Community Impact – CINews


February 2009


To God be the glory, great things He has done

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin

And opened the Lifegate that all may go in



NM Legislative Session 2009


Only three weeks left for the 2009 NM Legislative Session.  Feb 19 was the deadline for introducing new legislation so what we see now is all there is for this session.  Sign up for alerts at if you haven’t already.


·         Sanctity of Marriage

         SB 12 – homosexual marriage, vote on the Senate Floor likely Mon, Feb 23
Action: Contact your senator to vote against this abomination and preserve traditional marriage

         HJR 2 & SB 162 – marriage defined as one man and one woman

·         Sanctity of Life

         HB 256 – Freedom of Choice Act, expands abortion “rights” (opposed)

         SB 77 – Embryonic Stem Cell Research (human life begins at conception) (opposed)

         SB 121 – Parental Notification (current law allows abortion without the parents knowledge)

         HB 196 – registration of fetal deaths

         HB 814 – assisted suicide (opposed)

·         Education

        SB 433 – Origins Education (freedom for students to challenge evolution),

         SB 355 – Equal Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit,

         SB 255 – Reduce size of schools,

·         Justice

        HB 285, abolish death penalty
(Gen 9:6  Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.) 

·         Election Law

         HB 52A & HB 395, same day voter registration allows manipulation

         Bill to reduce voting age to 17, liberals seek to increase voting block

         HB 591, Voter ID at the polls

· - resources on specific bills and issue background papers

·, - videocasts of committee hearings

· - pray for and educate your legislators

· - complete list of legislation for 2009

·         1-15-09: “Faith-based Organizing as a Tool for LGBT” One leitmotiv of current political activism is faith-based community organizing and its reeducation of religious institutions.  Search for other articles by Stephanie Block.



In Appreciation


The number of TVAC subscribers has grown tremendously in recent weeks.

For those who missed our early e-mails, the following re-states our mission.

The Traditional Values Action Committee supports:

·         the protection of life, traditional marriage and family.

·         legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman. We oppose domestic partnership "with rights and responsibilities of spouses", as it will lead to same-sex marriage as it has in CA, CT, and MA.

·         adult, placental, and umbilical stem cell research, but opposes embryonic stem cell research.

·         parental notification for minors seeking abortions.

·         preserving the sanctity of the vote by opposing same-day voter registration, a process that erodes voting rights.

·         free market economics with businesses choosing how to operate. We oppose the forced unionization of day care centers. Unionization would drive up the costs of day care and eliminate jobs for some stay-at-home moms in the day care industry.


We appreciate the thousands of calls, emails, faxes and visits you made to NM legislators. Your diligence has changed the votes of a number of committee members in favor of traditional values. Please, consider donating to TVAC so we are able to continue to provide up-to-the-minute updates and alerts

in time to make a difference in New Mexico's legislative process.


Thank you for your commitment to life, marriage and family and thank you for all of your wonderful words of encouragement and support.




Pam Wolfe

Traditional Values Action Committee



APS Restricting Freedoms at Polling Place


This is a story of an attempt to create law without the consent of the people.  It would have been more than an “attempt” had not this individual pressed for resolution.  The situation: Bernalillo County sets up a polling place in an APS school.  APS claims jurisdiction for anyone on “their” property in lieu of laws allowing campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place. 


I  had to revisit the same old fight again about campaigning on APS property, but this time with Sharon Clarke one of the presiding judges at Manzano who tried the same old tired tactics saying APS training said no campaigning within a 100 feet of APS property. That would have put us out on the street with no possibility to actually meet or greet voters.


David Robbins was with me in the early morning hours at Manzano. He traveled to all the other polling locations throughout the day. I was determined to avoid being thrown out for even a second. I went toe to toe with Ms. Clarke and called the Bernco County Clerk office several times and they prevailed upon all the "other" presiding judges. There were ten precincts at Manzano. I wasn't going away.


