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Ready. Aim. Don’t Spend.

Most of us are not wealthy people. That doesn’t matter.

We give small amounts of money to charities every year, confident that our contribution, added to thousands of others, will be enough to do good work. We talked about giving to some great organizations, whose success will help America restore its better self.

What we may not be as aware of is that our small purchases, for goods and services, when combined with millions of others, are financing a reign of hate speech that has changed our country for the worse. Back on 8/16, we talked about the influence of media on viewers, and how that has translated into the ballot box.

Since then, the right-wing media’s twisting of American thought is becoming increasingly brazen, using terrifying political terminology that no one would touch before. Fox News host Jesse Watters actually told viewers that we may “have a coup on our hands in America.”

We can stop this. There are a lot of us.

(Re-posted from Indivisible Ventura)

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Tuesday, Dec. 12th – Break the Internet!

On it, thanks! Read “I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality” (LATimes)

Here’s a helpful graphic of what is coming if we don’t stand up now…

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Step #1 – Multi-media messages and send a note to Congress

We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, “Break the Internet” on your site, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in? 

If you run a website, blog, tumblr, or forum, help spread the word by putting up a sticky post, or use one of these widgets, ads, or banners: https://www.battleforthenet.com/#join

Tell people what the internet will be like without net neutrality. There are already examples for us to study. Guaranteed our internet providers are studying them.

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Step #2 – Send a note to Congress

Click on this site: https://www.battleforthenet.com/breaktheinternet/

  • Fill out the information blanks.
  • Click on “Write Congress Now”.

Need inspiration for your note? Click here for good starter material.

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Step #3 – Call your legislators to influence the FCC

FCC’s vote can be prevented by the House, so call your reps:

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support Title Two net neutrality rules and urge him/her/they to oppose the FCC’s plan to repeal them. Specifically, I’d like our Congressmember to contact the FCC Chairman and demand he abandon his current plan.”

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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Step #4 – Lobby the FCC commissioners directly.

Lobby the 3 FCC commissioners who are likely to vote ‘yes’ on repealing net neutrality, to try to get them to vote ‘no’ instead.

Apparently the phone lines are either being inundated with calls or have been shut off, so use other means if you can’t get through: or at the very least, to delay the vote until an investigation can be completed regarding the numerous fake comments on the FCC’s website

You can contact these other two, just to be sure they don’t change their minds.

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Step #5 – Tell your legislators to come up with a law to protect the net.

The best long-term solution is to elevate the mandate to protect net neutrality above the FCC’s regulatory level by enshrining it in law, like Senator Bill Nelson tried to do back in 2015 . Let’s push forward on all 3 of these items, because having an open, unbiased online information network is crucial not only to the Resistance, but to democracy itself now.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep./Sen. [___] to author a law to ensure that the internet’s  Title Two net neutrality rules remain in place, no matter what industry hack is in charge of the FCC.

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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Why is this important?

This is the conclusion of Sarah Kendzior’s newest piece in The Globe and Mail about net neutrality: “And here we lie at the interconnected horror of the Trump administration’s autocratic maneuvers. Consider this scenario for 2018: The repeal of net neutrality will stem the flow of information, making voter suppression harder to document. The packing of the courts will make the voter suppression that is documented harder to challenge. And the long-standing solution to purveyors of unpopular policies – vote them out – will be, by definition, impossible, since the election is rigged and the rigging uncontestable. This carefully constructed web of repression is how democracy dies.”:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/gutting-net-neutrality-is-a-death-knell-for-the-resistance/article37088279/

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More Local Resources for Fire Recovery

Here are some of the local organizations that have sprouted up over the last few days to support Ojai and Ventura County folks in need after the Thomas Fire:

It is wonderful to see such effective grassroots organization helping those in need and making our communities even stronger.

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