Rainbow/Legaliaison Update 1/30/93
January 30, 1993
c/o P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038
URGENT -- URGENT -- URGENT -- URGENT -- URGENT -- URGENT
IGNORE ALL RUMORS THAT THE REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED!!!
To All Our Relations
THE GOOD NEWS: On January 22, 1993 Leon E. Panetta, director of
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), ordered that most
"regulations not yet published in the Federal Register," be returned for
approval of "a person appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the
The bad news: those Bush administration regulations -- including
a National Forest Service proposal to regulate public gatherings,
long guaranteed under the First Amendment, on land which has universally
been recognized as "public" since the beginning of this nation -- are
now under consideration by the Clinton administration.
As of January 28th the government was still acting like this
regulation is Top Secret. We've been unable to even determine the official
designation of the regulation. It should be referred to as: THE
PROPOSED NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE RULEMAKING TO RESTRICT PEACEABLE
ASSEMBLIES ON PUBLIC LANDS. They will know what you're talking
about. They also haven't been willing to tell us exactly what the
regulation says. Our concerns are ANY requirements for PERMITS, INSURANCE or
It is strongly suggested that NOW IS THE TIME for a flood of public
comment. If it comes now the comment can be directed toward the new
ONE: Familiarize yourself with the enclosed materials and generate
telephone calls. Lots and lots of them. Organize phone trees.
Call your friends, explain the basics to them. Tell them to make calls.
Tell them to tell their friends to make calls, and to call their
friends to have them make calls to the numbers below. It is our hope that
the sisters and brothers laboring in government don't understand what
they are doing. Educate yourself, educate the administration; ASK
TWO: ALSO write letters to the folks listed below. Tell your
friends to write letters. Tell them to tell their friends to write letters
(To insure that your voice is heard also send a copy of your letter to
Legaliaison at the above address). YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND A
PUBLIC HEARING. Note, At this time Legaliaison considers a
Congressional hearing premature and inappropriate, we specifically
suggest an administrative hearing.
Within the legal jurisdiction of the United States
Brothers and Sisters of the Belly Button,
We suggest writing & and calling each of the above. Phone calls
are important. Letters make a more lasting impression. If the
technology is available, faxes also seem like a great idea. The more public
opposition to RESTRICTING PEACEABLE ASSEMBLIES ON PUBLIC LANDS
these good folks receive, the more seriously they will consider whether
this is what they really want to do.
Theoretically, we will still have the opportunity to comment on
whatever regulation the government might finally publish in the Federal
Register. The point now is to convince the new administration not to publish
anything in the Federal Register, because, practically speaking, if
the new administration goes along with the old administration and
publishes this rulemaking in the Federal Register, that will mean -- almost
certainly -- the only recourse left is to defend the RIGHT OF
PEACEABLE ASSEMBLY ON PUBLIC LANDS in court.
Some folks might have more confidence in the judicial system than
others, and we hope the optimists are correct. Consider, however,
that if forced to a legal defense against the elimination of free
assembly under totalitarian regulations, the defenders will be opposing not
only the new administration, which will be promulgating the regulation,
but also the old administration, which initiated the regulation in the
first place, while arguing before courts that hold uncompassionate
opinions (see, e.g., Herrara v. Collins, decided by the Supreme Court,
January 25, 1993). Tough odds.
Thus, we conclude, it is imperative to ACT NOW!!!
In service to the Spirit of Understanding
Domestic Policy Advisor
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Secretary of Agriculture
ATT: Ron Blackley
14th & Independence SW 200-A
Washington, D.C. 20250
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