A group calling for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s removal from office says it will protest outside the Roundhouse for days or even weeks until its grievances are heard.

Organizers of I Will not comply NM say they will gather Sunday at the Capitol and lock the doors to the building from the outside as a symbolic gesture. They are calling their demonstration “Shut Down the Capital.”

“This isn’t about Republicans. It isn’t about Democrats. It isn’t about COVID. It isn’t about masks. It’s about the Constitution,” said Stephen Garrett, a small-business owner in Moriarty who founded the group in 2019.

Garrett said the governor violated the First and Second amendments by closing churches and gun stores during the onset of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“I have contacted the Department of Justice and White House numerous times asking for intervention,” he said, but they have not responded.

“I don’t understand how you can subvert the Constitution of the United States,” he added. “It’s the founding document, the founding laws of our country.”

The planned protest comes during a time of social unrest across the country. Many demonstrations have centered on police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died two months ago in Minneapolis while in police custody.

In response, the Trump administration has sent federal agents to Portland, Ore., and other cities to help local police maintain order.

Garrett said he started his group in response to New Mexico’s “red-flag” legislation, which Lujan Grisham signed into law earlier this year. It gives officers the power to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms and ammunition away from a person who is found to pose a threat.

Garrett called the law “an attack on the Second Amendment.”

After that, “it’s just been one transgression after another,” he said of Lujan Grisham’s administration.

When asked about the group and its plans to protest indefinitely at the Roundhouse, Tripp Stelnicki, a spokesman for the Governor’s Office, said: “Sounds like an irresponsible, unserious and dangerous group and nonstory to amplify.”

Garrett insisted that’s not the case. He said protesters won’t enter the Roundhouse or try to occupy the building, but they won’t leave until the federal government redresses their grievances.

“We don’t want any trouble. We are peacefully protesting for our rights,” he said, adding, “There will be no damage to that building or the grounds.”

As of Friday afternoon, 23 people said they would take part in the protest and 258 said they were interested in participating, according to the group’s Facebook page. Garrett said the turnout could be as high as 1,000 people.

He said the group has acquired portable toilets “so that the grounds will be kept pristine. Anything brought in will be taken out.”

Protesters plan to stay at the Capitol at least 30 days, according to the group’s Facebook page.

“It’s come to this,” Garrett said. “Either we have a Constitution or we don’t.”

(34) comments

Matt Ponteri

You have a problem with mentally unstable, enraged, people NOT being allowed to have their guns? I haven't heard this one lately. If you chain the door, with the gov in there, I think the penalty for keeping her a hostage could put a dent in your plans for the next 40 or so years. As far as Barr coming to Santa Fe, you really think he's going to leave the morning donut and Danish all u can stuff down buffet at the WH, to come here, and sweat like a pig? And no good Danish. I can tell you now, he ain't coming, and the gov, she ain't going. Like she doesn't have enough on her plate. What exactly is it that she took from you. Or are you just really bored.

Mike Johnson

As long as this group is peaceful, and does not engage in arson, looting, rioting, vandalism, etc., as the BLM and anti-Spanish ones did with impunity, they should be allowed. But if they try the things the other violent protestors did, they should be arrested and jailed indefinitely until trial.

Carolyn B. Kenny

The article states that the federal agents were sent to Portland to help maintain order, as though that was a fact. The reporter ought to have said that the trump administration gave that as a reason but Portland’s and the State’s elected officials and Portland citizens dispute that and say that the federal troops came uninvited, have disrupted peaceful protests and attacked peaceful protesters, brought mayhem and trampled on constitutional rights. What is happening in Portland should not be misrepresented.

Mike Johnson

Seems the court disagrees with you about the illegality of federal officers enforcing the law in Portland....https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/24/895285174/judge-denies-oregons-request-for-restraining-order-against-federal-officers

Jim Klukkert

Hey Mike, actually not so. Your comment that 'the court disagrees with you about the illegality of federal officers enforcing the law in Portland,' is not true but rather, hate to say it, a 'mis-telling' of the actual ruling.

The court found that the plaintiffs, government officials I recall, did not have standing to bring the suit. The court wanted folks who had suffered from the Fed's illegal behavior to bring the suit forward.

The courts have yet to decide about the legal merits of federal officers enforcing the law in Portland.


Augustin de la Sierra

Thank you for getting the facts out, Jim Klukkert.

I want Stephen Garrett and his friends to forego masks; hug each other a lot; march intensely and breathe heavily on each other; shake the hands of every Trump supporter egging them on; and so forth. All in the name of their First Amendment right to 'peaceably assemble.'

Mike Johnson

It is true the court found the city did not have standing, and never will in this case. But the constitutionality of the President sending federal officers into a place to protect federal property is well established law with precedents......From the LA Times: "Legal experts agree the president and the Department of Homeland Security have the authority written into law to protect federal buildings and property, even if state and local officials prefer that they had stayed away.

One provision of a 2002 law that created the Department of Homeland Security says its secretary may “designate employees ... as officers and agents for duty in connection with the protection of property owned or occupied by the federal government.” They may “carry firearms ... conduct investigations on or off the property in question ... and make arrests without a warrant for any offense against the United States” if they have “reasonable grounds to believe the person to be arrested has committed a felony” under federal law."

Mike Johnson

I wished the same things for the BLM and anti-Spanish protestors Augustin, and they did catch and spread the virus widely, so it will happen here too, and the Guv will use the positive tests, not cases as they report tests, to keep us shutdown, so enjoy!

