The ACLU is working with the American Friends Service Committee, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and community volunteers to pass a Northampton ordinance called "Preserving Our Civil Rights," focusing on local law enforcement practices with these provisions:
- protection of groups and individuals participating in First Amendment-protected activities from surveillance and infiltration by police;
- barring the City of Northampton and its employees from participating in federal and local law enforcement programs relating to federal immigration law enforcement;
- creating new individualized suspicion requirements that prohibit profiling according to race, religion, or national origin; and
- increased reporting of law enforcement encounter-related demographic information, including police perceptions of possible suspects, language barriers, ethnicity, age, as well as ultimate criminal charges brought against suspects.
For more information on the Northampton Preserving Our Civil Rights Ordinance, go to: www.preservingcivilrights.org.