Dave Meserve lives and works in Arcata, California where he served as a city council member from 2002 to 2006, after running on the platform that “The federal government has gone stark, raving mad. Therefore, we must organize locally to protect our civil liberties, defend the Constitution, and build a sustainable community.”
In 2003, he successfully sponsored Arcata’s ordinance (a law, not a resolution) that forbids police and other city employees from cooperating with federal officials in enforcing unconstitutional portions of the USA PATRIOT Act.
As a council member, he also introduced and passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney and opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq. On a local level, he helped get solar panels on city hall and supported transportation alternatives to the single occupant automobile.
Since then, his work has emphasized the importance of building local resistance to all of the post-911 federal policies that violate constitutional and human rights at home and around the world.
Dave is a founding member of the Redwood Peace and Justice Center, an associate member of Veterans for Peace Chapter 56, and currently serves as co-chair of the Arcata Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and Peace Committee.
He is currently working on a ballot initiative ordinance that prohibits military recruiting of any person under the age of eighteen.
Dave earns his living as a home designer and builder, and his politics are driven by a belief that a just and sustainable world is possible. He wants to do his part to provide a peaceful and healthy future for his children, his grandchildren, and all those who will inherit whatever sort of earth we leave for them.