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Proposal to the Occupy Santa Cruz General Assembly 2 PM Sunday 4-29 at Main Post Office
I received and pass on the following proposal which I received from activist Steve Pleich earlier today. I encourage other organizations to endorse it as well.
WHEREAS, Occupy Santa Cruz believes that all of the eleven defendants charged in the River Street action are either journalists, members of our local press, and activists committed to the Occupy Movement and particularly Occupy Santa Cruz and,
WHEREAS, Occupy Santa Cruz believes that the constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly may not be abridged by governmental fiat, and
WHEREAS, Occupy Santa Cruz believes that civil liberties are being broadly threatened by the continuing prosecution of these cases, and
WHEREAS, Occupy Santa Cruz believes that the criminal offenses prosecuted by our local District Attorney are over broad and overreaching in consideration of the facts, and.
WHEREAS Occupy Santa Cruz believes that these defendants are being selectively prosecuted in a manner directly related to the existing adversarial relationship several of these defendants have with local police, past and present civic officials and the District Attorney's office and,
WHEREAS Occupy Santa Cruz believes that the Constitution of the United States of America and simple social justice require that the enormous power of government be exercised fairly and even handedly, and not be based on the identity or past actions of the defendants and,
WHEREAS Occupy Santa Cruz believes that these defendants posed no threat to public order or private property by their actions either as chroniclers of the events or as supporters of the River Street action,
THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED THAT Occupy Santa Cruz calls for the immediate dismissal of all charges presently lodged against the eleven River Street defendants and further calls for an end to all further prosecutions based upon any and all participation by any member of our community in the River Street action.