Grassroots movements are gaining steam against the National Defense Authorization Act 2012’s “indefinite detention” sections. From sea to shining sea, citizens are urging that their states, counties and city governments nullify the Federal legislation that would rob Americans of their 6th Amendment rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution.
In recent report, last Thursday, Indiana’s anti- NDAA bill, SB400, passed through committee with a vote of 8-0. The local chapter of People Against the NDAA (PANDA) united with the Tenth Amendment Center and other local grassroots groups to have the legislation introduced. Now that same grassroots effort is asking for support by calling on citizens to ” Pick three Senators from this list to contact, and tell them, strongly but politely, that you will accept nothing less than a YES vote on SB400.”
You can contact legislators in Indiana here.
Additionally, in the City By the Bay, San Francisco, California, activists there introduced anti-NDAA legislation on February 13. According to Constitution Campaign,
activists gathered on the steps of San Francisco’s city hall to oppose the indefinite military detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and to support the introduction of a resolution by Supervisor and President of the Board David Chiu. The resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will uphold due process and articulate San Francisco’s opposition of the NDAA. Supervisor Chiu stated that the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA:
violate our fundamental right to our presumption of innocence. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos, London Breed, David Campos, Jane Kim, and Eric Mar, is similar to legislation that has been passed in communities across the country. The language of the resolution emphasizes that San Francisco honors the civil liberties of all residents:
the City of San Francisco strongly affirms our commitment to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United State, including the Fifth Amendment right to due process, the Sixth Amendment right to trial, and the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
It would set a clear policy that San Francisco will not be complicit in denigrating these rights, particularly San Francisco agencies, instructing them:
to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA or any authorization of force, that could infringe upon constitutional freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel.
Sunbury, Pennsylvania’s council meeting also drew a huge crowd from the local PANDA chapter in opposition to the NDAA>
Finally, on Thursday, the Kansas House Corrections Committee held a hearing on HB 2161, and came out undecided and sharply divided. Now, one man stands between Federal tyranny and the liberty of Kansas, Committee Chair John Rubin.
Even though there is lots of grassroots support for the bill, Rubin, chairman of the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, said the bill will not likely move forward.
In essence what Mr. Rubin is saying is, “please burn up my phone line, storm my snail mail and flood my email inbox.” the Tenth Amendment Center reported,
Inside sources tell us that Rubin is willing to let the bill move forward and go through the process, but it’s going to take considerable grassroots outreach to him to make that happen.
So, to make things easy here is the contact information for Mr. Rubin and the other committee members. Please be respectful but firm in urging them to pass HB 2161 from the committee.
Phone: 785 296-7690
Email: [email protected]
Committee members. Let them know, respectfully, that you will accept nothing less than voting YES for Due Process, voting YES for the Constitution – that means voting YES on HB2161.
Ramon Gonzalez, vice-chair
Phone: 785 296-7500
Gail Finney, ranking minority member
Phone: 785 296-7648
Steven Becker 785 296-7196
Rob Bruchman 785 296-7644
Larry Campbell 785 296-7632
Blaine Finch 785 296-7655
Brett Hildabrand, bill author
Melanie Meier 785 296-7650
Robert Montgomery 785 296-7677
Tom Moxley 785 296-7689
Janice Pauls 785 296-7657
James Todd 785 296-7695
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