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If You're Outraged, Skip the E-Mails and Phone Calls and Come to D.C. Oct. 15-17

TO: Fellow Activists

FROM: Susan Goering, Executive Director, ACLU of Maryland

Dear Fellow Activists:

This Oct. 15-17, DON'T send e-mails, write letters or make phone calls to lawmakers to tell them what you think about this administration's flagrant abuses of power.

Instead, tell them what you think in person.

Descend on Capitol Hill along with other concerned—make that outraged—citizens as part of the ACLU's membership conference, and tell lawmakers that you're sick and tired of seeing America taken over by a power-mad administration; that you don't believe our core values should include secret surveillance of Americans, illegal detainment, and torture; and that you refuse to let the rule of law be trampled.

The "Stop the Abuse of Power: Stand Up for Freedom" conference will draw ACLU members and supporters from around the country to D.C., where we'll not only lobby Congress to protect our civil liberties, but also: The conference begins Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4:45 p.m. and ends Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To register, go to Sign up before Oct. 9 and pay just $375 for the entire conference, including all meals and programs. The rate for young leaders, ages 18 to 25, is just $65. Single-day rates are also available.

Despots may try to take power from the people, but as ACLU founder Roger Baldwin said, "So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy." Help us show our leaders the power of democracy and be a part of this historic event-because you are the person who can make a change in Washington.

Susan Goering

Subsidies are also available through the ACLU of Maryland. Email for more information.

Ms. Goering, Executive Director of ACLU of Maryland, may be reached at

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This story was published on October 4, 2006.