Thursday, June 27, 2013

America is in serious trouble. This July 4, save it.

America is in serious trouble. This July 4, save it.

America is in serious, serious trouble.

The Constitution says government can't spy on us-- not without suspicion. But now, thousands of government employees at the NSA and other agencies track our phones and read our emails. The government is dangerously trespassing on our rights -- free speech and freedom of association will never be the same.

This July 4, take a stand for the 4th Amendment.

The 4th Amendment is so simple and clear (read it). And this July 4th, people can see it everywhere-- on the sites they visit, on the profile pages of their friends, on billboards, and at events across the U.S. Do your part. Help America and its leaders remember the rights they stand for-- the rights they're supposed to protect.
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Declare your independence.

The recent revelations about the NSA's programs show that the U.S. government has been constantly tracking and monitoring the private communications of millions of Americans and people around the world. This July fourth we will take over the streets, the Internet and the airwaves to say:
Stop spying on us. The NSA's programs blatantly violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. Regardless of what FISA and the PATRIOT act say, that makes them illegal.
Delete all our data. A disturbing number of government employees have direct access to nearly everyone's private lives, threatening our democracy.
Never do this again. These revelations expose a government that has systematically violated our rights. It's time for dramatic political change, transparency, and accountability.

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Take to the streets to defend the Fourth Amendment.

The Restore the Fourth protests, organized initially on Reddit, are going to coincide with 4th of July celebrations. Bring friends with you, and spread the word. If you don't see one in your state, start one.
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Help put the Fourth Amendment on TV where politicians can't ignore it.

These protests are happening nationally, on the ground and now on the web too. What if we could put the Fourth Amendment on TV, where politicians and the NSA can't ignore it?
If everyone who takes action chips in a little bit, we can easily crowd-fund simple, 30 second TV ads in every major city in the country that will display a message with the text of the Fourth Amdendment and information about NSA spying.
The ads will just be an image. No sound, no advertising for a political group, just a message from the people to the government to remind them to uphold the Constitution. $25,000 will make it possible. Can you chip in?
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Join the Internet Defense League and display the 4th Amendment on your site on July 4th

The Internet Defense League is a network of websites that sound the alarm whenever there is a huge threat to or opportunity for the free and open Internet.
Click the button below join the Internet Defense League, and then install the IDL's "All Campaigns" code. We'll switch it on on the 4th of July and websites all over the world will display the Fourth Amendment and let their users take action against unwarranted government surveillance.
Click the button to sign up and we'll send you a code and instructions for how to display the Fourth Amendment action on your site on July 4th.
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Call for Freedom: 1-STOP-323-NSA

This handy phone number makes it easy for anyone to call their Congress members to demand a full investigation into NSA spying. An investigation like this could cause a huge headache for the NSA and could lead to big changes in their programs.
Share this number everywhere. 1-STOP-323-NSA.
Call and we will provide you with some talking points and then connect you directly with your representative. Put it on a protest sign, shout it from the stage, tweet it. Just get it out there and make the calls!
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Half a Million people have signed this letter to Congress. Will you?

The StopWatching.US coalition is made up of a massive array of organizations from across the political spectrum, companies like Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, and Reddit, celebrities like WWW creator Tim Berners Lee, John Cusack, Ai WeiWei, and over 500,000 other individuals who have signed a letter to Congress demanding answers about NSA spying.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

The photo that encapsulates Turkey’s protests and the severe police crackdown

The photo that encapsulates Turkey’s protests and the severe police crackdown

(REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
Protesters and police in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park last week. (REUTERS/Osman Orsal)
Turkey’s protest movement has ebbed and flowed dramatically over the past week, as has the government’s sometimes heavy-handed response, but this photo from last Tuesday, the second day of large-scale demonstration, remains an iconic and affecting symbol of the ongoing movement.
The photo was snapped by Reuters photographer Osman Orsal in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park, where the movement began with a peaceful sit-in protesting the government’s plan to turn the green space into a shopping mall. Police moved in to clear the square, deploying barricades, tear gas and pepper spray. These photos show the crackdown in action, with the young urbanite Turks who had gathered at the square – the sorts of people who would hold a sit-in to protect city green space – clearly surprised by the police’s severity.
But the protesters held their ground and have dug in over the last week, staying in the square despite an escalating police effort to dislodge them.
Orsal’s photo captures so much of the Taksim Gezi movement. The two young women in the frame are unveiled, like most Turkish women, and, like many young residents of cosmopolitan Istanbul, they present as more European than Middle Eastern. The woman in red, the focal point of the photo, looks like she just stepped out of her office.

Looking at this photo raises the immediate question: does it really take all of these heavily armored policemen just to pepper spray a young woman in a park? That, of course, is a smaller version of a question that last week’s protests raised for many Turks: why is the government responding to these protests with such overwhelming force? Or, even bigger than that, is the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was democratically elected, becoming a bit too authoritarian?
That last question, after all, is driving much of the movement’s underlying energy and the apparently fervent distrust of Erdogan and his government. This photo, then, isn’t just a portrayal of what’s happening in Turkey, but as a visible and viral demonstration of those dynamics it is part of the story itself.