This Sunday Is 1984 Day: Go Out And Protest Unconstitutional Surveillance

from the big-brother-says-so dept

Back on July 4th, there were the very successful Restore the 4th rallies around the country. In the month since then, public opinion has increasingly moved towards rejecting the federal government's support for a surveillance state, and it's increasingly clear that Congress is going to put limits on the surveillance campaign as well. But a big part of why that shift is happening is that the folks who are most aware of this are out there letting others know.

In order to continue that momentum, the same loose coalition of folks who organized the July 4th rallies have set up a second set of rallies for this Sunday, August 4th, for what they're calling 1984 Day (get it? it's on 8/4). There will be rallies and marches in various cities around the country, so check out the website to see if one is near you. I know that at least some of them are going to try to rope in various politicians as well. There are some great speakers planned in San Francisco, including two of the most important whistleblowers of government abuse in our lifetimes: Daniel Ellsberg and Mark Klein.


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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2013 @ 7:04pm

    Doing my laundry that day, sorry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2013 @ 7:44pm

    be more witty if it started at 5pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2013 @ 7:48pm

    *edit* be more witty if it started at 7pm *edit*

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 1st, 2013 @ 7:49pm

    Good for them. We need more American Patriots, such as these upstanding folks, to help repair the Constitutional foundation this country was founded on. A foundation that protects everyone's Constitutional freedoms, as well as protecting us from tyranny and oppression.

     

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    Zos (profile), Aug 1st, 2013 @ 8:00pm

    the best part about overwhelming surveillance, no need to go out. i'm just going to get naked and write "fuck nsa spying" on my chest in sharpie with my webcam on.

     

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    JJJoseph (profile), Aug 1st, 2013 @ 9:07pm

    Re: 1984

    Gosh, I think I'm really busy that day . . .

     

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    McCrea (profile), Aug 1st, 2013 @ 11:17pm

    schedule

    once again, someone needs to schedule national events at least a week in advance, though I'd advise even more notice. I have a birthday to attend.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 4:26am

    Such things have to be scheduled in more advance. Still I"d cancel my stuff to attend given the importance. I've done that before ;)

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 4:55am

    Go out and protest unconstitutional surveillance...

    ...and get unconstitutionally surveilled!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:28am

    This has all of the earmarks of an embarrassing flop. The DC rally is listed as being at an address on Wilson Blvd. in Washington DC. But the actual location is in Arlington VA. Seriously? They can't even get the address right?

     

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    Anonymous, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 5:48am

    12/15

    Ever seen "Kids In America"? You should. It's one of the best rebellion-against-authority movies I've ever seen.

     

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    Jasmine Charter, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:12am

    Right...

    Yes... it's 1984 day... so look up on your computer (which is monitored) where the event is... then call up your friends (which is being monitored and recorded) and tell them to meet your there.

    Then, taking your cellphone (which will be monitored and your location recorded), go to the event (which is most likely recorded on some video surveillance) and demonstrate (which will most likely be overseen by a drone).

    But don't worry... there's not too much surveillance.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:25am

    1984 Day

    See you on Schroeder Square, Boston! I cleared a few hours on Sunday, and it's not too much to ask. (I must have some truly amazing organizational skills, because I did the laundry, made dinner, and a kickass sign in just over two hours last night.) And if there's just two other people standing next to me, it's still the right thing to do. At least it won't be a hundred degrees in the shade this time around.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 6:40am

    And if there's just two other people standing next to me, it's still the right thing to do.

    From the looks of things, it'll be you and a couple of winos...... if you're lucky.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 7:34am

      1984 Day

      You must live in a pretty miserable city. I will say, though, Beantown rocks more than most. The crowd I saw on Independence Day there was, by and large, pretty ordinary. And they're actually willing to work on this problem, so I'll be there to show solidarity and lend a hand where I can. I don't mind risking the derision of a few nameless internet trolls. Complaining on the internet will only get us so far.

       

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    Headbhang, Aug 2nd, 2013 @ 8:53am

    Rallies all over Oceania!

    We could use some in Airstrip One, too...

     

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