As far as prisoner-rights advocate Mara Taub is concerned, New Mexico hasn’t really repealed the death penalty.
Each session, legislators close down with the call of sine die, from the Latin, which translates literally as “without a day,” meaning there’s no telling when they may meet again. Of course, that’s ridiculous: Gov. Bill Richardson loves his special sessions and, no matter what, they’ll be back in January 2010 for the 30-day budget session.
Governor tears, Aragon's gold and Block's babies.
This project began a year and a half ago with the United World College’s Beyond Borders club, a dozen or so students, from places such as Zimbabwe, Poland, Iraq and Hong Kong, who all have a common interest in human rights. Students interviewed each other—Costa Ricans spoke to Tanzanians, Americans surveyed Cambodians—and then shared their findings. The individual words were written and rewritten into a single voice to reflect a global youth vision of the melting pot of challenges and hopes for the future.