Veterans for Peace and the Green Party of Humboldt County filed an
amicus brief as "friends of the court" to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals on Wednesday in defense of the Arcata and Eureka youth
The brief was submitted in support of last week's filing of an appeal
from the cities of Eureka and Arcata, according to a press release.
The Youth Protection Act was passed by both cities to prevent the
military recruitment of minors within city limits. In district court,
the acts were determined to be unconstitutional.
An amicus brief can be filed in support of legal appeals on behalf of
organizations that can demonstrate they have an interest in the case.
The Veterans for Peace, Chapter 56, stated it has an interest in the
case because its members have direct experience with military service
and are involved locally with counter-recruiting efforts.
The Green Party of Humboldt County stated its interest is based on
the Green key values of grassroots democracy, social justice,
nonviolence and responsibility, which are a main component to the
Youth Protection Act, according to the press release.
A hearing date for the appeal has yet to be set.