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Announcement :: DNC : Human Rights : Organizing
Support the DNC Resolution to Uphold Constitutional Rights of Protesters
10 Jul 2004
Modified: 12:27:53 PM
A resolution to Uphold the Constitutional Rights of Protesters goes before the Boston City Council in a matter of days. Aimed at stopping the increasing trend of police repression seen during the FTAA in Miami and the G8 in Georgia THE RESOLUTION WILL NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO PASS. Here is what you can do.
Actions to take:

1) E-mail or call your Boston City Council representatives immediately and urge them to support this resolution. Please also call or write the 4 other ‘at-large’ councilors. (info below)
2) Sign the on-line petition at
3) Attend the City Council meeting on July 14th.


If this resolution passes it will be one of the most strongly worded resolutions in the country against the repression of protesters, setting a precedent for other cities to follow. As a city council resolution, it may not be able to reign in the FBI/JTTF & Secret Service, but the reality is that the feds need local agencies to carry out many of their repressive tactics. In the final section, the resolution draws clear lines against police brutality, harrassment of protesters, false arrests, use of force, etc.

NOTE! On the strategic front, Boston City councilors almost *never* get e-mails or calls. Therefore when people do send them e-mails, it affects them a great deal. We were told as little as 10 e-mails could influence a councilors vote. That's nothing! That's totally achievable it the word gets out soon enough. We only have 4 days left.

Please spread the word on this quickly.


Dear friends and fellow activists,

We are asking you to support the upcoming city council resolution to uphold constitutional rights in Boston. As you know, recent large protest events in the US like the upcoming Democratic National Convention have been met with new police tactics which, under the direction of federal agencies have severely limited people’s rights to free speech and their protections from unlawful search and seizure. We are often told that this protects us from terrorists, yet in practice most of these policies seem aimed at stopping large groups of people from speaking their minds, in other words, suppressing dissent.

With the support of the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild, local activists along with my office have crafted a resolution aimed at ensuring that improper police procedures recently seen during large demonstrations in other cities do not happen during the upcoming DNC.

Your action is needed to get this resolution passed.

1) E-mail or call your Boston City Council representative and urge them to support this resolution. Please also call the 3 other ‘at-large’ councilors.

2) Sign the on-line petition at

3) Attend the City Council meeting on July 14th.

A list of the Councillor’s contact information is at the bottom of this e-mail.

Recently in Miami, Florida during the Free Trade Area of the Americas protests, (in which many Boston-area residents participated) police used an unprecedented level of violence on non-violent crowds of people. Students, unionists, journalists, retirees, and many others were roughly treated. Many were hospitalized, some with critical injuries. Not one of the 283 people arrested have been found guilty. The police department now faces several lawsuits. It was a lose-lose situation for everybody.

After the questionable law enforcement practices that confronted protesters during the national party conventions in 2000 - and more recently in Miami and the G8 summit in Georgia - activists and civil liberties groups are seeking prior commitments from local law enforcement. While the overarching focus of the resolution re-asserts protesters’ First and Fourth Amendment rights, it specifically addresses a number of police tactics that have presented serious problems for demonstrators, and for our Constitution. New York City has already passed a similar resolution for the Republican Convention.

This is a national event, so your voice is important even if you don’t live in Boston. We want to make civil liberties and police repression an ongoing issue in Boston. This resolution can set a precedent for other cities to follow. It’s time to address these issues of police repression and start reclaiming our civil liberties.


City Councilor Felix Arroyo

Supported by: The American Civil Liberties Union, The National Lawyers Guild, Bill of Rights Education Project; Save our Civil Liberties.

For all the relevant information related to this resolution, and to sign it yourself, visit:

Contact the Boston City Council

Paul J. Scapicchio, District 1
Telephone: (617) 635-3200
Paul.Scapicchio (at)

James M. Kelly, District 2
Telephone: (617) 635-3203
James.Kelly (at)

Stephen J. Murphy, At-Large
Telephone: (617) 635-4376
Stephen.Murphy (at)

Maureen E. Feeney, District 3
Telephone: (617) 635-3455
Councilor.Feeney (at)

Charles C. Yancey, District 4
Telephone: (617) 635-3131
Charles.Yancey (at)

Maura Hennigan, At-Large
Telephone: (617) 635-4217
MauraH (at)

Rob Consalvo, District 5
Telephone: (617) 635-4210
Rob.Consalvo (at)

John M. Tobin, Jr., District 6
Telephone: (617) 635-4220
John.Tobin (at)

Chuck Turner, District 7
Telephone: (617) 635-3510
Chuck.Turner (at)

Michael P. Ross, District 8
Telephone: (617) 635-4225
Michael.Ross (at)

Michael F. Flaherty, At-Large
Telephone: (617) 635-4205
Michael.F.Flaherty (at)

Jerry P. McDermott, District 9
Telephone: (617) 635-3113
Jerry.McDermott (at)
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