succumbed to AIDS. These quilts come from every state in the nation, every corner of the world and have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends and family members of AIDS victims to create a massive memorial and the largest piece of community art in the world, according to a news release.

In the effort to find a cure for the currently incurable disease, the AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as a reminder of the threat of AIDS. By illustrating the individuals behind the numbers, the AIDS Memorial Quilt can teach compassion and emphasize that AIDS touches everyone, the news release states.

Julie Rhoad, executive director of the Names Project Foundation, said through a news release, “we are thrilled to have the chance to share the AIDS Memorial Quilt with Silver City, the surrounding communities and southwest New Mexico. These handmade quilts, created by friends and family, tell the stories of individuals whose lives were taken by AIDS. We bring you their stories in the hope of inspiring compassion, healing and personal responsibility. We thank LGBT Grant County for hosting the quilt and we invite all to come see what wonderful art we have created together as a nation.”

Sections of the quilt are continuously on display across the country in schools, churches, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings, according to the news release. To date, more than 15 million people have seen the AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display sites throughout the world.

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