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Mill Valley> MARIN CHAPTER, ACLU {Redwoods Senior Center, 40 Camino Alto}

Monday, April 19, 2010
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
been meaning go to it for years
Location Details:

Monthly Meeting: Monday, April 19, 2009, 7:00 pm.

*** Note Location ***
Conference Room, The Redwoods Senior Center, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

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Directions: From US 101, from north, exit East Blithedale exit,
head west on East Blithdale to Camino Alto (3rd light after freeway), turn L
(south). Go to Miller Avenue (end of Camino Alto, at Tam High), make a U
turn and enter The Redwoods parking lot. (Alternatively, you can park in the
Safeway parking lot, and there is a pedestrian-activated street light from
there to The Redwoods).

From US 101, from the south, exit at Manzanita/Mill Valley/State Route 1, go
under the bridge and follow Shoreline Highway around toward Mill Valley
(road becomes Almonte Blvd. and then Miller Avenue near Tamalpais High
School). Turn R at Camino Alto and enter The Redwoods parking lot (or park
in the Safeway lot across from the Redwoods).

When you walk into the main lobby at The Redwoods, turn right and go through
the library. Turn left toward the auditorium, then turn right at the
auditorium and go to the end of the corridor. The Conference Room is on the
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1. Call to order
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of minutes of prev. meeting (attached)
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Chair’s Report
6. Non Agenda Items and Announcements
7. Old Business
-- Tiburon surveillance camera
-- T-shirt order
8. New Business
9. ACLU-NC Report
10. Committee reports
-Death Penalty
-Law Enforcement
-Nomination Committee and Annual Meeting
-- possible appointment of Ben Cook, Lucy Sandler
-Media Committee
-Outreach Committee
-Other Committees
11. Adjournment

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Article 2
1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative,
judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under
its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a
threat of war, internal political in stability or any other public
emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked
as a justification of torture.

Article 3 General comment on its implementation
1. No State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to
another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he
would be in danger of being subjected to torture.
2. For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the
competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations
including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a
consistent pattern of gross, flagrant or mass violations of human rights.

-- from the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment

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Meeting of ACLU Marin Board
At: conference room, The Redwoods Senior Center, Mill Valley, CA
March 15, 2010

Present: Marna Cohen, George Pegelow (chair), Bob Harmon, Max Diebel, Sophia Abramowitz, Art Duffy, Abdi Soltani (executive director, ACLU-NC), Ben Cook (guest), Arnie Scher (treasurer), Aref Ahmadia, Vincent Chew, Mark Carlson.

Called to order 3/15/2010 7:10 PM

Approval of Agenda. M/s/a/.

Approval of Minutes of February 2010 meeting. M/S/A.

Treasurer’s Report. As of now, all bills paid, none outstanding, balance of $5455.

Chair’s Report. Asked Abdi Soltani to be the keynote speaker at our annual meeting, June 19th, 12 noon - 2 pm. Mr. Soltani tentatively agreed.

Chair reported that he did attend the ACLU-NC retreat/lobby weekend in Sacramento this month. Saw film “American Violet” regarding police abuses in Texas. Recommended the film as a good ACLU talking point.

Chair introduced Abdi Soltani, and introduced the Board members to him, along with the Board members’ respective areas of civil-liberties interest. Mr. Soltani is now nearing his first anniversary as Executive Director; he got interested in civil-liberties starting in middle school. ACLU-NC is largest affiliate in the country. Noted the latest hassle with the Texas school board and textbook selection. Issues currently worked on:
• students’ rights (here and nationwide, including the current Mississippi prom controversy). School suspensions/expulsions and police officers on campus are major concerns. Restorative justice solutions also an interest. Mr. Soltani now interested in a Redding, CA, case involving drug testing and extracurricular activities; could be decisive as it arose from a Bush administration policy.
• War on drugs. Mr. Soltani noted the problem highlighted in “American Violet” with incentive payments for drug busts.
• Privacy/Patriot Act/surveillance issues. The affiliate had a project related to civil liberties and information security, Nicky Ozer is the contact. Concerned with Facebook account holders’ privacy. ACLU-NC also pursuing litigation in electronic surveillance.
• Immigration. Sheriffs’ practice of renting out jail cells and enforcing immigration laws in hand with ICE. Bob Harmon mentioned the immigrants’ car-impoundment case in San Rafael. Amalia at ACLU-NC is following these cases in Northern California.
• Rendition. ACLU-NC is litigating a civil torture-and-rendition case in San Jose, the Jepesen Dataplan case.

Non-agenda items and announcements. None.

Old Business
-- Tiburon police-camera surveillance. Bob Harmon reports that we’re being contacted; it may involve litigation. Will report further.,
-- T-shirts. ACLU T-shirts, with Marin County chapter printed on it, $6.00. Chair asked for the board to approve a bulk order, not to exceed $400, students and those who couldn’t afford them can get the T-shirts free. M/s/a.

8. New business. See committees, below.

9. ACLU-NC Report.
George reports that ACLU-NC working on freedom of speech, immigrant rights, reproduction rights, LGBT rights, death penalty, cyber-liberties, racial profiling, criminal justice privacy, prisoners’ right to vote, among other issues. Howard Friedman educational project. Campaign (capital) for the Future now at 92%. The conference in Sacramento earlier this month had a number of informative symposia, and lobbying that Monday at the State Capitol.

10. Committee reports
- Death Penalty. Aref visited San Quentin recently and saw the death chamber. George announced that tours can be arranged.

- Education. April 1st, Marin County Office of Education and ACLU-Marin holding a joint presentation, “Culture Shift: Alternatives to Suspension”. April 1, 3:30 to 5 pm, at the MCOE in San Rafael. Chapter members will be meeting with County Superintendent this month. George is monitoring a new case of bullying at Mill Valley Middle School.

- Law Enforcement. Local citizens may be bringing legal action against Tiburon regarding the surveillance camera (see above). Bob Harmon will be in contact. Also: the Marin Organizing Committee has a big meeting on Wednesday, at St. Raphael’s Church, regarding the impounding of immigrants’ vehicles by San Rafael PD; Chapter members (Law Enforcement committee) may be in attendance. Lawsuit now under way regarding televising of juvenile proceedings.

- Nomination Committee. See above. Abdi Soltani is prospective speaker. George welcomed new board member Max Diebel, and asked Ben Cook if he’d be interested in joining.

- Media Committee. Regarding the Community Media Center, George announced a way that we can do video programs without having to go through training at the CMC.

- Outreach Committee. Tabling at Farmers’ Markets in Marin ongoing.

Adjourned 3/15/2010 8:49 PM.

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