Another presiding judge I went to battle with from the general election named Ann, attempted to reason with Sharon Clarke that in fact the state law and the county law trumps the school's training. However, Sharon Clarke wouldn't listen to reason. I pointed to all the signs around that stated "no campaigning within 100 feet of the building." Not APS property. She said "those signs are from the stone age" attempting to do her best interpretation of an angry U.S. Supreme Court Justice rendering a "final" decision.


She also tried to accuse Dave and I of "accosting" people as they came to vote. Which of course wasn't true. She threatened to call the Sheriff on me and have me marched outside because she said she didn't need to explain or provide a ruling as to whether the posted signs applied or not. This, after I had four county clerk employees talk to her on the phone and explain to her that she was wrong.


"You need to be beyond that door and that fence as she pointed outside not specifying what fence, otherwise you are causing a disturbance." Needless to say, she was not professional, courteous or polite. I left and called all my friends who might help. (PF) at APD suggested that without challengers, I needed to call the County and ask for a "red shirted" troubleshooter to protect mine and Dave's right to campaign.


Two of the county's troubleshooters came shortly thereafter with an APD officer who explained that we had every right to stay where we were and we could pass out information if any persons wished to accept it, and they had told Sharon Clarke not to bother us if we stayed 100 feet away from the door of the polling location.


Howard DeLaCruz-Bancroft



Albuquerque Rescue Mission

Lives Changed Daily


In 1954 the Albuquerque Rescue Mission (ARM)  was founded  as Albuquerque Gospel Mission by Arthur Fiescher.  Mr Fleischer and his wife moved from Chicago. They were impacted by the  Pacific Garden Ministry. A house on 1st street in Albuquerque was the original site to provide ministry, shelter, food and clothing. One of ARM’s goals at the time was to help the displaced rail road workers.  ARM was founded as a Christian Ministry to the poor and homeless men and women of Albuquerque.  ARM exists to show the restoring love of Jesus Christ to hopeless and homeless men, women and children, resulting in spiritual and emotional healing  and life long discipleship to Jesus. To do this they  provide food, shelter, clothing, training, education, mentoring and Biblical Counseling. A building and property was donated to ARM in 1960 by Local Union Number 611 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. That sight provided everything for ARM for nearly 4 decades. A separate dormitory was added in 1973. In 1999 a Restoration Center was built with the help of many people. This Center provides comprehensive programs to restore homeless and near homeless  people  to employment, housing and relationship with Jesus Christ.  Recently ARM added a women’s residency just down the street from their main area. ARM  has been a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue since 1960. This association has over 300 missions across the country.  They all have the common purpose of reaching people with a message of salvation and deliverance through Jesus Christ.  ARM is led by a volunteer governing Board of Directors from the community of Albuquerque. One of the scriptures ARM uses is Galatians 6:2 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. ARM accomplishes that goal with flying colors.


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Joy Junction CIPP Graduates Seeking Employment

Joy Junction is a place of refuge to those who have been forced into the streets. As many as 350 women, children and families count on us each day for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and an array of other services. While Joy Junction is the largest homeless shelter in New Mexico, Joy Junction is much more than a homeless shelter. We are a Gospel Rescue Mission that is committed to restoring precious lives which have been forgotten and abandoned by society.
Employment is the next phase of progress for our CIPP (Christ in Power Program) graduates.  A number of the graduates are now seeking employment and housing off the Joy Junction property site.  These graduates have various educational and work backgrounds.  It would be our pleasure to meet with you and discuss any questions you might have regarding this program. 
Please contact us: 
Joy Junction
4500 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM  87105
Phone (505) 877-6967
Fax     (505) 873-2708 

Most Sincerely,
Gene Shiplet
Case Manager/Chaplain
Pat Feeney

Resident Services Manager



NM Marriages First Project


The impact of divorce is obvious and enormous. Not only is it devastating to couples, but is particularly destructive to children. Children of divorced parents are twice as likely to drop out of school, three times as apt to have a baby out of wedlock and twelve times as likely to be incarcerated than those from intact homes. Sadly, the reported divorce rate in New Mexico is nearly double that of the national rate, with only four states reporting higher divorce figures. The good news is that research shows that relationship skills can be learned. Once learned, these skills can facilitate communication between marriage partners, helping them to avoid conflict and reducing domestic violence, child abuse, divorce and its impacts.