Barry Rabkin

298,000 New Mexicans voted or our Governor. Two or three dozen people or even three hundred people wanting to remove her is an irrelevant number of people: there is no way they can 'represent' the almost 300,000 people throughout the State that voted for her.

Beyond that numerical point, there is an easy, logical, and legal way to show they don't want her in office: don't vote for her when she runs again for Governor.

Oh, our Governor's COVID-19 actions are backed by the US Constitution: The 10th Amendment AND the subsequent settled case law from 10th Amendment legal cases.


Jim Klukkert

Thanks Barry Rabkin [thumbup]

Daniel Valdez

So who was it that voted? "298,000 New Mexicans voted OR our Governor"....???

Jim Klukkert

Good point Daniel Valdez. Our Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham won with 56.9% (385,684) of the vote, while Pearce received 43.1% (292,043), according to Wikipedia quoting KOB. A margin of over 13%! An impressive victory ¿Que no?

So 385,684 New Mexicans voted for our Governor.


Emily Koyama

So when 300 people gather at the Roundhouse to support BLM, are we allowed to dismiss them as not "representative" also? Got it.

Jim Klukkert

Emily Koyama- when 300, or 3, folks show up to represent their political views, that is representative of a set of opinions.

When political opportunists like you post sarcastic comments playing on the phrase "representative," in an effort to tear away at the BLACK LIVES MATTER, that too is representative, of a lost cause, of the dying white supremacist order, thank God.

Your comments are just more nails in your electoral coffin.

But tell us, can you actually type out BLACK LIVES MATTER; or is only using the abbreviation BLM just your way of doubling down on the insult?


Emily Koyama

So easy to get your knickers in a twist, Klukkert.

Jim Klukkert

Emily Koyama- On July 25, 2020 at 7:40pm, you wrote, "So easy to get your knickers in a twist, Klukkert."

John Gault and Charles Andreoli used to comment using such school yard bully trash talk. I do not see them on these pages anymore.

Emily, are you acquainted with SFNM's Community Standards? You might want to check into that a more than you might want to comment on the state of me knickers.

Got it?


Carlos Vasquez

US vs. white supremacists - no problem...

William Craig

The event page is here:


David Ford

I agree with you Ed. The rest of these moronic statements are just par for the course by the standard writers. Nothing new here.

Interesting that this groups main concern is ...“I don’t understand how you can subvert the Constitution of the United States,”....Easy just look to the White House and the DOJ for that understanding.....

Joseph Tafoya

She will turn out the flying monkeys! Remember she's watching "YOU".

Daniel Valdez

"Sounds like an irresponsible, unserious and dangerous group and nonstory to amplify.”

Seriously?? Dangerous group? I'm sure the dangerous looting/rioting/destroying BLM or Antifa would be welcomed with open arms by the governor and her Democrat gestapo.

Richard Reinders

Daniel, mainstream media says peaceful protest only 27 officers injured, Summer of Love 5 shootings 2 dead and countless rapes at this mostly peaceful protest. Democrats hear peaceful protest and that is their narrative so don't waist the brain cells listening to there narrative. The Covid numbers are skewed so we will never know the truth because they have politicized the pandemic on both side. They will say and do anything in the name of the party instead the name of the people. People like Stelnicki are paid to twist the truth to the Governors favor or who ever will pay him.

Orlie Romero


Orlie Romero

Masks implemented 2 months ago, #s have went up, schools still closed and Walmart still making billions, seems simple to understand?

Matt Ponteri

How do you even start to reply to something like this. Do you explain things like you're talking to a 5 year old, or just leave well enough alone

Ed Li

I’ll gladly help this group of morons pack there bags for Texas or Arizona since they insanely believe MLG’s covid measures have been ineffective.

Jim Klukkert

Thanks Ed, sign me up to help! Wait. no, I've got friend in TX & AZ! Oh no! [beam][thumbup]

David Ford


Emily Koyama

You have "friends" ??

Well, I guess David Ford counts.

Jim Klukkert

Emily, if I had no friends and so I stood alone, your snarky quips betray your emptiness, and that of your Alt Right, and so nothing but elevate my spirits!

Got that?


Jim Klukkert


Emily, if I had no friends and so I stood alone, your snarky quips, that betray your emptiness and the soullessness of your Alt Right, doo nothing but elevate my spirits!

Got that?

Thanks. Emmy!

Daniel Valdez

"There" bags??? Or their bags? I take it you graduated with honors from SFCC?

Jim Klukkert

So Daniel Valdez of the Alt-Right has been relegated to proof-reading comments.

I suppose that is a great improvement over the scurrilous lies and ludicrous distortions he typically posts.


David Ford

You know Jim I could post my favorite Mark Twain quote but you already know it and it seems to apply here more and more every day with some of the sheer idiocy that is posted here. Everybody is braver when there is a certain amount of anonymity. I have seen your Letter to the Editors and I have written several submissions that were rpinted.

I can guarantee you that none of these stable geniuses (with lesser deference to the moron-in-chief) have the intestinal fortitude to write the same simply because of the public humiliation they would endure for writing in as serious arguments - incredibly unsubstantiated BS, the same old Fox News talking points that are factually incorrect, and/or sheer stupidity on display for all to see, all while convinced that they are in fact "geniuses"

Time for a mental health break friend!


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