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Monday, May 19, 2003
      ( 11:11 AM )
Why Does Arcata, California Hate America?

This is beautiful. Long live the small towns of America who have no fear. Arcata, California, in the heart of the beautiful Redwood country, has passed a city ordinance making it a criminal act to comply with the Patriot Act.

Starting this month, a new city ordinance
would impose a fine of $57 on any city
department head who voluntarily complies
with investigations or arrests under the aegis
of the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism bill
passed after September 11

An entire town voting to commit civil disobediance against a law that at its very core is unconstitutional is very heartening. While it's obvious that this small town can't make a huge impact, the symbolism of this act is not only very important, but highly relevant for people who continue to take whatever avenue is open to them to protest the federal government's insistence that it must eradicate our civil rights in order to give us a false sense of security.

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