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RESOLUTION TO PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES IN RESPONSE TO THE USA PATRIOT ACT
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RESOLUTION TO PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES IN RESPONSE TO THE USA PATRIOT ACT – Passed January 2003 

WHEREAS     The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a civil rights education and advocacy organization for Americans of Chinese and Asian descent, represents 80 local chapters and college affiliates; and

WHEREAS     OCA continues to strive toward fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of Chinese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans in the United States; and

WHEREAS     Individual civil liberties are a continuing vital element of the OCA agenda; and 

WHEREAS     Chinese Americans and Asian Pacific Americans constitute a diverse population, including immigrants and students, whose contributions to the community are vital to the nation’s economy, culture and civic character; and  

WHEREAS     OCA recognizes that the preservation of civil rights and liberties is essential to the well-being of a democratic society; and 

WHEREAS     Federal, state and local authorities should protect the public from terrorist attacks such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001, but should do so in a rational and deliberative fashion to ensure that any new security measure enhances public safety without impairing constitutional rights or infringing on civil liberties; and 

WHEREAS     OCA believes that there is no inherent conflict between national security and the preservation of liberty; and 

WHEREAS
    Federal policies adopted since September 11, 2001, including provisions in the USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56) and related executive orders, regulations and actions threaten fundamental rights and liberties. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OCA affirms its strong support for fundamentalconstitutional rights and its opposition to federal measures that infringe on civil liberties. 

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT OCA affirms its strong support for the rights ofimmigrants and opposes measures that single out individuals for legal scrutiny or enforcement activity based on their country of origin, religion, and ethnicity.  
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