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DefendOurCivilLiberties

TheObamaadministrationhasbeenmarkedbyawaronwhistleblowers,secretinterpretationsoflaw, lackofaccountabilityforpastadministrationofficialswhobrokethelaw,elevationofBush administrationofficialswhosignedoffontortureandunconstitutionalsurveillance,andacontinuation andexpansionofamassivesurveillancestate. UEhaswarnedforyearsthatwhenthegovernmentisgivenpowersofdomesticsurveillanceand counterintelligence,itcanandwillusethemagainstordinary,innocentAmericans,particularlythose whospeakoutagainstgovernmentpolicies,andespeciallythosewhorepresentacrediblepowerbase, suchasthelabormovement.WesawthisduringtheMcCarthyperiodinthe1940sand50s,whenthe combinedforcesofthefederalgovernment,bigbusiness,andtheirbusinessunioncoconspirators nearlydestroyedtheUEandprogressivetradeunionism.Wesawthismorerecentlywhenlabor activistswhoorganizedprotestsagainstthe2008RepublicanconventionweretargetedbytheFBI, resultinginlocalpolicebeingdirectedtodisruptapeacefulprotestbyUELocal1174membersinthe QuadCitiesandeventuallyinFBIraidsatthehomesoftheunionactivistsseizingtheirpoliticaland personalpapersbutapparentlyfindingnothingtomeritprosecution. DocumentsmadepublicbyEdwardSnowdenrevealthattheFBIandNSAaresweepingupthe telephone,emailandinternetusedataofvirtuallyeverypersonintheU.S.,andholdingontothatdata foratleastfiveyears.Meanwhile,theFBIcontinuestoconductthousandsofinvestigationseachyear calledassessmentswhichrequirenoevidenceorevensuspicionofcriminalconduct,butwhichallow agentstoinfiltratemeetings,conductroundtheclockphysicalsurveillance,useinformants,anddig throughatargetstrash.AccordingtotheFBI,lessthan5percentofthoseassessmentsuncover criminalactivitybutdossierscreatedontheinnocenttargetsarekeptfor2030years.Notsurprisingly, manyofthesetargetsareMuslimsorprogressiveactivists,includingunionorganizers. AsthewarsinIraqandAfghanistanwinddowntothepointwheretheyarenolongercashcowsforthe militaryindustrialcomplex,thosecorporationshavesettheirsightsonthehomeland.Itsbeenestimated that30,000droneswillbeinoperationwithintheU.S.by2020.Civillibertiesandprivacyadvocates arefightingforstrictrulesgoverningprivate,militaryandcorporateuse.TheFBIhasalreadybegun usingdronestoconductsurveillanceonU.S.persons,buttheagencyhasnotyetwrittenitsprivacy policyfordroneuse.Thosesamecorporationsarelobbyingforamassivebuildupofmilitaryandlaw enforcementalongtheborder. Noneofthiswillprotectusfromfutureeventslike9/11.Theproblemwasnotalackofinformationbut thefailuretoanalyzeandactuponexistinginformation.Thegovernmentobsessionwithgathering informationonnonterroristpoliticalopponentsmeanstherearefewerresourcestocombatrealcrime, includingterrorism. In2011,theOccupymovementsweptthecountry,adynamicgrassrootsmovementtoconfront corporatepower.Asthemovementgrabbedthepublicimaginationandgarneredwidespreadsupport, federal,state,andlocalpolicesteppedin,closelycommunicatingandcoordinatingwiththebanksand corporationstodiscreditandrepressthemovement.Policeusedexcessiveforceagainstprotesters, conductedmassarrests,andinfiltratedgroupswithagentsprovocateur.Statelegislaturesandcity

