Bastard Nation-Michigan Open Access Partnership Resolution
PO. Box 9959 | Spokane, WA 99209 | Phone 614-641-0294
To: Michigan Open Access
- Marcy Portney
- Mona DiVitto Brant
From: Marley Greiner, Executive Chair
Date: June 13, 2016
RE: Partnership agreement between Bastard Nation and Michigan Open Access
Any political organization seeking to enact true open records legislation should be very clear with both their constituents and the legislators they work with about what the essential provisions of the proposed bill are. Any modification or deletion of the essential provisions of a bill should be immediate cause to have the bill killed.
Any political organization seeking the assistance of Bastard Nation to pass open records legislation must hold unconditional access by adult adoptees to the original record of their birth as an essential provision that cannot be modified or deleted. Read our Mission Statement.
Bastard Nation will not assist any political organization to pass open records legislation unless their governing board or other leadership
- passes a written resolution such as the following that commits the board to a strategy of no compromise on key provisions
- informs its constituents of this commitment and this strategy
- informs the sponsoring legislators of this commitment and this strategy.
WHEREAS we recognize that disclosure and contact vetoes, redactions, mandatory intermediaries and registry provisions are an affront to the dignity of adopted persons everywhere and a violation of their right to due process and equal treatment under the law,
WHEREAS there has been a demonstrable negative effect on the ability to pass unconditional open records in states that have passed veto legislation and/or any provisions that are less than unconditional access on demand by the adult adoptee,
WHEREAS our primary goal is to restore the right of adult adoptees everywhere to be treated as full citizens under the law,
WE HEREBY DECLARE that under no circumstances will we accept the addition of veto, redaction, intermediary, or registry provisions, or any conditional provisions to our legislation that would be less than unconditional access for adult adoptees to the original record of their birth. All legislative sponsors and members of this organization will be informed of our policy on this matter to ensure that the bill is pulled promptly in the event of such revisions.
By agreeing to this resolution we understand that Bastard Nation will support our efforts, politically and financially, to lobby for clean bills and to kill dirty bills.
We understand that failure of Michigan Open Access to follow any of these provisions will constitute a breach of our agreement and the withdrawal of all Bastard Nation political and financial support of Michigan Open Access.
Please indicate that you agree to these terms.
Mona DiVitto Brant
Marley Greiner, Bastard Nation, the Adoptee Rights Organization