·         Find That Lovin Feelin! – Mar 3, 10, 17, 24

·         Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University – Mar 16

·         Premarital Education Class – Mar 28


See website for schedule and more details -



Wings Ministry Banquet


Wings Ministry brings families of prisoners and Christian volunteers together as Children of God by:

·         Building relationships that transform the lives of families, volunteers and Christian communities.

·         Conducting joyous celebrations of Christ's unconditional love that break down barriers.

·         Providing interdenominational mission opportunities for Christian communities worldwide.


The 5th Annual Spring for Wings Celebration Banquet will be Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Central United Methodist Church.

This exciting evening will help fund the Wings Ministry programs. Our keynote speaker this year is Joe R. Williams, N.M. Secretary of Corrections.


Invite family, co-workers, neighbors, church members, sponsor a Wings family or Wings for L.I.F.E. family, donate auction items, and become a banquet sponsor. We appreciate your support and donations.


Dinner tickets are still only $10 for a great gourmet meal!

For reservations or donations contact Ann at 1-505-291-6412.


See website for schedule and more details



Black History Month


"I have one great political idea. . . . That idea is an old one. It is widely and generally assented to; nevertheless, it is very generally trampled upon and disregarded. The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, "Righteousness exalteth a nation; sin is a reproach to any people" [Proverbs 14:34]. This constitutes my politics - the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics. . . . I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind."

~ The Rev. Frederick Douglass


Our mission at WallBuilders is to present America's forgotten history and heroes -- and some of our Godly heroes and Christian leaders include courageous yet relatively unknown black Americans. As February is set aside to remember and honor the numerous contributions of blacks throughout American history, we want to offer 25% off the Black History products in our store! Be sure to visit today!



CAPE at the Capitol - 2009


·         NM Homeschool Proclamation

·         TeenPact NM, Leadership School


It was AWESOME!  Over 300 home schooling moms, dads, and students brought the joy and the success of home-based education to the Roundhouse on Thursday, celebrating the freedom and sacred duty of parents to direct the education of their children.  The spring issue of the CAPE magazine will include details and photos.  www.cape-nm.og, 



ID Course Offering at UNM


Course No. 19711    Intelligent Design: Science or Religion?

Lecturer:  Joe Renick

Three sessions, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Thursdays, April 16, 23, 30

CE South Building    1634 University Blvd. NE  Albuquerque, NM 87131


Course Description: 

In this course the various arguments advanced in the current controversy over Intelligent Design (ID) will be presented.  Two aspects of ID, cosmological and biological design, will be presented and contrasted with materialistic views of the natural world as represented by evolutionary and multiverse theories.


A framework for an evaluation of ID and its claims will be developed based on an examination of the historical and philosophical roots of modern science.  This development will reveal that (1) modern science has its philosophical roots in rational Christian theology, (2) the so-called “war” between science and religion is mythology and (3) the centerpiece of this “war” - the conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Church - is a gross distortion of the facts which are far more interesting than the simplistic one-dimensional portrayal of Galileo as the humble truth-seeking scientist pitted against a dogmatic and power-hungry Church. 

The current debate concerning ID’s role in public education will be examined with respect to First Amendment rulings.  It will be shown that once the various mythologies are dispelled and full disclosure is made regarding First Amendment law there is simply no legal, scientific or educational basis for excluding the teaching of ID from public schools.  However, that finding is dependent on an understanding of just exactly what is meant by “teaching ID”.  That meaning is derived from scientific principle and the only remaining basis for rejecting its teaching is ideological in nature.


There is something here for everyone…scientist, teacher, parent, student, judge, believer and agnostic.       

Call 277-0077 to register with UNM Continuing Education   



USS New York, Made from the World Trade Center


Text Box: It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. 

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.' 

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back.' The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'



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