Topic: Local Ordinances and Resolutions
Believe it or not, there’s some good news. The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, which is chaired by BORDC/DDF Patriot Award winner Brian Hofer, in January approved and passed to the Oakland City Council an ordinance that calls for close scrutiny of the city’s spy gear.
If the phrase “possibly illegal federal actions” makes you think of Donald Trump, you’re on the right track. Civil rights groups are more concerned about police participation in FBI investigations under the Trump administration than ever before.
In their first official act, the new Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution criticizing President-Elect Donald Trump’s “divisive and scapegoating rhetoric, rooted in hate and prejudice.”
130 Leaders to NY City Council: Pass #RightToKnowAct to Protect Women & Gender Non-Conforming NYers from NYPD Harassment & Abuses
Women, trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers rallied at City Hall on Monday to demand swift action from the New York City Council to pass the Right To Know Act. I
On Monday, November 21, Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons introduced an ordinance to require transparency and oversight of police surveillance technology.
Last week, the Dissent NewsWire reported on ballot initiatives to watch during the 2016 elections. Election day turned out favorably for marijuana legalization, but other civil liberties did not fair nearly as well. In particular, we saw major losses in regards to the death penalty, the right to assemble, and reforming the prison system.
Cities can offer shelter and protection to their vulnerable citizens and become a place progressives can exert real power.
We can’t count on Congress to be a check on a gross overreach of Executive Branch powers. But we can look to our own local governments. We can draw a line in the sand around our towns, cities, counties and even a few states. The wall of resistance starts at home.
Happy Birthday Patriot Act! For Fifteen Years You Have Done Your Best to Crush Democracy. But You Haven’t Won Yet.
On the bright side: BORDC was formed on the heels of the passage of the PATRIOT Act, so at least there’s that.