Defending Your Rights

| June 13, 2003

Last month Alaskan legislators passed House Joint Resolution 22, a law opposing ?any portion of the USA PATRIOT Act that would violate the rights and liberties guaranteed equally under the state and federal constitutions.? The predominantly Republican House overwhelmingly supported the law with a 37-1 vote, thus proving that defending the Bill of Rights ?is really and truly a bi-partisan issue,? writes Nina Mollett in a Buzzflash reader commentary.

Alaska is the second state to adopt anti-PATRIOT legislation, following Hawaii?s lead earlier this year. Additionally, 120 American cities and counties?including five in Alaska?have also ratified Anti-PATRIOT legislation. While this is encouraging news, our civil rights will continue to be endangered until all 50 states refuse to honor the US PATRIOT Act. That?s where you come in.

Check out the Bill of Rights Defense Committee web site to learn how you can get this legislation in motion in your community. With pages devoted to the issues, local efforts, ?how to? tools and links, this comprehensive resource has everything you need to get the ball rolling. From writing letters to the editor to protecting targeted populations in your community, protecting our civil liberties begins with you. July 4th is just around the corner?now is the perfect time to get started!
?Erin Ferdinand

Go there>> Alaska Legislature Stands Up for Civil Liberties

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