June 28, 2011
A Civil Write-In in Northampton,
Hosted by the Preserving Our Civil Rights Campaign
- Emma Roderick, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
(917) 412-4224, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marianna Ballou, American Friends Service Committee
(781) 439-2804, email@example.com
NORTHAMPTON, MA — On Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., several dozen Northampton residents from the Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign will deliver signed postcards and artwork to City Hall, urging city councilors to vote in favor of civil rights legislation set to reach the Council floor this August.
Prior to delivering postcards to City Hall, residents will meet in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Society at 6 p.m. and will eat together, discuss the campaign, hear speakers, sign postcards, and make artwork.
The campaign, which was launched this year on Martin Luther King Day, seeks to pass local legislation to defend Northampton from federal erosion of civil rights and liberties. Specifically, the legislation addresses protection against unwarranted searches and seizures, implements transparency measures surrounding racial profiling, and affirms the Northampton Police Department's commitment to remain separated from federal immigration enforcement.
“This is an opportunity for the residents of Northampton to show that this is an issue they care about,” said Evelyn Crunden, a Ward 4 resident of Northampton and member of the campaign. “We urge the city councilors to listen to their constituents.”
The Preserving Our Civil Rights campaign is organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM). It is also unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Commission. For several months, the campaign has been canvassing, educating residents, and meeting with Councilors, the Chief of Police, and other community leaders. In addition, the campaign has also put on a community wide art project called “Civil Writes.” The campaign hopes to have final language introduced to the City Council meeting on August 18.
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