We just finished “Constitution Month” at New Mexico State University — expanded from a week because we couldn’t fit in all of our speakers and we couldn’t pass out all our pocket Constitutions in that time!
Week 1 began with a discussion with Ceil Levatino, who spoke to us about her biggest goal: to make Las Cruces more business friendly.
We kicked off week 2 by running our first big event of the semester: the free speech wall. Our message was simple: say what you want, no censorship, no strings attached.
Students, faculty, and even a police officer filled two sides of a large plywood board with everything from math to abolishing capitalism to an actual threat of arrest!
The event coincided with a demonstration by members of Aggie Solidarity, a leftist organization at NMSU, after one of their members was arrested for peacefully protesting the NSA at the career fair in the student union building. One independent student was also issued a citation for “throwing” (according to the NSA representative) a copy of the book 1984 by George Orwell onto the NSA’s table. Here’s a picture of a police officer with the confiscated copy of 1984:
Later that night, we had two guest speakers: Bev Courtney, a conservative candidate for Las Cruces city council, and Dave Clements, the chairman of the Dona Ana Republican Party. Bev discussed her position on the second amendment and her interpretation of natural rights in the Constitution, while Dave spoke to us about why we should consider using the Republican party to get libertarian ideas into action.
On the Monday of week 3, we spoke with Chris Bradford from the Leadership Institute. He spent his days in Las Cruces recruiting for a new student organization: Students for Concealed Carry.
Later that week, Joe Montes and Pam Wolfe from Americans for Prosperity joined us to discuss economic freedom in New Mexico. They also asked us to review two new promotional videos which illustrated the effects of welfare dependency and government regulation of private property by showing the families and communities who these laws hurt.
None of our speakers were libertarians, but having such a diverse group allowed us all to realize who we’re willing to work with to loosen the government’s grip over our lives, and who we weren’t.
And who doesn’t love free speech?
Here at NMSU, we’re looking forward to the best semester yet!Published in