Peace and Justice of La Luz

A Non-Profit for Community Education

Take Back The Night

April 04, 2013 By: Ken Nicholson Category: Community

Hello everyone, another year is upon us. I first would like to apologize for the delay.  This year Take Back The Night is scheduled for FRIDAY April 19, 2013 starting at 6pm ending 9pm.  We are hopeful that everyone will be able to join us again this year and I welcome all the new faces.  As you remember we are only giving two T-shirts per organization due to the limited amounts.  I will not need the form filled out again, only if your information has changed, let me know.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me or call me.  If you know of anyone I have missed please forward them the e-mail or contact me.  Once again thank you for your participation, we greatly appreciate it.

Information Needed:
Name of your Organization: The Counseling Center
# of Tables: 1
# of People: 2
T-Shirt Sizes: XL
Do you need to be close to an outlet or another organiztion? Yes, if possible near other SART members.

Thank you,
Lourdes McDaniel

Shattering the Silence

February 14, 2013 By: Ken Nicholson Category: Community, Harm Reduction, Uncategorized

Otero County V-day & Peace and Justice of La Luz presents

Performances of Shattering the Silence

February  16th at 7:30 pm

February the 17th at 2:00 pm

 A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer 

February 22nd & 23rd at 7:30 pm

February 24th at 2:00 pm

Showing At the Rohavic  Fine Arts Center NMSU-A

Scenic Drive

Don’t miss it!

PaJoLL News 1.6.13

January 07, 2013 By: Ken Nicholson Category: Civil Rights, Drug Reform, Drug War, Harm Reduction

The Behavioral Health Local Collaborative (The LC)‘s General Meeting is the second Wednesday of every month at 12 noon at The Counseling Center, corner of 10th and College Avenue.

January  9 General Meeting Program:  “The War on Drugs” Richard Newton, speaker for LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, will speak about the war on drugs. He is a retired pilot with Customs and Border Protection and will speak about the drug prohibition policy.  From the LEAP website  “Richard believes that the use of drugs is a complicated subject, one that can’t be solved solely with law enforcement but must instead be approached by social and medical services. History shows prohibition has not worked,” he says, “not only during the 1920′s and 1930′s, but also over the course of the last 40 years.””

February 13 General Meeting Program:  “REAL” program for at-risk youth provided by Border Patrol

The Behavioral Health Local Collaborative 12 is a group of Otero & Lincoln County advocates, family members, community members, providers of Behavioral Health services and those who are struggling with the need for Behavioral Health services.  This last group is called ‘consumers’…consumers of behavioral health services, whether those services are provided by a counselor, substance abuse treatment facility, school or other agency.  We exist to assess the needs of families, consumers, providers and advocates to assure collaboration between providers and to assure that consumers and family members have a valued voice in the decisions that affect them and their loved ones.


For more information, call Administrative Coordinator Denise Lang at 575-443-9072

PaJoLL News 12.6.12

December 06, 2012 By: Ken Nicholson Category: Community, Drug War, Harm Reduction

Peace and Justice of La Luz continues to provide books to our local prison, our community halfway houses, and recently started donating to “Operation Soldier Smiles”, an organization that sends packages of necessities to our troops overseas.

Our organization is active in the local health council and the district 12 local collaborative. Our CEO, Denise Lang, was honored by the Behavioral Health Local Collaborative for her dedication and contributions to the community. We have scheduled a LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) Officer, Richard Newton, to speak at our January 9th Health Council Meeting at the Counseling Center, 12:00 noon, 10th and College.

We continue to work for the repeal of the 42 year old “War on Drugs”, which has failed miserably to reduce the overall use of illegal drugs, but has been a financial boon to the prison industry.

We are proud supporters of The Vagina Monologues, In Our Own Voices, and the Gay/Straight Alliance at Alamogordo High School.

We plan to have our forth consecutive booth at the Otero County Fair in August of 2013.

Invitation to our 2012 Otero County Fair Booth

July 28, 2012 By: Ken Nicholson Category: Uncategorized

Denise Lang & Ken Nicholson of Peace and Justice of La Luz invite you to visit our Otero County fair booth on:

Wednesday August 15th from 5 pm to 9 pm,
Thursday August 16th from 5 pm to 10 pm,
Friday August 17th from 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday August 18th from 11 am to 10 pm

We continue our discussion on the consequences of the ‘War on Drugs’, and other issues of the day.  Stop by, pick up a LEAP, brochure, get involved, and join our ongoing discussions on the War on Drugs as well as Mandatory Sentencing,  prison issues and other issues of the day. Read More…

Mexico and US get active to end War on Drugs

June 20, 2012 By: Denise Lang Category: Border, Drug Reform, Drug War

Invitation Letter to Join the Peace Caravan

Dear Neighbor,

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, MPJD sends greetings to you and your organization.
We are a movement that emerged last year in response to widespread violence in Mexico stemming from the policies of the war against drugs and drug cartels. The 60,000 deaths, the 10,000 disappearances, and the 160,000 internally displaced people during the past six years is a tragedy caused directly by failed security policies. Importantly, only 2% of all crimes committed in Mexico are investigated and solved.
We are dedicated to giving voice to the families of victims of this violence and to publicizing the real costs of this war. We have made it clear that the Mexican state must stop denying its responsibilities, which it does by criminalizing the victims of violence. Instead, it must accept that there are victims, and that it is the Mexican government’s responsibility to provide justice and reparations to them. With this in mind, we have asked for a change from the current security strategy to one focused on human security. Read More…
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