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Sunday, Aug 4th: Rally Against Surveillance #1984Day

Posted 10 years ago on Aug. 3, 2013, 5:04 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: nyc, stop and frisk, restore the fourth, rt4


via Restore the Fourth NYC:

Sunday, August 4th is 1984 Day. A broad coalition of resistance, including Restore the Fourth, will be gathering in cities across the US to oppose the global surveillance apparatus. In NYC, we're meeting at 3:00pm in Bryant Park to march on locations that have aided the surveillance state. Some of us will be clad in gear inspired by George Orwell's 1984.

From the NSA to the NYPD, the 99% are monitored by a system designed to target anyone perceived as a threat to the 1%. Because occupiers know first hand how surveillance functions to quash dissent, we are calling on Occupy Wall Street to join us in solidarity.

crucial info:

Restore the Fourth NYC Facebook Rally/March Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/508963769175983/
Restore the Fourth Facebook Rally/March Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/585565111483298/
1984 Day Website (for further information about other local events): http://www.1984day.com

some background:

Recent local and international events have exposed chilling parallels to the dystopian world of Orwell's novel:

Over a month ago, leaks of top-secret governmental files revealed that the US is spying on its own people and the people of the world, and that multinational corporations like AT&T, Verizon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Google are complicit in varying degrees. We have since learned that countries including the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands are engaged in similar programs.

Just yesterday, it was revealed that the surveillance apparatus is even broader than we'd been told. In addition to metadata and telephone records, the NSA routinely intercepts the contents of personal communications, including e-mails and telephone calls, and collects “nearly everything a user does on the Internet," using a tool called ‘XKeyscore’.

And the problem is bigger than just electronic spying. Racist policies like NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" subject people --especially people of color-- to invasive physical searches and police intimidation. On June 28th, Mayor Bloomberg stated that the NYPD "disproportionately stop[s] whites too much and minorities too little" when talking about the Stop and Frisk program. On July 23rd, after vetoing the Community Safety Act, he stated that the bill, which would severely restrict the use of Stop and Frisk, "would make New Yorkers less safe."

Let's get real. Such constant appeals to "safety" and "security" are fear tactics that exploit public apprehension over crime and terrorism. They mask the surveillance state's true intent -- to protect the interests of the 1% through the monitoring and intimidation of anyone they perceive as a threat to their power: people of color, political activists, immigrants, and ultimately, everyone -- in other words, the 99%.

Enough is enough. It's time to fight back against a future without freedom. Sunday, August 4th, is 1984 day.

See you in the streets!

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[-] 4 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 10 years ago

Democracy does not exist without government transparency

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

''The US Using Satellites to Spy on American Citizens and News Organizations'' (PBS Video) :

''NSA Collects 'Word for Word' Every Domestic Communication, Says Former Analyst''.

Judy Woodruff sits down with two former NSA officials [William Binney and Russel Tice] who blew the whistle on what they said were abuses at the NSA, along with that agency’s former inspector general, to talk about whether that secretive agency is recording all domestic calls in the U.S.A & I thoroughly recommend this short 10m video and also append :

''What Google Knows About You'', by 'Tyler Durden' :

''All those seemingly ridiculous surveillance methods used by Jack Bauer and countless other fictional characters ... they were all too real. Just as real, in fact, as the Big Brother predicted by George Orwell so many years ago. And just as real, although we will need another Edward Snowden to reveal it, as the modern-day equivalent of Room 101.'' Also consider :

''“Big Data” Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government Spy on Us and Gut Privacy'',

''America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow'', by Dave Lindorff :

''Why Have So Many Liberals Been Silent about NSA Spying ?'', by Ana Marie Cox :

People need to get hip to this sh*t asap !!! The more you know & share, the less you'll fear !! Persevere !

SUNDAY AUG.4 is ''1984 DAY'' : http://www.1984day.com !!

