Thursday, January 19, 2012
Do something different Zoe - call your Congressman about SOPA and PIPA
I got this email today. Please read.Yesterday was nuts, right?
Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators' websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.
You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.
The really crazy part? We might even win.
Approaching Monday's crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid "no" votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.
But don't trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don't understand why--so they're easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:
1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators' offices, until they vote "no" on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a "Call the Senate" link all next week.
2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators' district offices. We don't have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we're too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote "no" on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.
That's it for now. Be proud and stay on it!
--Holmes, Tiffiniy, and the whole Fight for the Future team.
P.S. Huge credit goes to participants in the 11/16 American Censorship Day protest: Mozilla, 4chan, BoingBoing, Tumblr, TGWTG, and thousands of others. That's what got this ball rolling! Reddit, both the community and the team behind it, you're amazing. And of course, thanks to the Wikimedians whose patient and inexorable pursuit of the right answer brought them to take world-changing action. Thanks to David S, David K, Cory D, and E Stark for bold action at critical times.
P.P.S. If you haven't already, show this video to as many people as you can. It works! http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/
Yesterday, I was chatting with one of my enlightened sex worker friends. 911 hurt us all by surprise, sub prime loans took off because we did not say NO to them. Now SOPA and PIPA is here to steal our freedom. Maybe... our voice power will stop this madness to take away our freedom on the Internet. If there is a small elite, rich, wealthy group moving our planet to a one world government who thinks we will be their slaves, think again. They think we're not powerful but their slaves. This is what they hope for. That we do not know our own power letting SOPA/PIPA happen. That collectively, we all THINK helpless and powerless. I think more of us are beginning to see and feel our powerful selves. It's the power we have inside ourselves that will stop SOPA and PIPA. Yesterday that happened. So stand up, call your senator next week. I'm doing just that. I've never call a congressman's office. Never.
I'm going out to the back yard and get myself a brat switch to show those rich elite who is boss! Laughing. Hi Buttercup, see you tomorrow morning.
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