Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Day We Fight Back


First thing I have to say is: if you're not pissed off at the NSA, then you're not paying attention.

Second: I'm sick of feeling like I live in a dystopian novel come to life.

Third: I'm doing something about it. That's what that big banner is about down there. Want more info? Well, here's an excerpt of the press release from the people behind The Day We Fight Back:
"A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms will hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA's mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed 'The Day We Fight Back', the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur."
Fourth, and last: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. Don't take my word about the abuses of the NSA, do your own research. 90% of my readership are librarians, and you all know (or should know) that we are on the front lines of this fight. So call or email your legislators. Educate people about what's going on.

The thing is, you CAN fight city hall if there are enough people banded together. In the oft quoted words of Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 

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