Brad G Harris
aeras-ca-b at EMAIL.KAISERSLAUTERN.ARMY.MIL
Thu Feb 8 19:11:23 MST 1996
Here is what YAHOO and others are doing in protesting the signing of the
telecommunications bill by president Clinton. Purposely not capitalizing
the word president. You might notice that Ron Wyden (D-OR) who I thought was a
joke as least spoke out against the language portion of this bill. Do not know
at this time how Dole or Gramm voted.
JOIN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OTHER INTERNET USERS IN
* 48 HOURS OF PROTEST *
AFTER PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNS THE BILL THAT WILL CENSOR THE INTERNET
Update: -Latest News: Congress passed the net censorship language
-What You Can Do Now: Help demonstrate the extent of the impact
of the Internet Censorship legislation. Join Hundreds
thousands of Internet Users in an International protest
for 48 hours after Clinton
Signs the bill.
CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
Feb 3, 1996 (expires Feb 29, 1996)
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This alert and coalition coordinated by the
Voters Telecommunications Watch (vtw at vtw.org)
The Latest News
What You Can Do Now
Chronology of the CDA
For More Information
List Of Participating Organizations
THE LATEST NEWS
Last week Congress approved sweeping restrictions on online speech and conduct,
imposing fines of $250,000 and jail sentences of 2 years for
anyone who makes "indecent" material available in a public forum online.
This legislation threatens the very existence of the Internet as a viable means
of free expression, education, and political discourse.
Despite loud objections from civil liberties groups and the public,
the measure is part of a massive telecommunications bill that President Clinton
has already pledged to sign. Although you should feel free to continue to
express your objections directly to the President, there are
other ways to express our outrage for this legislation. The President
is expected to sign this bill into law during the week of Feb 5-9, 1996.
For 48 hours after Clinton signs the Telecommunications Reform bill into law,
join hundreds of thousands of Internet users everywhere to show the far
impact this bill will have on all Internet users. TURN YOUR
WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES BLACK with white lettering to demonstrate that the
will not accept this kind of second class treatment from the
United States Government.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
1. For 48 hours after Clinton signs the net censorship language in the Telecomm
bill into law, TURN YOUR WORLD WIDE WEB PAGES BLACK with
white lettering. To know when the bill is signed, check these
Email:vtw-announce at vtw.org (watch for mail on this list)
Finger:vtw at panix.com
You can also just watch CNN; they'll announce the signing of the bill.
To turn your pages black with white lettering, simply add the following
tag to your World Wide Web pages: (put these all in <>'s)
BODY BGCOLOR="#000000" TEXT="#FFFFFF" link="0099ff" vlink="#00ff99"
Put this right after your <head></head> tags, and before any </body> tags.
To explain to people who may be confused by the color change, temporarily
the following link to your page:
<a href="http://www.vtw.org/speech/">My World Wide Web Pages are
black for 48 hours to protest second-class treatment from the
Government for free speech. Read about it at this WWW
(Also put these in <>'s)
The Center for Democracy and Technology has also agreed to mirror a
similar page at URL:http://www.cdt.org/speech.html
If your pages get lots of hits from services that cache their pages like
America Online, you may wish to start turning your pages black early.
Please try and wait though until Clinton signs the bill, for maximum effect.
Also, urge your Internet Provider and any Internet WWW pages you
frequent to turn their pages black. Send us interesting sites that
comply to vtw at vtw.org.
$ Mail vtw at vtw.org
Subject: ZTV.COM is turning their pages black!
I'm the head of the ZTV Website and I've decided to turn our
pages black. Thought you'd like to know.
2. Don't forget to send Clinton a message, contact him at:
Email:president at whitehouse.gov
You're about to sign a bill into law that imposes a terrible
set of speech restrictions on the Internet that belong in the broadcast
medium, not the interactive one.
I'm turning my World Wide Web pages BLACK for 48 hours after you
sign the bill as a symbol of protest to show how many people will
be affected by this bill.
It is unlikely that he will veto the bill.