councilsquicklypassedlawsforbiddingcampingspecificallytoshutdownOccupy.Documentsreleased throughtheFreedomofInformationActrevealthatthecrackdownwascoordinatedandintendedto stifletheFirstAmendmentrightsoftheprotestors. Bossestrytoinstillfearinworkersduringunionorganizingcampaignsthatisthekindoffearthatthe governmenthastriedtospreadacrosssocietyasawhole.Peoplemayavoidantiglobalizationralliesif theyknowtheyareundergovernmentsurveillance.Aunionmemberwillthinktwiceaboutvoicingtheir outrageonapicketlineiftheyknowtheycouldfacetrumpedupterrorismcharges.Fewerpeople attendorganizingmeetingsiftheysuspectthatsomeoneintheroomcouldbeapoliceagent. In2006,theAnimalEnterpriseTerrorismActwaspassed,creatingspecialprotectionsforanimal enterprises(businessesthatuseorsellanimalproducts),andcriminalizingprotestactivityaimedatthese enterprises.Since2010,dozensofAggagbillshavebeenintroducedinstatelegislaturesacrossthe country,promotedbyAmericanLegislativeExchangeCouncil(ALEC).Thebillsaredesignedto preventwhistleblowersfromexposinganimalcrueltyonfarmsorslaughterhouses.In2013,other industrieshavewantedinontheactionandseveralstateshaveseenlegislationintroducedthatprevents undercoverinvestigationsandwhistleblowingthatwouldexposeunsavoryorillegalconductofanykind atarangeofindustriesfromthemining,fracking,andloggingindustriestonursinghomesand restaurants. In2010,theFBIraidedhomesandsubpoenaedbeforeagrandjurytentradeunionistsand13other peaceactivistsintheMidwest.TheJusticeDepartmentusedlawsprohibitingmaterialsupportfor terroristorganizationsasapretexttoattackthosewhospeakoutoncertainforeignpolicyissuesand organizefactfindingmissionsTwoyearshavepassed,ampletimeforthegovernmenttofully investigateanyallegationsofcriminalconduct,yettheinvestigationandthechillingeffectonpolitical freedomcontinues.Thepeoplesubpoenaedsufferunderacloudofunresolvedgovernmentaccusations andfearofcriminalcharges,whichunjustlyimpairstheirrighttobepoliticallyactiveandcriticize governmentpolicy.Itswellpasttimeforthisinvestigationtoend. TheObamaadministrationisendangeringfreedomofthepressandgovernmenttransparencywithits aggressiveleakinvestigationsandviciousprosecutionsofwhistleblowers.TheObamaDepartmentof JusticehasprosecutedsixwhistleblowersundertheEspionageAct(morethanallotheradministrations combined).TheadministrationstreatmentofPrivate1stClassManninghasbeenespeciallysevere.Ina furtherattackonpressfreedom,inMay2013itwasrevealedthattheDOJhadsubpoenaedthephone recordsofAPreportersandinvestigatedaFOXnewsreporterasacoconspiratorinaleakcase. Thesepracticescreateachillingeffectforwouldbewhistleblowers,protectingthoseinpowerfrom accountabilityandexposure. Itisclearthatthefighttoprotectandregaincivillibertiesmustcontinueregardlessofwhichparty controlstheWhiteHouse. AgrowingnumberofAmericansalsoquestiontheuseofthedeathpenalty.Whyshouldworkingpeople whoregularlyexpressdeepdistrustofourgovernmentofficialdomtrustthesesameforceswiththe powertoinflicttheultimatepenaltyofdeath?Thequestionisespeciallycrucialwhenarisingtideof evidencedemonstratesourjudicialsystemisstackedagainstthosewithoutmoney.Whenevidencesuch

asDNAtestingrevealsdeathrowprisonersareinnocent,itconfirmsourjusticesystemisfundamentally flawed.Thequestionofcapitalpunishmentishistoricallyofgreatconcerntounionmembers.On numerousoccasionsourgovernmenthasframedandexecutedlaborleaders.Amongthemorefamous aretheHaymarketmartyrs,theIndustrialWorkersoftheWorld(IWW)leaderJoeHill,immigrant laboractivistsSaccoandVanzetti,andthecoalminersknownastheMollyMaguires.Sparedthedeath penaltyonlyaftermassivecampaignstosavethemwereTomMooney,whospoketoanearlyUE convention,andthelegendaryBigBillHaywood. Attacksoncivillibertiesarenotminorinfringementsontherightsofafewextremists.Todaytheyaffect avastcrosssectionofAmericans.Thechillingeffectofdenialsofourdemocraticfreedomscurtails politicaldebatewithintheU.S.,limitstheabilityofallcitizenstomakedemocraticchoicesforthefuture ofourcountry,andtherebyunderminesourlivelihoodsandlivingstandards.

