Stop Censorship!! Stop the SOPA/PIPA bills!
Hi everyone. I am compelled to blog about something today because I feel it is very important. If you’ve known me for even a small amount of time, you’ll have likely learned that I don’t usually get involved in politics. But, I am now because there’s something going on in U.S. politics right now that I need to make sure you know about and understand, because it affects us all.
On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.
The website, Strike Against SOPA has encouraged us to take action! What kind of action? Read on!
On January 18th, 2012 the internet is going on strike to stop the web censorship bills in Congress! Now is our moment— we need you to do everything you can, whether you have a website or not.
Well, I have a website (more than one in fact) and I’m choosing to take this action! For this reason, my blog will be inactive tomorrow. I will somehow figure out a way to ‘black out’ my blog or show that I’m participating. I won’t be accepting comments tomorrow (so make them today if you’re inclined!). I’m a new blogger and one little person, but it is my right to express myself in this moment on this issue. I value that right!
Both blogs that I keep are WordPress blogs. I love wordpress and when I saw that they were joining in on this cause, along with a slew of others, (<–scroll down this page to see!!) it confirmed my conviction to take action.
You can TAKE ACTION TOO!
On Jan 10th WordPress made an announcement about this issue with which I agree completely. They said it so well, I encourage you to read it. Highlights quoted from within their announcement are:
- In the U.S. our legal system maintains that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that people are innocent until proven guilty. This tenet seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the web if these bills pass, as companies could shut down sites based on accusation alone.
- Laws are not like lines of PHP; they are not easily reverted if someone wakes up and realizes there is a better way to do things. We should not be so quick to codify something this far-reaching.
- The people writing these laws are not the people writing the independent web, and they are not out to protect it. We have to stand up for it ourselves.
Blogging is a form of activism. You can be an agent of change. Some people will tell you that taking action is useless, that online petitions, phone calls to representatives, and other actions won’t change a single mind, especially one that’s been convinced of something by lobbyist dollars. To those people, I repeat the words of Margaret Mead:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Please watch this video to learn more (by Fight for the Future).