More than 25 registered voters in Lyme petitioned for the following article which appears as Article 28 on the 2017 Lyme Town Warrant.
Affirm Civil Rights in the Town of Lyme New Hampshire
To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following resolution:
The citizens of Lyme are concerned that some of the actions and stated intentions of President Donald J. Trump are a threat to basic civil rights and liberties we enjoy under the Constitution. We believe that respect for Constitutional rights is essential for the preservation of democratic society.
Our concerns are by example but not limited to the following:
- President Trump’s promise to establish a ban on Muslims entering the United States.
- His plan to constitute a so-called deportation force to deport all undocumented noncitizens.
- His advocating of profiling U.S. Muslims and Muslim communities as a counterterrorism tool and his promotion of the surveillance of mosques.
- His advocating the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture and suggesting that he would use torture for both punishment and interrogation.
- His assertion that doctors who perform abortions should be punished.
- His encouraging the violent removal of peaceful demonstrators from his political rallies.
With this Article we do not intend to inhibit or prevent the apprehension, trial, or conviction of anyone who has broken the law. We believe, however, that a threat to any one person’s Constitutional rights is a threat to the rights of us all.
WHEREAS the United States Constitution provides protection of the rights of religious worship; the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures; the right of the people not to be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against themselves; the right not to be subject to excessive bail or cruel and unusual punishment; and the right of any person within the jurisdiction of the U.S. the equal protection of its laws;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Lyme affirms the rights of all people–including United States citizens and citizens of other nations–within the Town in accordance with the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Lyme Town Meeting calls upon all Town officials and employees to respect the civil rights and liberties of all members of this community, including those who are citizens of other nations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Lyme Town Meeting calls upon all private citizens–including residents, employers, educators, and business owners–to demonstrate similar respect for civil rights and civil liberties, especially but not limited to conditions of employment and cooperation with investigations; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, to the extent legally possible, no Town employee or department shall officially assist or voluntarily cooperate with investigations, interrogations, or arrest procedures, public or clandestine, that are judged to be in violation of individuals’ civil rights or civil liberties as provided in the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town Clerk communicate this resolution to all Town departments, the General Court, the Governor and Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Congressional delegation, the United States Attorney General, and the President of the United States; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the provisions of this Resolution shall be severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this Resolution is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to the Constitution of the United States or of the State of New Hampshire or the applicability thereof to any agency, person, or circumstances is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this Resolution and the applicability thereof to any other agency, person or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.