Wichita Falls, Texas
Population (2000 Census): 104,197
Date Passed: 12/04/07
Expressing the City's Strong Opposition to Terrorism and Its Commitment to Civil Rights and Liberties
Approved by: City Council of the City of Wichita Falls
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States is our charter of liberty and enshrines fundamental rights of Americans, including the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, privacy and petitioning the government for a redress of grievances; and,
WHEREAS, all elected and appointed officials in Texas, including elected public servants in Wichita Falls, swear, upon taking office, to uphold the United States and Texas Constitutions; and,
WHEREAS, the City of Wichita Falls is proud of its long and distinguished tradition of protecting the civil rights and liberties of its residents; and,
WHEREAS, the preservation of civil rights and liberties is essential to the wellbeing of a democratic society; and,
WHEREAS, federal, state, and local governments should protect the public from terrorist attacks such as those which occurred on September 11, 2001, and should do so rationally and deliberately to ensure that new security measures enhance public safety; and,
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Wichita Falls believes that there is no inherent conflict between national security and the preservation of liberty; Americans can be both safe and free.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, THAT:
SECTION 1. The City of Wichita Falls affirms its strong opposition to terrorism, but also affirms that any actions to end terrorism must not be waged at the expense of the fundamental civil liberties, rights, and freedoms of the people of Wichita Falls.
SECTION 2. The City of Wichita Falls wishes to encourage each of its many citizens to read and study the Constitution of the United States and the Texas Constitution.
SECTION 3. It is hereby officially found and determined that the meeting at which this resolution was passed was open to the public as required by law.
PASSED AND APPROVED this the 4th day of December, 2007.
M A Y O R
Community Group / Coalition: Bill of Rights Defense Committee-Wichita Falls