Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sign on to an anti-NDAA letter?


Would your group be willing to sign on to the letter written by the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition? There is legislation which would prevent Maryland officials from assisting the federal government to enforce the NDAA's indefinite detention provisions. Unlike the anti- NDAA bills introduced in some states which protect only citizens from indefinite detention, this one protects all persons in Maryland. Delegate Peter A. Hammen hasn't shown much inclination to bring the bill to a vote in the committee, so we need to pressure him.

We are looking for groups to sign on. If your group is able to sign on to the letter, contact Sue Udry as indicated below. Also let me know if you want to place your signature on the letter. Thanks.



Dear Friends,

We are excited to let you know that a bill, HR558, has been introduced in the MD general assembly to prohibit Maryland officials from cooperating with the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA. This is an important bill, but it has an uncertain future. We are asking for your help in getting it over the first hurdle, favorably voting it out of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.

Please add your organization's name to the sign-on letter below by emailing me at by March 8. (Please contact me if you need more time) If the bill passes the committee, we'll revise this letter and send it to all members of the House asking them to vote in favor of the bill, then hopefully another revision to send it to members of the Senate. We'll include your organization's name on all versions of the letter.

Please forward this to other groups who might be interested in signing on.

Please call (301-325-1201) or email me if you have any questions about the bill or the NDAA.

In Solidarity,

Sue Udry, on behalf of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

P.S. Some of you wear many different hats, we welcome any organization with a presence in Maryland to sign this letter.

Delegate Peter A. Hammen

241 House Office Building

6 Bladen Street

Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Delegate Hammen,

The undersigned organizations from urge you to schedule a vote in the Health and Government Operations Committee on HB558, the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act of 2013. In addition, we urge you to vote in support of the bill.

We are deeply concerned by the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA, which allow the military to arrest, indefinitely detain, and deny a trial or day in court to anyone—even US citizens—accused of a “belligerent act,” or any terror-related offense. The NDAA subjects these individuals to arbitrary detention without trial, denying the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of due process and Sixth Amendment rights to challenge evidence and confront one’s accusers. The NDAA also endangers First and Fourth Amendment protections, because the PATRIOT Act expanded the definition of “material support for terrorism” to include crimes of speech and association even by defendants who neither committed nor ever intended to support violence.

Resolutions opposing the NDAA have been passed by city councils from Fairfax, California to Takoma Park, Maryland, and state legislatures from Montana to Virginia.

Maryland state and county law enforcement and National Guard personnel should not be a party to unconstitutional violations of due process, and by passing the Maryland Liberty Preservation Act, the state of Maryland makes clear that they will not.



Sue Udry

Executive Director

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From: Max Obuszewski []

Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 11:43 PM

To: ''

Subject: 2013 Progressive Summit & Lobby Night

Friends, The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore/Fund Our Communities will be attending the Progressive Summit in Annapolis on Monday, March 4. So instead of our usual Monday meeting at my residence, we will be in Annapolis, supporting the repeal of the death penalty, the ban on francking, the wind farm and other progressive legislation. Please consider joining us in Annapolis, and let me know if you need a ride. Kagiso, Max

Progressive Maryland Invites you to the

2013 Progressive Summit & Lobby Night

Monday March 4th, 4:30 to 7 pm in Annapolis*

RSVP to meet at the House of Delegates Ways & Means Hearing Room

Room 131, House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, Maryland

Join Progressive Maryland, lawmakers, and leading progressive organizations to network,

discuss issues, and organize to advance legislative priorities, some of which include:

Economic Justice

Raise the Minimum Wage * Establish a Paid Sick Days Standard

Require Combined Tax Reporting for Corporations * Protect Labor Rights / Prevailing Wages

Require Workplace Accommodations for Pregnancy * Increase Progressivity in Revenues

Ask Maryland Legislators to Support Conversion of Weapons Spending to Civilian Spending

Fair Elections And Democracy

Establish a System of Public Campaign Finance * Provide for Same-Day Voter Registration

Oppose "Corporate Personhood" Doctrines and Support Efforts to Overturn Citizens United

Justice For All / Civil Rights

Repeal the Death Penalty in Maryland * End Discrimination Against Transgender Persons


* Please RSVP so we can help facilitate appointments with lawmakers

from your district. You need not arrive by 4:30 pm to participate!

Email me if you've questions.

See you there!

Kate Planco Waybright

for all the Progressive Maryland team

PS. Easiest parking is at the Naval Academy lot on Rowe Blvd. ($3-4),

then take the shuttle (every 15 mins. for 75 cents). Map and details.


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