Protest Internet Censorship Bills, Tues 12/12/95 (fwd)
Tue, 12 Dec 1995 07:03:20 +1000
Interesting to follow US actions on censorship.
>Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 15:25:08 -0600
>Reply-To: "Dale E. Heltzer" <dheltzer@SPARC.ISL.NET>
>Sender: Computer Use by and for the Blind <BLIND-L@UAFSYSB.UARK.EDU>
>From: "Dale E. Heltzer" <dheltzer@SPARC.ISL.NET>
>Subject: ALERT - Protest Internet Censorship Bills, Tues 12/12/95 (fwd)
>Comments: To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>To: Multiple recipients of list BLIND-L <BLIND-L@UAFSYSB.UARK.EDU>
>-------- Forwarded message --------
>Date: Sat, 9 Dec 1995 19:07:36 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: ALERT - Protest Internet Censorship Bills, Tues 12/12/95
>To subscribers of CDT's policy-posts:
>CDT has joined forces with the ACLU, EFF, EPIC, and the Voters
>Telecommunications Watch (VTW), and other free speech groups to
>organize a National Day of Protest on Tuesday December 12, 1995
>against Congressional attempts to censor the Internet.
>We hope you will join us and hundreds of thousands of your fellow
>net.citizens in this effort.
>Congress is expected to cast a final vote on this issue next week.
>The fate of the Internet as a viable medium for free expression,
>education, and commerce hangs in the balance.
>Please take a moment to read the attached alert and get ready to
>flood Capitol Hill with phone calls, faxes, and email messages
>on Tuesday. Please also forward this alert to all of your wired
>Together we *can* make a difference.
> CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE NET CENSORSHIP LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS
> On Tuesday December 12, 1995, Join With Hundreds of Thousands
> Of Your Fellow Internet Users In
> A NATIONAL INTERNET DAY OF PROTEST
> PLEASE WIDELY REDISTRIBUTE THIS DOCUMENT WITH THIS BANNER INTACT
> REDISTRIBUTE ONLY UNTIL December 20, 1995
> Internet Day of Protest: Tuesday December 12, 1995
> What You Must Do On Tuesday December 12, 1995
> List of Participating Organizations
> Where Can I Learn More?
>INTERNET DAY OF PROTEST: TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1995
>Outrageous proposals to censor the Internet demand that the Internet
>Community take swift and immediate action. We must stand up and let
>Congress know that we will not tolerate their attempts to destroy this
>medium! Please join hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens in a
>National Day of Protest on Tuesday December 12, 1995.
>As you know, on Wednesday December 6, 1995, the House Conference
>Committee on Telecommunications Reform voted to impose far reaching and
>unconstitutional "indecency" restrictions on the Internet and other
>interactive media, including large commercial online services (such as
>America Online, Compuserve, and Prodigy) and smaller Internet Service
>Providers such as Panix, the Well, Echo, and Mindvox.
>These restrictions threaten the very existence of the Internet and
>interactive media as a viable medium for free expression, education,
>commerce. If enacted, the Internet as we know it will never be the
>Libraries will not be able to put any books online that might
>offend a child somewhere. No "Catcher in the Rye" or "Ulysses" on the net.
>Internet Service Providers could face criminal penalties for allowing
>children to subscribe to their Internet Services, forcing many small
>companies to simply refuse to sell their services to anyone under 18. Worst
>of all, everything you say and publish on the net will have to be "dumbed
>down" to that which is acceptable to a child.
>As Internet users, we simply must not allow this assault against the
>Internet and our most basic freedoms to go unchallenged.
>On Tuesday December 12, the organizations below are urging you to
>join us in a NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST. The goal is to flood key members of
>the House and Senate with phone calls, faxes and email with the message
>that the Internet community WILL NOT TOLERATE Congressional attempts to
>destroy the Internet, limit our freedoms and trample on our rights.
>Below are the phone, fax, and email address of several key members of
>Congress on this issue and instructions on what you can do to join the
>National Day of Protest to save the Net.
>WHAT YOU MUST DO ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1995
>1. Throughout the day Tuesday December 12, please contact as many
> members of Congress on the list below as you can. If you are only
> able to make one call, contact House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Finally,
> if the Senator or Representative from your state is on the list
> below, be sure to contact him or her also.
>2. Urge each Member of Congress to "stop the madness". Tell them that
> they are about to pass legislation that will destroy the Internet as
> an educational and commercial medium. If you are at a loss for
> words, try the following sample communique:
> Sample phone call:
> Both the House and Senate bills designed to protect children
> from objectionable material on the Internet will actually
> destroy the Internet as an medium for education, commerce, and
> political discourse. There are other, less restrictive ways to
> address this issue.
> I urge you to oppose both measures being proposed in the
> conference committee. This is an important election issue to
> Sample letter (fax or email):
> The Senate conferees are considering ways to protect children
> from inappropriate material on the Internet. A vote for either
> the House or Senate proposals will result in the destruction of
> the Internet as a viable medium for free expression, education,
> commerce. Libraries will not be able to put their entire book
> collections online. Everyday people like me will risk massive
> fines and prison sentences for public discussions someone s
> somewhere might consider "indecent".
> There are other, less restrictive ways to protect children from
> objectionable material online. This is an important election
> issue to me.