THEREFORE,BEITRESOLVEDTHATTHIS73rdUECONVENTION:
1. Opposesanychangeinthefederalcriminalcodethatwouldfurtherundermineourbasicrights

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toorganize,strike,protest,demonstrateandotherwisedefendtheinterestsofworkingpeople, specificallyincludingchangesdesignedtomakepicketlineactivitysubjecttofederal prosecution Urgesalllocalstoactivelydefendtherighttoprotestagainstgovernmentandcorporatepolicies whichhurtworkingpeoplebyworkingwithandsupportingorganizationssuchastheBillof RightsDefenseCommittee,theDefendingDissentFoundation,theNationalLawyersGuild,the AmericanCivilLibertiesUnion,andtheCommitteetoStopFBIRepression Callsonpublicsectorlocalstoinvestigateandaggressivelychallengeanyrestrictionsontheir memberscivillibertieswrittenintostatelawormunicipalordinances DemandsthatCongressoutlawpoliticalspyinganddisruptionbytheFBIandotherfederal agencies,repealtheFISAamendmentact,repealorletsunsetregressivepartsofthePatriot Act,andpasslegislationtorollbacktheworstexcessesoftheBushregimebybarringtheuse ofsecretevidenceandrestrictingtheuseofthestatesecretsprivilegeandNationalSecurity Letters Supportslocalinitiativestopromotecivillibertiesbyencouraginglocalgovernmentstopassa LocalCivilRightsRestorationAct9aspartofthePeoplesCampaignfortheConstitutionand lawsbasedontheFirstAmendmentsRightsandPoliceStandardsActof2004enactedbythe Washington,DCcitycouncil,whichrecognizesdemonstrationsascriticaltofreespeechand vitaltodemocracy,andthusemphasizesnegotiationandcommunicationandprohibits preemptivearrests Callsforlegislationtoprohibitrandomorblanketdrugtestingintheworkplaceaswellas legislationtobantelephoneandInternetmonitoringofemployeesandtofurtherrestricttheuse ofliedetectorsandothersurveillancetechnologiesinemployment OpposesPresidentObamaspreventivedetentionproposalandJusticeDepartmentpolicies thatallowforclosedhearings,secretevidence,refusaltonamethosedetained,eliminationof attorneyclientprivilege,andlongdetentionswithoutbondwithoutanyspecificarticulated reason Supportslegislationtoabolishpreventivedetentionandreestablishtherighttobailandthe

conceptofinnocentuntilprovenguilty 9. DemandsthatCongressreformtheprocessforplacinggroupsonterroristliststoensurethat theyhavesufficientnoticeandameaningfulopportunitytorespondtothechargesagainstthem, withnecessarychecksandbalancesonexecutivediscretion,whilealsoreformingtheprohibition onmaterialsupporttoprotectfreespeech,association,peacebuildingandtheprovisionof humanitarianaidtocivilians 10. SupportslegislationtostrengthentheFreedomofInformationAct,supportsstrong whistleblowerprotectionlegislation,andopposeseffortstointimidateorbarthepressandother newsmediafromreportingongovernmentactivities 11. SupportsrepealofMcCarthyeraspeechcrimeslaws,includingtheSmithActandthe SubversiveActivitiesControlActandopposesexclusionofforeignersbasedonpoliticalbeliefs ormemberships 12. Supportstheabolitionofthedeathpenalty.