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Fighting NDAA

flyerstopndaa1SANTA CRUZ > Citizens propose to amend NDAA

On Tuesday, March 13, a group of demonstrators are planning on proposing the adoption of a Resolution to Restore Due Process and the Right to Trial at the Santa Cruz City Council’s regular meeting in City Hall on Center Street.

This is in response to the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 31. The act authorizes indefinite military detention without trial of anyone charged with a terror-related offense, including U.S. citizens.

The local resolution calls for the City of Santa Cruz to officially decline requests by any Federal Agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA that infringes on citizens’ constitutional rights. Moreover, it asks that the Mayor of Santa Cruz send copies of the Resolution to U.S. Congressmen and Senators, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S. Attorney General, and the President of the United States.

On his website, Aldo Vidali, who is involved with the Resolution to the Santa Cruz City Council, states that the NDAA denies citizens’ Fifth Amendment guarantee to due process, as well as their Sixth Amendment Rights to challenge evidence and confront their accusers. Furthermore, Vidali accuses the NDAA of denying citizens their First and Fourth Amendment Rights since the Patriot Act expands the definition of terror-related acts to include speech and association by defendants who may not have even intended to commit violence.

The Resolution Organizing Committee is hoping for unanimous consent to their Resolution by the City Council due to Santa Cruz’s progressive history. They have sent a letter out to members of the community, which they are asking people to send to the city council. The letter cites the progressive stance that Santa Cruz has taken on past issues such as the 2002 proclamation that denounced the Patriot Act, as well as the fact that, in 2003, Santa Cruz became to first city to publicly denounce the Iraq War.

The letter states that the NDAA is “brazenly and dangerously unconstitutional, a treasonous assault on our Republic and on Democracy, and a peril to each of us and our children.”


Stay tuned for a recap of Tuesday’s city council meeting.

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written by Viktoria, March 08, 2012
Please meet us outside the City Council chamber offices at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, March 13th. Public comment begins at 5 PM. Let our elected officials know how important this issue is to all of us by showing up in NUMBERS! Santa Cruz needs to be a CRZ: Constitution-Respected Zone.
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written by Michael J Folk, February 28, 2012
What is even scarier than the actual passage of the NDAA is the lack of knowledge by the average citizen about it both before it passed and after. We need some type of emergency broadcasting system alert that would inform the people anytime legislation is proposed that violates the constitution that includes contact information for people to call their Senator Congressman and the White House. There are far too many people in this country preoccupied with Celebrity, and mindless garbage on TV, maybe if the screen went blank during their episode of dancing with the stars or Fox news and was replaced with info on pending legislation and actions they could take it might make a difference. Unfortunately there is also another segment of the population struggling just to keep their homes and jobs that they are too exhausted and think they either don't have time or that it is hopeless and nothing can be done. Every Senator and Congressman who voted for this needs to be removed from office.
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written by Viktoria, February 27, 2012
This resolution will be presented at the City Council's MARCH 13th (not February 28th) meeting, which gives people more time to get organized so they can plan to be there. The City of Santa Cruz is legendary in its previous actions of integrity, courage, and the pursuit of truth, which makes it an icon of hope in a world that is crumbling. By adopting this resolution here, we are also encouraging other cities to join us. If you have any questions, please contact the Organizing Committee, Aldo & Viktoria Vidali, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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written by RichardG, February 21, 2012
I believe that the thing that is the most scary about President Obama signing that resolution is that, it appears, that if anyone even speaks in anger against the government then you could be held by the military indefinitely as a terror suspect. That may sound extreme and not like something that could happen in the U.S. but many believe it to be true.

 

President Obama has done some things in cannon street that many people are either not aware of or they are in complete denial of so he will just continue.




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