SOLIDARITY @ http://restorethefourthnyc.org/ !!!

veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 10 years ago

Should i fear being connected to a group that is OPENLY trying to;

Reclaim our right to privacy,

Feels that the American people deserve to know the truth about what it's government is doing in its name,

And who wants a return to justice...and the principles, and values that this country was founded upon?

If I were fearful, I wouldn't be here, nor would I be in Bryant Park this afternoon at 3:00 PM

Anyone who chooses to take a wait and see attitude may well find it is too late at the end of their deliberation

BTW NSA, I'm the charming, tall, older gent with still mostly brown hair and trimmed beard ....and people will be looking for me if I am not back on the forum my nightfall

Solidarity ...~Odin~

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

No - you absolutely should NOT fear !!!

LOL @ the thought that you might !!

Solidarity @ u, OTS & OWS, 'O' !

So much in what you say here &

I'll confirm your last sentence ;-)

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 2 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 10 years ago

Both me and the NSA are going to have to brush-up on our Latin..I see.....;-)


[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

As far as the NSfknA goes - they can manducare stercore & piss off !!!

Have a good time @ http://www.1984day.com - stay well, safe & aware !!

Let us know here how it went & I'll try to join on LiveStream and Solidarity !

respice, adspice, prospice ...

[-] 2 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 10 years ago

Thanks, it was a beautiful day in NY today at the #1984Day protest.. with people who know that some things in life are worth fighting for

I wish I had gotten a copy of the one really hard-hitting speech that was given in front of the William Bryant Statue in Bryant Park where we gathered. As usual we all repeated it back which made it take on a special significance,

We went on from there , 42nd St and 6th Ave... up Ave Of The Americas, then west to the huge AT&T building in the 50s and 10th or 11th Ave. There we voted whether to go to a park on the west side to finish the day or go to the NYPD headquarters on 54th St. By an over-whelming margin, we chose the latter where we chanted, Stop And Frisk Don't Stop Crime. Stop And Frisk Is The Crime. Things got a bit tense there.

Then we finished our protest march at the beautiful fountains in Columbus Circle, 59th St and 8th Ave/SW corner of Central Park where I had a good conversation with OWS's Live Streamer who is also a blogger and whom I have known for quite a while

One thing I did this time more than ever before was, I looked into people eyes during our march as we passed, and in so doing, I could see a lot of understanding....an empathy, maybe a sadness to our shared plight. If the goal of today's protest was to raise people's awareness, and of course it was, we accomplished our goal big time

I have a lot to reflect on, but one thing that keeps making me laugh is; there was a woman who was watching me take pictures of all the signs that people were holding up at the park. She too was holding a sign up, but she was holding her sign much lower than everyone else, and...errr well.. she was quite busty. Anyway she could sense my uneasiness in taking a picture of her sign and her..., and looked at me, smiled, and pushed her sign out....so I took that as an OK. Oh yeah...her sign said, Just Say No To Wiretapping. I might have to review that to make sure I got that right though.....


[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

''Just Say No To Wiretapping'' sums it up & many thanx for a great 'report back'. It is such a shame that things descended to such a fruitless impasse for you here (again) and somehow your words : ''I could see a lot of understanding....an empathy, maybe a sadness to our shared plight. If the goal of today's protest was to raise people's awareness, and of course it was, we accomplished our goal big time.'' resonate with extra force here now. Further consider ... IF you still read here :

''There is also a need for social movements that invoke stories as a form of public memory, stories that have the potential to move people to invest in their own sense of individual and collective agency, stories that make knowledge meaningful in order to make it critical and transformative. If democracy is to once again inspire a populist politics, it is crucial to develop a number of social movements in which the stories told are never completed, but are always open to self- and social reflection, capable of pushing ever further the boundaries of our collective imagination and struggles against injustice wherever they might be. Only then will the stories that now cripple our imaginations, politics, and democracy be challenged and hopefully overcome.''

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by frovikleka (2563) from Island Heights, NJ 10 years ago

Thanks. On my way as me taps away

No black helicopters in sight....yet