Posted 09:41 EST on November 14, 2014
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November 14th, 2014
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Net neutrality supporters throw kickin’ Party at the FCC
More than 100 people danced, chanted, and partied outside FCC headquarters in Washington, DC calling for Title II reclassification without delay. Protesters turned out for “cell phone vigils” more than a dozen other U.S. cities.
WASHINGTON – Dozens of Internet users converged outside FCC headquarters in SW Washington, DC last night for a high energy protest dance party, dubbed “Party at the FCC.” Net neutrality supporters waved signs reading “Save the Internet!” and “Reclassify now!” while boogying down to a live DJ, eating pizza, and chanting “Party at the FCC! Party at the FCC!”
See a short video of the party here.
See gorgeous photos from Party at the FCC here.
The protest dance party was organized by Fight for the Future, Popular Resistance, Demand Progress, and with support from a wide range of netroots organizations. In addition to the action in Washington, DC, Internet users rallied at “cell phone vigils” in more than a dozen other cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Protesters held their phones aloft displaying ProtestSign.org, a website that allows anyone to turn their phone, tablet, or laptop into a net neutrality protest sign.
“The Internet freedom movement has a lot to celebrate,” said Holmes Wilson, co-founder of Fight for the Future, who attended the dance party, “We’re closer than ever to winning real Title II net neutrality that will protect free speech on the Internet for generations to come. We deserve to party, but we chose to party on the FCC’s doorstep so that they know we are watching closely, and we’ll consider any delay on their part as a stalling tactics designed to benefit the telecoms at the expense of the public.”
Net neutrality activists are pushing for the FCC to listen to the growing public consensus for Title II reclassification, and plan to continue escalating actions calling for the FCC to enact new rules without delay.
For updates, follow @fightfortheftr on twitter and visit https://battleforthenet.com
See some photos below. More photos available soon. These photos are available for use by press (Joe Newman photos: CC NC SA).
View more photos at http://imgur.com/a/jZEOn
Posted 15:20 EST on November 12, 2014
November 12th, 2014
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Evan Greer, Fight for the Future, 978-852-6457
Kevin Huang, Fight for the Future, 510-648-5048
Net neutrality activists escalate campaign, call for dance party at FCC headquarters and nationwide protests demanding full Title II reclassification without delay
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, November 13th, net neutrality activists are hosting “Party at the FCC”, a protest dance party outside the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, with satellite protests in cities across the country. Buoyed by President Obama’s recent statement for real net neutrality and the 30 nationwide protests across the country last week, activists are demanding that the FCC move swiftly and not delay enacting strong net neutrality rules that protect Internet users from censorship and discrimination.
See an updated map and list of protests planned here: https://battleforthenet.com
See the Facebook event and flyer for #PartyAtTheFCC here: https://www.facebook.com/events/763654790367190
WHAT: #PartyAtTheFCC: Outdoor dance party at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC and nationwide solidarity protests calling for the FCC to enact net neutrality without delay
WHEN: November 13th, 2014, 6PM local time
WHERE: 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554; And other cities including:
New York City, New York
Santa Monica, California
WHY: To demand that the FCC stop stalling on rules that ban discriminatory “fastlanes” and listen to the 4 million Americans and thousands of businesses who’ve called for real net neutrality through Title II reclassification.
WHO: The protests are supported by Fight for the Future, PopularResistance.org, Free Press, Demand Progress, and several other grassroots organizations in collaboration with millions of online supporters.
BACKGROUND: Nearly 4 million Americans (alongside companies like Reddit, Tumblr, Netflix, and Google) have spoken out against discriminatory fast lanes and for real net neutrality. September’s #InternetSlowdown protest rallied over 40,000 websites and drove 312,000 calls to Congress and more than 700,000 comments to the FCC. This week, President Obama declared strong support for Title II reclassification, a statement that has been called for by Internet users for months. This recent success speaks to Internet users ability to organize for net neutrality over the past year, including several mass online actions, as well as the Occupy the FCC encampment, during which demonstrators camped outside the FCC for 10 days.
Fight for the Future works to excite the Internet to fight for the public good, our basic rights and freedoms. Founded in 2011, we’re known for effective, viral organizing and mass engagement through the distributed organizing platforms we’ve built, including the SOPA protests in the winter of 2011-2012 and the Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Posted 14:53 EST on November 12, 2014
Party at the FCC on Thursday Nov 13th! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/763654790367190/
Find a protest near you: https://battleforthenet.com
We just scored a huge victory for net neutrality, so we’re throwing a kickin’ dance party to celebrate the power of the free and open web. But we’re throwing it right on the FCC’s doorstep to keep the pressure on so they know we want real net neutrality without delay!
Can you join us for a party at the FCC? Click here to learn more!
WHAT: Party at the FCC to Save the Internet! No compromise! No delay!
WHEN: Thursday, November 13th, 6pm - 9pm
WHERE: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St NW, DC
FUN: Live DJ spinning dance jams for net neutrality! Free pizza and coffee!