3. Make a commitment become involved! There will be several court cases coming
up to challenge the Internet censorship legislation, as well as
an election that will put every single member of the House, and 1/3rd
of the Senate (most of whom voted for this legislation) onto the ballot.
Don't let them get away with this. Make this a campaign issue, and
keep an eye out for legal defense funds for those challenging these
laws in court.
CHRONOLOGY OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT
Feb 1, '96 The House and Senate pass the Telecomm Bill (S652/HR1555)
Jan 31, '96 The House and Senate prepare to signoff on the conference
for the Telecomm bill and rush a vote to the floor.
Dec 7, '95 The House half of the Telecomm conference committee
votes the "indecency" standard for online speech into
the Telecomm Deregulation bill.
Sep 26, '95 Sen. Russ Feingold urges committee members to drop
Managers Amendment and the CDA from the Telecommunications
Aug 4, '95 House passes HR1555 which goes into conference with S652.
Aug 4, '95 House votes to attach Managers Amendment (which contains
new criminal penalties for speech online) to Telecommunications
Reform bill (HR1555).
Aug 4, '95 House votes 421-4 to attach HR1978 to Telecommunications Reform
Jun 30, '95 Cox and Wyden introduce the "Internet Freedom and Family
Empowerment Act" (HR 1978) as an alternative to the CDA.
Jun 21, '95 Several prominent House members publicly announce their
opposition to the CDA, including Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA),
Chris Cox (R-CA), and Rep. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Jun 14, '95 The Senate passes the CDA as attached to the Telecomm
reform bill (S 652) by a vote of 84-16. The Leahy bill
(S 714) is not passed, but is supported by 16 Senators
who understand the Internet.
May 24, '95 The House Telecomm Reform bill (HR 1555) leaves committee
in the House with the Leahy alternative attached to it,
thanks to Rep. Ron Klink of (D-PA). The Communications Decency
Act is not attached to it.
Apr 7, '95 Sen. Leahy (D-VT) introduces S.714, an alternative to
the Exon/Gorton bill, which commissions the Dept. of
Justice to study the problem to see if additional legislation
(such as the CDA) is necessary.
Mar 23, '95 S314 amended and attached to the telecommunications reform bill
by Sen. Gorton (R-WA). Language provides some provider
protection, but continues to infringe upon email privacy
and free speech.
Feb 21, '95 HR1004 referred to the House Commerce and Judiciary committees
Feb 21, '95 HR1004 introduced by Rep. Johnson (D-SD)
Feb 1, '95 S314 referred to the Senate Commerce committee
Feb 1, '95 S314 introduced by Sen. Exon (D-NE) and Gorton (R-WA).
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Web Sites (roughly in alphabetical order)
cda-info at cdt.org (General CDA information)
cda-stat at cdt.org (Current status of the CDA)
LIST OF PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES
In order to use the net more effectively, several organizations have
joined forces on a single Congressional net campaign to stop the Communications
Decency Act. Because the list is so long, we've been
forced to omit many fine organizations. See the VTW Free Speech Web Page
at URL:http://www.vtw.org/speech/ for the whole list.
Public Interest Organizations Businesses
Voters Telecommunications Watch (VTW) | ECHO (www.echonyc.com)
| Hotwired (www.hotwired.com)
Center For Democracy And Technology (CDT) | Mindvox (www.phantom.com)
Center for Public Representation (CPR) | Panix (www.panix.com)
Computer Professionals for | The WELL (www.well.com)
Social Responsibility (CPSR) | Wired (www.wired.com)
Cyber-Rights Campaign +-------------------------
Electronic Fronter Foundation (EFF),
and independent regional Electronic
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Feminists for Free Expression Hands! Off The Net
Internet Users Consortium (IUC) Joint Artists' and Music
The Libertarian Party (LP) Promotions Political Action
National Campaign for Freedom of Expression Committee (JAMPAC)
National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) National Gay and Lesbian
National Writers Union (NWU) Task Force (NGLTF)
People for the American Way (PFAW) Republican Liberty Caucus
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