Special Alert 21

The Multiracial Activist Newsletter
Special Alert 21 – May 20, 2005

The Multiracial Activist Newsletter is an informational digest of news, events, new websites and other information of interest to the biracial/multiracial individuals, interracial couples/families and the transracial adoptee community. Published irregularly, with special alerts as news items warrant. The Multiracial Activist Newsletter is registered with the Library of Congress, Washington, DC – ISSN: 1522-6905. Past newsletters and alerts are archived at https://www.multiracial.com/newsletter.html

Special Alert 21
May 20, 2005
Editor, James A. Landrith, Jr.
email: editor@multiracial.com

Hiding Things From The People Is Un-American

ALEXANDRIA, V.A. — The Multiracial Activist participated in an important joint comment letter regarding preservation of the Freedom of Information Act. On May 19, more than forty privacy, human rights and civil liberties organizations from all parts of the political spectrum participated in a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security including the ACLU, Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights, Center for National Security Studies, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and the NAACP.

The letter is available here:


Highlighting the importance of the FOIA, previously The Multiracial Activist participated in a joint lawsuit (with several of the 41 groups below) against the Department of Justice with regard to its illegal refusal to grant Freedom of Information Act requests on long-term detainees who have been held without charge in violation of U.S. law and Constitutional restraints.

Information on the prior lawsuit is available here:


See the email below from Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center for more information on this topic.

Yours in Struggle,

James A. Landrith, Jr.
Editor & Publisher,
The Multiracial Activist
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—–Original Message—–
From: Marc Rotenberg
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2005 10:49 AM
Subject: [IDOF] 41 Groups Urge Homeland Security to Respect Privacy Act

Dear Friends,

Comments were filed this week with the Department of Homeland Security, on behalf of more than forty organizations, urging the agency to respect
Privacy Act regulations. The organizations that signed-on are listed below. The comments are available at:

On a related issue, EPIC will host an event on Monday, June 6 in Washington, DC to explore next steps on REAL ID. We hope many organizations will be able
to participate. More information is available at http://epic.org/events/id/

Marc Rotenberg


Privacy Office

Docket No. DHS-2005-0029
Notice of proposed rulemaking:
Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions:
The Homeland Security Operations Center Database

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association of Law Libraries
American Civil Liberties Union
American Library Association
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
Association of Corporate Travel Executives
Association of Research Libraries
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Center for Democracy and Technology
Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Center for National Security Studies
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
Consumer Action
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Cyber Privacy Project
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Fairfax County Privacy Council
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Government Accountability Project
Japanese American Citizens League
The Multiracial Activist
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People Washington Bureau
National Consumers League
National Council of La Raza
National Immigration Law Center
People For the American Way
Privacy Journal
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Rights Now
Privacy Times
The Rutherford Institute
Special Library Association
U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation
U.S. Bill of Rights Institute
World Organization for Human Rights USA
World Privacy Forum

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