Thousands join weekend DC rally demanding “Stop Watching Us!”

October 28, 2013

A report back on Saturday’s great rally here in the DC area.

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

On a beautiful fall afternoon, demonstrators from around the country marched to within shouting distance of the Capitol to demand that the U.S. government “Stop Watching Us.”

Many MCCRC activists, supporters, and friends were there, too, of course, and several provided some great answers to the question what should come next after the rally.  As the march began, we were also fortunate to talk briefly with Naomi Wolf and get her response as well.

Below is a playlist leading with a video of those responses; the background also gives a sense of the high energy and good spirits of a well-organized, well-attended march and rally.

[click the “PLAYLIST” button to choose other videos in this playlist; for sharper video, click the ‘gear’ icon after starting the video, and select the “HD” option]

Rallygoers marched from Columbus Circle in front of Union Station, to the Capitol Reflecting Pool, following a short…

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Thank Edward Snowden – by acting on these NSA-related bills!

October 12, 2013

Note especially Rep. Rush Holt’s Surveillance State Repeal Act, H.R.2818, which flatly repeals the ‘PATRIOT’ and FISA Amendment Acts.

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition

The revelations by Edward Snowden have stunned the public — and they’ve even stunned Congress, so that a raft of bills have been sponsored addressing various aspects of the NSA scandal.

We’ve identified some of the best ones below — and link them to POPVOX email tools you can use to send letters of support (or opposition) to your Representative and Senators:

While we give our “elevator pitch” for the bills at the links above, you can also learn more about any of these bills at our “NSA legislative overview” post (updated frequently), including the bill’s language and legislative status, its main features, and who likes the bill and why.

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