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Internet censorship bill recently passed in New Mexico

Even though the Communications Decency Act was struck down by the Supreme Court in the summer of 1997, New Mexico has just passed their own statewide version of the infamous Internet censorship law. Senate Bill 127, recently signed by the governor of New Mexico, makes it illegal to place information "harmful to minors" on the Internet where a person under 18 would be able to access it. The EFF and the ACLU have said they will fight the law in court; the ACLU has already won lawsuits to overturn similar laws in four other states.

If you know someone living in New Mexico, or if you live in New Mexico, we need your help! Peacefire is creating a "civil disobedience" page for Internet users to protest the New Mexico law. By filling out a form on our Web site, a user will be able to click a button and automatically send a Bible verse that mentions sex, or an excerpt on birth control from the plannedparenthood.org Web page, to a Peacefire member under 18 living in New Mexico. These are the type of materials that would violate the Communications Decency Act and New Mexico's S.B. 127. Although the volunteer living in New Mexico can simply delete the messages as they arrive, it will still count as an act of civil disobedience for the user to fill out the form that causes the message to be transmitted.

Please help us find someone living in New Mexico who could volunteer to receive the automatic e-mails and delete them. The number of e-mails should be small (less than 10 per day), and they will all have the same identical subject line so they will be easy to recognize and delete. (If the number of e-mails grows beyond that, we can have several volunteers.)


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