Tonight, Eugene became the 15th local government in the nation to pass a resolution opposing the UPA (U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act) and recent
Executive Orders which violate our Constitutional guarantees.
All Councilors present voted to pass the resolution as amended. Councilor Pat Farr was absent. Mayor Jim Torrey did not vote, since he wasn't needed to break a tie. But he remarked that he would not sign a resolution, and turns out, his signature isn't needed.
The amendments appeared to be minor -- not affecting the intention of the
resolution. As soon as I get a copy of the resolution as passed, I will post it on our website.
THANK YOU to the enormous group of Eugene residents who turned out to support our civil liberties. We filled Council Chambers to overflowing.
We were blessed with excellent speakers who made a strong case that this is truly a local issue, because it affects all of us. The Council was
obviously moved by the sentiments expressed by those who spoke.
I am overwhelmed at this moment with gratitude for my neighbors, friends, political activists, all the groups who endorsed our resolution, Councilor Betty Taylor for guiding our resolution through, Councilor Gary Pape' for helping to modify the resolution so it would be acceptable, Councilors David Kelly and Bonny Bettman for their unequivocal support, and all the people who have supported our efforts to pass a strong resolution. You areawesome!
As Brian Michaels said on "Critical Mass" yesterday, this is first step in
a series of many steps we will take to overcome the tyranny that has
envelopedour nation. We are proving that we the people can and will restore our democracy!
On to the Springfield City Council -- and the Lane County Board of Commissioners! There are still petitions to get signed and more outreach to do.
On towards support of Portland, Ashland, Benton County and all other Bill
of Rights Defense Committees that spring up, inspired by our continuing