Key provisions of the Patriot Act will sunset unless Congress renews them by the end of February. The Obama Administration is working with its allies in Congress to extend Bush Administration policies including National Security Letters , “sneak-and-peak”, and warrantless wiretapping. The House is planning a vote on Tuesday evening. There are three bills in the Senate and the Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up S.193 on Thursday.
Sounds like a good time for some activism!
In aid of which, we’ve got an organizing phone call and chat at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific time today. The goals are a shared understanding of situation and strategy, short-term planning for HR514 activism over the next 30 hours, and starting to prepare for the longer term battle.
The dialin number is 1-213-289-0500 passcode 869727, and there’s a chat room at the bottom of the thread. Here’s a draft agenda (all times Eastern) — feedback welcome
4:05 Legislative and activism landscape (Shahid and others)
4:15 Strategy (Jon and others)
4:30 Brainstorming and refining ideas
4:45 Next steps
5:00 POPVOX training for anybody who wants to stick around
Patriot Act renewal: Fortunately, there’s an app for that! has some background — and if you’re by a computer during the meeting, it has some useful links as well.
Please join us!
PS: Thanks to Harry for setting up CiL, to Jim and Patrick for the work on the Facebook event, and Mark for helping get the word out on myBO.
We’re having problems with the chat room … we’ll update in the comments once we have something working.