Help Us TODAY to Stop Seattle CC: Limit Speech And Mesh Spying: Help Us!Submitted by blonduxo on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:31
We need your advocacy and agency to make a few phone calls, tweets or email!
It is urgent that we continue to fight to protect our Rights against infringement upon our free speech AND to fight to stop the Seattle MESH surveillance system. Today the fight against limiting public comment continues and tomorrow the funding for MESH SPYING is on the docket in council chambers.
The pertinent information about the speech limitation and the MESH is below, but what you can do (and please do) Tuesday/Wednesday is this:
1. Communicate with City Council:
Sally J. Clark the Committee Chair for Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations: meets today about Resolution 31489
Bruce Harrell the Committee Chair for Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee: meets Wednesday about Reolution Council Bill 117996
See http://www.seattle.gov/council/ page with all the tweety things, Facebook and other types of communication.
See http://www.seattle.gov/council/councilcontact.htm for individual email and phone ccontact info or call: Dana Robinson Slote Communications Director email@example.com 206-615-0061or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Attend City Council at 2 p Tuesday (Speech) and/or 2 pm Wednesday (MESH) Dec. 4 at Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor Seattle, WA 98104
We need to pack the room. They only allow 10 minutes for public comment but your presence there with a home made sign would be a POWERFUL meassage!
Again I thank you! Please share with other advocates of free speech, privacy, liberty and First and Fourth Amendment fans!
A project of Seattle C4L and Project for an Open Government
Re: Limiting Public Comment and punitive measures
Regarding the revisions of certain City Council rules and procedures and adopting a new set of General Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council to supersede those previously adopted in Resolution 31343 and as amended by Resolution 31391:
The news Rules proposed do not serve the public well but rather serve the members of the City Council by limiting speech, engagement with the citizens who they are to serve, and are a dereliction of the duties and responsibilities of the City Council as set forth in Attachment 3: general Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council the Duties and Responsibilities of the Members of City Council include : upholding the public trust, and ...fairness; and being responsive to citizens... http://clerk.seattle.gov/~ordpics/31391at3.pdf and abrogates your responsibilities as per the Charter of the City of Seattle ARTICLE XIX, Section 4 in which you subscribed an oath or affirmation that you will support the Constitution of the United States, and of the State of Washington. To wit and at a minimum: the U.S. Constitution First Amendment in part: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble. The Washington State Constitution ARTICLE I DECLARATION OF RIGHTS, SECTION 2 acknowledges that: The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. And SECTION 5 that verifies: Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right.
Especially eggregious are the changes and additions in Section III Public Participation Sections B and C wherein the rights guaranteed under the Consitituion of the United States and Washington, and the Charter of the City of Seattle, and the spirit current Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council are violated particularly in Section C.4. in toto:
4. If an individual fails to comply with the requirements of III.C.1 over the course of multiple Council or Committee meetings, the presiding officer may exclude the individual from participation in future public comment periods before the Council or Committee meetings, or exclude the individual from attendance at future Council or Committee meetings, unless the decision of the presiding officer is overruled by a majority vote of the Councilmembers in attendance.
a) The presiding officer shall inform the individual of the specific reason for his or her exclusion, and the specific terms of the exclusion.
b) Exclusions from future participation in public comment periods or future attendance at Council or Committee meetings may be issued for up to 14 calendar days.
c) The length of the period of the exclusion may depend upon the seriousness of the disruption, the number of disruptions, and the individual’s prior record with conduct at Council or Committee meetings.
d) When issuing an exclusion from future public comment periods, or from future attendance at Council or Committee meetings, the Council President shall include specific notification that the individual may submit written comments to the City Clerk for distribution to the Council at future public comment periods.
The legality of the entire process by which an indivivual is denied their guaranteed free speech rights and their future participation in the exercise therof is limited by a governmental agency must be questioned and the liability of any future lawsuits by such individuals agains indivivdual City Council members individually, en masse or against the Seattle itself must be considered.
Re: MESH Surveillance:
The Seattle City Council's Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee's Agenda for 12/04/13 includes approval of $1.6MM of US DHS funding.
Part of that funding is earmarked for support of the regional fusion center,
including "the completion of information sharing networks" and "UASI [Urban
Area Security Initiative] portions of the Fusion Center's related equipment
and training needs."
Another part is earmarked for what sounds like facial recognition software ("booking photo comparison software system"), described on pp11-12 of