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National experts to discuss NDAA military detention law at Takoma Park forum

WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Azalea Room, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park (map)

SPEAKERS: Heather Hurlburt, exec. director, National Security Network; Shahid Buttar, exec. director, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
MODERATOR: Eric Bond, editor, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice

Congress couldn’t be bothered to hold hearings on ratifying the indefinite military detention provisions of the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). So on April 26th, Takoma Park will. Please join us for what should be an fascinating, important evening about the direction our country is taking — and what we can do to change that. Let us know you'll join us at the April 26 Facebook event page or as a comment at our blog announcement.

Maryland ACLU endorses Takoma Park NDAA resolution

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is adding its formidable voice to a chorus of support for the MCCRC’s proposed Takoma Park NDAA resolution.

ACLU-MD legislative director Melissa Goemann notes:

The ACLU of Maryland is proud to work with the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition to pass this resolution in Takoma Park. We believe that NDAA is a historic threat because it codifies indefinite military detention without charge or trial into law for the first time in American history. It could permit the president – and all future presidents – to order the military to imprison indefinitely civilians captured far from any battlefield without charge or trial.

This kind of sweeping detention power is completely at odds with our American values, violates the Constitution, and corrodes our Nation’s commitment to the rule of law, which generations have fought to preserve.

 The Maryland ACLU joins South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the Defending Dissent Foundation, and the Bill of Rights Defense Committee in endorsing the Takoma Park resolution; Priya Murthy of SAALT delivered an eloquent endorsement of the resolution last Monday.  Peace Action Montgomery, the ACLU Montgomery County, and Council on American Islamic Relations are also co-sponsoring the April 26 Takoma Park forum with Heather Hurlburt and Shahid Buttar.

Other news
  • MCCRC activist Sue Udry submitted testimony to Congress on racial profiling concerns in Montgomery County including "Operation Tripwire."
  • MCCRC activist Martine Zee joined Montgomery County ACLU members to meet with County Executive Ike Leggett about the right to photograph police, ICE civil detainer requests, and to support crowd control measures not involving the use of dangerous weapons on non-violent passive resisters.
  • MCCRC activist Bill Day added to his "Protecting Your Digital Privacy" series with a post on PGP email encryption.
Action requests
  • Let us know you'll join us at at the Thursday, April 26 NDAA military detention forum (7:30pm, Azalea Room, Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park) at our Facebook event page or as a comment at our blog announcement.
  • Please sign our online petition supporting our anti-NDAA resolution for your city or county.
  • Forward this email to friends, and share it with the Facebook and Twitter buttons on the upper right.
  • Join us on April 23 and 30 at 7:30pm at Takoma Park City Council, 7500 Maple Avenue to submit public comments for the NDAA resolution.
  • 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