August 21st, 2007 12:33 EST
Congress Counting Sheep
Dear Judyth Piazza,
We’ve had an overwhelming response to our “Congress as Sheep” ad and thanks to the thousands of you who contributed they’ll be running in Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid’s districts next week.
But we aren’t just out to create a stir. We intend to win by forcing a timid Congress to clean up the mess it made when it gave Bush sweeping new powers to spy on Americans and by demanding that they act now to disavow torture, restore habeas corpus, and shut down Guantanamo prison.
We need your help today to fund a massive push to demand that Congress restore our freedoms now.
We’ll use your support for an all out campaign to go to court, mobilize activists nationwide and continue to run ads.
Recently, ACLU lawyers took an unprecedented step by calling on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to release its legal opinions related to the NSA spying operation. And they, in turn, have ordered the Bush administration to respond to our demand.
The ACLU is also calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to stick to its guns and hold the White House and Justice Department in contempt if they keep refusing to produce documents related to the NSA spying controversy.
If the last 8 months have taught us anything, it’s that Congress will not act to restore our freedoms unless we force them to. That’s why our “Congress as Sheep” ads have to be the start of something bigger: an all-out ACLU campaign to make sure Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi aren’t leading a Congress that will fail freedom and to put all members of Congress on notice.
Let’s make Congress reverse the damage it has done and finally act with courage to stand up for freedom. Support the ACLU in demanding that Congress restores our freedom now.
With your support, the ACLU will keep pressing in the courts, in Congress and in the court of public opinion. Thank you for your support.
Anthony D. Romero