This morning’s papers are full of editorials about how 2016 was the worst year ever. It was indeed awful to watch a man who dismisses the Constitution get elected President. But won’t it be much more horrible to watch him BE the President?
He has promised more surveillance, more racial profiling and “law and order,” more deportations, torture, and mass incarceration, and less freedom of religion, speech, and assembly.
But we are committed, and ready to fight back with everything we’ve got.
And we’ve got a lot.
Thousands of activists around the country who are determined to take action locally to protect thier rights, and those of their most vulnerable neighbors. We are already working to help cities and towns pass local laws to prohibit cooperation with federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies so that when Trump comes to enlist these communities to help him trample the Bill of Rights, they will have the power to say NO.
This is the most practical, effective, and achievable action local communities can take to fight surveillance, discriminatory policing, mass deportations, infiltration of religious and political organizations and other abuses that might flow out of Washington in the next four years.
When the Patriot Act passed in 2001, we helped over 400 cities become “Civil Liberties Safe Zones.”
We need to do that again!
We have developed organizing tool kits that include model resolutions and ordinances that can transform communities into bastions of resistance.
Our model ordinance prevents local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, infiltrating religious and political organizations, and implementing discriminatory profiling. Another model ordinance protects privacy on social media and the right to protest. Ordinance are binding on the police and city.
The model resolution (which is non-binding) declares that all people, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or immigration status are welcome in the community, and that the community will uphold the Bill of Rights.
All of this takes resources though and that’s why we need your help.
This campaign is just getting off the ground, but you can read more about it here and get involved yourself.
Sue Udry, Executive Director