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Special Bulletin Also refer to the Doctor's Editorial On FREE SPEECH and the INTERNET Fellow I-Salers: We need to take a stand *now*. Please read the following and, if you agree, do everything in your power to be heard. John Audette
Received from INTERNET SALES GROUPinternetemail@example.comTake Action NOW
There's important stuff brewing in Washington, along the lines of
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help you". There are many powerful interests, both business and government, that feel (correctly) threatened by the growth of the Internet. As we all know, the 'Net is truly a "Power to the People" medium. As an aging child of the 60's, I have enough idealism left to feel strongly about keeping the 'Net out of the hands of the government. And I think this decency issue is simply a Trojan Horse that is being used to begin the process of government control of the 'Net.
Also refer to the Doctor's Editorial On FREE SPEECH and the INTERNET
We need to take a stand *now*. Please read the following and, if you agree, do everything in your power to be heard.
On Tuesday December 12, 1995,
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Internet Day of Protest: Tuesday December 12, 1995
What You Must Do On Tuesday December 12, 1995
List of Participating Organizations
Where Can I Learn More?
INTERNET DAY OF PROTEST: TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1995
Outrageous proposals to censor the Internet demand that the InternetCommunity take swift and immediate action. We must stand up and letCongress know that we will not tolerate their attempts to destroy thismedium! Please join hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens in aNational Day of Protest on Tuesday December 12, 1995.
As you know, on Wednesday December 6, 1995, the House ConferenceCommittee on Telecommunications Reform voted to impose far reaching andunconstitutional "indecency" restrictions on the Internet and otherinteractive media, including large commercial online services (such asAmerica Online, Compuserve, and Prodigy) and smaller Internet ServiceProviders such as Panix, the Well, Echo, and Mindvox.On Tuesday December 12, the organizations below are urging you to join us in a NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST. The goal is to flood key members of the House and Senate with phone calls, faxes and email with the message that the Internet community WILL NOT TOLERATE Congressional attempts to destroy the Internet, limit our freedoms and trample on our rights.
These restrictions threaten the very existence of the Internet andinteractive media as a viable medium for free expression, education,commerce. If enacted, the Internet as we know it will never be thesame.
Libraries will not be able to put any books online that mightoffend a child somewhere. No "Catcher in the Rye" or "Ulysses" on the net.Internet Service Providers could face criminal penalties for allowingchildren to subscribe to their Internet Services, forcing many smallcompanies to simply refuse to sell their services to anyone under 18. Worstof all, everything you say and publish on the net will have to be "dumbeddown" to that which is acceptable to a child.
As Internet users, we simply must not allow this assault against theInternet and our most basic freedoms to go unchallenged.
Below are the phone, fax, and email address of several key members ofCongress on this issue and instructions on what you can do to join theNational Day of Protest to save the Net.
WHAT YOU MUST DO ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1995
1. Throughout the day Tuesday December 12, please contact as many members of Congress on the list below as you can. If you are only able to make one call, contact House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Finally, if the Senator or Representative from your state is on the list below, be sure to contact him or her also.
2. Urge each Member of Congress to "stop the madness". Tell them that they are about to pass legislation that will destroy the Internet as an educational and commercial medium. If you are at a loss for words, try the following sample communique:
Sample phone call:
Both the House and Senate bills designed to protect children from objectionable material on the Internet will actually destroy the Internet as an medium for education, commerce, and political discourse. There are other, less restrictive ways to address this issue.
I urge you to oppose both measures being proposed in the conference committee. This is an important election issue to me.
Sample letter (fax or email):
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The Senate conferees are considering ways to protect children from inappropriate material on the Internet. A vote for either the House or Senate proposals will result in the destruction of the Internet as a viable medium for free expression, education, commerce. Libraries will not be able to put their entire book collections online. Everyday people like me will risk massive fines and prison sentences for public discussions someone s somewhere might consider "indecent".
There are other, less restrictive ways to protect children from objectionable material online. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ELECTION ISSUE TO ME.
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3. If you're in San Francisco, or near enough to get there, go to the Rally Against Censorship from Ground Zero of the Digital Revolution:
WHEN: Monday, December 11, 1995 12:00 - 1:00 PM
WHERE: South Park, San Francisco.
SPEAKERS: To be announced
BRING: Attention-grabbing posters, signs, and banners that demonstrate your committment to free speech and expression, and your feelings about Congress.
