During the Ashcroft tour the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
recorded a huge wave of activity, as 29 cities passed resolutions and nearly 100 local chapters sprung to life.
When news came to Northampton in May that Ashcroft had revived Cointelpro, that town's Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Northampton Bill of Rights Defense Committee
is one of a number of modern-day versions of the Committees of Correspondence, started by the Sons of Liberty in Boston in 1756, that spread the news throughout the Colonies about such British attacks on their liberties as the general search warrant that allowed customs officers to turn homes and offices and colonists upside down in pursuit of contraband.
Six residents spoke in favor of the resolution, including the person who brought it to the council, Hope Marston, a regional organizer of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee
previously inspired many local governments to craft anti-USA Patriot Act resolutions.
Springfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship - Hope Marston of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
will be guest speaker when the fellowship meets at 4 p.m.
"We can't just put the entire burden on our new progressive City Council and our new mayor to make the changes that we know will make Eugene a sustainable, neighborhood-oriented community that respects human rights," said Hope Marston of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The presenters will be Lisa Arkin, Oregon Toxics Alliance; Hope Marston, Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
; Rob Handy, River Road Community Organization; Gary Gillespie, Eugene-Springfield Solidarity Network; and Kevin Matthews, Friends of Eugene.
Some confirmed participants include: Planned Parenthood; Cascadia Wildlands Project; Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
; Women's Action for New Directions; Committee for Countering Military Recruitment; Justice Not War; and The Calendar Project.
Under a tentative agreement forged by city officials, the ACLU and the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
, permits would still be needed for purely commercial activities, such as festivals or street vending, of more than two dozen people.
City officials, in consultation with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee
, are working on the proposal to change the controversial city ordinance.
Since then 230 other communities and three states have passed similar resolutions, according to the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
, an organization that helps local governments craft anti-Patriot Act legislation.