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Hero of the Week Award: January 20, One Million Strong in Wisconsin

20 Jan

Hero of the Week

This week we are happy to celebrate people power in the face of oppression from elected officials.  Just when I was losing faith in Americans with all this bashing of President Obama and the celebrating of bigoted millionaire Republican presidential candidates, we see a glimmer of hope in Wisconsin. Activists in that state have compiled 1,000,000 signatures on a recall petition for Gov. Scott Walker after his relentless efforts to destroy collective bargaining and crush public employees. This is nearly as many signatures as there were votes cast for Walker in 2010 and 185% of the number needed to move forward with the vote. Simultaneously, petitions were filed with generous numbers of signatures to recall the Lt. Governor and four Republican state senators. Only two other Governors have ever faced recalls in American history. Both of them lost their offices. Let’s hope Scott Walker makes it three for three. You can find a good overview of the recall efforts at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Honorable mention this week goes to the great Internet blackout efforts in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia, one of the most aggressive participants in the blackout, has a great overview. Because of the attention this work drew, Senate support of PIPA has totally eroded and the House has temporarily tabled SOPA. What a great week for activism!

Is this the future of the free and open Internet?

18 Jan


Don’t let it be. Act now.

Hero of the Week: December 2, Sen. Ron Wyden

2 Dec

Hero of the Week

What a delight to be able to celebrate another member of Oregon’s congressional delegation this week. Just one year ago, TSM recognized the efforts of all six of Oregon’s congressional Democrats. This week, the strong work of Senator Ron Wyden clearly earns him this week’s HWA.

Congress is currently on a path to dismantle the Internet as we know it, largely due to the influence of huge corporate players like the American Chamber of Commerce. The ironically named PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and its sister House bill, Stop Online Piracy Act, would place huge burdens on websites, particularly social media one can only imagine the devastating effect this would have on all blogs, Facebook, and even Google. The stated aim is to protect copyright, but the structure proposed would have a chilling effect on free speech, grassroots organizing online, and open commerce.

Senator Wyden, long a supporter of grassroots efforts and an open Internet, he has placed a hold on the bill in the Senate, effectively killing it for the time being. Given the strong support that the Act has mysteriously garnered, this act of courage and principle deserves thanks and recognition. Kudos to you, Sen. Wyden!

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