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The Liberty Justice Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization fighting for the constitutional rights of American families, workers, advocates, and entrepreneurs. Managing Attorney, Daniel Suhr stopped by ABQ Connect on his recent trip to Albuquerque. He spoke at the invitation of Paul Gessing, and the Rio Grande Foundation about the ways the COVID pandemic has shaped our legal landscape. Daniel said, “Americans have had their constitutional rights tested in profound new ways.”

The Liberty Justice Center website https://libertyjusticecenter.org/ is filled with understandable case law and stories about Americans engaging cancel culture and winning back the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. Daniel said, “We are focused on free speech, empowering parents, education, and pushing back against cancel culture. Our website tries to take those cases and put them in everyday language for people who might want to learn about the importance of justice,  and how these principles work out in real life.

Across Nations Ministries is based in Window Rock, Arizona. Ministry Director Chuck Harper introduces  Hilltop School Teacher, Roger Everette, and Radio Ministry Manager, Jenna Martinez. Across Nations is advancing the legacy of Western Indian Ministries serving the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi Nations for over 85 years. Chuck said, “We see Native American people not as a mission field anymore but as a major mission force!” For more information about the ministries of Across Nations go to http://www.acrossnations.cc/.

Dr. Elizabeth Holguin is Deputy Director of Homeless Solutions and Clinical Advisor for the City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Service. Cristina Parajon is the Gateway Center Administrator, essentially serving as the project manager for Gateway at Gibson Health Hub. MONIKA DZIAMKA (Jam-Kah) is the Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services. Homelessness and its causes are a significant concern for all of New Mexico. The following topics are addressed in this interview:

  • The City’s multifaceted approach to homelessness
  • Plans for opening the New Gateway Center
  • What the data shows about people facing homelessness in Albuquerque
  • What are “trauma-informed services?”
  • The City Council’s consideration of government-sanctioned homeless tent encampments called “city living spaces and safe outdoor spaces.”

Cristina said, “when we say trauma-informed services and design, we are not asking what’s wrong with you (people facing homelessness); we’re asking what happened to you? What occurred that led to this point, and how can we design services around that question?”


Peter Martin is an associate Pastor at Calvary Christian Fellowship in Tucson, AZ. He is the author of  a Bible study called “Rooted in Sin: Rescued By Love.” Peter shares his personal struggles with pornography, pride, anger, and depression. With his fresh perspective and personal vulnerability. Peter said, “If we don’t learn how to learn from our defeats and grow from our failures, then we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.”

Rooted in Sin: Rescued by Love is available on Amazon.

For more information about Peter Martin, go to https://calvarychristianfellowship.com/.

Mike is a Senior Advisor for Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation. He doesn’t pull any punches when talking about why progressives in this country object to securing the border. Mike said, “The opposition from the Democrat party to border security it’s an ideological thing, and it’s religious almost for them. In the absence of a large religious element in their party, they have found fervent belief in the notion that borders are bad and that nationalistic thinking and taking care of our own country first is, in effect, a racist thing. The reason why it’s got to this point is because the intellectual and financial elite of the Democratic Party recognized that it is illegal immigration on a massive scale helps them form a permanent voting coalition because people are dependent on the government and those people dependent on the government are more likely to be Democrats and vote for Democrats.”

Heritage’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. https://www.heritage.org/.

The question of whether there is a constitutional right to seek an abortion—at any stage, in any pregnancy, or for any reason was brought to the forefront of American politics, public policy, and law as US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the press in early May. The Dobbs case is a challenge to a restrictive Mississippi abortion law. Ethel Maharg, Executive Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico and candidate for the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor, brings her perspective on the issue(s) to ABQ Connect. Abby Williams, KLYT Producer, adds questions from the perspective of a Gen Z citizen.  Ethel said, “Roe vs. Wade is going to be overturned whether they like it or not.”

For more information about the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, go to https://www.rtlnm.org/.

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are on the ground in Lviv, Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes. The team of crisis-trained chaplains are serving alongside medical personnel with Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian disaster relief organization that is operating an Emergency Field Hospital and a triage clinic near a busy train station. Josh Holland, International Director of the Billy Graham-Rapid Response Teams, spent close to a week in Ukraine assisting with training efforts. Josh said,  “Even though so many Ukrainians are experiencing the worst circumstances they’ve ever been through, they’re also encountering the love of Jesus Christ through these chaplains who are crying with them, praying with them, and just listening to their stories.”

Beverly Rich, Deborah Roberts, and Ann E. Wibbenmeyer lead the “Called Christian’s Ministry” Team in Jinja, Uganda.
Called Christians is a diverse outreach in Jinja, Uganda. The website is updated frequently with prayer requests, ministry updates, and a secure portal to support the ministry financially.

Bev said, “Most of our ministries are done, my Ugandans. Many people who do our ministries are the kids we have raised up! Go to https://calledchristians.org/ for more information.

Alicia Kielpinski (Skies) is a contestant with “You God’s Music,” She believes music ministry is God’s calling in her life. You God’s Music is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a place of unity and joy through the power of music and the promotion of Christian talent.

Alicia said, “The world is in your face. All these lies and all these things coming at you! If you are not daily in the Word, it (the noise) defeats you.” Listen to the Christian Artists competing in the “You God’s Music” competition and consider voting for artists you like. There is a small charge for voting, but you can listen for FREE!  Alicia’s song “Filter Out the Noise” is now available at https://yougodsmusic.org/music/. First-round voting ends May 8, 2022.