For Immediate Release
Thousands to Rally in DC Against Mass Surveillance on Patriot Act Anniversary 10/26
Petition signed by over 500,000 to be delivered to Congress this Saturday for surveillance law reform by StopWatching.Us coalition of 100+ organizations
WASHINGTON - As the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees plan upcoming hearings on U.S. surveillance programs and data collection, the StopWatching.Us coalition today announced that it will bring thousands to the nation’s capital to demand surveillance law reform. This mass action on Saturday, October 26, will bring together over 3,500 people to demand Congress investigate the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, institute needed reforms, and hold responsible parties accountable for misleading lawmakers and the American people. The StopWatching.Us petition signed by over 500,000 will be delivered during this historic rally for surveillance reform to coincide with the anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act.
PETITION FOR DELIVERY:https://optin.
VISUALS FOR RALLY: https://www.facebook.com/
RALLY WEBSITE: rally.stopwatching.us
WHAT: Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance
12pm - 12:30pm: Gathering and Pre-Rally at Columbus Circle
12:30 - 1:30pm: March to Capitol Hill Reflecting Pool
1:30pm - 3pm: Rally at Capitol Hill Reflecting Pool
- Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, US Air Force and Navy veteran, computer software expert, and whistleblower
- Governor Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate
- Dennis Kucinich, former Member of Congress and two time Presidential Candidate
- Bruce Schneier, security technologist and fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and author of 12 books, including “Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World”
- Naomi Wolf, author, critic, activist, and co-founder of The American Freedom Campaign
- Lt. Dan Choi, Iraq veteran who fought for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
- Rainey Reitman, activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Laura W. Murphy, director of the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union
- Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press
- Shahid Butler, executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
- Khalilah Barnes, Administrative Law Counsel at Electronic Privacy Information Center
- Kymone Freeman, director of the National Black LUV Fest
- YACHT, Los Angeles-based conceptual pop group
- Malachi Byrd, member of the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team
- Black Alley, DC-based “soul-garage” band
- Wafa Ben Hassine, writer and human rights advocate
- Not4Prophet, Hip Hop MC, political Punk Rocker, graffiti writer, and community organizer
The StopWatching.Us coalition, which The Atlantic Wire called “perhaps the most diverse collection of groups in the modern history of American politics,” is comprised of more than 100 organizations, companies, and public figures. Coalition members include Access, ACLU, Ben & Jerry’s, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Code Pink, Demand Progress, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), EFF, Fight for the Future, Free Press, FreedomWorks, Generation Opportunity, the Libertarian Party, Mozilla, Public Knowledge, reddit, Restore the Fourth, Students for Liberty, ThoughtWorks and Young Americans for Liberty.
More information about the rally is available on the StopWatching.Us coalition website, http://rally.stopwatching.us.
Mid-Year Campaign: Your Support is Needed Now.
Common Dreams is a small non-profit - Over 90% of the Common Dreams budget comes from reader support. No advertising; no paywalls: our content is free. But our costs are real. Common Dreams needs your help today! If you're a regular reader—or maybe a new one—and you haven't yet pitched in, could you make a contribution today? Because this is the truth: Readers, like you, keep us alive. Please make a donation now so we can continue to work for you.