imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Council approves resolution urging Patriot Act's repea

by C/O Diogenes Friday, May. 23, 2003 at 8:45 AM

"The ... government that is in power right now wants to do away with dissent," said Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward. "They want to make sure we stay indoors, that we stay silent."

EVANSTON REVIEW — May 22, 2003

Council approves resolution urging Patriot Act's repeal



Evanston joined more than 100 other communities nationwide in approving a resolution Monday that condemned and called for repeal of the U.S.A. Patriot Act.

The controversial legislation was put in place to fight global terrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

People in the audience at Monday's City Council meeting, many of them activists both here and in Chicago, applauded and broke into cheers as council members voted 6-0, with one abstention, to approve the resolution.

Alderman Edmund B. Moran Jr., 6th Ward, cast the abstention, saying he needed more analysis of the details included in the resolution.

Moran cited his own experience as a lawyer handling many civil rights cases, and the need to study the act "with the comprehensiveness it requires."

In addition, he questioned whether the council's focus shouldn't be "on the stuff we can do to improve lives in Evanston."

Other speakers, however, said the city's stand on the Patriot Act was appropriate and in keeping with Evanston's liberal tradition.

In January of this year, aldermen had passed another resolution, urging the United States not to enter into a war with Iraq.

"The ... government that is in power right now wants to do away with dissent," said Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward. "They want to make sure we stay indoors, that we stay silent."

He said his own son, who was arrested in anti-war demonstrations several months ago, is a victim of such practices.

He said the government continues to seek continuances on the case against demonstrators, in a message to protesters "not to stand up, because to stand up upsets the apple cart."

Nearly 20 speakers echoed similar views during citizen comment, except for Evanston resident Robert Atkins, a local attorney best known for his work on neighborhood zoning issues.

Atkins told council members that the disagreement some might have over the merits of the Patriot Act -- whether it is an important tool in the fight against global terrorism, or whether it damages civil liberties -- is "beside the point."

"I submit that your constituents did not elect you as aldermen to debate and pass on issues of war and peace and second guess the action made by Congress and the President of the United States," he said. "Nor were you elected to office based on your views of foreign and domestic policy.

"Evanston has a well-deserved national reputation as a community strengthened by the diversity of its citizenry," Atkins continued. "That reputation is in jeopardy if this council continues passing resolutions such as anti-war and Patriot Act resolutions, which officially puts our diverse community in a partisan political uniform many of us choose not to wear."

But all other speakers on the issue praised the council for taking a stand, citing the need to speak out against the abuses of the federal legislation.

Madeline Goldstein, one of the residents who had led the movement to get the council to consider the proposal, spoke of the damaging effect of the Patriot Act.

"The terrorists have won," she declared. ""We have become the people we despise. We are no longer safe in our homes or have any privacy. We can't travel, ask questions, do any kind of personal transactions, read what we want, or say what we believe. Our lives are being monitored."

And Jeff Frank, an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild, called the legislation "one of the most unpatriotic acts enacted by Congress."

By adopting the resolution, City Council members are showing a willingness "to take a stand against the abridgment of our civil rights," he said.

Moreover, he said, they are "sending a message to the Bush administration that Evanston takes its civil liberties seriously."

Council passage of the resolution will set other moves into action concerning the Patriot Act. They include informing the council of any action, expenditure of funds or activity by a city department in connection with Patriot Act provisions; and a direction to staff to post warnings about the act at appropriate city facilities.

Copyright© 2003, Digital Chicago Inc.

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
The Price of Liberty... Diogenes Friday, May. 23, 2003 at 8:47 AM

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy