The Houston Free Thinkers Stand Against Internet Censorship

(Houston Free Thinkers)

NOTE: This from early 2012, Thanks to everyone who stood with us!


Houston Stands Against Internet Censorship

The Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced on October 26th, 2011 as an effort to curb online piracy. As soon as the bill was introduced civil liberties groups from around the nation began to publicly condemn the bill for its broad measures and its implications for internet freedom. Essentially the bill would be the first step to regulating and controlling the free flow of information on the internet.

After massive protests, both online and offline, including blackouts of several large companies' websites, the bill lost massive support and was officially dropped by Sen. Lamar Smith, author of the bill. Millions are now celebrating this momentary victory, but the fight is far from over. Even now new legislation is being crafted to regulate the internet. Even more dubious is the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), an international treaty aimed at protecting intellectual property rights that will have massive repercussions for the United States and the other countries who have already signed on.

To stand against ACTA, SOPA, PIPA, and any future censorship legislation the Houston Free Thinkers are taking to the streets to march and pass out information on the bills. WE must stand together as a city, state and nation against any legislation that would seek to limit the open internet.

We will be meeting up at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Shepherd and Memorial and then proceed to Senator John Cornyn's office (5300 Memorial Drive Suite 980) at around 9 a.m. til 11 a.m. It should be noted that Mr. Cornyn was one of the earliest opponents of SOPA and we wish to express to him our hope that he will stand against any further related bills.

After rallying at John Cornyn's office we will reconvene at 2:30 at Tranquility Park downtown. From this point we will march to Senator Hutchison's office (1919 Smith Street Suite 800) to let her know we do not approve of internet censorship.

The internet has revolutionized the way we connect to each other as a city, and as people of the world. It has helped toppled governments, and allow for instant upload of video documentation of many crimes and celebrations. It allows for an unprecedented flow of information and connections to be established. Without this free flow of information governments and criminals around the world would go freely with no record of any wrong doing. We can not claim to be the Land of the Free while simultaneously working to control our own people. Please stand with us.


More Info:

SOPA and PIPA Shelved But Is ACTA Unstoppable?

Sen. Wyden Challenges ACTA Constitutionality Again

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