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Demand Progress works to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, lobbying, and elections in the United States.

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Monday, April 08, 2013
Demand Progress, Internet Defense League Launch Week Of Action To Reform Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Demand Progress and the Internet Defense League (IDL) today launched a week of action to encourage reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The IDL is a formalized coalition of organizations and websites that came together to defeat SOPA last year. Participating organizations and sites will ask their users to contact Congress to express their support for reform of the CFAA and opposition to a recent proposal to expand and harshen that law.
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Monday, April 01, 2013
On Day Swartz Trial Would Have Begun, Demand Progress and Swartz's Partner Announce Week of Action Against Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Today, on the day that Aaron Swartz's trial was set to have begun, Demand Progress and Aaron Swartz's partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman announced that activists will engage in a week of action starting on Monday, April 8th. Swartz, who committed suicide on January 11, was being prosecuted for downloading too many academic articles from the journal cataloguing site JSTOR -- with decades in prison being held over his head. His trial was set to begin April 1.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Aaron Swartz’s Partner and Demand Progress Encourage Internet to Defeat Harsh New CFAA Proposal
Digital activists nationwide are lining up in opposition to the new draft proposal of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) being discussed by the House Judiciary Committee. In just a few hours, more than 20,000 people have taken to Demand Progress’ website below to pledge their opposition to the CFAA and urge their local representatives to oppose the bill. TAKE ACTION HERE: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/no_cfaa/
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
90,000 Urge Congress NOT to Co-Sponsor CISPA
In just 48 hours, more than 90,000 Demand Progress members have expressed their opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) which was introduced last week by Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Over the course of 2012, more than 200,000 Demand Progress members emailed or called Congress in opposition to a previous incarnation of CISPA and it's Senate counterpart.
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Thursday, February 07, 2013
11k Sign Petition On WhiteHouse.gov Demanding Obama Administration Fire US Attorney Steven Heymann Over Reckless Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz
In the aftermath of Aaron Swartz death, supporters of Aaron and advocates for common sense legal reform started two petitions on Whitehouse.gov, the official website of the White House. One was for Carmen Ortiz, Heymann's boss, to be fired. That petition has already surpassed the required 25,000 signature threshold, which means that the White House must respond to it publicly.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Demand Progress Commends House Oversight Committee's Call for DOJ Briefing About Aaron Swartz Prosecution
Demand Progress is praising the leadership of the House Oversight Committee -- Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) -- for demanding a briefing from the Department of Justice on the prosecution of Demand Progress co-founder Aaron Swartz. Their letter calling for such a briefing may be found here: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2013-01-28-DEI-EEC...
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Demand Progress Asks Followers to 'Demand Justice for Aaron Swartz'
In a letter to their army of supporters Demand Progress and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig expressed anger and frustration at the system that had their friend, Aaron Swartz, facing a 35-plus year prison sentence for downloading academic journal articles that were available to his network for free. The beloved Demand Progress founder and celebrated computer programmer, known for his pioneering work on such online staples as RSS and Reddit, took his life late last week.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013
“Torture is STILL Not OK”
“Do you think it's a coincidence that the same week that Zero Dark Thirty, a film glorying the CIA's use of torture, is rewarded with Oscar nominations, President Obama nominates a key figure from the Bush Administration's torture program?” Grassroots organizers, Demand Progress and CREDO, are putting that question to their army of followers this morning as they urge opposition to John Brennan’s nomination to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Internet Freedom Advocates Launch Campaign to Get Internet Freedom into Republican and Democratic Party Platforms
Today, Demand Progress is launching an action website and campaign for internet users to demand the Republican and Democratic Parties put a commitment to internet freedom in their respective party platforms at the upcoming conventions. The campaign will work in conjunction with supportive platform committee members of both parties and will include petitions to both parties. The action website and petition language can be seen here: http://voteforthenet.com/
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Hearing/Press Conf on Federal Lawsuit Seeking Injunction Against the Implementation of National Defense Authorization Act
At 9:00 AM this Thursday, March 29th at the Southern District of New York Federal Courthouse, multiple plaintiffs will testify in support of a worldwide lawsuit against the United States government over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, also known as the “Homeland Battlefield” law, permanently suspends due process and Habeas Corpus for persons accused by the federal government of being involved in hostilities against the United States, or being an “associated force” of terrorists.
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