RESOLUTION (ARTICLE 32)

 

Whereas the Town of Eastham has a long and distinguished history of protecting and expanding civil rights and civil liberties, and

 

Whereas, the Town of Eastham houses a diverse population, both year-round and summer, including non-citizens, whose contributions to the community are vital to its character and its function, and

 

Whereas, the Town of Eastham, committed to uphold the human rights of all persons in Eastham and the free exercise and enjoyment of any and all rights and privileges secured by our constitutions and the laws of the United States, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and

 

Whereas, several acts and orders recently enacted at the Federal level, including sections of the USA PATRIOT Act and several Executive Orders, now threaten these fundamental rights and liberties

 

            Freedom of speech, religion, assembly and privacy;

 

            The rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and

 

            Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures;

 

All being rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the United States Constitution and its Bill of Rights;

 

Therefore, we concerned citizens of the town of Eastham, acting in the spirit and history of our community, do hereby request that:

 

Local law enforcement continue to preserve residents freedom of speech, religion, assembly, and privacy; rights to counsel and due process in judicial proceedings; and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures even if requested or authorized to infringe upon these rights by federal law enforcement acting under new powers granted by the USA PATRIOT Act or orders of the Executive Branch; further, that the preservation of said rights shall equally the incumbent on Federal and State law officials acting within the Town of Eastham; and further that the names and whereabouts of any residents detained under any provisions of the PATRIOT Act must be disclosed

 

Our United States Congressmen and Senators monitor the implementation of the Act and Orders cited herein and actively worked for the repeal of the parts of the Act and those Orders that violate fundamental rights and liberties as stated in the Constitution of the Commonwealth and the United States.

 

The clerk of the Talent Eastham shall send copies of this resolution to the Massachusetts members United States House and Senate.