Press Conference Tuesday as Emilio Gutierrez-Soto faces deportation

Las Cruces friends of Emilio Gutierrez-Soto will hold a press conference Tuesday, Dec 12 at noon to highlight the alarming treatment of Political Asylum seeker and Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez-Soto and his son Oscar. The press conference will take place in the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot at 2000 S. Solano Drive.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, Emilio and his son reported to the El Paso ICE office, where they were immediately processed for deportation and whisked away in handcuffs while their attorney Eduardo Beckett awaited a call from the Board of Immigration Appeals on their request for an emergency stay. ICE refused to wait for the decision, which was handed down  a short 10 minutes after the attorney returned to his office. The stay was granted.

“It is especially disturbing to hear that law enforcement officials in this country were prepared to carry out an order without even waiting to allow the appeals process [to] work,” said Barbara Cochran, president of the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute. “That smacks of the kind of police state that our Constitution is designed to avoid,” she added, in a NPC Dec. 7 press release.

Instead of releasing them to where they had been staying in Las Cruces for 8 years, ICE sent them to Sierra Blanca Detention Center where they are currently being “detained.” “I believe it’s retaliation,” attorney Beckett told the National Press Club.

Emilio fled Mexico in 2008 with his then-14-year-old son when his life was threatened by government authorities who were outraged by his reporting of corruption within the government. He has been living in Las Cruces with Oscar while his case winds its way through the immigration courts. Emilio is an award-winning journalist who was honored at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. less than two months ago with the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award on behalf of all Mexican journalists who face life threatening situations for reporting that in the United States is considered well within the bounds of ethical journalism.

For more information contact:

Elisa Sanchez, “Friends of Emilio” and Local Activist



Eduardo Beckett

Beckett Law Firm, P.C.

1611 Beech St. #B, El Paso, TX 79925

915-772- 4204


Leave it on the table again?

By Tom H. Hastings

“You can’t fight City Hall.”

Well…turns out City Hall is a minor obstacle these days. Trump and his autocratic buds loom far larger. If you can’t fight City Hall you surely are foolish to try Trump.

Indeed, we routinely tell ourselves some version of the Reinhold Niebuhr axiomatic Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

We cannot possibly affect serenity these days without occupying a state of deep denial. This is an emergency on all fronts:

·       Trump groped many women, a dozen of them came forward to describe it, and yet he keeps his job while the other power players topple.

·       Trump praises foreign dictators—Putin, Erdogan, Duterte—and insults the leader of Europe’s strongest, prosperous, generous, peaceful democracy—Merkel.

·       Trump is doing everything possible to put industry in charge of dismantling environmental regulations.

·       Trump is appointing Supreme Court “Justices” who are shifting the decisions toward jingoism, xenophobia, and unconstitutional, anti-democratic nationalistic insularity.

·       Trump is targeting Muslims, Mexicans, and others with his racist tweets, presidential orders, and auto-cannibalistic appointments.

·       Trump and Kim Jong Un are doing the most demonic death dance ever, like little sociopaths who simply do not care about the annihilation of millions.

·       Trump’s encouragement to the most brutal police has created a new level of racial fear felt first and familiarly in the African American communities but now in a toxic spreading reciprocity.

·       Trump lies pretty much every time he discusses and denies the Russian roles in getting him elected and is now squirming to avoid the law as embodied in Mueller’s investigation.

And this is only the short list. We are losing public lands, gaining the ridicule and revulsion of citizens from around the world, and watching the shreds and loose threads of a social safety net for our most vulnerable blowing in this gale of bad policy.

What can we do?

Well, what did women do to finally get the vote? What did blacks do to finally end segregation? What did migrant workers do to form a union? What did Native Americans do to finally reaffirm long-abrogated treaty rights? What did British Gold Coast Africans do to end colonial rule? What did Filipinas and Filipinos do to depose Ferdinand Marcos? What did Serbs do to knock Slobodan Milosevic out of office? What did Tunisians do to overthrow dictator Ben Ali?

In all these cases and many more, people finally decided to take that latent power that is always there—nonviolent people power—organize it, recruit mass numbers to their movement, and use it strategically to earn victory. Yes, they worked at it. Yes, they sacrificed. And they won, with far far far fewer costs than if they would have either shrunk from engagement or engaged in violence.

Our power is in our hands if we take it off the table—and if we don’t, the greedy elite will take it all again. Our power, our choice.

Dr. Tom H. Hastings is a scholar of civil resistance and PeaceVoice Director. 


PVA Meeting Recap

Here is a link to the recap of the October PVA meeting:


Also, please check out our calendar of events – find something you’re interested in and import it directly into your calendar! Link to the calendar here.

Due to the holidays, PVA doesn’t meet in November or December. Mark your calendars, our next meeting will be on:
          Thursday, January 25, 7:00pm
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RESPONSE to President Trump’s Attempt to Erase Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments


DENVER—President Donald Trump today signed proclamations abolishing Bears Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monuments. He is replacing them with five new and much smaller monuments. The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“Today President Trump is sacrificing tribal heritage, paleontological discoveries, and the small business owners who drive America’s outdoor economy, all in the name of coal, oil, and uranium. We’ve never seen an attack on America’s parks and public lands at this scale.

“This is the Trump legacy. He is the first president in American history to try to strip protections from millions of acres set aside for our children and grandchildren.”

Native American groups and sovereign tribal nations will immediately file suit to block President Trump’s proclamations in court. Mainstream legal scholars agree that the law, including the Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976, does not give presidents the power to rescind national monument designations—Congress reserved that authority for itself.

Earlier this year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s sham “review” of national monuments concluded with a secret error-filled report that ignored the wishes of 2.8 million Americans who urged Trump and Zinke to keep America’s national monuments intact.

Bears Ears National Monument was protected in 2016 at the behest of five sovereign tribal nations with a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the land. The national monument, which had first been proposed for conservation over 80 years ago, has one of the highest concentrations of cultural and archaeological sites in the nation. Prior to its protection, the archaeological sites in Bears Ears experience rampant looting and vandalism. President Trump’s decision threatens tens of thousands of cultural and archaeological sites.

Protected in 1996, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument has become an important economic driver for rural communities in southern Utah. The remote region was the last area to be mapped in the continental United States and today the unspoiled cliffs and plateaus of the monument serve as a living laboratory for researchers and explorers, drawing visitors from across the world. The monument has been described as a ‘treasure trove’ for paleontology, offering scientists a rare glimpse into the ancient environments of the American West. Paleontologists have discovered 25 unique dinosaur species and expect to find more; only six percent of Grand Staircase–Escalante has been surveyed by paleontologists so far.


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