Brandi Collins, ColorOfChange.org


Congress is trying to sneak a bill past the American public that would allow the warrantless surveillance of everyone’s phone and Internet use. But if enough people call them out, we can stop them.

Rep. John Lewis

Tell Congress: No Patriot Act, No USA Freedom Act

Take Action

 

Congress will vote to expand the government’s domestic surveillance authority, which can and will be used by law enforcement against Black communities.

Last week Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made clear why we must act to stop this legislation, “reading the FBI file on [the] SCLC & myself, I am more convinced than ever that we cannot allow government surveillance.” He and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are fighting back against the USA Freedom Act, and all efforts to renew the domestic spying provisions of the Patriot Act.1

Rep. Lewis and the CBC need our help to block this disastrous domestic spying bill. Will you add your voice to this fight?

Tell Congress: Oppose the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act.

After the events of 9/11, Congress rushed to pass the Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT Act), which gave the U.S government far reaching and unconstitutional powers to spy on American citizens. Disguised as a reform bill, the USA Freedom Act — an extension of the PATRIOT Act — grants greater abilities than ever for the government to spy on civil rights organizers, teachers, construction workers, fast food workers, you and me.2

This legislation has not “strengthened and united” our communities, instead it has made us all targets.

Since our inception, ColorOfChange has called for an end to racist practices by our government and corporations. Since 9/11, the PATRIOT Act has been used as an excuse to indiscriminately target, round up and incarcerate our Arab and Muslim brothers and sisters. There has also been a sharp increase in hate crimes against Black and brown folks who fit a certain profile. Let’s be clear — racial profiling in any form by our government is a danger to all of our communities, regardless of whether we ourselves are in the line of fire.

Tell Congress: Oppose the USA FREEDOM Act, which would reauthorize the PATRIOT Act. Click here to send a message to Congress.

Just last week a federal court ruled that the government’s domestic phone-spying program— known as Section 2153— under the PATRIOT Act is illegal.4

Now Congress is trying to pass a bill — the deceptively named USA Freedom Act — to create new legal loopholes to allow government agencies to continue their mass surveillance programs, while appearing on the surface to be a surveillance reform bill. Don’t be fooled. This bill is designed to appease the public while cementing the government’s surveillance authority for years to come.

We need to oppose this bill and all other methods by which Congress might extend Section 215.

Fortunately, we have a real chance to make sure that Section 215 is never again used to spy on innocent Americans. If we block the USA Freedom Act from passing in the Senate this week, this dangerous provision of the Patriot Act will expire on June 1st. Our community can make this happen. The bill only has the slimmest of majorities supporting final passage.5 If we all raise our voices and call on Congress we can stop it.

Tell Congress: Oppose the USA FREEDOM Act today.

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have already proven with the existing law that they will exploit every loophole they can find to spy on hundreds of millions of people who are suspected of no wrongdoing. This new law will create even more loopholes that will allow them to spy not just on our phone call data but our Skype, Google Hangout and Snapchat data. Pretty much all data related to our smartphone activity will be fair game to be spied on.6

Stopping this dragnet mass surveillance is not just about protecting our privacy from the government, but it’s a crucial racial justice issue.

To protect the civil liberties of Black and brown communities throughout the country, we need to tell Congress that we know that this bill is nothing more than a Trojan horse.

SEND CONGRESS A MESSAGE: We do not stand for mass surveillance in our communities.

Thanks and Peace,

–Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Dallas, Evan and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
May 21, 2015

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References

1. “Critics blast NSA phone records bill as ‘fake reform’,” Computerworld, 5-15-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4813?t=9&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

2. “Here’s What’s Wrong With the USA Freedom Act,” The Nation, 5-6-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4814?t=11&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

3. “Verizon forced to hand over telephone data – full court ruling,” The Guardian, 6-5-2013
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4815?t=13&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

4. “N.S.A. Collection of Bulk Call Data Is Ruled Illegal,” The New York Times, 5-8-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4816?t=15&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

5. “Patriot Act on life support,” The Hill, 5-17-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4817?t=17&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

6. “Congress’s Orwellian spying “reforms”: Why the government wants to outsource its surveillance to your Internet provider,” Salon, 4-30-2015
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/4818?t=19&akid=4382.1174326.LMEC_c

STOP … Cat dissections


Petitioning Harding Chater Preparatory High School

Tell This Oklahoma School To Stop Cruel Dissections On Cats And Other Animals

Petition by Debbie Bohling
Tulsa, Oklahoma
535
Supporters

Toxic Legacy …


girlPollution

http://toxiclegacy.northjersey.com/

I recommend checking out the Mann V Ford post and click on some of the links … the link above is a hidden gem of fierce documentation of corporate excessive use of and possibly the worse abuse of power …

Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org … bill o’reilly


We all know Bill O’Reilly has built a career by making false claims about parental violence and neglect, and it’s impact on Black families.

Yet, according to multiple reports, Bill should probably be worrying about his own family. Details of his incredibly nasty divorce from ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, have gone very public, including a bitter custody battle and allegations of physical abuse in front of his children. 1

The situation is particularly appalling considering O’Reilly’s track record of viciously attacking Black families. Even if the domestic violence allegations are proven false, O’Reilly’s divorce saga still reflects that O’Reilly is hypocritical in his analysis of unmarried Black families. In the past year alone, he has accused Black communities of allowing 9-year olds to do drugs2 and embracing pathological patterns of violence, and even claimed that “the reason there is so much violence and chaos in the Black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.”3

With such an influential platform, O’Reilly’s relentless attacks, biases, and harmful mistruths about Black families cannot be tolerated. Over the coming weeks we will be talking to advertisers about their continued sponsorship of The O’Reilly Factor; if they don’t respond, we will begin naming those advertisers publicly. We need to know you’ll stand with us.

Click here to let us know you’ll stand with us and demand advertisers drop O’Reilly once and for all.

Check out our original email below.

Thanks,

Rashad

Governor declares emergency drought in parts of Washington


Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency for three regions in Washington state, clearing the way for state officials to provide money and other relief to those experiencing drought hardships. – See more at: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/governor-declares-emergency-drought-parts-washingt/nkWdt/#sthash.XCxn3Jpb.us9uVt4m.dpufWordPressWADroughtMapvlcsnap-2015-03-13-16h01m25s229