Thursday, January 19, 2012

Make our collective votes count!

I don't know if you already know this but the US Congress is about the pass a law that will censor access to information - in essence - a challenge to free speech. This is similar to what China and and Iran are doing and we are denouncing. It's time to do the same with the proposed bill from the US - pushed forward by multinational companies who want to protect their businesses. Websites such as Wikipedia had a 24 hour blackout to protest such sweeping legislation. Please read the background information about the English Wikipedia Blackout and the following letter - courtesy of our global voice AVAAZ and then sign the petition. Our collective voices can make a difference.

Dear friends,

Today could be the day we save the free Internet.

The US Congress was poised to pass a law allowing the US to censor access to any website around the world. But after we delivered our 1.25 million strong petition to the White House, it came out against the bill and with public pressure at boiling point even some bill backers are switching sides. Now, the Wikipedia led blackout protest has rocketed the public campaign to the top of the news.

We are turning the tide. But the dark forces of censorship are trying to revive the bill right now. Let’s bury it for good today. Click to sign this emergency petition to save the Internet now and if you've signed already, to email, call, Facebook, and tweet Congressional and corporate targets. Then send this to everyone: AVAAZ Internet Action - Petition

The bill would make the US one of the worst Internet censors in the world -- joining the ranks of countries like China and Iran. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) would allow the US government to block any of us from accessing sites like YouTube, Google, or Facebook.

We got the White House to switch sides and now our global campaign and the growing public pressure is forcing Congress to abandon the bill. Last weekend Senator Cardin, who cosponsored the legislation, announced he will vote against it! Then six prominent Republicans penned a letter requesting that the bill be shelved. Now the lower house vote is reportedly on ice.

Just days ago we were told it was impossible to stop the corporate censorship cabal, but now this is at a tipping point and amazingly we could win! Let’s stop the dark forces of censorship today. Sign this emergency petition to save the internet now and forward it to everyone:   AVAAZ Internet action - Petition
This US legislation could infringe on all of our freedoms. But if we win, we will show that when people unite with one voice from all over the world we can stop the abuse of power anywhere. We have brought this bill back from the brink. Now, if we amplify our voices today, we can put an end to the most powerful Internet censorship threat that the world has ever seen.

With hope,

Dalia, Ian, Alice, Ricken, Diego, David, and the Avaaz Team

If you have ever used Wikipedia or visited YouTube, then you should sign. And don't think you're immune from the US law if you live in Canada or another country. One voice may not count, but collectively, we have power to affect social change!

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