RESOLUTION NO. 2004 -13
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow denounces and condemns all acts of terrorism, wherever occurring, and
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow supports a diverse population, including non-citizens, whose contributions to the community are vital to its character and function; and
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow has a long tradition of championing and protecting the human rights and civil liberties of all our residents; and
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow and its residents are governed by the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and by the Idaho State Constitution; and
WHEREAS, certain provisions of the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″”, also known as the USA PATRIOT Act, allow the federal government to detain and investigate citizens and engage in surveillance activities that may violate or offend the rights and liberties guaranteed by our State and Federal Constitutions; and
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow adheres to the principle that no law enforcement agency, or any other city agency, may profile or discriminate against any person solely on the basis of ancestry, race, ethnic or national origin, color, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion, physical or mental disability, or apparent socio-economic status; and
WHEREAS, the City of Moscow recognizes its commitment to uphold the legal and human rights of its residents; and
WHEREAS, other communities from around the country have passed similar resolutions reinforcing local efforts to support and defend legal and human rights of their residents;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:
THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOSCOW have been, and remain, firmly committed to the protection of civil rights and civil liberties and affirm their commitment to democracy and to embrace, defend and uphold the inalienable rights and
fundamental liberties granted under the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and the Idaho State Constitution; and
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES are encouraged to preserve and uphold freedom of speech, assembly, association, and privacy, the right to counsel and due process in judicial
proceedings, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures; and
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, AND RESIDENTS OF MOSCOW are encouraged to continue to engage in and participate in community dialogue on civil liberties issues, in order to promote the safety and well-being of Moscow; and
THE CITY OF MOSCOW HEREBY PETITIONS OUR FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION to actively monitor the implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act and to continue to
actively work for the repeal of any portions that violate the guaranteed civil liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
UPON PASSAGE, THE CITY CLERK shall deliver this Resolution to the President of the United States, George W. Bush, the U.S. Attorney General, John D. Ashcroft, Senator Larry Craig, Senator
Mike Crapo, Representative C.L. “”Butch”” Otter, Representative Mike Simpson and the Governor of the State of Idaho, Dirk Kempthorne.
Passed by the Moscow City Council and officially endorsed by the Mayor of Moscow of June, 2004
Stephanie Kalasz, City Clerk
City of Moscow, Idaho
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