Yesterday was crazy right?
Most of us got a taste of what it would be like if SOPA & PIPA where passed. Many web giants took action to protest both pieces of legislation. Google launched its End Piracy Not Liberty petition and censored their logo, Wikipedia shut itself off, and several Senatorial websites where knocked offline from the rush of people writing to them. People from tech committees in New York City and San Francisco protested in the streets. Millions of people who make up what the Internet is today joined together to defend their freedom. Whatever their efforts, the people of America made their message clear, “Don’t mess with the Internet!”
When we initially heard about these bills it seems like their vote was months away, but it’s getting really close to the wire. As we approach Monday's crucial Senate vote, there are now 25 Senators publicly opposing PIPA; a great outcome from last week’s five. It seems like everyone’s efforts are paying off because it only takes 41 votes opposing the Act to permanently stop PIPA & SOPA in the Senate.
Despite all this, many are still feeling unsettled because those who promote SOPA & PIPA can make small changes to these bills and gather the votes to get them passed. The Senate returns next week and while members of Congress know SOPA & PIPA are unpopular, many of them don't understand why.
Graphique would like to recognize those participants in the American censorship protest: Mozilla, Mashable, Metafilter, OpenDNS, WordPress, Anonymous, BoingBoing, Tumblr, Reddit and their community, Wikipedia, Google, Wired, TGWTG and thousands of others who are taking action to change the world. In addition, we would like to recognize the politicians who abandoned SOPA due to the strike: Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Ben Cardin and Orrin Hatch and Ben Cardin.
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Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW! - http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa