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URGENT California Action Alert: Demand Yes Votes on These Two Bills to Protect Privacy, Require Warrants

Lately when you hear “California is on the verge of…” it’s likely not to be something positive. But that is not true in this case.

On Tuesday, April 29 the Golden State would be on the verge of revolt against Washington, D.C.’s self-proclaimed right to carry out secret, mass surveillance with state resources. Two bills, SB828 and AB2468 are set up for their first committee hearings, Senate Public Safety and Assembly Judiciary Committee respectively, but the votes are anything but secured for liberty and privacy.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in California you live, take these actions today. It takes 30 minutes.

1. Call the Committee Chairs:
SB828: Loni Hancock, Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee. (916) 651-4009
AB2468: Bob Wieckowski, Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. (916) 319-2025
Strongly, but respectfully, urge support for their respective bill. If either doesn’t commit to a YES vote, ask why. If undecided, let them know you’ll call back on Monday. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email. The same goes for calling the rest of the committee members. And leaving one message over the weekend won’t hurt.

2. Call the rest of the committee members:
Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back on Monday.
Thank Joel Anderson (Vice Chair) for cosponsoring the bill (916) 651-4036
Kevin de Leon (916) 651-4022
Steve Knight (916) 651-4021
Carol Liu (916) 651-4025
Holly Mitchell (916) 651-4026
Darrell Steinberg (916) 651-4006
Donald P. Wagner (Vice Chair) (916) 319-2068
Luis A. Alejo (916) 319-2030
Ed Chau (916) 319-2049
Roger Dickinson (916) 319-2007
Cristina Garcia (916) 319-2058
Jeff Gorell (916) 319-2044
Brian Maienschein (916) 319-2077
Al Muratsuchi (916) 319-2066
Mark Stone (916) 319-2029

**BONUS** action! Group leaders, send a letter to the committee in support. If you are in a leadership role with a grassroots (or other) group within the state of California, send a letter to the full committee expressing your support for these bills. The committee will be influenced to some degree by the number – and type – of groups which send letters. Keep it to one page, as they tend to just keep a list of groups and those in favor or opposed.
Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety
State Capitol Building, Room 2031
Sacramento, CA 95814
Assembly Judiciary Committee
1020 N Street, Room 104
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Doubling Down: California has a Second Bill to Protect the 4th Amendment

Californians saw their legislators Senators Ted Lieu (D) and Joel Anderson (R) make news earlier this year with SB828, a bill requiring individualized warrants for any state and federal investigation or bulk collection of data as well as denying state resources and assets to such federal operations. Now in the lower chamber Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R), candidate for Governor and no stranger to taking on the feds, has amended his AB2468, the California Privacy Protection Act, to reflect the same demands.

In Section 1(B) the consequences for state violators are clear:

(2) An officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state who is found to have violated subdivision (b) in a final judicial determination shall be deemed to have resigned from his or her office or employment, and he or she shall thereafter be ineligible to serve in any public office or public employment within this state.
(3) A corporation providing services on behalf of the state or a political subdivision of the state that is found to have violated subdivision (b) in a final judicial determination shall be ineligible to provide services on behalf of, or provide services to, the state or a political subdivision of the state.

There is no set date for the first hearing for AB2468, but all legislation will receive a hearing by May 2 in California, so stay tuned for an update. The upper chamber’s SB828 is slated for a hearing on April 29 at 9:30am in front of the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Donnelly says that AB2468 “asserts California’s right as a state to not comply with the unconstitutional invasion of our privacy by the NSA. If enacted, AB2468 would reserve the people’s right to protect Californians from this suspension of our civil liberties which is the unlawful search and seizure of data from our cell phones and email on California soil.”

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It doesn’t matter where in California you live, take these actions today to support AB2468. Perhaps even more urgently, click here to support SB828 as well.

1. Call your Assemblymember. Strongly, but respectfully urge him/her to support AB2468 vocally now and when it comes to a vote. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email. You can easily find your legislator here.

2. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be.

4. SHARE this information widely. By facebook, twitter, email, and more.

5. Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for AB2468. It is unacceptable for CA officials to comply with the NSA’s blatently unconstitutional spying program. AB2468 would bring that relationship to an end.

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Step Two: California vs NDAA Indefinite Detention

Originally posted on the national Tenther Blog by Michael Boldin:

Now that the dust has settled a bit after Jerry Brown signed AB351 into law, it’s important to ask, what’s next?

If you thought the work was done and California would be “indefinite-detention” free, you thought wrong. The passage of the California Liberty Preservation Act was an important first step towards the nullification of federal indefinite detention practices in the state, but not the last one.

This advice from Samuel Adams probably sums it up best:

“Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.”

The enemies of liberty will not rest, and neither can we.


AB351 now makes it “state policy” to reject “indefinite detention” powers from the federal government.   It reads, in part: Continue Reading →

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Coverage for AB-351 is Headed Mainstream

The following is a copy/paste job from the national Tenther Blog:

“More Positive Media Coverage for California AB351”
by Michael Boldin

As a follow up to my earlier blog on the subject of good alternative media coverage, here’s an update.

Even more coverage, including two from some of the bigger players in alternative media – almost mainstream media. The passage of AB351 in California is definitely making the rounds. Learn about the bill here.

Huffington Post


The New American


Personal Liberty Digest


And finally, while the Inquisitr didn’t cite the TAC, they certainly mentioned a few of our talking points, and even called the new bill a “nullification law.” Nice.

Read the original post here.

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NULLIFORNIA: AB-351 Signed by Governor Brown, CA Won’t Comply with NDAA Indefinite Detention

Assembly Bill 351, commonly called the California Liberty Preservation Act, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown making it statewide policy to refuse compliance with federal attempts to enforce “indefinite detention” made famous by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). What began as a marginal issue with little legislative support has unified Californians of all persuasions and brought attention to the proper role the people and their states play in a constitutional republic.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly first introduced AB-351 in February after various grassroots coalitions won their efforts to condemn “indefinite detention” (government kidnapping) in the form of resolutions in San Francisco, Berkeley, Fairfax, and Santa Cruz, while still more organized in Los Angeles and elsewhere. These coalitions included 99%ers, the CA Libertarian Party, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CA Republican Liberty Caucus, ACLU, Oath Keepers, and more. Despite this organic, spontaneous cooperation Donnelly couldn’t find a single ally in the California legislature for the bill. That was, until members of the mentioned organizations showed up to testify at AB-351’s first committee hearing.

At the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Chairman Tom Ammiano, widely considered the most progressive Democratic CA Assemblyman told Donnelly, the most conservative Republican that “you have found a zone we are all in.” AB-351 passed out of committee unanimously.

The “Habeas Corpus” bill, as AB-351 came to be known, surprised many as its support snowballed. Californians answered Action Alerts, strategized together on Facebook, and utilized every means at their disposal. It passed unanimously off the State Senate floor as well.

California is not the first state people think of when talking states’ rights and the 10th Amendment, but that should change after this historic victory.

Alaska and Virginia have also passed similar legislation. Will your state be next? Check out the Liberty Preservation Act model legislation ready to be introduced in the next session.

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CA State Senator Tweets Against the #NSA

Constitution Day might well be better named Lip Service Day when it comes to how politicians pay recognition. One California state senator, however, took the opportunity last week to remind his Facebook and Twitter followers that the day isn’t just for celebration.

State Senator Ted Lieu, Chair of the Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, does not like the NSA very much. Perhaps he doesn’t realize his inherent power to nullify their transgressions on the 4th Amendment rights of his constituents, but he made sure the world knew his view of the NSA’s secret surveillance in contrast to the meaning of Constitution Day on September 17.

Here are a couple screenshots of his recent tweets:


(Oh, and this next one I actually replied to! I thought he might be interested in the 4th Amendment Preservation Act, right?)


And just in case he wasn’t making his point clear enough, Lieu took to Facebook where he could expand on those <140 character posts. He writes, "On Constitution Day, it is important to remember that the Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It is irrelevant under our Constitution what government does or does not do with the private information it acquires. The Fourth Amendment protects your privacy by keeping government from getting the private information in the first place. The National Security Agency is thus violating the Fourth Amendment on a massive scale."


Earlier this year, State Senator Ted Lieu voted in favor of California’s Liberty Preservation Act Assembly Bill 351, designed to make this state’s policy towards NDAA “indefinite detention” one of non-compliance. Hopefully he will take a leading role in the latest attack on civil liberties from the feds by introducing the 4th Amendment Preservation Act. And who knows, we might just see a California legislator get #NullifyNSA trending!

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Critical California Action Alert: Call Governor Brown, Pass AB 351 to Help Stop “Indefinite Detention”

California’s Liberty Preservation Act, Assembly Bill 351, sets out a statewide policy of non-compliance with any “indefinite detention” efforts by the federal government, regardless of what “law” codifies such authority.

AB 351 passed the Assembly 71-1 and then the State Senate approved the measure unanimously.

Now it’s time Californians call Gov. Jerry Brown and demand he protect civil rights, due process and Habeas Corpus by signing off on AB 351, making it the law of the land in the Golden State. It is imperative that the grassroots not give up their role yet, since it is highly likely Governor Brown is receiving advice to exercise his veto power.

ACTION STEPS for California Residents:

1. Call Governor Jerry Brown. California residents are strongly encouraged to call Governor Jerry Brown immediately to request final passage of AB 351.

***Call Jerry Brown’s office: (916) 445-2841

Secondary means of contacting the Governor:
Fax (916) 558-3160
Email him via his website.
Tweet @JerryBrownGov using hashtag #AB351

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