Get FISA right: a night of Facebook action

by: JonPincus

Tue Jul 08, 2008 at 21:32

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It's been a wild few days with the Get FISA Right activism campaign.  Our bare-bones media room is the best place to get a quick summary of all the stuff going on; here are a few hightlights: over 22,000 members in the myBO group, and 1700+ on Facebook; we delivered our response and our asks to Obama's Senate office today (and of course have emailed them as well); and much much more.

We've gotten tons of coverage, including an article featuring me by Sarah Lai Stirland on Wired's Threat Level blog, a call to action and video by Daniel Ellsberg on, and an article by Ari Melber in The Nation that puts this in the context of net movements in general.  Will it be enough?

With the vote tomorrow, it's time for a final push. Announcing: a night of Facebook action

In our final push to influence the vote, we're creating a Facebook event for us to watch the vote together. People in the DC area who can get passes will try to fill the gallery during the vote tomorrow -- and we're going to have an online component as well, centered around liveblogging, details TBD.

Here's the Facebook event.


It's a long shot but if we can get enough people on Facebook to respond, that could get some more press and show the breadth of the opposition to telecom immunity and warrantless wiretapping. Events are the most rapidly spreading mechanism on Facebook; it's worth a try. With any luck, we might set a record for the fastest-propagating event

More information on the wiki, including troubleshooting and links to groups to spread the word in.  If you're on Facebook, or are willing to join, please help out; if you're not, please consider joining -- it's creepy, Orwellian, and privacy-invasive, but there are 30,000,000 people there and it's a great place to do activism.  And in any case, please help spread the word about this: blog it, digg it, mail your friends, and call your mom.

Mike Stark's blog post that kicked the event into high gear was titled Will Obama feel the sting of social networking? Since then, we've expanded to a 50-state strategy and are targetting multiple Senators.  It's still a good question, though.  Facebook's got a lot more people on it than myBO, and far richer functionality for stuff like this.  Let's give it a try ...

Please join us for a night of Facebook action -- and then get up tomorrow and watch the vote with us.

JonPincus :: Get FISA right: a night of Facebook action
PS: if you're on Facebook, please post to your profile so it shows up in your feed, and also send it to a bunch of your friends.  Thanks!
Are you on Facebook?
I wasn't but joined just to be a part of this


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Thanks for everything you've done, Jon. (4.00 / 2)
It's a fascinating experiment.

John McCain thinks we haven't spent enough time in Iraq

Thanks Aviva ... (4.00 / 1)
and thanks for all your work on this too!  Sorry about you getting censored on FB ... about that "Orwellian" stuff ...

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I'm going to try to go to the Senate gallery tomorrow (4.00 / 1)

Oh. (0.00 / 0)
Astrodem, if you want a snazzy sign to hold while you're there,  let me know.

John McCain thinks we haven't spent enough time in Iraq

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I'm going to make one myself, and maybe bring some extras with me (0.00 / 0)
assuming that I am able to go. My employer has a horse in this race, so it's just a matter of convincing them that a presence in the Senate gallery would further the goal of stopping telecom amnesty. Of course, they might think it's a good idea and send someone else instead.  

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Hope you get to go. (0.00 / 0)

John McCain thinks we haven't spent enough time in Iraq

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As am I (0.00 / 0)
Probably no sign, though.

But if I did, it would read "We Will Remember Your Vote Today".

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Any chance that Obama or Clinton will be there? (0.00 / 0)
Ok, stop laughing. Seriously, I'm just trying to follow his advice to "take him at his word" when he said that he'd support efforts to remove immunity from the bill. Does that "support" include active participation in such efforts, like actually voting against cloture and maybe a nice speech, or a "Good Luck" phone call to Feingold, Leahy and Bingaman in-between pep rallies?

Because if he doesn't, then his advice to "take him at his word" is about as meaningful as the next "Have a Nice Day!" I hear from some call center operator.

On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your honesty on this, Senator Obama?

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" -- Alexander Hamilton


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