Day of Action, Close the Eye of Big Brother

As you are aware, VA NOW is not at all fond of the present surveillance practices and policies of Bush and Obama presidencies. While we are supportive of many of Obama’s policies, this is one we can’t abide. The Day We Fight Back Spy-pusis one of several organizations working to change this situation. VA NOW, as a progressive and feminist political and cultural organization, deplores these policies for many reasons (see our previous post here, click) but mostly because just knowing that you might be / are being watched chills both our imagination and our courage. Without the exercise of these two faculties (we call them freedom in this country) the future cannot be more affirming of human dignity and possibility than the past has been.

That long term effect is a by-product of surveillance, but it is a by-product that makes all those who enjoy the status quo very, very happy indeed. We are not happy with the status quo.  The following is from The Day We Fight Back, calling for actions online everywhere and in the streets in some cities on Feb. 11, 2014.

Fight back: join or plan an event.

This Tuesday, February 11th, thousands of websites are protesting online as part of the The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance.

But they’re also going to be protesting on the streets.

Events are planned in cities worldwide, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Copenhagen, Stockholm and more.

Find an event near you:

View our comprehensive list of events to see if there’s one near you. If there is, join up and take part.

Or plan one now:

If there are no events in your city, now is the time to organize one. Check out ourguide to hosting an event, and plan one locally.

Email us back and let us know if you’re planning an event and we’ll list it on the site.

And add the banner to your site now:

If you have a website and haven’t added the code to your site yet, now is the time. The banner code is live on our website, grab it and add it to your site.

We also have a special version of the banner that pushes people to call over email – the single most effective political action most people can make. Find that code here.

Together, we can tell governments around the world that mass surveillance is unacceptable.

The Day We Fight Back team.

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