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25 years-life for protesting

SB742 would make Civil Disobedience "terrorism" punishable by 25 years in prison without parole.
There is a draconian anti-civil rights bill currently in the Senate Judicial Committee. IT IS BEING DEBATED RIGHT NOW IN SALEM! Senate Bill 742, would define "terrorism" as :

SECTION 1. { + (1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out any act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to
disrupt:
(a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of the State of Oregon;
(b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State of Oregon; or
(c) The educational or governmental institutions of the State of Oregon or its inhabitants.

And then defines punishment as "a minimum of 25 years without possibility of parole, release to post-prison supervision".

You can read the full text here  http://www.leg.state.or.us/03reg/measures/sb0700.dir/sb0742.intro.html.

The bill was written by Senator John Minnis (R-Fairview) who also chairs the Judicial Committee and it is scheduled for a public hearing on March 24.

The Oregon ACLU has asked that public pressure be applied to the below committee members, asking them to refuse to allow a hearing and to not allow the bill to come out of committee.


Democrats:
Senator Ginny Burdick, Vice-Chair
Party: D District: 18
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1718
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-317, Salem Or 97301
Email Address:  sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us
Web page Address:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/burdick/

Senator Charlie Ringo
Party: D District: 17
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1717
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE S-314 Salem, OR 97301
Email Address:  sen.charlieringo@state.or.us
Web page Address:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/ringo/

Senator Vicki Walker
Party: D District: 7
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1707
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-210, Salem Or 97301
Email Address:  sen.vickiwalker@state.or.us
Web page Address:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/walker/

Senate Leadership:
Senate President Peter Courtney
Party: D District: 11
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-203, Salem Or 97301
Email Address:  sen.petercourtney@state.or.us
Web page Address:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/senpres

Senator Kate Brown, Democrat Leader
Party: D District: 21
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1700
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE S-323, Salem Or 97301
Capitol Fax:503-986-1080
Email Address:  sen.katebrown@state.or.us
Web page Address:  http://www.leg.state.or.us/brown/

Please write or call these Senators today!

address: address: TODAY stop oregon bill SB 742 criminalizing civil disobediance

Unlikely 24.Mar.2003 14:55

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From what I've heard there's pretty much no chance of this bill being passed, so don't get too worried.

Emails do nto work!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24.Mar.2003 15:26

FIX THE PLUNGER

How can I be an 'activist' if the emails of those people don't work?????????
I get like an 'undeliverable' reply. What gives yo?