FAVE HOW TO: Contact your legislators to say “NO” to PIPA/SOPA

This legislation creates an internet open to censorship, insecure and wildly divergent from the internet we know and use every day, which drives global commerce, and which, in the end, powers America’s net job growth. – Make the Call , Stop the Wall

“In 2012, I will only support candidates who stand for Internet freedom and who oppose the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. I will work against any candidate, of any party, who votes to censor and stifle the Internet.” -Vote for the Net

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. – Google

Dear Friend,

I want to make it as easy as possible for you to contact your legislators if you, like me, do not support PIPA/SOPA. If you’re not familiar with either, you can read this and this. If you already know your stuff, then you probably know voting begins January 24–so this message is both timely and urgent. I’m asking my friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and peers to take five minutes and make your voice be heard. Use any of the resources below to quickly make a big difference. When you’re done, you can share your support online with: Stop SOPA and PIPA (or make this your status update — just copy and paste – ███ ███████ ████ ██ ████ ███ ███ █████ ██ ██████. #BlackoutSOPA)

You can reach out to your legislators few ways:

I want to help but don’t know what to say

That’s cool. I get nervous too. Here are a few scripts you’re welcome to revise, edit or whatever and use:

  • I do not agree with the proposed PIPA/SOPA legislation. You can be sure that if it is passed, or you support it, that I will not vote to re-elect you to office. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
  • The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Google)
  • The censorship regulations written into these bills won’t shut down pirate sites. These sites will just change their addresses and continue their criminal activities, while law-abiding companies will suffer high penalties for breaches they can’t possibly control. Therefore, it makes no sense to pass PIPA and SOPA. Please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Google)
  • PIPA will put an undue burden on site managers, app developers and internet entrepreneurs. Please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA. (h/t Stop the Wall)

Thank you internet friends,

Sarah

P.S. I’m sending a link to this post to both of my Senators, so if you agree with me leave a comment or share this via the social buttons to show that we mean business.

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