Topic: Local Ordinances and Resolutions
In Light of Recent Massacre of Palestinian Protesters, It’s Time for US Police to End Exchanges of Worst Practices With Human Rights Abusers
Although Defending Rights & Dissent is a domestic civil liberties, we recognize the threat allowing police departments to train with known human rights abusers. US police are frequently criticized for acting like an occupying army. Training with an actual occupying army will only further this mindset amongst law enforcement.
It seems that every week brings news of another local police department adopting another new technology to monitor our words, movement, or relationships online and off.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the United States government has poured money into counter-terrorism efforts. One place in which they have spent billions of dollars is the network of 119 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) located across the country.
Last night, the Oakland City Council voted to formally end all law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The activists of Oakland Privacy are a bulwark against government abuses of the First and Fourth Amendment in the Bay Area and the state of California. The group is also an inspiration and model for grassroots activists across the country. They deserve this award!
Residents are encouraged to turnout at the City Council meeting next week to stand up and speak up for surveillance transparency and oversight.
What do communities of color, environmentalists, animal rights activists, civil rights activists, immigrant communities, Muslims, the labor movement, and a host of others all have in common?
State and local agencies participate in JTTFs under secret agreements and they operate under the direction, and usually under the rules and guidelines, of the FBI.
After nearly four months of advocacy, supporters of the Fostering Community Trust ordinance erupted in applause after a majority of City Councilmembers raised their hands in favor of the measure, which enshrines an unwritten Rockville City Police (RPD) policy into law.