Protect 1st Amendment Rights Rally – March 24th – Occupy Civil Liberties Working Group, Humboldt County

Bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece, our precious civil liberties
are being whittled away

Warrantless Wiretapping • USA PATRIOT Act • National Security Entry/Exit Registration System (NSEERS) • Real ID Act, Military Commissions Act • No Fly and Selectee lists • Abuse of Material Witness Statute • National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) • Attacks on academic freedom • Monitoring of peaceful groups • Militarization of our police by the Department of Homeland Security • Coordinated nationwide crackdown on Occupy protests • Unrestrained excesses of local law enforcement • HR347-Federal Restricted Buildings Act • and much, much more.

Although these changes have been almost imperceptible, taken as a whole they put some of our most cherished freedoms in jeopardy. The cumulative effects of these actions has resulted in an America very different than the one we experienced a decade ago.

And now, here in Humboldt County, we are threatened with another assault on our First Amendment protections of freedom of  speech, assembly, and the right to petition our government for redress of grievances. A new County protest ordinance is currently under development, which, if left unchallenged, will further restrict and criminalize our basic freedoms.

It is urgent that we form a coalition of local organizations and individuals who rely upon the First Amendment, and we need you to join us to stand up and shout out: enough!

Stand Up & Shout Out! — A Forum to Protect and Restore our First Amendments Rightswill be held on March 24, and is an important first step. The forum will begin with informational presentations by local experts and activists, followed by public testimony from those most affected by civil liberties restrictions, and will conclude with an opportunity to work with friends and neighbors to take concrete actions to protect and restore our precious freedoms.

Occupy Civil Liberties Working Group

Jack Nounnan 616-2212  –  Janelle Egger 725-2195

David Boyd  498-4209  –  Tom Sebourn  442-2000

Forum Sponsor
Occupy Civil Liberties Working Group
Forum Co-Sponsors
(as of 3/13/2012)Occupy Eureka
Veterans for Peace
Civil Liberties Monitoring Project
Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund

Communities for Justice & Peace
Humboldt Free University
Corps Ain’t Peeps Campaign
Lost Coast League

Eureka Progressive Democratic Club
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Social
Action Committee

Dan Faulk, Humboldt State University

Featured Panelists
Jeffrey Schwartz. Attorney
James Decker, Occupy Eureka
John Hackett, Civil Liberties Monitoring Project
Verbena Lee, Redwood Curtain Cop Watch
Tracy Rain, Attorney & Homeless Advocate
Marcy Burstiner, Humboldt State University

Inspirational Interludes
Raging Grannies
Jerry Martien

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