The past week has been one filled with tears of joy and celebration as we step into the reality of an After Roe Nation! States all over our country have already begun enacting their trigger laws that offer solid protections for the pre-born. Amidst the celebration of life around our nation, we have also rejoiced in the protections of our speech and religious freedom recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in their ruling in favor of Coach Kennedy and his protected private speech at the 50-yard line.
Conservative ideals are winning!
While we face many threatening voices from those who see our pre-born as unworthy of protection, and who would see our religious freedoms and free speech silenced, we must remember this time of victory. Embrace it. Rejoice in it. And stand firm in the fight for it.
These threatening voices would have us believe that our conservative values and ideals are antiquated and unrealistic. They think if they yell it loud enough and long enough then we might begin to believe them and lose heart. But the reason they must yell so loud and so long is because we are winning. Keep up the good fight.
New Mexico’s Governor also knows that conservative ideals are winning. Her radical agenda has made her vulnerable in the coming election. In her desperate attempt to retain her power she signed an executive order that tried to further protect abortion in New Mexico. It’s time for a change of power. It’s time the conservative voice was strongly represented in our state’s capitol. It’s time to recognize that we walk in victory and begin to act like it by showing up for the fight this November.
For many years we would have considered it a miracle to see a conservative majority in the Supreme Court who stand firm in protecting our constitutional rights; yet, now we have witnessed such a miracle. It’s time to start believing that we can truly change the culture of New Mexico. It’s time to walk in confidence of the victory we will see. It’s time to prepare for an election cycle in which conservative ideals win!
Will you join the FAM and watch New Mexico finally win? Joining the FAM gives the conservative voice more power, more passion, and more pathways to victory! We need you!
Unleash Your Citizenship.
Join us for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
In the midst of holding our breath for the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Roe v. Wade, the nation has another reason to celebrate. This week, SCOTUS released a decision that will propel us forward in the fight for school choice.
The case, Carson v. Makin, was brought to the Supreme Court after a family in Maine was denied benefits from the state’s tuition assistance program because their school of choice was religious. The tuition assistance program was established for parents and students whose school district does not operate a secondary school of their own. Under the program, parents are able to choose the public or private school they would like their child to attend, and the school district then sends payments to that school to help mitigate the cost of tuition. That school choice, however, could not include a Christian school.
The decision from the court recognized that the denial of the tuition assistance was considered a violation of the First Amendment. Chief Justice Roberts states in the opinion, “In particular, we have repeatedly held that a State violates the Free Exercise Clause when it excludes religious observers from otherwise available public benefits.”
This decision has addressed a long-standing debate regarding school choice and state tuition assistance. Many would argue that the state cannot fund religious institutions, and therefore tuition assistance programs cannot be used for religious schools. However, this decision makes it clear that the state is not funding the school, but rather the child. The state, then, cannot discriminate where the child’s funds are used.
Why is school choice so important?
Here at NM FAM, we believe that a thriving society is a product of thriving families. When the government interferes in things like choosing where parents send their child to school, a family’s ability to thrive is diminished. When parents’ rights are threatened, a family can no longer thrive, but rather must fight to survive.
New Mexico families need to thrive. New Mexico parents must have their rights secure. New Mexico children must be able to receive good education, free from government ideals and control, and rooted in their family values.
SCOTUS has set the precedent; now let’s see it thrive in the Land of Enchantment! Will you join our efforts in protecting parents’ rights in New Mexico classrooms?
I have been blown away by the show of support from friends like you all over New Mexico as we have stepped out in faith as NM FAM.
In the short six weeks since we began fundraising for our new organization, we received a $6,000 challenge gift, which was met with a $30,000 challenge gift, which was matched and challenged again – bringing us to in-hand gifts and pledges of over $67,000. New Mexico conservatives are taking ownership of the future of our state by investing in the efforts and organization of NM FAM – because they know we mean business.
And YES, we mean business! In the past six weeks:
- We have had great momentum in our Transparency in Education bill as we have teamed up with several legislators to advance it in the 2023 session.
- We have seen great movement in educating and activating constituents – in tandem with Albuquerque council woman Renee Grout – to see the Planned Parenthood sponsorship defeated.
- We are gearing up for the anticipated release of the SCOTUS decision regarding Roe v. Wade – and strategizing to see better protections for the preborn in the Land of Enchantment.
We’ve called for change in New Mexico, and we intend to do our part!
As of right now, we are working to meet the challenge of matching our latest $30,000 gift. Will you help us? Your support helps momentum build for our state, our preborn, and our conservative values.
What we need…
We are just about half-way to meeting our annual budget which provides all things necessary for the day-to-day operations of our organization, special projects, and future planning. We need your help! If we can meet this latest $30,000 challenge, we will have reached nearly 80% of our first annual budget!
Will you join the momentum of protecting families and preserving freedom in New Mexico?
