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Affinity Groups

After submitting letters to the Attorney General on behalf of 4,000 supporters demanding prosecution for torture-related crimes by former officials in summer 2009, BORDC launched the PCC’s first national affinity groups.  They bring together legal professionals in one group, and educators in another, concerned about issues including executive secrecy, warrantless electronic and physical surveillance, preventive detention, and torture accountability.

The People's Campaign for the Constitution affinity groups currently being developed include:

Please feel free to join an affinity group representing your community.  If you'd like to start a new affinity group, or if you have any questions, please email Emma.

Legal Professionals

The legal professionals group has identified several ambitious intermediate-term projects, each of which have teams of volunteers in place and are coordinating a decentralized effort.  We invite your participation.  Each project offers an opportunity to make a palpable contribution to the national effort to restore the rule of law, as well as a compelling pro bono project.  Specifically, the PCC legal professionals network seeks volunteers to support the following projects:

  1. Seeking transparency into fusion centers: Advised by subject matter experts, volunteers are researching state FOIA and Sunshine laws and preparing record requests to uncover (and eventually help review) documents relating to domestic surveillance.  Over 70 fusion centers across the country remain largely opaque and subject to little meaningful oversight, despite presenting compelling privacy and civil liberties problems.
  2. Torture accountability: Volunteers are coordinating with teams that have filed ethics complaints in five states seeking disbarment of lawyers who authorized torture.  Next steps include filing further ethics complaints in other jurisdictions, mounting a public case for disbarment to embolden public officials to undertake prosecution, and pursuing a potential mandamus action to compel formal prosecution as a matter of law.
  3. Public education: Volunteers are standing by as a “rapid response” network to write op-eds, blog posts or Letters-to-the-Editor as new issues break into the news cycle, or summarizing key court decisions or legislative milestones.

Interested in joining our legal professionals group? See the legal professionals group projects and volunteer opportunities.

Educators

The educators group has set priorities and identified several exciting intermediate-term projects, each of which has teams in place to coordinate an effort among volunteers.  We invite your participation in those projects.

The projects offer chances to bring civil liberties issues to the forefront of education, empowering students, supporting educators, and impacting policy.  Specifically, the PCC educators network seeks volunteers to plug in on the following:

  1. Report on security measures in schools undermining the Constitution: Developing a detailed report about how security measures in schools (e.g., comprehensive metal detector scanning without suspicion; biometric tracking and identification devices; restrictions on student speech; requirements for clear book bags) undermine the privacy expectations of students and dull their sensitivity to constitutional values. 
  2. Curriculum development: Compiling educational materials to demonstrate how public policies (e.g., surveillance, detention, torture, secrecy) affect and ultimately undermine constitutional rights.  The project will (a) review currently available materials; and (b) identify potential gaps and compile syllabi to fill them, with audiences including K-12 students, as well as their teachers. 
  3. Forming a teacher peer network: Teachers will be gathering resources to assist one another in navigating complicated situations (e.g., how to thoughtfully discuss current events in the classroom without bias, addressing pressure from administrators, etc) and developing an online platform (e.g., a blog, forum, social networking site or wiki) to compile and make them available.

If you would like to become a member of the educators group, or help organize its activities, please join us.

Health Professionals

The health professionals group is still seeking leaders within them to coordinate independent initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of this group, or help organize its activities, please join us.

Clergy and Religious Lay-Leaders

The clergy group is still seeking leaders within them to coordinate independent initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of this group, or help organize its activities, please join us.

Students

The students group is still seeking leaders within them to coordinate independent initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of this group, or help organize its activities, please join us.

Graphic Designers and Web Professionals

The graphic designers and web professionals group is still seeking leaders within them to coordinate independent initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of this group, or help organize its activities, please join us.

English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language group is still seeking leaders within them to coordinate independent initiatives.  If you would like to become a member of this group, or help organize its activities, please join us.