This Monday, the City Council of Takoma Park, MD approved a resolution condemning indefinite detention and urging Congress to partially repeal the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The resolution by Takoma Park — which borders Washington, DC — was the latest silver lining at the grassroots level in the wake of last week’s vote in the House of Representatives to reject a bipartisan effort that would have banned indefinite detention. Also raising its voice in favor of fundamental liberty principles was Hawaii, which last week became the first blue state to formally oppose domestic military detention.
BORDC has worked closely with the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC) since its inception in 2010. Since then, the MCCRC has conducted vigorous public education campaigns on numerous fronts. Before persuading the Takoma Park Council to approve the resolution against domestic military detention, previous campaigns included working to stop random bag searches on the regional transit system, challenge discrimination against Muslims, and successfully stopping a proposed youth curfew.
Two grassroots organizers active with the MCCRC, Jim Kuhn and Martine Zee, offered their thoughts on the NDAA and strategies for grassroots activism.