53 campus resolutions to protect civil liberties! To date, 53 student governments, faculty and university senates, and librarian associations on 44 U.S. college and university campuses have passed resolutions opposing antiterrorism legislation and policies that threaten civil liberties. Now it's time to organize on your campus!
Use our organizing tools, network with other campus activists, and let us know about your efforts. Email us at email@example.com with any questions, suggestions, or comments.
Organizing Tools and Resources
- BORDC's Campus Organizing Handbook
- Faculty and Administrator Resources
- Fliers and Speeches
- Sample Resolution and Clause Library
- Plays and Street Theater
This resources is specifically designed for student organizers seeeking to pass a student government resolution opposing provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. The handbook includes suggestions for passing a student government resolution, tips on working with faculty and staff, and the following resources:
- Sample Student Resolution
- Sample Press Release
- Sample Letters to the Editor
- Sample Petition
- Sample Outreach Letter
Download the handbook and feel free to distribute it.
Speeches and Papers
- The Patriot Act on Campus: Defending the university post–9/11, Jonathan R. Cole, Columbia University
- The Patriot Act and Academic Freedom, Cynthia Vroom, University of California
- The USA Patriot Act and Higher Education, Mark F. Smith, American Association of University Professors
- Higher Education Issues After The USA Patriot Act, David Lombard Harrison, The University of North Carolina
- The USA PATRIOT Act and the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act: Negatively Impacting Academic Institutions by Deterring Foreign Students From Studying in the United States, Adrian Arroyo, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
- USA Patriot Act: How to be Response Ready, Nicole Rivard, University Business
- IT departments must cope with Patriot Act, university CIO says, John Cox, Network World Fusion
- Explanation and Justification statement for the University of Utah Academic Senate's resolution.
- USA PATRIOT ACT Issues for Campuses: A guide to issues within the PATRIOT Act that directly affect campus life (PDF), Source: ACLU of Utah.
- Antiterrorism Legislation and Academic Freedom (PDF), Source: BORDC.
- IS YOUR CAMPUS SAFE and FREE? Questions You Should Ask of Your Campus Authorities, Source: ACLU.
- Flunk the War Machine Fact Sheet, Source: Student Peace Action Network.
- Speech given by Stacey Schlau, faculty, West Chester University, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2004.
Our clause library includes sample resolution clauses from other successfully passed student government resolutions. They are divided into preambular and operative clauses, and are organized by objective. We hope you will find this resource useful when formulating your own resolution.
- Guantánamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom,’ a play created from spoken evidence and letters from British detainees to their families. Learn more about the play and readings that are happening across the country.
- Café America, a short satirical play about the erosion of civil liberties. Read the script, or purchase a video or DVD of the Sarasota Alliance for Voter Education's performance.
- Guantánamo Bay's Camp Delta Reenactment. Learn about the reenactment put on by Cornell students to bring attention to the injustices surrounding Guantánamo Bay.
- A Fort Collins, Colorado group, Strength Through Peace, performed a remarkable piece of street theatre, starring George (Bush), Dick (Cheney) and Ken (Colorado Senator Salazar), which is available on video. The script for the street theatre (MS Word) may be used by student groups.