Friday, October 4, 2013

Rally to protest mass surveillance, Saturday October 26

The heroic revelations made by whistleblower Edward Snowden have let the world know: The NSA is watching you and has undermined the fabric of the Internet. Its overreaching surveillance creates a climate of fear, chills free speech, and violates our basic human rights — your Fourth Amendment right to privacy.

But a movement is building to change all this.

The Libertarian Party was among the first groups to join a growing coalition of organizations operating under the umbrella Stop Watching Us, which aims to stop the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance of Americans.

The coalition will hold a rally in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26, 2013, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Thousands of people from across the political spectrum are expected to unite in Washington, D.C., to demand: Stop watching us.

Speakers at the rally will include 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson. A march before the rally, music, and other festivities are planned for the day.

Show your determination to stop government surveillance and come to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26.

Would you blow your whistle on kleptocrats? Do you have a news tip, firsthand account of political corruption, or reliable information about a government foul-up? Please send your scoop to Basil Venitis at for publication in

Stop Watching Us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. We came together in June 2013 to demand the U.S. Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA's spying programs. Go here to read our letter to U.S. Congress demanding accountability and reform.

Members of the Stop Watching Us coalition include:



  • 18MillionRising
  • Access
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Library Association
  • Americans for Job Security
  • Applied Research Center
  • Association for Progressive Communications
  • Association of Alternative Newsmedia
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • Big Bad Lab
  • Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • Bitcoin Foundation
  • Blog Action Day
  • Bradley Manning Support Network
  • Calyx Institute
  • Campaign for Liberty
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Center for Media Justice
  • Centro de Cultura Luiz Freire
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Consumer Watchdog
  • Courage to Resist
  • CREDO Action
  • Daily Kos
  • Defending Dissent
  • Demand Progress
  • Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
  • Digital Fourth
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Electronic Frontiers Australia
  • EngageMedia
  • Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA)
  • FIDH - Worldwide Movement for Human Rights
  • Fight for the Future
  • Firedoglake
  • Foundation for Innovation and Internet Freedom
  • Free Press
  • Free Software Foundation
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation
  • Freedom Works
  • Generation Justice
  • Generation Opportunity
  • Green Party of Rhode Island
  • Green Party of the United States
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Guardian Project
  • Icelandic Modern Media Initiative
  • Internet Archive
  • League of Technical Voters
  • Learning About Multimedia Project
  • Libertarian Party
  • Liberty Coalition
  • LibrarianShipwreck
  • Main Street Project
  • Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association
  • Media Alliance
  • Media Literacy Project
  • Media Mobilizing Project
  • Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition.
  • Mozilla
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Coalition Against Censorship
  • National Security Counselors
  • Occupy Wall Street NYC
  • Open Internet Tools Project
  • Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation
  • Participatory Politics Foundation
  • Partido PIRATA
  • PEN American Center
  • Pirate Party of Austria
  • PolitiHacks
  • Praxis Project
  • Presente
  • Privacy and Access Council of Canada
  • Privacy Camp
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Progressive Librarians Guild
  • Public Knowledge
  • R Street Institute
  • Reel Grrls
  • Restore America's Voice
  • RestoreTheFourth
  • RevolutionTruth
  • Rights Working Group
  • Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association
  • Tactical Tech
  • TechFreedom
  • Telecomix
  • Tenth Amendment Center
  • The Other 98%
  • Tor
  • Upwell
  • Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
  • WBAI Radio
  • Whistleblower Defense League
  • Women in Media & News
  • World Wide Web Foundation
  • Writers Guild of America, West
  • YourAnonNews
  • May First/People Link
  • US Pirate Party
  • Anonyops


Tim Berners-Lee
Inventor of the World Wide Web
Daniel Ellsberg
Whistleblower of the Pentagon Papers, Author
Gabriella Coleman
Author and academic
Glenn Greenwald
Journalist and lawyer
Ai Weiwei
Chinese artist and activist

Xeni Jardin
Journalist and founding partner of Boing Boing
Eli Pariser
Founder, Upworthy
Wil Wheaton
Alexis Ohanian
Founder, Reddit
Anil Dash
Entrepreneur, technologist and writer
  • Marvin Ammori
  • Jacob Appelbaum
  • John Bambenek
  • John Perry Barlow
  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • Britt Blaser
  • Geoff Brigham
  • Gabriella Coleman
  • John Cusack
  • Anjali Dalal
  • Anil Dash
  • Kimya Dawson
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • Sue Gardner
  • Rebecca Gates
  • Dan Gillmor
  • John Gilmore
  • Ben Huh
  • David Isenberg
  • Xeni Jardin
  • Birgitta Jónsdóttir
  • Sina Khanifar
  • Elizabeth Stark
  • Derek Khanna
  • Allison Kilkenny
  • Jamie Kilstein
  • Brian Knappenberger
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Amber Lyon
  • Rebecca Mackinnon
  • T.C. McCarthy
  • Eben Moglen
  • David Moore
  • Alexis Ohanian
  • Eli Pariser
  • Laura Poitras
  • Andrew Rasiej
  • Naval Ravikant
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Rebecca Solnit
  • Robert Swartz
  • Zephyr Teachout
  • Chad Stokes Urmston
  • Ai Weiwei
  • Wil Wheaton

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