This post by Thomas Nephew was originally published by the Montgomery County (MD) Civil Rights Coalition.
Impassioned, knowledgeable speakers and a lively, engaged audience—including two Takoma Park city council members, Seth Grimes and Kay Daniels-Cohen — made for a very successful NDAA forum [on April 26] at the Takoma Park Community Center.
Thomas Nephew welcomed about 35 forum-goers, speaking of the NDAA as a “civil liberties emergency.” He said that both the forum itself and the NDAA/AUMF resolution that MCCRC is advocating are products of coalition and collaboration:
We built it from two model ordinances developed by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the ACLU, and worked with those organizations and the Defending Dissent Foundation to perfect it. The result is a resolution that has been vetted by some of the best legal minds and civil liberties advocates in the country, and that is explicitly endorsed by the Maryland ACLU, the BORDC, Defending Dissent, and SAALT.
Eric Bond, editor of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Voice, introduced the two speakers of the evening: Heather Hurlburt, executive director of the National Security Network, and Shahid Buttar, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.Details