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Our Own Agenda :: Constitution

A YES! Take on What Americans Want
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President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. “Ten Policies for a Better America” shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.

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  • Fully restore habeas corpus for all people in U.S. custody.

  • Protect our right to privacy and freedom from warrantless search and seizure.

  • Keep the internet free of corporate and government censorship and obstruction. Protect “net neutrality.”

  • Restore the balance of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

70%
Support restoring habeas corpus rights for detainees at Guantanamo.

58%
Believe a court warrant should be required to listen to the telephone calls of people in the U.S.

59%
Would like the next president to do more to protect civil liberties.

68%
Believe the president should not act alone to fight terrorism without the checks and balances of the courts or Congress.




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YES Archive buttonPutting Citizens in Charge of Democracy

Local and state governments are well ahead of the federal government on protecting access to the internet, election reform, and protecting individual rights.
YES! Magazine #43, Stand Up to Corporate Power

YES Archive buttonMaine Leads on Net Neutrality

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YES! Magazine #43, Stand Up to Corporate Power

YES Archive buttonThe (Re)Claiming of Democracy

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80% SUPPORT RESTORING HABEAS CORPUS RIGHTS FOR DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO. ::
Belden Russonello & Stewart polled 800 likely presidential election voters nationally, including 279 Democrats, 275 Republicans, and 184 Independents, for the ACLU from August 21, through September 9, 2007. The margin of sampling error for the survey is ±3.5 percentage points.
www.aclu.org/pdfs/national_polling_20071004.pdf [page 2]

59% WOULD LIKE THE NEXT PRESIDENT TO DO MORE TO PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES. ::
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www.aclu.org/pdfs/national_polling_20071004.pdf [page 4]

59% WOULD LIKE THE NEXT PRESIDENT TO DO MORE TO PROTECT CIVIL LIBERTIES. ::
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www.aclu.org/pdfs/national_polling_20071004.pdf [page 4]

58% BELIEVE A COURT WARRANT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO LISTEN TO THE TELEPHONE CALLS OF PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ::
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www.aclu.org/pdfs/national_polling_20071004.pdf [page 2]

68% BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT ACT ALONE TO FIGHT TERRORISM WITHOUT THE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE COURTS OR CONGRESS. ::
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www.aclu.org/pdfs/national_polling_20071004.pdf [page 5]



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Sarah van Gelder wrote this article as part of Purple America, the Fall 2008 issue of YES! Magazine. Research by Noah Grant. Sarah is executive editor and Noah is editorial assistant at YES! Magazine.Photos of Sarah van Gelder and Noah Grant
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