BORDC/DDF provides several model resolutions and ordinances that can be adopted in whole or in part by local city councils or state legislatures. They are tools to safeguard rights and to build the movement for civil liberties.
Ordinances have the effect of law and protect your rights
The Local Civil Liberties Protection Act (LCLPA) protects the fundamental rights and liberties by promoting transparency and accountability and prohibiting or limiting law enforcement engagement in:
- unwarranted surveillance
- immigration enforcement and information sharing with federal authorities
- undercover infiltration of activist groups and religious institutions
- cooperation with military personnel
- over-policing or restricting protests
The LCLPA is a template written to be agile and adaptable in order to meet the different needs of diverse communities nationwide. Tooled to be supported by unconventional coalitions, the LCLPA will empower you to take action in defense of the Bill Of Rights where you live.
Resolutions allow your town or state to send a message to the federal government
Resolution for accountability for torture offers an opportunity for municipalities and states to call on the federal government to pursue transparency and accountability through an independent commission and prosecution of all government officials complicit in degrading treatment.
Resolution opposing military detention and supporting the right to trial. In 2011, the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law. It includes a provisions that could allow indefinite and arbitrary military detention, without a trial or day in court, of anyone accused of any “belligerent act” or terror-related offense—including “material support” allegations based strictly on speech or association. It essentially subjects everyone within the US (including citizens, legal residents, and visitors) to the same lawless standards at work in Guantánamo Bay.
This week marked a major victory for privacy activists in Oakland, when the city’s Privacy Commission was formally voted into being at a Council meeting on Tuesday. The creation of the nine-member Commission is the culmination of over two years’ campaigning, protest, and negotiation, triggered in 2013 by the proposed expansion and centralization of public surveillance in both the Port and City of Oakland.
Bay area organizers will convene on Sunday, January 10 to discuss plans for 2016. All are welcome to the community meeting and vegan potluck, to be held at the historic Berkeley Fellowship Hall.
Despite excellent organizing and outreach by the Stop Urban Shield Coalition and a large turnout of activists, the Berkeley City Council approved a pact with the Urban Area Security Initiative, which funds the annual Urban Shield exercise.