Old City Hall steps are well-lighted and easily visible to anyone who walks
by and wants to join the GA. On this last meeting of 2011, plans for MLK
day and a march for universal health care were discussed. There was concern
expressed that the National Defense Authoraization Act (then being debated
in Congress) would enable the President of the U.S. to declare anyone a
terrorist suspect and subject to indefinite detention without charge or
trial. This seemed ominous for citizens objecting to U.S. policies. The
Authorization Act was signed December 31, 2011.