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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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Support for the Community

Support for the community.

See here for information from Rep. Julia Brownley’s office on assistance, fire information, evacuation shelters, replacing important documents, etc.

(Information below from a variety of online newspapers.)

Thomas Fire Fund

  • The United Way of Ventura County, American Red Cross of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have teamed up to create the Thomas Fire Fund.
  • Text UWVC to 41444 to make a cash donation, call 805-485-6288, or go online to United Way of Ventura County’s website.
  • Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.

The Salvation Army

  • The Salvation Army is accepting food and water at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
  • You can donate cash by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visiting the website.

The Red Cross

The Humane Society of Ventura County

  • The Humane Society of Ventura County has taken in over 100 animals.
  • Drop off any of the following items at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai: Alfalfa hay, Timothy hay, cat chow, rabbit food, flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, water troughs, bottled water, fruit, snacks, hoses, and power generators.
  • Donate food and water for volunteers, or make a cash donation on HSVC’s website.

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

  • Donate to Noah’s Legacy Fund, which provides supplies, training, and equipment to first responders charged with rescuing animals from areas stricken by natural disasters.
  • Mail donations to P.O. Box 100515, Pasadena, CA 91189-0515 or through the LACACF website.

GoFundMe campaigns

Direct Relief

  • Santa Barbara-based organization Direct Relief is donating 100% of designated funds to victims of the wildfires.
  • Donate money for supplies online and make sure you direct your donation to ” Southern California Wildfires.”

Catholic Charities

  • Catholic Charities is accepting donations of gently used clothing as well as new toys and clothing to be given as Christmas gifts to families displaced by the fires. Donations can be dropped off at Catholic Charities’ Ventura Community Services Center at 303 N. Ventura Ave. Ventura, CA 93001.The charity has also established a special fund to help offset the cost of home repairs. Donations can be made to the Catholic Charities website.

YouCaring

  • YouCaring, an online crowd-funding platform, has created a landing page with all of its campaigns for Southern California wildfire relief.

CCF Wildfire Relief Fund

  • The CCF Wildfire Relief Fund supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts.

Advice for fire victims

(1) Contact your insurance companies. Most will cover hotel stays, apart from the usual coverage.

(2) Call your credit card companies and have the last 3-6 months of your purchases reimbursed back (get a police report that testifies you are a fire victim).

(3) If you are renting and are a minor, your parents’ home insurance may cover your belongings.

(4) Call your chain retail stores and see what they can offer to fire victims.

The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.

 
(reposted from Individible Ventura)
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