P.S. Checks can be made out to NM FAM and mailed to:
11819 Canyonlands Pl SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
The results are in from Tuesday’s Primary Election and it’s time to look forward for New Mexico. We already know that we are tired of being last in line for education, economy, life protections, and so much more. So, it’s time to make change.
Did you know…
Only 25% of registered voters in New Mexico actually cast a vote in this primary? Within that 25% of voters, those who represent conservative values were greatly under-represented compared to the representation of progressive voters.
If we are to make change, we must begin with the election process. Politics can be hard to stomach and disappointing at every turn, but we must choose to fight for conservative values in our state. It won’t be easy, and it will not be a guaranteed success; but it will be a fight that is worth it. It is a fight that speaks to the heart of this Land of Enchantment and says that we will not stand by as it is demeaned and defeated.
During the next several months, we will be in a fight for the integrity and value of our state. We, here at NMFAM, commit to helping you engage truth with graceful intelligence and activate your voice with power and purpose.
We need you!
- Be engaged with NMFAM, with your candidates, and with your community
- Activate your voice, your family, and your friends
- Support our efforts
We must have a strong voter turnout in November and one way to support that is by building a foundation of knowledge, engagement, and ownership. Change is possible in New Mexico; we just have to be willing to fight for it. Are you ready?
Jodi R. Hendricks
P.S. Check donations can be issued to NMFAM and mailed to:
11819 Canyonlands Pl SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
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February 25, 2022
Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico files Supreme Court brief in support of coach who prayed at 50-yard line.
We all benefit when freedom flourishes.
Today Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Coach Joseph Kennedy, who was fired from a public school in Washington State after he prayed briefly at the 50-yard line.
Kennedy began saying a brief prayer following games years ago. Initially he did so alone, but some students asked him what he was doing. When they asked if they could join, he responded, “This is a free country,” and “You can do what you want.” When the school learned what he was doing, it demanded he stop, but he felt responsible to thank God for the games in that way. As a result, he lost his job.
At issue before the Supreme Court is whether the First Amendment speech and religious rights protect Kennedy’s brief prayer following games, and whether the Establishment Clause justifies his dismissal.
“We all suffer when our First Amendment freedoms are violated,” said Jodi Hendricks, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico. “A free society should not single out a person’s religious speech for unfavorable treatment.”
The Supreme Court’s modern Establishment Clause cases discuss fostering neutrality towards religion. But when all kinds of controversial speech by teachers is permitted and only religious speech is silenced, it sends a message not of religious neutrality but of hostility toward religion. A short prayer following a game, joined in only by those who wish to join, hardly amounts to an establishment of religion, particularly when the school was clear that it had nothing to do with Kennedy’s activities.
A copy of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico’s brief can be found on the Supreme Court website here. Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico is a state-based organization advocating for policies that serve parents, students, and teachers in the state.
Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com
Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico advances biblical citizenship and promotes public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.
Recently, the Albuquerque City Council voted on an amendment to the budget that allocates $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. The amendment was sponsored by Tammy Fiebelkorn, city councilor for District 7, who states, “I’m proud to have sponsored this amendment to provide vital support for Planned Parenthood.”
The amendment was passed in a 6-3 vote, with two conservative council members voting for the amendment rather than supporting the conservative values they claim to protect. If left to stand, this appropriation of funds will go into effect on July 1.
There’s still hope.
City Councilor Renee Grout is sponsoring a resolution to reappropriate the funds that are designated for Planned Parenthood. Grout, and other conservative council members, are working to reallocate the $250,000 to support pregnancy education and care projects in the city.
It is possible!
NM FAM is proud to be working with Councilor Grout to see this resolution come to fruition. If we hope to change the culture of our state to one that cherishes life and sees families thrive, we cannot have taxpayers’ dollars specifically earmarked to fund operations like Planned Parenthood.
Unfortunately, many women facing unplanned pregnancy feel that abortion is their only option. They need to know there are other, better, more life-affirming options available to them.
Help us support Councilor Grout and this resolution to STOP the funds to Planned Parenthood. Email the Albuquerque city councilors and tell them to support the reappropriation of funds from Planned Parenthood to pregnancy education and care projects.
Help us change the culture of New Mexico!
Fundraising for our independent organization is off to a fantastic start! Thank you to all who are supporting us in this exciting journey. While it’s off to a great start, there is still a big need as we work to build a strong organization that will have huge impact in remaking our state.
We’ve been given a challenge!
A generous partner has given $30,000 to New Mexico Family Action Movement and they want to challenge you to double their contribution!
Can we do it?
I believe we can answer this challenge BOLDLY because people like you believe in the vision of a better New Mexico; and I believe that our organization, the only one of its kind, can be a driving force to seeing that vision achieved.
For too long, our state has fallen to the bottom of every list. An attitude and culture of acceptance of these sub-par standards has brought our state morale low, and we are at crossroads. We can choose to continue down that dreadful road of defeat, or we can do something different.
Help us shift the path from one of defeat to one of thriving families, flourishing freedoms, and cherished life. New Mexico has suffered long enough. It’s time we rally together in one voice to honor God and see New Mexicans thrive.