FOR UPDATED INFORMATION (including rain info):
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4. Mail a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you did your part. Although you will not receive a reply due to the number of anticipated responses, we'll be counting up the number of people that participated in the day of protest.P ST Name and Address Phone Fax
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R AK Stevens, Ted 1-202-224-3004 1-202-224-1044
R AZ McCain, John 1-202-224-2235 1-602-952-8702
D HI Inouye, Daniel K. 1-202-224-3934 1-202-224-6747
R KS Dole, Robert 1-202-224-6521 1-202-228-1245
D KY Ford, Wendell H. 1-202-224-4343 1-202-224-0046
R MS Lott, Trent 1-202-224-6253 1-202-224-2262
R MT Burns, Conrad R. 1-202-224-2644 1-202-224-8594
D NE Exon, J. J. 1-202-224-4224 1-202-224-5213
D SC Hollings, Ernest F. 1-202-224-6121 1-202-224-4293
R SD Pressler, Larry 1-202-224-5842 1-202-224-1259
R WA Gorton, Slade 1-202-224-3441 1-202-224-9393
D WV Rockefeller, John D. 1-202-224-6472 n.a.
Dist ST Name, Address, and Party Phone Fax-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
6 GA Gingrich, Newt (R) 1-202-225-4501 1-202-225-4656
2428 RHOB email@example.com
14 MI Conyers Jr., John (D) 1-202-225-5126 1-202-225-0072
2426 RHOB firstname.lastname@example.org
1 CO Schroeder, Patricia (D) 1-202-225-4431 1-202-225-5842
18 TX Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D) 1-202-225-3816 1-202-225-3317
6 TN Gordon, Bart (D) 1-202-225-4231 1-202-225-6887
4. Forward this alert to all of your wired friends.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
At this moment, there are several organizations with WWW sites that nowhave, or will have, information about the net censorship legislation and the National Day Of Protest:American Civil Liberties Union ftp://ftp.aclu.org/aclu/LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
Center for Democracy and Technology http://www.cdt.org/
Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/
Electronic Privacy Information Center http://www.epic.org/
Wired Magazine http://www.hotwired.com/special/indecent/
Voters Telecommunications Watch http://www.vtw.org/
In order to use the net more effectively, several organizations havejoined forces on a single Congressional net campaign to stop theCommunications Decency Act.American Civil Liberties Union * American Communication Association *(Note: All 'Electronic Frontier' organizations are independent entities, not EFF chapters or divisions.)
American Council for the Arts * Arts & Technology Society * Associationof Alternative Newsweeklies * biancaTroll productions * BostonCoalition for Freedom of Expression * Californians Against CensorshipTogether * Center For Democracy And Technology * Centre for DemocraticCommunications * Center for Public Representation * Citizen's Voice -New Zealand * Cloud 9 Internet *Computer Communicators Association *Computel Network Services * Computer Professionals for SocialResponsibility * Cross Connection * Cyber-Rights Campaign * CyberQueerLounge * Dorsai Embassy * Dutch Digital Citizens' Movement * ECHOCommunications Group, Inc. * Electronic Frontier Canada * ElectronicFrontier Foundation * Electronic Frontier Foundation - Austin *Electronic Frontiers Australia * Electronic Frontiers Houston *Electronic Frontiers New Hampshire * Electronic Privacy InformationCenter * Feminists For Free Expression * First Amendment Teach-In *Florida Coalition Against Censorship * FranceCom, Inc. Web AdvertisingServices * Friendly Anti-Censorship Taskforce for Students * HandsOff! The Net * Inland Book Company * Inner Circle Technologies, Inc. *Inst. for Global Communications * Internet On-Ramp, Inc. * InternetUsers Consortium * Joint Artists' and Music Promotions Political ActionCommittee * The Libertarian Party * Marijuana Policy Project *Metropolitan Data Networks Ltd. * MindVox * MN Grassroots Party *Multimedia Marketing Group * National Bicycle Greenway * National >Campaignfor Freedom of Expression * National Coalition Against Censorship * NationalGay and Lesbian Task Force * National Public Telecomputing Network *National Writers Union * Oregon Coast RISC * Panix Public Access Internet *People for the American Way * Republican Liberty Caucus * Rock OutCensorship * Society for Electronic Access * SoCoOL ... Sonoma County ONLINE * The Thing International BBSNetwork * The WELL * Voters Telecommunications Watch
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