ACLU-NM’s communication and public outreach efforts use a variety of channels to get the word out about important issues. We post news and updates about critical issues affecting New Mexicans on our website, Facebook and Twitter, and update interested residents through our newsletter and action alerts.
When citizens want to get involved and take action on issues of concern, we help them organize and our communications department facilitates and supports their involvement.
Here are some examples of our communication and education work:
- When St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe announced its merger with CHRISTUS, a Catholic healthcare corporation, concerns arose that the hospital would no longer provide a full range of women’s reproductive health or family planning services or honor patients’ end-of-life directives. In response, ACLU-NM launched a “Get it in Writing” publicity campaign, mobilized a coalition of concerned organizations and gathered nearly 900 petition signatures. Faced with overwhelming community demand, St. Vincent’s gave assurances to the state that they would follow New Mexico law and respect patients’ end-of-life wishes, family planning and contraceptive needs. We continue to monitor the operations and policies of the hospital.
- ACLU-NM has been one of the most prominent voices advocating for crucial legal protections for domestic partners and their families. Using polls, online tools, social networking, opinion pieces, press interviews and rallies, ACLU-NM has been instrumental in bringing the issue of relationship equality to the forefront during every New Mexico legislative session since 2006.
- Every year, the ACLU-NM Regional Center for Border Rights conducts dozens of “Know Your Rights” presentations for vulnerable immigrant communities throughout southern New Mexico. Each presentation provides the tools that community members need to defend their civil rights when encountering law enforcement and to develop a family safety plan in the event of arrest, detention or deportation of a family member. These meetings also promote discussion of the current local and national environment regarding immigration reform and border enforcement policy.