» Unreal

From Fight for the Future:

"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 yesterday: 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/

» Tell Senators: Oppose internet censorship!

From CREDO Action:

"The Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would end the internet as we know it.

If it passes, the “Protect IP Act” (and its companion bill in the House, “SOPA”) could put people in jail for uploading a video to YouTube, and would severely limit our right to free speech.

This legislation is so potentially damaging that today we are blacking out the CREDO Action website in protest and urging our website visitors to tell Congress to vote no on these bills.

CREDO’s joining our allies like MoveOn, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Knowledge as well as internet companies like Wikipedia, Mozilla, and Wordpress (among hundreds of other sites) in this national day of action against this legislation.

CREDO members have already made over 8,000 calls and sent over 40,000 petition signatures to the Senate, but we can’t let up now. On this national day of action, we need to make sure the Senate knows that we need them to protect the internet.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

There have been rumors that this legislation has been shelved. But those rumors aren’t true.

This legislation is still being rushed through Congress because big corporate interests like Comcast, Pfizer, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have spent millions of dollars lobbying for this censoring legislation.1

This legislation gives corporations and the government the ability to determine what information you can consume on the internet — a dangerous practice which, when committed by the Chinese and Iranian governments, is denounced by the American people and almost all of our elected representatives.

Internet companies including Google, Mozilla, Facebook, and Twitter, say that “the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites.”2

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

Right now, only a small number of Democratic senators are standing up to corporate interests and voicing opposition to the legislation. And the only way we can stop this outright attack on the free internet is to have more senators commit to vote against the legislation. No matter whether your senators are Republicans or Democrats, it is important that you urge them to take a stand for internet freedom.

We need your senators to come out in opposition to this bill and vote against internet censorship.

Tell your senators to protect our free and open internet and oppose the Protect IP Act. Click here to take action.

Thank you for taking a stand against internet censorship.

Ali Rozell, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1.”Five things to know about SOPA," The Washington Post, 11-16-2011.
2. “Mozilla Fights for the Internet’s Future," Mozilla Blog, 11-15-2011."



Internet Blackout of the Day: The Great Wikipedia Blackout of 2012 has begun.

Reddit, TwitPic, Mozilla, Mojang, and thousands of others will soon follow suit. The Internet is officially on strike! Why? Because the House and Senate are conspiring with the entertainment industry to break the Internet.

Make no mistake: SOPA has not been shelved. And a vote on PIPA is just around the corner. Luckily, hundreds of companies, charities, and notable individuals with strong moral character have joined forces to stop these dangerous Big Brother bills from moving forward.

The fight is far from over, but hopefully today’s blackout will help bring this important matter to the attention of folks who rely on the Internet for entertainment and education, but have so far remained oblivious to SOPA and PIPA and their harmful consequences.

Do your part. Take action. Stop SOPA and PIPA and put an end to threat of Internet censorship.


If you go to the English Wikipedia page and input your zip code, it will give you the contact information of your representatives.

Contact them.

(Source: thedailywhat)

» Wikipedia

From Demand Progress:

"Quick request:  Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the Internet censorship bills.  

It’d be huge news, jar rank-and-file Internet users out of complacency, and serve as a turning point in the effort to beat these bills.
Will you encourage Wikipedia to protest censorship by going dark?  Just click here.