Local Ordinances and Resolutions

March 26, 2020

A Guide for Activists on Stay-in-Place Orders

Defending Rights & Dissent has been working with community organizations to make sure necessary public health precautions don’t inadvertently lead to increased over-policing. We’ve prepared this guide that can help.
February 8, 2019

Local Resolution Against State Critical Infrastructure Bill

The Athens, Ohio City Council passed a resolution against a Critical Infrastructure bill (SB250) being considered by the state legislature in 2018.  Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B03viEiWh0qWaHRKNm1JTjd4ZkxvTkhkTktxVjFoTEJrT1BV Original document name: Athens Ohio Resolution Against SB 250.pdf [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy
October 28, 2015

Library of Sample Clauses

Preambular Clauses National Security Letters & Section 215 Within the USA PATRIOT Act are provisions expanding the scope of national security letters (“NSL”), an administrative subpoena primarily issued by the FBI compelling third parties to turn over certain information without
October 28, 2015

Guide to Writing Effective Resolutions and Ordinances

About Resolutions and Ordinances Most city councils (or comparable local legislative bodies) can take action in one of two ways: by ordinance or resolution. Although this can vary community to community, typically a RESOLUTION is passed to express the opinion of the
October 28, 2015

Local Grassroots Organizing Toolkit

This toolkit describes how community members can plan and implement successful ordinance campaigns and provides links to documents and tools others have used. We invite you to use these steps and documents and adapt them to your needs. Click on the
October 28, 2015

Resolutions Toolkit for Religious Groups

Since religious communities are typically concerned with human rights issues, they are often eager to express support for, and take action to defend, civil liberties. Furthermore, many religious communities have come under attack in the wake of recent antiterrorism laws
October 28, 2015

Bridging the Gap

Passing a resolution often requires creating alliances with people and groups you might otherwise disagree with, but who share your interest in protecting and restoring Bill of Rights protections. The tips below can help you bridge the gap between unlikely
October 28, 2015

State Resolutions Organizing Toolkit

September 28, 2015

Sample Resolution

WHEREAS the Constitution of the United States is our charter of liberty and enshrines fundamental rights of Americans, including the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, privacy and petitioning the government for a redress of grievances; AND WHEREAS each of [Location]’s
June 30, 2011

Case Study: LCRRA Organizing in Hartford CT

BORDC staff (Executive Director Shahid Buttar and Grassroots Campaign Coordinator Emma Roderick) met LaResse Harvey, an experienced organizer with A Better Way Foundation, at a leadership retreat in upstate New York in February 2010. LaResse, whose work centers primarily on
June 30, 2010

Local Civil Liberties Protection Act template

Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_3GXBIfLVB8cFB5S1JEZ09WWVE Original document name: LocalCivilLibertiesProtectionAct-Template.pdf [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”yr”]