BRING: Cell phones & tablets with ProtestSign.org loaded. Glowsticks, beach balls, party props, Internet-meme based costumes. Get creative!
Can you make it or help spread the word? Click here!
We’re closer than ever before to beating back Team Cable’s attack on Internet freedom protecting the Internet for generations to come.
Let’s party for our right to Internet freedom!
Posted 10:15 EST on November 10, 2014
-Fight for the Future
P.S. Can’t make it to the party on Thursday? That’s cool. Can you tell your friends by sharing on Facebook and Twitter?
President Obama just made the strongest statement of his political career for net neutrality. Here’s a response from Fight for the Future co-director Holmes Wilson:
“Thanks to the second largest online protest in history, nearly 4 million comments, White House & FCC phone lines ringing off the hook, and even nationwide street protests, President Obama finally gets it, and can say so.”
“He sees why net neutrality matters so much to the world’s future. He gets why Americans are furious at the prospect of cable companies controlling what we read, watch, and build online. He knows how important it is that smartphone users be treated equally. And he understands in policy terms that Title II reclassification–far from being a radical step–is simply a recognition of how essential the Internet has become, to all of us.”
“One thing that worries us is the insistence that the FCC is an independent agency,” said Wilson, “At this point it should be unthinkable that Tom Wheeler would defy both the American public *and* the President, but we hope President Obama is prepared to demote him if he doesn’t move forward in good faith with Title II reclassification.”
This very morning, net neutrality protesters held a banner blocking the driveway at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s house, and he had to take the metro or a cab to work. Slowlanes, indeed.
Posted 07:41 EST on November 10, 2014
Whoah! We just heard about this. Activists from PopularResistance.org organized one of the first ever acts of civil disobedience for net neutrality this morning when they blockaded corrupt FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s driveway just as he was getting into his car.
Check out Popular Resistance’s press release below, and follow them @PopResistance on twitter for breaking action updates.
Original link: https://www.popularresistance.org/breaking-net-neutrality-activists-blockade-fcc-chairman-tom-wheelers-house/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kevin Zeese 301-996-6520
Margaret Flowers 410-591-0892
Net Neutrality Advocates Blockade FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Georgetown Home
Demand Full Reclassification under Title II, No Hybrid Plan
Advocates for net neutrality who oppose the tiered Internet proposed by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, blockaded his driveway this morning, Monday, November 10, 2014, just as the Chairman was getting into his car. Six people participated in the blockade with a large banner that read “Save the Internet.” They also held signs demanding that Wheeler listen to the people. They chanted “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Tom Wheeler has got to go” and sang “Which side are you on Tom? Are you with the people or with the Telecoms?”
The protest, which kicked off at 6:55am, is organized by PopularResistance.org, the same group that Occupied the FCC from May 7 to May 15. They are demanding that Wheeler drop plans to advance so-called “hybrid” rules that fail to protect free speech, and fully reclassify the Internet as a common carrier under Title II.
“We’re blockading Tom Wheeler’s driveway because he’s made it clear that when he goes to work, he’s not working for the public, he’s working for Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, the companies that used to pay his salary when he was a lobbyist for the Cable industry,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance, “The future of the Internet is a life or death matter for marginalized people all over the world. We cannot in good conscience allow this corrupt official to carry on with business as usual.”
“The Internet is an essential tool in all of our lives for many reasons such as the growing citizen’s media, information sharing and access to goods and services. All people must have equal access to content without discrimination. Wealthy corporations should not get faster Internet delivery service than start-ups and citizens’ groups. ” said Margaret Flowers, MD, co-director of Popular Resistance.
Zeese added “The FCC received a record number of comments, with more than 3.7 million responding to the rulemaking proceeding on the future of the Internet; 99% of those comments favored net neutrality and reclassification. How dare Chairman Wheeler ignore the overwhelming majority of the people in favor of corporations like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. Tom Wheeler is playing with fire. We will be escalating our protests if he continues down the path of ignoring the people. If Wheeler is unable to fulfill President Obama’s promise to protect net neutrality, then he should resign or be removed from office.”
Wheeler served as the top lobbyist for Internet corporations before becoming chair of the FCC. “This is a crisis of democracy. The people have clearly spoken and Wheeler is supposed to represent the public interest, not the interests of Comcast and Verizon. It is time for him to listen to the public and reclassify the Internet as a common carrier so it can be regulated like a public utility,” added Flowers.
Popular Resistance is urging people to join them at a Vigil to Save the Internet tonight, November 10th, at Tom Wheeler’s Georgetown home. Journalists or activists interested in attending should contact Margaret Flowers or Kevin Zeese at the numbers above. Following successful nationwide protests last week, the group is also working with other net neutrality advocates to hold a Dance Party to Save the Internet at the White House on Thursday evening, November 13th, at 6 PM in Lafayette Park.