Coalition of Communities to Review Patriot Act

June 28, 2005

Source: Common Dreams News Center Press Release

On June 28, 2005 a Common Dreams News Center Press Release stated: "Before Congress votes to reauthorize or amend controversial sections of the USA PATRIOT Act set to expire this year, a coalition of grassroots groups and national organizations plans to make sure Congress members hear their constituents’ concerns. From July 2 through 8, they will be holding educational and civic events dubbed 'Patriot Days of Action' in cities nationwide to encourage people to consider how the Act affects civil liberties and to join in the growing national debate. Community-based coalitions will also be visiting their Congress members’ district offices to discuss proposed legislation they see as antidotes to post-9/11 federal excesses –such as the SAFE Act, Freedom to Read Protection Act, the Restore FOIA Act, the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act, and other liberty-restoring bills... Organizations endorsing Patriot Days of Action include the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International USA, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Friends Committee on National Legislation, National Lawyers Guild, People For the American Way, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, and several state and local organizations."