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Will Oregon Follow-the-Leaders and Pass the Anti-Patriot Act Resolution?

4 States, 298 Cities/Counties Pass Anti-Patriot Act Resolutions

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee encourages communities to take an active role in an ongoing national debate about the USA PATRIOT Act and other antiterrorism measures that threaten civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.


302 Civil Liberties Safe Zones! Four states and 298 cities and counties have passed resolutions to protect their 51,037,115 residents' civil liberties. Hundreds more resolutions critical of the Patriot Act are in progress.

Newest Safe Zones:
Chilmark, Tisbury, Truro, Sudbury, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Acton, Conway, and Lexington, MA
El Paso, TX
Pittsburgh, PA
Whatcom County, WA
Lawrence, KS
Montclair Township, NJ
Tampa, FL
Bethlehem Township, NY
Eau Claire, WI
Mount Vernon and Bethlehem Township, NY
View full list in:
Chronological order (PDF)
Alphabetical order by state (PDF)

Visit our Tools and FAQs pages to find out how. See what's going on in your state.
See what students, religious groups, labor, and professional organizations are doing to support the Bill of Rights. NEW SURVEY: 95% of criminal justice experts say Patriot Act was passed too quickly. Read 4/28/04 Thomson Wadsworth press release and survey results.
9/11 Commission Hearings
Were intelligence failures prior to September 11, 2001, due to a legal "wall"? Read Jaimie S. Gorelick's April 18 op-ed in the Washington Post, The truth about 'the wall', and other articles about the Bush Administration's blaming of intelligence failures on "legal barriers" and the Clinton Administration, thereby justifying Patriot Act sections relating to FISA.

New Resource: Watching Justice
Read online or sign up for a weekly news roundup of Justice Department topics including civil liberties, civil rights, immigration, detention without charge, and government transparency. MORE LINKS

Information and What You Can Do:
Bill of Rights and the Constitution:
Read the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.

Download, print, and distribute bookmarks with the Bill of Rights printed on them. English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)

New York City Council honors New York City Bill of Rights Defense Campaign with a proclamation for its "outstanding service to the city, state and nation."

Read this summary of the soon-to-be-introduced Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA) and consider having your group support it.

Join rally at the Supreme Court on April 28 (cases of U.S. citizen "enemy combatants" Yasser Esam Hamdi and Jose Padilla. To sign on to the call for the rally, contact  eccases@nlg.org.

Build bridges with threatened communities, especially Arab and Muslim people near you. Read about how the Bill of Rights Defense Committee-Tacoma (WA) is working to halt the introduction of a private detention center for immigrants in deportation proceedings.

Attorney General John Ashcroft wins Index on Censorship Freedom of Expressions Award for Censor of the Year

Impact of Patriot Act and other anti-terrorism regulations:

USA PATRIOT Act and Executive Orders curb rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. Associated Press's brief Overview of Changes to Legal Rights and BORDC's A Guide to the USA PATRIOT Act and Federal Executive Orders (Requires PDF).

Summary of the Homeland Security Act, The Homeland Security Act: The Decline of Privacy; the Rise of Government Secrecy (Requires PDF).

Order the Homeland Security Act summary or the USA PATRIOT Act Guide from BORDC as booklets.

More about civil liberties issues, including responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Read the arguments of those who defend the USA PATRIOT Act, including the Department of Justice.

Read the responses from various organizations and individuals to the Justice Department's defense of Patriot Act.

What you can do:

Stay informed through our links to articles, useful websites, and our free monthly e-mail newsletter.

Engage the candidates. Take advantage of the election year and find out where the candidates stand on the issues.

is circulating this petition (PDF) urging congressional representatives to amend Section 215 of the Patriot Act to restore privacy of library and bookstore records. Sign it online. Also see BORDC's Freedom to Read page.


CLEAR Act targets immigrant communities; other legislation aims to expand Patriot Act.

New bills would roll back parts of Patriot Act and protect rights and liberties.

Threatened Communities:

Ways you can help the people most threatened by repressive policies and laws.

Is there a detention center near you?

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

Last Updated: May 1, 2004