End Apathy . . . and Fight for the Future
Martin Niemöller (1892 to 1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for his famous quotation about the Nazis:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Please, take a look around. Notice that in the last decade, while too many of us spent too much time staring at our screens (Smartphones, Tablets and 4k Televisions) there has been a steadily increasing suppression of opposition which has allowed the 1% to game the American Democratic System, and partner with multi-billion-dollar, incumbent industries in order to gain control of our government.
Super PACs (Political Action Committees) and partisan think-tanks like the American Exhchange Council (ALEC) have co-opted the FCC and paid off our politicians so they could secure business-friendly legislation and regulations, making the 99% shoulder the burden. The evidence of this government takeover is abundantly clear in the 2017 Tax Bill: 72,000 words of PORK BARREL special favors and paybacks, which you can read here — a prelude to the coming cuts in Medicare and other support programs plan for 2018 — starting with cuts to Consumer Privacy, Wireline Lifeline, Broadband at 25 Mbps and Net Neutrality by the ALEC/Verizon/AT&T-controlled FCC Majority.
There is another way: Help these fine people Fight for the Future
Fight for the Future is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 whose mission is to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. We seek to expand the internet’s transformative power for good, to preserve and enhance its capacity to enrich and empower. We envision a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy.
Our goal — always — is to build tech-enhanced campaigns that resonate with millions of people, enabling them to consolidate their power and win historic changes thought to be impossible. In 2012 we organized the largest online protest in history, an internet-wide strike against web censorship which defeated the SOPA and PIPA bills. More recently, our Battle for the Net campaign drove nearly four million people to contact the FCC resulting in the game-changing passage of net neutrality rules (a “First Amendment” for the Internet). Here’s exactly how we did it. Our Reset the Net campaign organized around protecting the privacy of hundreds of million of internet users.
Our accomplishments are testament to the notion that with the right approach and creative activism, the public interest can prevail—even over some of the most entrenched political forces in the world. For more details on these and other accomplishments, check out a timeline of the events leading up to and immediately after the SOPA strike.
Take These Actions Today
1) Defend your own neighborhood from the unconstitutional onslaught of 4G/5G so-called “Small Cell” cell phone towers being installed in residential zones. Consider the strategies listed in this neighborhood survival guide.
2) Sign this petition:
3) Email everyone you know to do the same.
Californians Stood Up to Protect Their Rights.
SB 649 was opposed by over300 California Cities, a majority of California Counite and many government associations representing over 95% of the residentg sof California who knew that they were being taken for a ride. It was also opposed by the AARP and the Teamsters. It took the vision and courage of Governor Jerry Brown to VETO this horrible bill, and all local governments and their citizens in this Golden State thank him for his leadership and courage to buck the will of the Wireless industry!
10/15/17 Veto of CA SB.649
Govern Brown’s Veto Message included the following:
“I believe that the interest which localities have in managing the rights of way requires a more balanced solution than the one achieved in this bill.”
9/14/17 CA Senate Concurrence on CA SB.649
All time codes, below, are from the California Channel Video called 9/14/17 Senate Floor Session
9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 11:20 am (21 Ayes needed to pass)
- 1:19:00: Sen. Jackson — "File Item 167 on the First Supplemental File, Senate Bill 649"
- 1:19:15: Sen. Heuso — "SB 649 is back for Concurrence . . ."
- 1:21:21: Sen. Nielsen — "I rise in support . . ."
- 1:22:54: Sen. Anderson — question for the author re: local – jurisdiction/authority
- 1:26:29: Sen. Gaines — question for the author re: local jurisdiction/authority
- 1:31:01: Sen. Jackson — "Please call the roll."
- 1:32:15: 18 for vs. 22 against = 3 Noes + 19 Not Voting
- 1:32:23: Sen. Jackson — ‘Senator Hueso moves a call’
. . . other bills are considered for 2 1/2 hours
9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 3:00 pm (21 Ayes needed to pass)
- 4:02:56: Sen. Jackson: "Moving to File Item 167, Senator Hueso is requesting that we lift the call on File Item 167. Mr. Secretary, please call the absent members."
- 4:04:05 22 for vs. 18 against = 10 Noes + 8 Not Voting
- 4:04:10 Sen. Jackson: "The measure passes."
9/13/17 CA Assembly Vote on CA SB.649
All time codes, below, are from the California Channel Video called 9/13/17 (Post Recess) Assembly Floor Session
9/13/17 First SB.649 Vote, around 3:00 pm (41 Ayes needed to pass)
- 1:25:10: SB.649 Presentation
- 1:31:08: Open the roll call vote
. . . voting continues for 2 minutes, 16 seconds
- 1:33:24: 33 for vs. 46 against = 11 Noes + 35 Not Voting
- 1:33:25: Quirk asks to ‘move’ the vote (not let the vote finalize)
. . . other bills are considered for 45 minutes
9/13/17 Second SB.649 Vote, around 4:00 pm (41 Ayes needed to pass)
- 2:20:13: Quirk moves to bring SB.649 off of call
- 2:20:19: 31 for vs. 48 against
. . . voting continues for 42 seconds
- 2:21:01: 38 for vs. 41 against
- 2:21:02: 39 for vs. 40 against
- 2:21:06: 40 for vs. 39 against
- 2:21:08: 42 for vs. 37 against
- 2:21:08 Announcement: ‘The Clerk will close the rolls and tally the vote (the measure passes)’
- 2:21:09: Clerk announces the vote at 43 for vs. 36 against = 13 Noes + 23 Not Voting
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