Peace in the Precincts Platform
Item: Support Pro-Democracy Legislation
In the agenda for peace, the Pro-Democracy Legislation
Task Force wants to preserve the civil liberties and constitutional
protections afforded us under the United States Constitution. We also
support legislation that protects and strengthens democracy and promotes
Bill of Rights:
To further the effort we support the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
and urge the St. Paul City Council to pass the Bill of Rights Resolution.
The St. Paul Bill of Rights: The Saint Paul Bill of
Rights Defense Committee is a group of Saint Paul citizens concerned
with preserving civil liberties and constitutional protections. They
have organized for the purpose of urging the Saint Paul city council
to pass the Bill
of Rights Defense Resolution. (http://www.stpaulbordc.org/)
in response to the Patriot Act, which deprives U.S. residents of their
Three states and 197
cities, towns, and counties (including Minneapolis and Duluth, but
not St. Paul) have passed resolutions or ordinances protecting the civil
liberties of their 25,502,303 residents. (See http://www.bordc.org/)
We want a Bill of Rights resolution to be introduced in the State of
National Bill of Rights Legislation:
Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act HR 3171
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has introduced the Benjamin Franklin
True Patriot Act HR 3171 "To provide for an appropriate review
of recently enacted legislation relating to terrorism to assure that
powers granted in it do not inappropriately undermine civil liberties.
," which will repeal sections of the Patriot Act, restoring attorney-client
privilege and revoking FOIA secrecy orders The bill has 20 other co-sponsors
and support from the ACLU, NAACP and CAIR. You can contact Congress
at visi.com Read the
Preservation of Civil Rights Protections Act of 2001
Congressman Kucinich introduced a major civil rights bill, HR 2282 ,
the "Preservation of Civil Rights Protections Act of 2001,"
to reverse a significant assault on the rights of employees. The bill,
which is cosponsored by 38 members of Congress, reverses the U.S. Supreme
Court’s decision in Circuit City v Saint Clair Adams. That decision
allows employers to require potential workers to waive their right to
legally enforce their civil rights and accept mandatory, binding arbitration
instead as a condition of employment. Read the bill: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.02282:
Defending Constitutional Rights
Congressman Kucinich is a cosponsor of legislation that would prohibit
the use of "secret evidence" in trials conducted by the Immigration
and Naturalization Service. Kucinich believes that the cornerstone of
our judicial system is that evidence cannot be used against someone
unless he or she has the chance to confront it. Congressman Kucinich
strives to ensure the rights of all citizens regardless of race, religion,
creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities or age
TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON NATIONAL ISSUES
White House Comment Line - (202) 456-1111
White House Fax Line - (202) 456-2461
President George W. Bush's e-mail - email@example.com
Vice President Dick Cheney's e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
White House Address - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500
US Capitol Switchboard - (202) 224-3121
To contact your senators - http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index.cfm
To contact your representative - http://www.house.gov/writerep
Contact the Congress at http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
State Legislation for Clean
Elections, Corporate Transformation and Earth Charter Principles:
To further protect and strengthen democracy and promote economic justice
we support the following legislation:
1. FACE: Fair and Clean Elections SF#998
&HF#1382. More at http://www.lwvmn.org/FACE/.
2. C4CR: Code for Corporate Responsibility: Transforms
the legal purpose of corporation to include responsibility to the environment,
health, human rights, dignity of workers, community. SF#1529
& HF#1534 More at http://www.c4cr.org
3. MN Constitutional Amendment: Person means Natural Person. SF#1403
4. MN version of Wellstone bill: No business with offshore corporations.
5. We want a resolution whereby the State of Minnesota endorses the
Earth Charter. (http://www.earthcharter-minnesota.org/)
Contact Minnesota Senators at http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/alphalist.shtml
And Minnesota Representatives at http://ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us/maillist/mailinglist.asp
We believe the risks of not taking action include:
A total loss of democracy and the inability to effect government.
Government controlled by monied special interests.
Diminished privacy and protection in our homes.
Loss of freedom of speech and movement.
Global environmental degradation.
The perpetuation of wealthism whereby those with money and property
count the most and those without are discriminated against.
Is the work I am doing now sustainable for 7 generations?