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May 21: Takoma Park Council NDAA resolution vote

WE'RE NEARLY THERE!  Last week Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams put the NDAA/AUMF resolution advocating repeal of the NDAA's indefinite detention provisions on the May 21st City Council agenda.  He also scheduled consideration of a resolution advocating reductions in military spending, put forward by our friends in "Fund Our Communities."  PLEASE JOIN US on Monday, May 21st at 7:30pm at Takoma Park City Council, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park -- and please RSVP by Facebook or web form so we know you're coming.

The special session in which both resolutions will be considered will come after public comments on other issues, and likely after consideration of other city business.  So it may be after 8pm before the NDAA/AUMF and military spending resolutions are considered.  One or two statements will be made for either resolution, while fellow resolution advocates stand in support.

Lively Takoma Park forum airs NDAA issues

Impassioned, knowledgeable speakers and a lively, engaged audience of about 35 people — including two Takoma Park city council members, Seth Grimes and Kay Daniels-Cohen — made for a very successful NDAA forum on April 26th at the Takoma Park Community Center.

Heather Hurlburt (exec.dir. Natl.Security Network), Shahid Buttar (exec.dir. BORDC) Eric Bond, editor of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice, introduced the forum's two speakers: Takoma Park's own Heather Hurlburt, executive director of the National Security Network, and Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.  Hurlburt said, "Ten years after 9/11 this is a moment to finally communicate to members of Congress that there are other things that the American public cares about than being perceived as weak on terrorism. And we’ve finally reached the moment where we can have that conversation.

Thanks to all the co-sponsors of the NDAA forum, including Peace Action Montgomery, Council on American Islamic Relations, Maryland ACLU, Montgomery County ACLU, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the Defending Dissent Foundation, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.  [report; videos]

Maryland ACLU endorses Takoma Park NDAA resolution

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has added its formidable voice to a chorus of support for the MCCRC’s proposed Takoma Park NDAA resolution, joining  South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the Defending Dissent Foundation, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee in endorsing the Takoma Park resolution.

Action requests
  • Please sign our online petition supporting our anti-NDAA resolution for your city or county.
  • Support the Udall/Smith "Due Process and Military Detention Amendments Act of 2012" (S.2175).  Unlike alternative bills, it doesn't ignore the rights of non-citizens to due process; read more about it here.

Thanks for all you do,

Thomas Nephew
Co-founder, MCCRC