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Support the NDAA resolution at Takoma Park's City Council this month

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We're attending Takoma Park City Council meetings this month to advocate the NDAA resolution we presented in March.   Join us at 7:30pm on April 2, April 9, and April 16* in the Council room at 7500 Maple Avenue to speak during public comment periods against preventive detentions and for the rule of law; if you haven't already signed it, add your name to our online petition for city and county resolutions like the one for Takoma Park.

The  "war on terror" has turned into a war on our Constitution; Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act are two of the latest broadsides against the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. Those sections authorize "indefinite" or "preventive" detentions for charges as vague as committing a "belligerent act" or of "substantially support[ing]" terrorist groups or those "associated" with them. For more information about the NDAA, please visit our web site; for a summary of the resolution, read our introduction.

How you can help

  • Join us at 7:30pm on April 2, April 9, and April 16* in the Council room at 7500 Maple Avenue to speak against preventive detentions and for our resolution.
  • Or just hold up a small "SAVE DUE PROCESS" sign like the one in the right hand column (click to download and print out).
  • Or post that flyer, with permission, around Takoma Park.
  • If you prepare remarks, it would be great if you can email them to us for publication in our blog.
  • Takoma Park residents: please email any or all of the council members -- Mayor Bruce Williams, Councilmembers Kay Daniels-Cohen, Seth Grimes, Tim Male, Fred Schultz, Terry Seamens, or Reuben Snipper -- in support of the resolution. Again, please consider sharing your email with us for publication in our blog.
Other ways to fight the NDAA
  • 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.
Other news
  • MCCRC posted a video rebuttal of WMATA police chief Michael Taborn's familiar "random bag search" announcement -- and challenges videographers to use the recording of Taborn's announcement for videos of their own.
  • Peace Action Montgomery County/Fund Our Communities hope the Takoma Park City Council will also pass a resolution urging major reductions in U.S. military spending.  More here.
  • Occupy Montgomery County's first People's Assembly will be this Saturday, 2pm in Silver Spring's Woodside Park. (link)
Again, join us at 7:30pm on April 2, April 9, and April 16* in the Council room at 7500 Maple Avenue to speak during public comment periods against preventive detentions and for the rule of law; if you haven't already signed it, add your name to our online petition for city and county resolutions like the one for Takoma Park. 

This issue can seem complex.  But in truth, it's about as basic as it gets: the right to due process and a real trial, and the dangers of an expanding definition of who can get detained, indefinitely, by the military.

Thanks for all you do,

Thomas Nephew
Co-founder, MCCRC
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* Facebook event pages; alternatively, see our Google calendar entries for April 2, April 9, and April 16.
**For city council participation guidelines, click here. (Basically: state name and address, keep it to 3 minutes; speakers should usually be from Takoma Park.)