As concerned community residents, Nadezhda Garza and I are taking the
initial steps toward founding a Rio Grand Valley American Civil
Liberties Union chapter. ACLU chapters are volunteer-led ACLU branches
to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas that address civil rights
and civil liberties issues affecting local communities, represent the
ACLU in local matters, and maintain an ACLU presence in communities
across the state.
After the horrendous events of Sept. 11, many of us have also been
horrified at the further erosion of civil liberties and human rights in
our country and in our local communities. From the Guantanamo Bay Naval
Base detention camps to our own local detention centers, from the use of
torture on detainees to the flagrant assault on immigrants, we are ready
to take on the task of participating in activities and events to help
preserve our rights as our nation’s leaders seek solutions to today’s
political questions, and we are asking you to join in.
Please join us for our first meeting:
Date and Time: Tuesday, December 11, at 7pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County Bldg.
located at 1401 S. Nebraska Avenue in San Juan.
If you are unable to attend, but still excited about taking part in this
effort to organize and defend our civil liberties and human rights,
please contact me at by phone or email listed below.
Thank you so much, I am looking forward to creating a strong ACLU and
strengthening the defense of civil liberties here in the Valley!
Erik Carlos Toren
La Nueva Raza News