In early June the Senate is planning to vote on a bill (Lieberman-Collins, CISPA's big brother) that would end meaningful online privacy. Our plan: we want to kill this bill like we killed SOPA.
We are Fight for the Future, a project of the Center for Rights, a non-profit organization with a mission to defend fundamental rights online. We were the central organizers behind the SOPA web blackout, American Censorship Day, and Free Bieber campaigns. We can help be a driving force to beat this latest legislative violation of online rights too.
We estimate that it will take $10,000 to fund this organizing effort. Fortunately, Bob Fertik of Democrats.com has graciously volunteered to kick in up to $5,000 in matching funds, so we just need to raise $5,000. Specifically, we need to fund two full-time organizers with web design and development help for two months. We have a great designer who can make flyers, infographics and other materials up to the minute as the campaign progresses. Make sure we don't run out of gas.
We're confident we can kill this bill as long as we have the resources to go all out over the next couple weeks. We will do the following:
[UPDATE 6/1: We've been moving ahead with all of the items listed below. Thousands of calls have been placed, meetings and Senate office drop-ins have happened, emails have been blasted to senators. We're in a great position for when the Senate returns next week. Please, if you can, help us reach our goal of $5,000 so we can secure all of the matching funds. Less than 40 hours to go. Thank You!]
- We will execute on a plan that can delay CISPA in the Senate, ensuring that it dies completely. We will organize people around the country to make thousands of calls to meet with their senators in their home states over the Memorial Day recess to talk about this bill. When senators know that their constituents care and are willing to come out on this, they take this with them to DC (we promise). Meeting with senators face-to-face is the single most effective thing we can do to affect how they vote or if they vote at all.
- We will have central organizing website with a checklist of the steps to help kill CISPA. (UPDATE: www.privacyisawesome.com)
- We will offer a call widget through Mobile Commons that connects people's phones to Senate district offices. This tool is expensive and will cost us $5,000.
- We will have an organizer on to help people plan and prepare for these meetings.
- We will create tools to remind people to call and give them what to say.
- We will pivot to showing up at their Memorial Day events, drop-in meetings and ad hoc gatherings if senators are too busy to meet with us.
- We are working with coalition partners to drive as many phone calls and meetings with Senators as possible.
- We will delay the Senate vote on Lieberman/Collins and score a win for internet freedom.
If the bill passes, all existing privacy laws would be nullified and companies would be encouraged to share all of your emails, texts, and chats with the government with full legal immunity. If you can help us fund this organizing, you'll be doing something huge to defend the internet as a free, open and protected space for doing awesome stuff.
Can your organization or website spread our call to action? Besides donating, one of the best ways you can help is to get the organizing site in front of as many people as possible.
Organizing is starting at privacyisawesome.com
Can you pledge to send the site to 50,000 people? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us so we can give you due credit.
Fight for the Future is a project of our 501(c)4 Center for Rights in Action. Your receipt will show Center for Rights in Action.
Thank you for helping to make this campaign happen!
Fight for the Future
Organizer at Fight for the Future