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.
Posted 08:18 EST on November 7, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2014
Evan Greer, 978-852-6457
Net neutrality protests sweep the U.S. after FCC leaks “hybrid” proposal that fails to protect free speech
Hundreds of Internet users - holding their lit up cell phones and laptops aloft in protest - joined more than 30 demonstrations across the U.S. on Thursday night. They took to the streets in an outpouring of anger over reports that the Federal Communications Committee is planning to push a “hybrid” net neutrality proposal that opens the door for cable company censorship and abuse.
More than 100 people gathered in front of the White House in Washington, DC with light-up signs reading “SAVE THE INTERNET,” chanting “Hey hey! Ho ho! Tom Wheeler has got to go.” Crowds turned out in dozens of other cities as well including Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Anchorage, AK; Chicago, IL; and New York, NY.
See photos from the protests here: http://imgur.com/a/WD42O
See a short video from the White House protest here: http://youtu.be/gpaU7OnJDxE
“Internet users are outraged that President Obama and his FCC appointee are choosing to ignore the voices of millions of people who have called for strong net neutrality rules that protect free speech and are instead pushing a sham proposal that fails to protect our rights,” said Evan Greer, Campaign Director of Fight for the Future, “These protests are just the beginning. I’ve never seen people turn out like this on such short notice. The President and the FCC should take warning: hell hath no fury like the Internet scorned.”
The #InternetEmergency rapid-response protests were organized with just a few days notice by Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press, and PopularResistance.org, advocacy groups that played a pivotal role in the massive Internet Slowdown online protest last month that mobilized more than 40,000 websites and sent more than 700,000 comments to the FCC and 300,000 phone calls to Congress in support of Title II reclassification.
The protests were inspired in part by massive demonstrations that swept Hungary after the government their proposed an Internet Tax, where protesters held up their cell phones as a sign of protest. For the #InternetEmergency protests, Fight for the Future took the tactic a step further by creating ProtestSign.org, a website that allows anyone to turn their phone, laptop, or tablet into a net neutrality protest sign.
Posted 15:11 EST on November 6, 2014
Dozens of Fight for the Future members, people just like you, are hosting #InternetEmergency protests tonight across the U.S. Here’s a quick guide for how to do it right!
Thanks so much for being a host! Here’s some quick and simple tips & instructions for tonight’s protest!
First, the easy stuff:
- be ready to say something to welcome folks.
- the east coast is rainy right now. bring umbrellas :)
- the hashtag for the event is #InternetEmergency
- make sure you are prepared to take photos and send them to us (reply all to this message with photos or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
- read the crowd and decide how long you want to stay. 1 hour would be great!
- if there’s something obvious to do after, invite people. make it social.
On photos (because it’s really, really important):
1) Make sure you have a smartphone with a good camera ready for taking pictures. Since it’s important for us to get photos out to media in a rapid way, the phone is the most important thing. It’s also wonderful to have high quality photos taken on a point-and-shoot or an SLR. If you don’t have a smartphone (which is heroic, btw) invite a friend who has one!
2) Get as many people as possible to load protestsign.org on their phones, tablets, and laptops. Post this URL to the Facebook group too, so people with laptops can load it beforehand! You can swipe up/down for different colors, and left/right for different text.
3) Take a few group photos of everyone. Think about the best way to show the group, while including something iconic in the background (a logo, a sign, a landmark capitol building, etc). Don’t be far away. Fill the frame with people and faces, trying to capture the spirit and diversity of your group. Try to capture the “Save the Internet” or “#EmergencyProtest” text on phones or laptops in the photo. Then email your group photos to email@example.com so we can pick the best ones and circulate to press.
4) Once you get a group photo, get people to do individual pictures holding their phone with protestsign.org loaded. They can hold the phone at the camera, or hold it above their head, whatever works well for you. You can post photos to #InternetEmergency but also ask people to email their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main thing: make sure you and individuals post and email the photos to us right after they take them, so we can quickly circulate to press.
Beyond that, I’ve included some talking points below, and some articles that are helpful for talking about where the FCC is at.
I’ll be hosting a protest in my hometown of Worcester, MA tonight as well. So I’ll be following these instructions myself! Can’t wait to see all of this come together :)
–Holmes Wilson & the whole Fight for the Future team.
* We’re just outraged by last week’s WSJ leak. Nearly 4 million Americans and thousands of tech companies have come forward against paid prioritization and what does Tom Wheeler come up with? Paid Prioritization.
* In the history of the FCC there hasn’t been a single issue that got this much public outcry– and the FCC does the exact opposite of what the public’s asking for.
*But now the tides are turning, and we’re winning huge victories in Congress and the White House on net neutrality - it’s time for the FCC to make the right decision and enact real net neutrality.
*Tom Wheeler, the FCC chairman, is now stalling against enacting strong open Internet rules. No more delays, no more compromises, we need real net neutrality now!
These articles have more detail, as does battleforthenet.com: