Anti-Patriot Act resolution OK’d
The Oak Creek Town Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the USA Patriot Act and creating a “civil liberties safe zone” at its Thursday night meeting.
The Town Board approved a form of the resolution that combined one recently proposed and one that Trustee Mike Kien proposed almost two years ago. Kien’s proposal died for lack of a second.
Before the Town Board voted, Paulie Anderson asked the town to work with Scott Glackman to encourage Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs to approve similar resolutions, making the resolution countywide. Glackman had proposed the resolution to Mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman, who then put it on the agenda.
After every Trustee voted for the resolution, the audience clapped and cheered. Several residents leaving the meeting said the Town Board’s decision made them proud to live in Oak Creek.
Oak Creek is now one of about 370 communities across the nation opposing the USA Patriot Act.
The town’s resolution, titled “Expressing commitment to civil rights and liberties and establishing a civil liberties safe zone,” formally voices the town’s concerns with the USA Patriot Act and affirms various principles, including that people have the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure; stops and arrests cannot be made without reasonable suspicion or probable cause there is a crime; people have a right to equal protection under the law; and people have the right to free speech and freedom of association.
Copies of the resolution will be sent to federal, state and local officials.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 367 communities in 43 states including four statewide regions have opposed the USA Patriot Act. That includes Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins and Aspen.
Also at the meeting, Trustee Steve Beven proposed forming a subcommittee of the Town Board Trustees to look at how Oak Creek can attract and keep businesses.
Trustees Beven, J. Elliot and Bill Paxton agreed to serve on the subcommittee, which will meet regularly and then bring ideas to the Town Board. Eventually the subcommittee also will reach out to other groups working on the issue, including the South Routt Economic Development Council.
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