ACLU Mount Holyoke College Chapter

Resolution Against the USA PATRIOT Act

 

Associated Students of Mount Holyoke College

A Resolution Affirming Civil Rights and Liberties in Light of the USA PATRIOT Act:

WHEREAS, Mount Holyoke College has a diverse student and faculty body, including many students from outside the United States, and many students with diverse cultural backgrounds whose contributions to this community are vital to the culture and civic character of Mount Holyoke College; and

WHEREAS, the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties is a pillar of American society and is essential to the well-being of any democracy, particularly during times of conflict when such rights and liberties, especially those of immigrants and ethnic minorities, may be threatened, intentionally or unintentionally; and

WHEREAS the preservation of civil rights and liberties is essential to the well-being of a democratic society; and

WHEREAS, The community of Mount Holyoke College denounces terrorism, and acknowledges that federal, state and local governments have a responsibility to protect the public from terrorist attacks in a rational, deliberative and lawful fashion to ensure that any new security measure enhances public safety without impairing constitutional rights or infringing upon civil liberties; and

WHEREAS, Mount Holyoke College as a private institution, is also responsible to protect its community, including all faculty, staff, and students, whether they be residents or non-residents; and

WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act; Public Law 107-56) on October 26, 2001; and

WHEREAS, some provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and other related federal orders and measures may pose a threat to the civil rights and civil liberties of all students, staff and faculty at Mount Holyoke College, including natural citizens of the United States, and particularly, but not limited to, those who are of Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian descent; by:

a. Reducing judicial supervision of telephone and Internet surveillance.

b. Expanding the government's power to conduct secret searches without warrant.

c. Granting power to the Secretary of State to designate domestic groups, including political and religious groups, as "terrorist organizations".

d. Granting power to the Attorney General to subject non-citizens to indefinite detention or deportation even if they have not committed a crime.

e. Granting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) access to sensitive medical, mental health, financial and educational records about individuals without having to show evidence of a crime.

f. Granting the FBI the power to compel libraries and bookstores to produce circulation or book purchase records of their patrons, and forbidding disclosure that such records have been requested and produced; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement and security measures that undermine fundamental constitutional rights do irreparable damage to the American institutions and values of equal justice and freedom that the students staff and faculty of Mount Holyoke College hold dear; and

WHEREAS, the Senate of the Associated Students of Mount Holyoke College believes that there is not and need not be conflict between security and the preservation of liberty, and that students of Mount Holyoke College can maintain their privacy and be both safe and free;

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE THAT the SGA Senate supports the fundamental, constitutionally-protected civil rights and civil liberties of all members of Mount Holyoke College; and THAT the SGA Senate opposes those measures that infringe upon such civil rights and liberties, or that single out individuals for legal scrutiny or enforcement activity based solely on their country of origin, religion, ethnicity or immigration status; and THAT the SGA Senate urges all students, staff, and faculty of Mount Holyoke College to respect the civil rights and civil liberties of all members of this community, regardless of citizenship or heritage; and THAT the SGA Senate urges the Mount Holyoke College Department of Public Safety and all other applicable departments, except when required by law, to refrain from:

a. utilizing race, religion, ethnicity or national origin as a factor in selecting which individuals to subject to investigative activities except when seeking to apprehend a specific suspect whose race, religion, ethnicity or national origin is part of the description of the suspect,

b. participating in a joint search of the property or residence, with any law enforcement agency absent the assurance that simultaneous notice of the execution of a search warrant to such member of Mount Holyoke College,

c. any practice of stopping drivers or pedestrians for the purpose of scrutinizing their identification documents without particularized suspicion of criminal activity, and

THAT the SGA Senate urges the Mount Holyoke College Department of Public Safety not to subject any individual to the custody of the South Hadley Police Department, who may be placed in federal custody, to military detention, secret detention, secret immigration proceedings, or detention without access to counsel; and

THAT the SGA Senate urges the Mount Holyoke College administration to provide notice to all individuals whose education records have been obtained by law enforcement agents pursuant to Section 507 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Disclosure of Educational Records).

An Instruction to the President Regarding the Dissemination of this Resolution upon its approval by the Senate of the Associated Students of Mount Holyoke College:

This Resolution was approved by the Senate of the Associated Students of Mount Holyoke College on the ____ day of _______, 2005 with a vote of ____ yeas, _____ nays, and _____ abstentions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mount Holyoke College and the Office of the President shall within two weeks disseminate via paper copy to the following recipients, with expenditures to be paid for by the American Civil Liberties Union of Mount Holyoke College fund:

Representative John W. Scibak (D)
State House:
Room 33
Boston, MA 02133
617.722.2060

District Office:
PO Box 136
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.539.6566

Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg (D)
State House:
Room 320
Boston, MA 02133
617.722.1532

District Office:
1 Prince Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413.584.1649

Governor Mitt Romney (R)
State House:
Office of the Governor
Room 360
Boston, MA 02133
617.727.3666

Washington, DC
Office of the Governor
444 North Capital Street, Suite 208
Washingtin, DC 20001
202.624.7713

Patricia Albabese
Chief Information Officer and Director of LITS
Mount Holyoke College
Dwight Hall 108
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.2225

Dr. Joanne V. Creighton, President
Mount Holyoke Collge
204 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.3500

Lee Bowie
Dean of the College
Mount Holyoke College
202 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.2481

Penny Gill
Acting Dean of Students
Mount Holyoke College
300 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Elisabeth Hogan
Associate Dean of Students
Mount Holyoke College
300 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Dean of Faculty
Mount Holyoke College
101 Mary Lyon Hall
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.2661

Director of Public Safety
Paul Ominksy
Central Services
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075

South Hadley Public Library
Library Director
Richard Callaghan
27 Bardwell Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

South Hadley Police Department
Chief of Police John K. O’Connor
41 Bridge Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.8231

Massachusetts ACLU
Executive Director Carol Rose
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 310
Boston, MA 02111
617.482.3170

Center for Global Initiatives
Eva Paus
Director
Mount Holyoke College
20 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

College Street Journal
Kevin McCaffrey
Associate Director
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.2987

Mount Holyoke News
Jennifer Nicholls
Editor in Chief
PO Box 3103
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley , MA 01075

The Boston Globe
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205
617.929.2000

The Springfield Republican
1860 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01101
413-788-1200 (Newsroom)

The Daily Hampshire Gazette
115 Conz Street
PO Box 299
Northampton, MA 01061
413.584.5000

South Hadley Town Attorney
Edward Ryan
413.538.5017

The Town of South Hadley
Town Hall, 116 Main Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413.538.5017

Town of South Hadley Board of Selectmen
Contact: Patricia Vinchesi, Town Administrator
Town Hall 116 Main Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
(413) 538-5017

 

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