>3. If you're in San Francisco, or near enough to get there, go to
> the Rally Against Censorship from Ground Zero of the Digital Revolution:
> WHEN: Monday, December 11, 1995 12:00 - 1:00 PM
> WHERE: South Park (between 2nd and 3rd, Bryant and Brannon) San Francisco.
> SPEAKERS: To be announced
> BRING: Attention-grabbing posters, signs, and banners that demonstrate
> your committment to free speech and expression, and your feelings
> about Congress.
> FOR UPDATED INFORMATION (including rain info):
>### THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT ###
>4. Mail a note to email@example.com to let us know you did your part.
> Although you will not receive a reply due to the number of
> anticipated responses, we'll be counting up the number of people that
> participated in the day of protest.
> P ST Name and Address Phone Fax
> = == ======================== ============== ==============
> R AK Stevens, Ted 1-202-224-3004 1-202-224-1044
> R AZ McCain, John 1-202-224-2235 1-602-952-8702
> D HI Inouye, Daniel K. 1-202-224-3934 1-202-224-6747
> R KS Dole, Robert 1-202-224-6521 1-202-228-1245
> D KY Ford, Wendell H. 1-202-224-4343 1-202-224-0046
> R MS Lott, Trent 1-202-224-6253 1-202-224-2262
> R MT Burns, Conrad R. 1-202-224-2644 1-202-224-8594
> D NE Exon, J. J. 1-202-224-4224 1-202-224-5213
> D SC Hollings, Ernest F. 1-202-224-6121 1-202-224-4293
> R SD Pressler, Larry 1-202-224-5842 1-202-224-1259
> R WA Gorton, Slade 1-202-224-3441 1-202-224-9393
> D WV Rockefeller, John D. 1-202-224-6472 n.a.
> Dist ST Name, Address, and Party Phone Fax
> ==== == ======================== ============== ==============
> 6 GA Gingrich, Newt (R) 1-202-225-4501 1-202-225-4656
> 2428 RHOB firstname.lastname@example.org
> 14 MI Conyers Jr., John (D) 1-202-225-5126 1-202-225-0072
> 2426 RHOB email@example.com
> 1 CO Schroeder, Patricia (D) 1-202-225-4431 1-202-225-5842
> 2307 RHOB
> 18 TX Jackson-Lee, Sheila (D) 1-202-225-3816 1-202-225-3317
> 1520 LHOB
> 6 TN Gordon, Bart (D) 1-202-225-4231 1-202-225-6887
> 2201 RHOB
>4. Forward this alert to all of your wired friends.
>WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
>At this moment, there are several organizations with WWW sites that now
>have, or will have, information about the net censorship legislation and
>the National Day Of Protest:
>American Civil Liberties Union (ftp://ftp.aclu.org/aclu/)
>Center for Democracy and Technology (http://www.cdt.org/)
>Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org/)
>Electronic Privacy Information Center (http://www.epic.org/)
>Wired Magazine (http://www.hotwired.com/special/indecent/)
>Voters Telecommunications Watch (http://www.vtw.org/)
>LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
>In order to use the net more effectively, several organizations have
>joined forces on a single Congressional net campaign to stop the
>Communications Decency Act.
>American Civil Liberties Union * American Communication Association *
>American Council for the Arts * Arts & Technology Society * Association
>of Alternative Newsweeklies * biancaTroll productions * Boston
>Coalition for Freedom of Expression * Californians Against Censorship
>Together * Center For Democracy And Technology * Centre for Democratic
>Communications * Center for Public Representation * Citizen's Voice -
>New Zealand * Cloud 9 Internet *Computer Communicators Association *
>Computel Network Services * Computer Professionals for Social
>Responsibility * Cross Connection * Cyber-Rights Campaign * CyberQueer
>Lounge * Dorsai Embassy * Dutch Digital Citizens' Movement * ECHO
>Communications Group, Inc. * Electronic Frontier Canada * Electronic
>Frontier Foundation * Electronic Frontier Foundation - Austin *
>Electronic Frontiers Australia * Electronic Frontiers Houston *
>Electronic Frontiers New Hampshire * Electronic Privacy Information
>Center * Feminists For Free Expression * First Amendment Teach-In *
>Florida Coalition Against Censorship * FranceCom, Inc. Web Advertising
>Services * Friendly Anti-Censorship Taskforce for Students * Hands
>Off! The Net * Inland Book Company * Inner Circle Technologies, Inc. *
>Inst. for Global Communications * Internet On-Ramp, Inc. * Internet
>Users Consortium * Joint Artists' and Music Promotions Political Action
>Committee * The Libertarian Party * Marijuana Policy Project *
>Metropolitan Data Networks Ltd. * MindVox * MN Grassroots Party *
>National Bicycle Greenway * National Campaign for Freedom of Expression
>* National Coalition Against Censorship * National Gay and Lesbian Task
>Force * National Public Telecomputing Network * National Writers Union
>* Oregon Coast RISC * Panix Public Access Internet * People for the
>American Way * Republican Liberty Caucus * Rock Out Censorship *
>Society for Electronic Access * The Thing International BBS Network *
>The WELL * Voters Telecommunications Watch
>(Note: All 'Electronic Frontier' organizations are independent entities,
> not EFF chapters or divisions.)
> End Alert