The Rally – Results and Photos

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The rally went down as planned on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came!

Total turnout was 14, which I admit was disappointing since twice as many had said they would come. But we made the best of it. We protested for three hours, holding signs, passing out flyers, and talking to people all over the square. A lot of people were interested, and we explained the issue to many who had no idea what was going on. One guy made a sign and joined us on the spot!

We had a good time at the after party, too. It was a hot day, but nothing some cold drinks and good company couldn’t fix.

Thanks to those who signed up as members. I’ve been sick the past couple days, but I’ll try to get something out to you soon.

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The Difference We’re Making

I received this message recently from one of our ACLU partners in Washington, D.C.

Guys, I just wanted to let you know that in my lobby tour of the hill over the last two weeks, I am hearing from both D and R offices that they are really hearing from their constituents and feeling the pressure back home.  Kudos to all of our organizers who are doing such a great job.

She’s talking about you guys. You’re the ones making this happen.

News reports confirm the story that opinions in Congress are changing:

“Congressman Amash [who opposes NSA surveillance] has had personal conversations with a number of members since the vote on the Amash amendment last month,” spokesman Will Adams told U.S. News. “A number of them, particularly since going back home for the August recess, have a new perspective on the issue.”

Adams declined to identify the members, but said some were wooed by “a combination of listening to constituents at town halls and the continued leaks of information that undermines the argument that Congress has effective oversight.”

Those constituents are you guys. We’re making our voices heard.

Let’s make them heard again at the rally tomorrow.

See you there!

If you weren’t angry enough already…

I’ll have a post tomorrow with all the final details on the rally. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out these two stories.

  • The partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, who has been central in covering the Snowden leaks, was detained for nine hours without access to a lawyer at the Heathrow Airport in London. Not Greenwald, but his partner. At the end of nine hours, the government seized his laptop, cell phone, and other items. It’s hard to imagine any other purpose for this than a naked attempt at intimidation.
  • President Obama feels that he doesn’t have enough power to perform warrantless searches. He’s now asking the Supreme Court to rule that police can search your cell phone without a warrant if you’re arrested. Not convicted of anything, just arrested. Considering that many people now use their cell phones as personal computers, with access to all their important documents, this amounts to a warrantless search of someone’s entire life. More and more, you have to wonder what the Fourth Amendment actually does protect.

Game faces on. It’s almost go time.