So, I’m not feeling really good because I am having a hard time breathing. But I do feel good about being a part of the Fight for the Future’s online strike against SOPA and PIPA.
It had been a momentous occasion yesterday when a bunch of websites went “dark” in protest of the aforementioned Internet Bills that would be voted upon next week and I am proud that SnK had been a part of it and that I had been rigorously tweeting against the idiocy of the bill.
Even though January 18th is through, the battle for the death of SOPA and PIPA is still ongoing. As part of the campaign to stop them, I would like to share the letter sent by the Fight for the Future group:
Today was nuts, right?
Google launched a petition. Wikipedia voted to shut itself off. Senators’ websites went down just from the sheer surge of voters trying to write them. NYC and SF geeks had protests that packed city blocks.
You made history today: nothing like this has ever happened before. Tech companies and users teamed up. Tens of millions of people who make the internet what it is joined together to defend their freedoms. The free network defended itself. Whatever you call it, the bottom line is clear: from today forward, it will be much harder to mess up the internet.
The really crazy part? We might even win.
Approaching Monday’s crucial Senate vote there are now 35 Senators publicly opposing PIPA. Last week there were 5. And it just takes just 41 solid “no” votes to permanently stall PIPA (and SOPA) in the Senate. What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.
But don’t trust predictions. The forces behind SOPA & PIPA (mostly movie companies) can make small changes to these bills until they know they have the votes to pass. Members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, but they don’t understand why–so they’re easily duped by superficial changes. The Senate returns next week, and the next few days are critical. Here are two things to think about:
1. Plan on calling your Senator every day next week. Pick up the phone each morning and call your Senators’ offices, until they vote “no” on cloture. If your site participated today, consider running a “Call the Senate” link all next week.
2. Tomorrow, drop in at your Senators’ district offices. We don’t have a cool map widget to show you the offices nearest you (we’re too exhausted! any takers?). So do it the old fashioned way: use Google, or the phonebook to find the address, and just walk in, say you oppose PIPA, and urge the Senator to vote “no” on cloture. These drop-in visits make our spectacular online protests more tangible and credible.
That’s it for now. Be proud and stay on it!
So, there you have it. We’re still fighting a good fight; a fight that we can hopefully win. As I said in my tweets, the internet–the world wide web–should not belong to a single entity of power. It was created by the people for the people. The web belongs to all.
It would suck if SOPA and PIPA become laws. No longer would there be a YouTube; Facebook and Twitter–as well as a number of other social networking and microblogging sites–will be changed forever; Fan-Arts and Fan-Fictions would be no more; game, music, movie and TV reviews, as well as walkthroughs, guides, and everything in-between those would be forever non-existent, and those are just naming a few yet drastic changes to the internet and the web. IF that happens, it would be as the Mayans predicted–an end of the world, the world being the world wide web.
So, let’s keep up the fight.
Dream on; Fly on!