STOP NSA SURVEILLANCE! MARCH - 7/6 @ 1pm, Federal Plaza

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DEMAND TRANSPARENCY in Government and PRIVACY for the Citizens of the World!
 
Edward Snowden's extremely brave act of whistleblowing shed much needed light on unconstitutional and unconscionable surveillance programs designed specifically to abolish privacy and anonymity for all. These programs were withheld from the American people for the sole purpose of protecting government officials from scrutiny and criticism while they committed egregious crimes against the people of the U.S. and populations around the world.
 
Behind a wall of secrecy, the NSA indiscriminately collects phone metadata and listens in on phone calls. "PRISM" collects and stores personal internet data with the cooperation of such major corporations as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL. "Boundless Informant" catalogues global surveillance data, including figures on U.S. data collection. GCHQ, a British spy agency, collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, calls, Facebook posts, and internet data, and shares them with the NSA. And we've been told that there are many more revelations to come from the documents that Snowden has been able to release.
 
Giving these documents to journalists, which merely inform Americans of the existence of broad government programs, cannot in any way be construed as espionage. This was a noble act of civil disobedience done for the good of the people. For this administration to bring these charges is a gross attempt to instill fear in the hearts of all future potential whistleblowers, create a chilling effect on investigative journalism, and thwart transparency. Is this the kind of world that we want to live in?
 
These atrocities must not be covered up, excused, or accepted as the “new normal,” but rather forcefully exposed, opposed, and shut down! We must resist a future without privacy, or we will lose the space vital for experimentation, creativity, and dissent. Without shedding light on what our government does in our names behind closed doors, we could lose everything.
 
This is an issue that affects all of us, not just those accused of criminality. We must take to the streets and show the world that we will not allow this to continue. We will meet at Federal Plaza (230 South Dearborn) at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 6th. The march will leave at 1:30pm. Bring your friends, bring your family, spread the word. Let's take a stand together!