One quotation that I always remember when thinking about the power of the people is from the Disney movie, Mulan. In that film, the Emperor says: “A single grain of rice can tip the scales.”. I have always been fasciated with that quotation and always believed it to be true. Each of us have a power to make a change. Even a single raindrop can cause ripples in a placid lake. What more when there is a downpour?
The same could be said with this victory that all protesters, including SnK, had won. In an unbelievable turn of events (because, let’s face it, it seemed so imminent that we would have to suck it up), the US Congress dropped SOPA and PIPA. The votes have been cancelled, marking this a victory for the fight for the future.
It seems surreal, but the largest online protest in history has–as FFtF stated–“fundamentally changed the game”. And we have been a part of that.
Here’s what the Fight for the Future group has to say about all of this:
On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday. See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did.
This was unprecedented. Your activism may have changed the way people fight for the public interest and basic rights forever.
The MPAA (the lobby for big movie studios which created these terrible bills) was shocked and seemingly humbled. “‘This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,’ MPAA Chairman and former Senator Chris Dodd told the New York Times. ‘[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.’”
“’This is altogether a new effect,’ Mr. Dodd said, comparing the online movement to the Arab Spring. He could not remember seeing ‘an effort that was moving with this degree of support change this dramatically’ in the last four decades, he added.”
Tweet with us, shout on the internet with us, let’s celebrate: Round of applause to the 13 million people who stood up – #PIPA and #SOPA are tabled 4 now. #13millionapplause
You can read the whole press release by heading to this link: https://fightfortheftr.
Congratulations to all of us!
Dream on; Fly on!