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Forum on Civil Liberties and Security

The USA PATRIOT Act and proposed expansions threaten our civil liberties. A forum to be held in the Raytown City Hall on Saturday, Sep. 10, at 3:00 p.m. will address the issues. The forum is open to the public.
The clamor for more security among pundits and officials of the U.S. seems to ebb and flow with reports of terrorist attacks coming from various parts of the world. Yet, even the most experienced governments around the world have not yet found a way to completely prevent them.

It is in this environment that the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate each have proposed laws which stop the intended sunsetting of provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and, in some cases, appear to increase the undermining of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. The people of the United States – including those of us living in Missouri and Kansas – need to learn what has happened, and what is happening, to threaten our precious rights and liberties.

On Saturday, September 10, there will be a Town Hall Meeting on Civil Liberties and Security at 3:00 p.m., in the Raytown City Hall, 10000 East 59th Street, Raytown, MO.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will Lead the presenters. Other presenters are University of Kansas Professor David Gottlieb, former CIA intelligence officer James Everett, and founder of the American Muslim Council of Greater Kansas City Ahmed El Sharif. The program will be moderated by former Missouri 50th District State Representative Vicki Walker.

Among the sponsors is the Sanctuary for Freedom Civil Liberties campaign, which has worked with several communities to pass resolutions which state strong support for the Bill or Rights and opposition to any undermining of them. The City of Kansas City, Missouri has passed such a resolution as has the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. Lawrence, Kansas, City Council, also, has passed such a resolution.

Other sponsors of the forum include the American Friends Service Committee; the League of Women Voters of Kansas City and Jackson, Clay, and Platte Counties; the Kansas City Metro ACLU; and the Greater Kansas City Democracy for America.

The forum is open to the public, and people are invited to come.
 
 

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