join the Civil Liberties Defense Coalition
This past Tuesday (April 15th), the Civil Liberties Defense Coalition
met at the ACLU to discuss actions that we will take in opposition
to Patriot Act I, its affiliated programs (Total Information Awareness,
CAPPS II, Carnivore, Magic Lantern, and so forth) and the Domestic
Security Enhancement Act of 2003.
This is a citywide coalition that is in its neonatal stage. It includes
religious, political, non-profit groups who are all working towards
the end of doing as much as we can at as many levels as possible
to protect our civil liberties from the likes of Bush, Poindexter,
et al. The ACLU is an active participant in the coalition.
It was the 2nd meeting of the coalition and its name was just decided
upon. We also made some organizational structure decisions, such
as working committees and temporary leadership, and defined some
action plans. For fairly short-range goals, the Civil Liberties
Defense Coalition has the following in mind:
Angeles City Council to issue a resolution opposing the unconstitutional
provisions of the Patriot Acts, certain Justice Dept. directives,
and Executive Orders. We plan to have signatures to support
our petition and to present it to City Council by early July
(when the new City Councilmembers take office).
and outreach to encourage other organizations to join the coalition
and to educate the public concerning the ways in which our civil
liberties are being eroded.
At this point,
we would love for everyone who is interested to participate in continuing
to define the organizations objectives and goals, and to participate
in working committees. Since the leadership structure is temporary,
you might also consider your interest in working at that level.
You do not need to participate under the auspices of an organization.
Individuals with no organizational affiliation are involved.
I cannot find my notes! but I recall that we formed several committees:
(to inform the public)
(to grow the organization and ensure that its organizational
representation matches our city demographics closely)
I'm sure that
there were other committees and I will post that info when I find
it. I don't yet have a list of the organizations in the coalition
and the individuals and will send that to those who express interest.
I hope that you will join us in fighting off the quite overt efforts
that have already essentially nullified several Constitutional amendments,
all in the name of the war against terrorism and fraud.
The next meeting of this coalition will be Sunday, April 27th from
1:00 - 3:00 at the ACLU of Southern California building, which is
located at 1616 Beverly Boulevard. The coalition meets in the downstairs