Congress has a lot of caucuses. There is one for bikes, for aluminum, for algae. But until now, there has not been one dedicated to protecting the Fourth Amendment.
The bi-partisan 4th Amendment Congressional Caucus will officially launch on Wednesday, July 13 at an event on Capitol Hill hosted by Caucus co-chairs Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).
BORDC/DDF activists were instrumental in recruiting members to the caucus, engaging in a grassroots campaign in the 4th congressional district in Oregon to convince Rep. Peter DeFazio to join the caucus. Which he did.
“Representatives from the left and the right are uniting to defend our Fourth Amendment right to privacy,” said Yolanda Rondon, an attorney with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, who will serve on the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee. “The 4th Amendment caucus represents the unity and commitment across party lines that are necessary to break the cycle of mass surveillance. We hope to work with the Caucus to bring a vital perspective and reframe the discussion on surveillance programs and the civil rights and civil liberties for all.”
Members of the public are invited to attend the launch on July 13 at the Cannon Office Building, Room 441 at 11:00 am.
Following remarks by Representatives Lofgren and Poe, there will be a panel discussion on Fourth Amendment Issues confronting Congress with a panel of experts, moderated by the newly formed Caucus Advisory Committee.
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