As an organization, we pledge to stand in the gap. Will you pledge to support us as we do? Will you consider giving generously to help us meet this $30,000 challenge? New Mexicans are speaking up by supporting an organization that will work tirelessly to advance life-affirming, family thriving policy. Please allow us the honor of being your voice on this new path to a God-honoring New Mexico by generously helping us meet this challenge.
P.S. Online donations continue to be processed through FPA of NM website but will be updated as our new system comes online!
Donations via check may be made out to ‘NM FAM’ and mailed to:
11819 Canyonlands Pl SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Early voting is underway for New Mexico’s June 7th Primary Election, and we want to help you prepare to make your voice heard! It’s important to remember that every vote counts, even in a Primary. But more importantly, every informed vote represents a powerful voice. Having all the information in front of you helps you to make a confident choice as you cast your vote.
3 Parts to Casting an Informed Vote:
First, know your district! New Mexico has recently experienced significant redistricting and your district may have changed. Some changes are large and noticeable when looking at a redistricting map, but some are subtle and not as noticeable. To verify your State House district most accurately, check the redistricting maps by district number. If your home no longer appears on the map of your known district, check the detailed maps of the districts around you to find your new district number. You can also navigate in the left-hand column on the above link to see State Senate districts and congressional districts. Knowing your district allows you to know who your candidates are before having to cast a vote.
Next, know your candidates. Once you’ve verified your district, you can focus in on the candidates that are relevant to you. The linked list is the current list of candidates in the 2022 Primary. Take note of the statewide offices that will be on your ballot as well as your State House and State Senate districts.
Finally, know the issues. New Mexico is currently facing significant issues, especially within the realms of life and education.
- As I shared last week, the abortion culture in New Mexico continues to grow, and life in the womb is unprotected. We are facing escalations to this issue like we’ve never faced before.
- Our kids are under attack, and parents’ rights are being threatened in our education system, even as we are actively fighting against CRT and elements of the LGBTQ agenda being brought into our kindergarten classrooms.
- Crime and economic issues are threatening the family’s ability to thrive.
These issues must be considered as you decide who might best lead our state into a more prosperous, life-cherishing, family-thriving state.
As early voting continues and the Primary Election draws near, I encourage you to know your district, know your candidates, and know the issues so that you can make a confident choice as you cast your vote.
Let your voice be heard. Every vote counts!
As the country holds its breath for the final decision regarding Roe v. Wade, progressive plans are stirring that will paint New Mexico as a haven for those who wish to take the life of their unborn child. With heartbreaking candor, Shannon Brewer, the director of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, announced that the Mississippi clinic has plans to open a clinic in New Mexico if Roe is overturned.
Brewer told the Washington Post, “We have been strategizing on several things since the Supreme Court hearing last year, and we decided to look at places where abortion is protected. New Mexico is where we decided to open a new facility.” Their plans are to have the New Mexico clinic open before the final ruling comes down from SCOTUS.
The historical case of Roe v. Wade, which recognized abortion after viability as a constitutional right, looks as though it is nearing an end as current justices recognize and agree that the 1973 Supreme Court decision was egregiously wrong to begin with. If SCOTUS truly does overturn Roe, life has a chance to win, state by state.
But, as I’ve shared before, the New Mexico battle for life will be in the hands of progressive, pro-choice legislators and leaders – those who boldly call the loss of abortion rights “forced pregnancy” and equate those pregnancies to war crimes. These are the leaders running our state. These are the leaders that overwhelm the legislature and have repealed all pro-life protections we’ve fought for over the years.
Something has to change.
New Mexico’s culture must be transformed to one that cherishes life, and we have an opportunity to begin that change in November. First, you must know who your current legislators are, and then you must know how they have voted to protect life. We have many currently elected legislators that are great allies for life, and we need to support them and keep them in office while replacing their anti-life counterparts with those who will fight for a life-cherishing culture in New Mexico.
Knowing who your legislators are is key to creating a legislature in New Mexico that will cherish life. The best way to know if your legislator cherishes life is to see for yourself how they voted on SB10 (Senate Bill 10). Seeing how your legislators voted on SB10, which repealed New Mexico’s minimal efforts at protecting life, stripping us of all protections for the unborn, will show you exactly how they feel about protecting life. If they voted “yes,” they DO NOT cherish life. If they voted “yes,” they are responsible for the continued cycle of death in the Land of Enchantment.
Here’s what you can do:
- Know your legislators! Click here to see who your current legislators are.
- Know their record! Click here to see their SB10 vote. (Click the “votes” button.)
- Vote for Life!
Current State Senator David Gallegos, a champion for life, encourages voters to vote for life:
“This news about the Mississippi Abortion Clinic that is planning to come to New Mexico should outrage voters. Please hold your Governor and legislators accountable! New Mexico should not be the murder capital of the world. Vote for life and change our state so we can protect our unborn.”
Will you help us hold New Mexico government accountable?